A Japanese musical instrument maker has apparently developed an iOS app that can read sheet music, and play it in real time.

The news comes from Serkan Toto of TechCrunch, who notes that the application – called “Gakufu Camera” – is only available in the Japanese App Store for 350 yen (around $4.50). Because of this, we haven’t been able to test out the application, but what it promises to do is extremely interesting.

The application’s developer, Kawai, claims that the app can read sheet music in real time. This means you can launch the app, point it at a manuscript, and the notated music on paper will be played out loud by the application, as it scans the page. Hopefully, the application will be made available in other App Stores soon – we’ll certainly let you know once it hits Western App Stores.

In the meantime, take a look at the video below for a better idea of how the application works. And let us know if you’re impressed in the comments.