Each drum pad has a piezo sensor embedded in it to measure any changes in pressure, allowing the wearer to hit it, press on it, or just rake their fingers across it to get a response
The drum pads can be placed almost anywhere on the vest to suit an artist's individual performance
Looking similar to a bulletproof vest, Chau's wearable drum kit consists of four neoprene drum pads attached to an outer covering with velcro
Designed by Wesley Chau, Drop The Beat is an electronic drum kit fashioned into a vest, with pads that can be rearranged and reprogrammed
Chau plans to add wireless connectivity in the future, so the wearer doesn't have to stay physically attached to a laptop
Over the years, we've seen a number of worthy attempts at turning our clothes into electronic instruments, from drum kits built into shirts and pants to a motion-activated MIDI controller concealed in a jacket. The latest addition to the wearable instrument ensemble is "Drop The Beat" from industrial design student Wesley Chau, a vest outfitted with pads for a drum kit that musicians can rearrange and reprogram to their liking.
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