Re: vPipes-- very interesting. But whatever it is, it isn't Uillean pipes. I suppose you'd call it an electronic chanter. I don't imagine it would *handle* nearly the same as UP, even though the finger-hole spacing might be close. And you don't have either bag or bellows to contend with, which would make it very different from actually playing the real thing. It would have some application but I think that would more limited than an electric fiddle. I don't imagine Wim Wakker has sold many of his midi-concertinas: http://www.concertinaconnection.com/wakker%20midi.htm
For what it's worth, I'm not a Luddite - but I prefer things made out of wood, by the hand of man.