Inventor: Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince aka The Artist Formerly Known as Prince aka that symbol over there on the right.
But, even after legitimizing his career as a musician and icon, most remember the musician for his non-name name.
Invented Apparatus: "Portable, electronic keyboard musical instrument"
It's a custom-designed keytar -- that's keyboard-guitar -- which Prince dubbed the Purpleaxxe. Prince's then-keyboardist Tommy Barbarella -- who now plays with Justin Beiber's band! -- donned the portable purple keyboard, to both enhance Prince's '90s jams and his glittery '90s fashions.
Rationale Behind Invention: Bopping across the stage with a keyboard that almost looks like a guitar, especially a purple one, is just a lot more rock-n-roll than crouching over a slab of keys.
Off-Label Uses: A relic of last century, any contemporary use of this instrument is not only off-label, but gutsy.
Future Directions: You know those ironic retro-looking iPod speakers? Like this archaic boombox, which looks both outdated and useless, but is really a docking station in disguise? Outfit the Purpleaxxe with some mini Bose speakers, install an iPod dock, and voila: you've got a hip looking set of iPod speakers. Not only can you listen to music from your modern device, but you can also play rock star as you prance around your room, keyboarding along with your favorite tunes.
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