Isn’t technology amazing? I can remember thirty years or so ago when only the rich had a telephone landline and if our family wanted to make a phone call we would have to walk to the end of the road to the telephone box. These days there are more mobiles on the planet than people! And as we all know, mobile phones do not only make calls, you can be connected to social media, download music, films or video clips, make purchases online or even use your phone to pay. No more trips down the end of the road! But with evermore advanced technology come unforeseen problems, such as – How do you turn the pages of your laptop or tablet without using your hands if you are a musician and don’t want to stop playing? Well unless you have a very patient friend, you buy the AirTurn BT-105.
The AirTurn is an amazing bit of kit that allows you to seamlessly turn the page without using your hands. You just tap on the pedal instead of the tablet screen and hey presto! The next page appears. The AirTurn was invented as the popularity of tablets and computers have risen, and as most musicians know, they are great for reading sheet music, the problem is that you need to keep both hands on your instrument while you play. So it becomes a pain to have to tap or swipe the screen to turn pages while you’re playing. And that’s where the AirTurn BT-105 comes in.
It is basically a wireless Bluetooth foot pedal controller and is compatible with many apps for iPad & Android tablets, as well as most Mac and PC document and presentation programs. The AirTurn BT-105 features a power switch, status indicator light, two 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jacks, and an internal rechargeable battery with a mini USB recharging port. You’ll find that the battery life will vary, depending on how much use it gets, but users can expect up to 100 hours of standby usage. The BT-105 also features automatic Bluetooth pairing with the iPad for easy connections and fast page turns, as well as a built-in debounce filter to prevent multiple page turns for each foot switch press.
The AirTurn starts from $69 and you can buy the kit with foot pedals for around $119.