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Musical t-shirts turns children into little Beatles

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John Paul George & Me brings musical creativity to children through interactive t-shirts adorned with conductive paint.

Turning children into little Beethovens is something many parents dream about, and a new development in wearable technology is looking to introduce kids to music through play and games. Studioany’s wearable musical instruments — John Paul George & Me — are transforming children into little versions of the Beatles. The interactive textiles aim to encourage creativity and get children into music through collaboration and play.

Each t-shirt represents a different musical instrument: a bass guitar, guitar and drums. The shirts feature a removable microcrontroller that links to a mobile app via Bluetooth, which in turn plays the music. Multiple t-shirts can be connected to the same device to play like a wearable rock trio.

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But the Swiss project’s real creative work is in making new uses of conductive paint. The instruments on the t-shirts are applied using the electrically conductive paint, which is washable and non-toxic, and forms a space on the t-shirts that is sensitive to touch, allowing the children to play their instruments.

We’ve seen similar developments in using wearable tech for music and creativity, such as a jacket that enables users to create music through gestures alone. How long will it be before we see rock bands filling out stadiums playing music with their shirts and jackets?

Email: studioany.zurich@gmail.com

Website: studioany.com

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