Pickatto is a Bluetooth enabled plectrum for your guitar that enables you with the help of a smartphone to record your picking accuracy and measure your progress.
The concept is simple, the Pickatto measures both up and downstrokes plus the pressure with which you grip the plectrum as well. You can then measure your picking accuracy over time in terms of speed and how hard or soft you hold your plectrum.
The Pickatto plectrum is an Indiegogo startup and should be available later this year if it hits its target on the site. The inventor Michael Murawski gives a demonstration on the site of the pre release version of the Pickatto working in conjunction with the software running on an iPhone.
An interesting concept which may be useful for encouraging new players to get faster and more accurate or perhaps something that could be used to make speed pickers feel good about their fast playing.
Personally I think if it encourages people to play then it is probably a good thing. However I would rather just get on and play a guitar, perhaps concentrate on writing songs and not worry how fast I play them.
Retail pricing I imagine will play a huge part in the success of this product, however there is an early bird discount for those that pledge early on the Indiegogo site. Of course if the final product is cheap enough I can see myself wanting to try one out as could actually be a bit of fun.
I just need a Bluetooth device to tell me how to write and play great songs now…
Product details here: Pickatto
Pre orders for the Pickatto have opened as of 24th May and you can get in early for $51, which is a saving of 10% on the projected retail price.