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Ziv Bar Ilan

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About Me:
Founder and CEO of Zoybar.

In the past I`ve also mentored research groups in miLAB the Innovation Lab at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel and lectured at the Masters Program of Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem among other Israeli design schools. Based on our practical experience, we also give consulting services on how to incorporate and implement open source hardware models and applications.

I enjoy speaking to curious crowds both in academia and to the mass media with past appearances on Reuters, ZDF German TV and AFP among many others.

Once a year I try to explore and publish one new fresh idea. Over the years I've contributed articles to Innovation Journal, Design Management Review and I.D Magazine among many others.

I’m fascinated by Wikipedia, all disciplines of design and any form of expression.
I believe in empowering the individual with non hierarchical platforms as a path for equal opportunities. Enabling information, knowledge and resources as free accessible commodities.

Zoybar allows me to incorporate and share several great passions of mine:
Design, Researching, Prototyping, and Music, all in a continuous collaborative process.

Since its launch, Zoybar has been recognized and awarded as a pioneer in the field of hardware design and innovation processes. Zoybar has been featured in various magazines, Journals and TV Shows around the world such as REUTERS, AFP, ZDF German TV, Fast Company and I.D magazine to name a few. On January 2010 Zoybar received the Atir award - The Israeli Industrial Design Award presented by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labor and the Israeli manufacturing association.

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At 7:53am on May 21, 2012, Marianne Chabadi-Fongione said…


I've been asked by the Embassy of Israel in France to write an article - as an ergonomist - about Zoybar. That will be publised in french on the website siliconwadi.fr.
In order to be accurate, I would like to know if you have some more technical data and more recent ones than what I could find on zoybar.net. All information you could give back to me is welcome. Of course I need your agreement to write this article and I could display it to you first before publishing.
If you think some of your new others projects/activities could be better as an article subject, just let me know.


Marianne Chabadi-Fongione
Senior Ergonomist

email : marianne.fongione@aliceadsl.fr

At 12:02pm on January 26, 2009, Hurricane Ramon said…
It's late here I'm off to bed now .

Peace and love to you and yours

Hurricane Ramon
At 12:01pm on January 26, 2009, Hurricane Ramon said…
Ziv :

I have a vision of a electric guitar with both single and duel coil taps with phasing switches too . Must have midi to drive my guitar synthesizer . The Kaos controller is wild and would be an interesting marrige for the guitar solution .

For the Guitarviol :

I would assume a a double neck would not be feasible due to radius needed for the bow to hit the individual strings and not all .

Youtube has some nice videos on this instrument as well as the ones at the " Togoman " website .

I'm a Jazz / Blues artist primarily ( although I play just about anything from Country Western to Hawaiian music ) along with Rock & Rock-A-Billy .

My current electric guitar ( Godin LGXSA ) really pleases me , but it is not quite all I want in the electric guitar side with out a whammy bar .

Why ?

As a harmonica innovator and power player . I make whammy like sounds on my harmonica ( blues type 10 hole diatonic ) that curl your toes :)

These sounds are part of my expressive personal signature sound and I feel I'm not quite getting that part out if my guitar . The midi sounds I get are marvelous , even it's acoustic side is very pleasing for a solid bodied guitar , but the lack of a whammy is one less FX I am missing in my quiver of textures I want .
At 11:29am on January 26, 2009, zoybar said…
Hi Hurricane,
Thanks, nice to see these kinds of responses.

At 11:10am on January 26, 2009, Hurricane Ramon said…
Shalom Ziv :

I am so intrigued by this concept . It looks like this is the new beginning of a new age of people seeking a common interest to improve life and the quality of life via music . My salute goes out to you !

I have a midi guitar and guitar synthesizer and an acoustic electric too . Recently I sw the Guitarviol

< http://www.togamanguitars.com/ >

and saw the wildest and most intriguing instrument that can be midi as well and then I find you : Wow !

I hope that I will find my solution here in my next instrument .
At 11:16am on November 26, 2008, zoybar said…
Hi whurley,

We have a lot of respect for the traditional manufacturers that are making great instruments.
Zoybar is not trying to replace any of them.
The "problem" with touch-style instrument from an open source point of view is the accuracy in the fretted neck and scale that could only be relevant to the specific instrument.
The idea behind the open source hardware is to provide (at the first stage) a basic kit (platform) that enables each person to experiment and customize its instrument by his own preferences budget and creativity.
This project could be a great experiment of new decentralized R&D models in the hardware manufacturing scene, and this up growing community would have a great part of making it realize.
I think this kind of discussion can continue in the community forums.
Great to have you on board,
At 1:59am on November 26, 2008, whurley said…
Have you ever thought of creating an open source touch-style instrument kit? If not, I would love to hook you up with my friend Mar Warr (http://www.warrguitars.com). As an open source community leader (http://claimid.com/whurley) I think it would be awesome to see an open source touch-style instrument made available. Congrats! This is awesome.
At 9:18am on November 25, 2008, zoybar said…
At 5:00am on November 25, 2008, Hnern Francisco Sananes said…
Men, im jewish id been in israel with birthright.
I would love to have this instrument

And Congratulations!

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