Connected musical rings
Specdrums are rings that turn colour into sound. They connect to your phone through Bluetooth and use optical sensors to read the colour of any surface they come into contact with. An application lets you personalize the sound associated with each colour, allowing you to make music by tapping on any surface, object, or colour around you. As shown in the videos, the rings can be used in any number of creative ways. The application will be available for iOS and Android. Specdrums are currently raising money on KickStarter, and, if all goes well, the first rings should be delivered starting January. The price is US$74 for a set of two. Unfortunately, the developers are only delivering to the U.S. to start with.
⇨ Circuit Breaker, “These connected rings let you tap out sounds on any surface.”
⇨ CU Boulder Today, “Specdrum rings let you turn any color, any surface into sound.”
⇨ Medium, Cornell University, “Specdrums: From ideas to prototype.”