Let’s admit it. You’re the best goddamn drummer your bus stop has ever seen. When “Hot For Teacher” rounds the corner on your iPhone, you transform into a radiant drumming beast. Sadly, all of your gut-busting drum sessions take place right there in your lap. Nobody can hear the majesty of your air drum solo, but thanks to the latest advances in drumming technology, now they can!
That’s pretty much the pitch for DrumPants, a set of Bluetooth LE-enabled sensors that capture triumphant thigh thumping to play more than 100 different sounds controlled by your iPhone or iPad. They’re kind of like those ridiculous Keyboard Jeans, except the sensors aren’t a part of your clothing, allowing you to attach DrumPants to anything you’re wearing. They come as both drum pads and foot pedals, so you can take your customized instrument wherever you go.
Check out the promo video below:
The idea is pretty neat but probably would have been cooler in the ’90s — you know, back when we didn’t already carry full-on recording studios in our pockets. However, DrumPants works with Arduino, so it can double as an educational tool and be hacked as a smart sensor for other projects, along with taking novelty musicians to the next level.
Pre-orders just went on sale with units shipping in May. One-man bands and street performers are going to eat these things up, but at $199 for a pack of 12 sensors, let’s hope they can afford it.