PianoDisc technology: turn acoustic piano into self-playing version

SmartHouse says:

If you have a lovely old piano sitting in your home, but no one to play it, why not transform it into an entertainment hub with new PianoDisc technology that uses a Linux based web server and wireless technology to make the piano play itself.

The technology can be installed in any acoustic piano and uses solenoids to move the keys. According to the company, a modern reproducing piano has much better control over key movement, with 127 levels of velocity per key.

“The piano is a beautiful instrument, and to some, an important status symbol. We found a way to give pianos a technology upgrade without attaching unsightly electronics to the instrument,” said the company Executive Vice President, Tom Lagomarsino.

It runs using a Linux web server and the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi technology, so that it can be controlled from a separate wireless-enabled computer.

It comes with a hefty price tag, though: prices range from $7,000 to nearly $20,000.