I was very excited to find this forum and have been lurking for a bit and wanted to say hello. I am another professional software engineer, I work in the game industry, mostly VR these days, and am an eager open source contributor and microcontroller tinkerer.
Two decades ago, I was a decent lead guitarist doing mostly blues and rock improv. I had an injury that forced me to give up the guitar and it has prevented me from playing any instrument that requires a lot of finger force. A typical guitar string might require something in the range of 40-200 N (Newtons) to fret (depending on strings, acoustic/electric, etc). For comparison, an mx cherry red keyboard switch requires a minimum of 0.45 N.
I love the expressiveness of the electric guitar and have not found a modern controller capable of the range of articulations that are possible on the electric guitar. I discovered the Eigenharp recently, but it looks like I’m 10 years too late , I would have been eager to try it and see if it was comfortable for me.
I plink around on a Push 2 controller these days making some electronic music, but still have the dream that I’ll discover a modern instrument that I can play that allows me to express myself again in a pain-free way.