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Paint Transforms T-shirts Into Sounds

Friday, January 22, 2016

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Warning to parents: You might want to cover your ears.

Textile designer Selina Reiterer and architect Constantinos Miltiadisin have developed T-shirts that turns kids into rock stars—and fosters their musical creativity—using electrically conductive paint.

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Named for the UK’s famous rock trio from the Fab Four, each shirt has an silk-screened interactive design that resembles the instrument corresponding with the sound it makes.

The pair’s project, John Paul George & Me, created three T-shirts with musical instruments: one with a guitar; another with a bass; and the third with drums. Named for the UK’s famous rock trio from the Fab Four, each shirt has an silk-screened interactive design that resembles the instrument corresponding with the sound it makes.

How it Works

According to the project’s website, a microcontroller attached in a removable pocket located in the back of each shirt. The controller is connected to the electronically conductive paint using conductive thread.

When kids touch the instruments on the shirts, a Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) signal sends the sound to a mobile device using iOS or Android apps. The shirts produce playback sound in real time.

Each shirt can be connected to an individual device, or multiple shirts can be connected to a single device, the pair explain. And because the sound is coming from the device and not the actual shirt, the users can connect them to headphones or play them out of the device’s speaker system.

When kids touch the instruments on the shirts, a Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) signal sends the sound to a mobile device using iOS or Android apps. The shirts produce playback sound in real time.

The shirts and paint themselves are washable, flexible and nontoxic, according to the website.

Reiterer and Miltiadisin say the T-shirts still are in the prototyping stage.

   

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