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Dumb apps for smartphones

Re-creating an ancient wind instrument doesn’t beat a conversation at the grocery store

By Linda Matchan
Globe Staff / March 26, 2010

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The geniuses at Stanford University have done it again. The folks who helped bring us Google and the tools for genome sequencing now give us the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra. The guy who invented it, an assistant professor named Ge Wang, built an app that lets you play your iPhone as though it’s an ocarina, a 12,000-year-old wind instrument. (Full article: 747 words)

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