Steve Benford, Adrian Hazzard, Liming Xu
Turlough O'Carolan was the last of the great Irish harpers, an itinerant musician who traveled through Ireland around the turn of the 18th century, staying with and composing tunes for his many patrons. He has also been the inspiration for the Carolan Guitar, a prototype acoustic guitar whose digital augmentations enable it to tell its life story as it passes among players, audiences, and venues. Our choice of an acoustic guitar to become an example of an Internet-enabled thing is a deliberately provocative one. Acoustic guitars are highly traditional and often valuable, especially when made by hand through the…
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