Showpiece blurs the line between wearable tech and art with 52 playable tiles

Showpiece is a jacket decorated in squares that play music depending on which square panel you touch.

Designed by Ylenia Gortana in collaboration with New York musician Birdmask, Showpiece is the first wearable soundboard. Inspired by, but a departure from, the one-man band outfit depicted in Mary Poppins, the jacket looks like a quilted coat. Instead of the squares containing insulation, each responds to being touched with playing a preset sound. A total of 52 tiles cover the jacket, set along the front and down the arms. Each is connected to the control center in the jacket’s back, where the sound files are played.

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