Say hello to a radically redesigned cello — with optical effects

What would Bach say? The Cello 2.0 is designed to be interactive.

(Credit: Bayer MaterialScience)

The mellifluous sounds of the cello have been delighting ears since the 18th century, but the instrument’s form has changed little over the centuries. Adhesives giant Bayer MaterialScience has a suggestion or two about that.

The manufacturer recently unveiled a futuristic redesign of the venerable stringed instrument, and has been showing it off at K 2013, a plastics and rubber trade show in Germany.

The Cello 2.0 is made of transparent, lightweight cast resin fashioned in a swirling cutaway shape that’s designed to make it much more portable. But it also plays videos.

The concept instrument has some features of a regular electric cello, yet it was tweaked by design firm TEAMS Design, which describes it as “the first musical instrument with the ability to express the user’s performance not only through sound, but also through visual effects on its own body. This allows the instrument and its user to interact and communicate with their audience in a completely new manner.”

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