World's first industrial quality wearable musical instrument. Watch someone play it to believe it. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 10, 2014.
About this project
Even though our Kickstarter campaign is over, you can still get your DrumPants on our online store. Let the mobile music revolution begin!
Thank you so much to all our backers!
We are so grateful for your support! We are so excited to be able to bring you DrumPants and to see the first wave of wearable music pioneers! Please keep in touch on our Facebook or Twitter. We want to see you playing DrumPants!
Sincerely, Gratefully, Drummingly,
The DrumPants Team
DrumPants in the Press:
Fast Company - "Your body becomes a backing band...you tap out whatever music you fancy, and there's no need to carry around heavy equipment."
Huffington Post - "We recommend Drum Pants for any developer who likes to make a loud entrance at holiday parties."
CNET - "Jokes aside, DrumPants really do let wearers compose and play music anywhere they want."
Moog - "Freeman controls Moog's powerful iOS synthesizer Animoog with his DrumPants"
Get in Media - "The future of music may not be in traditional instruments."
SF Gate - "DrumPants were a tough act to follow."
Synthtophia - "DrumPants have the advantage of being both inexpensive and wearable. "
GizMag - "The wearable sensors do offer some additional uses beyond tapping out a tune."
DJ Tech Tools - "We were skeptical at first, but drummers seem to really be enthused on the project – and since it sends MIDI, you can use it to control any sound you like."
Engadget - "Say it with style, say it with DrumPants!"
DVICE - "If you've ever really really wanted to make actual music by slapping parts of your body, then you're about to get super-duper excited."
ABC News - Top 5 Tech Trends for 2014
The Awesomer - "Wearable drum pads that you can put over or under your pants or any other piece of clothing."
Dude!!! I Want That - "Here are some rad things DrumPants can do..."
Cool Things - "Simply tap on the corresponding control sensor to trigger individual percussion sounds just like a standard pair of electronic drums. Easy."
CBS News - "Allowing everyone to literally march to the beat of their own drum."
Drum Chattr - "...wearables as the next new big technological wave. I’m excited to see drumming/percussion as a part of this developing trend."
Technabob - "Your body is a drummer's land."
Gear Gods - "Now that my dreams are being actualized I may not be able to handle it."
Killer Startups - "The fact that they are backed by a process [design thinking] gives them the extra boost from 'fun idea' to 'viable business.'"
Yahoo News - "The only limit is your imagination."
Play whenever inspiration strikes.
Traditional instruments can’t be replaced, but they have not kept up with our increasingly mobile, on-the-go lifestyles. We want you to play anywhere, from jamming with friends to performing live on stage.
Loop and Layer Beats
All the functionality of a looping pedal, built into your shoe! Control looping apps like Loopy (iPad) with the DrumPants foot pedal sensor. Customize different gestures to control different parts of the software:
One tap: start looping. Two taps: overdub. Three taps: delete loop
See DrumPants in Action:
We Need Your Help
We're makers ourselves, and so we've experienced the joy of creating and the frustration of knowing that our creations were fragile.
The delicate combination of electronics and fabric in our original prototypes called for an industrially manufactured design that speaks to durability and comfort, which we have refined over dozens of iterations with our testers.
Our early prototypes used Arduino and custom circuitry, which made our case 4X larger then it needed to be and uncomfortable to wear. However, our new streamlined custom PCB and case is only cost effective with your help.
We've teamed up with our friends at Boombotix so you can drum out loud on the go! All backers pledging for any DrumPants kit will get a 15% discount code for a Boombotix portable speaker. Pledge before December 15th to get your Boombot in time for Christmas!
Ok, we are super excited to offer you:
Our Back Story
Our inventor Tyler has worked on DrumPants for six years. It started out as a prank he wanted to play on his drummer friends -- to have pants that make real drum sounds.
Over the years it expanded beyond a stunt, to a master's project, to an educational tool used to teach teenagers about programming and music production, to finally what it is today: an industrial, production ready wearable music kit.
Today, we've come to you at Kickstarter to ask for help in completing this next leg of our six year journey.
- Six velocity sensors in two wearable strips: four drum pad sensors and two foot pedal sensors.
- Add another two strips for 12 sensors total.
- Control box with 100+ built-in high-quality sounds.
- Includes custom ultra-thin velcro stickies for attaching to clothes. Just stick them inside your clothes and easily swap the drum pad strips between outfits.
- DrumPants app lets you connect DrumPants to a computer via USB.
- DrumPants PRO also lets you connect to a smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth 4.0.
DrumPants App Overview
The DrumPants software takes output data from the DrumPants or a connected Arduino and lets you manipulate it in real time. Just tell it what kind of sensor you’re using, calibrate it using the on-screen graphs, and choose actions to trigger.
- Send MIDI notes to other music apps or instruments
- Send OpenSoundControl (OSC) messages
- Emulate keyboard keystrokes to control games, YouTube, PowerPoint, etc.
- Advanced actions like auto-increment, parameter animation, even meta-control DrumPant App's presets and settings with our open API.
- Total phone automation with Tasker (Android only)
- Receive MIDI/OSC messages from other programs or instruments and transform them into the above actions. This gives you advanced routing capabilities similar to Osculator or Max/MSP.
App System requirements
DrumPants PRO (Bluetooth Low-Energy):
iPhone 4S/5/5S, iPad 3rd/4th gen, iPad Retina. (iOS 7 required).
Android: Nexus 5 (Android 4.3 required).
DrumPants USB connection (PRO and basic):
Windows 7+ Mac
OS X 10.7+
Supported Arduino hardware:
Most Atmega-based Arduinos with USB connection (Uno, Leonardo, etc.), or the following Bluetooth Low-Energy shields:
Where We are Now
Currently, we have six working prototypes, as you have seen used in our DrumPants videos and product demos.
Soon, we will finalize:
- Refined UI design for our iOS app
- Production process with selected manufacturers
- Packaging design
We’ve also had the amazing opportunity to work with a fantastic team of musicians, drummers, artists, DJ/Vjs, engineers, designers, manufacturers and industry experts who have helped inform the product.
Even if you are unable to contribute, you can still help enable mobile musicians and support wearable tech by telling your friends about DrumPants!
Together, let’s make mobile, technology enabled, and wearable instruments into a reality!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing - Lei has extensive experience in manufacturing and fulfillment, and we've confirmed price and delivery ability with a qualified manufacturer. After our campaign is funded, we will personally supervise the production process.
Software - Tyler and Christoph have worked on large software projects and websites for Adobe, Google, and the Smithsonian, so we know what it takes to develop and test for such a wide array of platforms and devices.
Order Fulfillment Complexity - We aim to match or beat our delivery dates. Also, we're working with established 3rd party logistics companies to ensure international shipping goes as smoothly as possible.
Product Adjustments - As we expand our beta testing to those who claim our “Beta Test” rewards, we may discover small adjustments which can further improve DrumPants. We will be as transparent as possible about both the product improvements and/or possible timeline delays, and will involve you, our community, as much as possible when making decisions.
Software Restrictions - Due to Apple’s iOS, features such as controlling the phone’s system settings (e.g., putting phone on vibrate) will not be available. The Android version may require root or 3rd party apps for altering advanced settings. Emulating keystrokes is only available on Windows/Mac at initial release.
From our extensive network of previous Kickstarter campaign creators, we have learned a lot. We expect for unforeseen issues to arise. However, we are dedicated to bringing our vision of creating and sharing music to everyone; with your help we can do good together.
If you’d like to support our cause, any donation amount helps! Just click the “Back This Project” button at the top of the page.
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Atmel Cortex M3 ARM processor running at 84 MHz
Bluegiga Bluetooth Low-Energy BLE113 ultra-low latency chip (DrumPants PRO only)
Built-in sound engine for 1/8" headphone jack with 128 instrument sample banks (conforms to General MIDI 2 spec)
Micro-USB for connection to desktop/laptop
Drum Pad Sensors per Strip (CPU supports up to 4 strips for 12 sensors total):
Two (2) velocity-sensitive piezo hit triggers
One (1) force-sensitive resistor foot pedal: detects hits (for kick drum/loop pedal), as well as how hard you are pressing down with your foot (for hi-hat pedal, or for controlling volume, pitch bend, etc.)
All drum pad sensors can be configured from the DrumPants app to send custom MIDI notes, CC messages, or control more advanced actions.
Our app also provides a full suite of configurable options for pad sensitivity and retrigger intervals.
Each drumpad strip has two sensors inside of it and a tiny connector for the 3rd sensor (the foot pedal sensor).
For the foot pedal sensor, here is a picture of our current beta:
It is a soft, flexible, ultra-thin pressure sensor, designed with comfort and durability in mind. Our testers have been walking around in them constantly to help us improve their comfort and sensitivity for everyday use. As with the rest of the DrumPants design, the foot pedal sensor can be worn in multiple ways, not just in the shoe.
At the end of the foot sensor, there is a small connector into which you plug a thin, flexible wire to connect it to the main drum pad strips. You will be able to store any excess wire in the main drum pad strip.
From our research, we’ve discovered the wire length should be around 2 ft long. However, we are still doing some beta testing to finalize our ideal length… some of our testers are really tall!
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DrumPants Sticker - Tell everyone you support the mobile musician revolution.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DRUMPANTS APP (Early Bird)
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DrumPants T-Shirt + App - show your support for our project, musicians, and independent makers! Includes DrumPants app for all platforms.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DrumPants Kit - Early Bird. Six drum triggers and controller with 100+ built in sounds. Works with headphones/external speaker and Windows/Mac.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DrumPants Kit - Six drum triggers and controller with 100+ built in sounds. Works with headphones/external speaker and Windows/Mac USB connection.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DrumPants PRO Kit - Early Bird Everything in the DrumPants Kit PLUS Bluetooth wireless functionality for iOS and Android. Includes DrumPants app for all supported platforms.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DrumPants PRO Kit - Everything in the DrumPants Kit PLUS Bluetooth wireless functionality for iOS and Android. Includes DrumPants app for all supported platforms.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE NEIL PEART: Six drum pads not enough? Deck out your drumkit to the max with an additional two sensor strips for a total of 12 drum pads! Includes DrumPants PRO with Bluetooth and app.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Beta Kit - Get your DrumPants PRO kit early! Join our team as a beta tester. We will provide in-depth customer support and an opportunity to upgrade to the final product at the end. You will be required to fill out short user surveys and may be invited to complete a user demo interview.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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Jam with the founders! We'll take you out to dinner at one of our favorite San Francisco restaurants, and afterwards we can have a DrumPants jam session! (Travel to SF not included)Estimated delivery:
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Interactive Video Art Installation - Unique custom art installation for your home or office lobby using DrumPants' sensors. Get a unique piece that reacts to visitors when they hit, touch, or step on it. Will it be a couch that sings when you sit on it? A wall that ripples when you walk by? Only the mystery video artist will know! Travel fees outside of San Francisco Bay Area not included.Estimated delivery:
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