The Chinese Government is reaping the benefits of an Australian invention that was one of the biggest hits at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, because of a lack of funding in Australia.A hit with the International media, live appearances on Good Morning America was all in a day’s work for Michael Zarimis, the guy from Five Dock in Sydney, who invented and is now marketing the Kitara which is being described by several media organisations as the “World’s Coolest Guitar”.
Developed by Michael Zarimis, the Kitara is the world’s first digital guitar that is played by strumming an 8-inch multi-touch display that contains a polyphonic synthesizer, with 100 default sounds and 6 effects, each of which can be assigned to different ‘strings.’
Developed over a 3 year period in Sydney, the company behind the new invention, Misa Digital Instruments, which is based in Hong Kong is totally funded by the Chinese Government after Zarimis, who still lives in Australia, failed to get funding in Australia.
During an exclusive interview with SmartHouse, Zarimis said: “We are now setting up distributor arrangements both in Australia and globally. The Kitara is not just for professional musicians. We believe that it will have wide appeal to people of all ages including kids who want to get into music”.
Currently pre-orders are being taken at Kitara for both the $849 basic and $2,900 aluminium special edition version which was on show at the 2011 CES Show in Las Vegas last week.
“We are funded by the Chinese Government and we are working with them to develop our manufacturing and research and development programs. I own the patents for the device and these will stay Australian owned,” said Zarimis.