Yamaha’s Grand Illusion

The world's first digital grand piano plays like the real thing, at a fraction of the cost—and size

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Yamaha's Avant Grand piano

Yamaha's Avant Grand piano mimics both the sound and feel of an acoustic.

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There are home pianos and there are concert grand pianos, and unless you've resided in Graceland or Neverland, the two have always been quite different things. First, there's the size—a concert grand piano is at least 2.5 meters (8 feet) long. Then there's the cost—US $120 000 and up. But surely in today's digital world, we should be able to simulate the concert experience in our own living rooms, right?

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How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

These tiny mechanical ID tags are unclonable, cheap, and invisible

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What's the largest criminal enterprise in the world? Narcotics? Gambling? Human trafficking?

Nope. The biggest racket is the production and trade of counterfeit goods, which is expected to exceed US $1 trillion next year. You've probably suffered from it more than once yourself, purchasing on Amazon or eBay what you thought was a brand-name item only to discover that it was an inferior-quality counterfeit.

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