How Carefully-Hidden Sensors Can Turn Clothes Into Musical Instruments

DrumPants consist of electronics and sensors that users can easily attach to what they're wearing.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on December 13, 2013. @leahgonz

Created by Tyler Freeman, DrumPants is a wearable sensor kit that can be easily attached to the inside of the user’s clothes and allow them to play music just by tapping or “drumming” on their body.

DrumPants consist of two sensor strips and two foot pedal sensors that connect to a control box. All the pieces are easily concealable inside one’s clothes. Each sensor strip has two velocity sensors and Velcro patches, allowing the user to wear them any way he or she wants.

Simple tapping movements produce the sounds and users can connect a pair of headphones or external speakers to the control box to listen to what they’re playing.


DrumPants come with an accompanying app that lets users adjust the tone and pitch of each sound, and also upload their own sound effects. The basic kit connects to a computer via USB while the Pro version connects via Bluetooth. The kit also works with any app that accepts MIDI and enables the user to program actions or sounds to do other things like go through a slideshow or answer a phone.

The basic kit comes with over a hundred different sounds, including percussion,drums, synthesizers, guitars, pianos, or the user can create their own sound.

The DrumPants team recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to further develop the device. For $99, supporters can get their own DrumPants basic set. For $139, backers get the DrumPants Pro set.


Source: Gizmag

Images: DrumPants