Weekend Fun: Wearable Instrument Shirt
Aussie Scientists have announced that they have developed a high-tech T-shirt that turns the strumming of an air guitar into music. The T-shirt has motion sensors built into its elbows that pick up the wearer’s arm motions and relay them wirelessly to a computer which interprets them as guitar riffs, said Richard Helmer, an engineer who leads the research team from the government’s Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
One arm is interpreted as picking chords while the other strums. The Wearable Instrument Shirt (catchy name right??) is adaptable to both right and left-handed would-be rock stars.
The shirt is a collaboration between CSIRO researchers in computing, chemistry, electronics, music composition and textile manufacture. (Aussie intellectuals really know how to put their collective minds to work…curing cancer, putting a man on Mars, nah!! Let’s make a stupid Air Guitar T-Shirt!) Helmer said sensors could be used in the future to reproduce a person in the virtual world so they could get feedback on their actions and improve their sporting techniques.