We've seen many keyboards for Android-based devices, but not keyboards with the Android operating system and especially not of the sort that are meant to produce music.
It so happens that a music keyboard is precisely what Miselu has created and decided to demonstrate during the SoundCloud Open House event at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.
People can drop by for a visit between March 14 and 17 (2012), if they are in the area.
The Miselu neiro
is, simply put, a piano-layout keyboard with a wide multi-touch display of unspecified size.
A Yamaha AudioEngine Series Sound Chip NSX-1 will be responsible for the audio, while a dedicated DSP will cover the areas of synthesis and digital processing.
There also seem to be a pair of USB ports, HDMI, audio in, audio out (stereo minijacks) and dedicated MIDI DIN jacks available. An SD card slot appears to have been tossed in as well.
"The capabilities of the NSX-1 will make our device even more exceptional and give its users endless possibilities in music performance and creation," said Miselu CEO Yoshinari Yoshikawa.
"Overall, we are extremely excited to be part of SXSW this year. It is the perfect event to show the prototype of 'neiro' for the first time."
Miselu is taking a risk by launching this product, since it is not clear if people really prefer this type of specialized device to general-purpose tablets.
At least there will be a custom app made for the item, courtesy of Retronyms, the ones who made the Tabletop iOS modular app.
It should also be noted that Miselu described the hardware as an “open platform environment” that will run custom apps, in addition to the ones allowed by Android by default.
Alas, we can't seem to find a price anywhere, nor the estimated time of arrival of the Miselu neiro.