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Submission + - Roland founder Mr Kakehashi dies. (theguardian.com)

Falconhell writes: The Gauridan reports that Roland founder, and brilliant engineer Mr Kakehashi died on April 2nd. His Roland and Boss products revolutionised synthesisers, drum machines, and guitar FX, some of the early synths, such as the Jupiter 8 and Juno 106, now sell for more than they did new.

Submission + - IBM Thinkpad designer passes away.

Falconhell writes: Richard Sapper died New Year's eve at the age of 83, his daughter Carola Sapper confirmed in an email to Co.Design. The German-born, Italy-based industrial designer created all manner of products, from household goods to cars, but is arguably best known for being the chief industrial design consultant for IBM and masterminding the first ThinkPad in 1992.


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