Specdrums are app-connected rings that turn the world's colors into your own personal sound machine. They let you create beats and melodies by tapping on anything with color, such as your clothes, our 12-color keyboard, or any objects you find around you. You can even draw and print out your own Specdrums instruments.
Simply tap to connect up to 10 rings to our iOS or Android app. Then tap colors to play musical pitches and sounds wirelessly through our app.
You can select many types of instruments, such as various keyboards, synths, and drum kits, or choose other collections of sounds, like your own recordings and sound effects. The color of each sound can be customized to match specific colors you find around you, like your clothes.
We've designed Specdrums to be the most accessible, portable musical device for people of all ages and musical backgrounds. They're fun for all and perfect for...
Specdrums are great for music education because they're low-storage, low-budget, and easy to set up - just buy the rings and download the free app. Children can learn musical pitches with the help of color recognition, arrange colors in order to play a song, and create their own instruments by coloring sketches or cutting out construction paper.
Since the world is full of color, you can play Specdrums anywhere. Tap at your desk, during your commute, while you're studying for that big test, or when you're walking down the street and see a colorful wall of graffiti. Even play them on other instruments to add drum beats.
Specdrums can be used to loop short musical snippets called Sloops, which consist of layered beats and melodies created using different instruments and vocal recordings within our app. These Sloops can be sent to friends or shared on social media, and can be downloaded and opened by others who can then contribute to them. This feature democratizes musical creation and creates a collaborative, welcoming musical experience.
We also offer the ability to save schemes for later use consisting of colors, instruments, and sounds. Create a scheme for all the colors you find at your desk, or another scheme for some new colored instrument you create yourself.
Outside of our app, Specdrums rings behave as a Bluetooth MIDI Device. This means they can connect to hundreds of other music-making apps, like GarageBand. They can even be connected to your laptop to play through software such as Ableton Live.
You can also make your own Specdrums application using our open source iOS app or Mac OSX & Linux Python library! Try creating a new game (e.g., color scavenger hunt), building home automation tools, using our accelerometer for gesture recognition, or developing an aid for color blindness. The possibilities are endless. Check out and contribute to our resources at github.com/specdrums.
In addition to your Specdrums ring(s), you'll receive each of the following.
The default ring color will be black, unless you were able to catch the green KS Limited Edition pair. If we reach our second stretch goal - $200,000 - we'll be asking our backers to choose and vote on a second color option, which would be selectable through a survey after the campaign ends. Even if the second stretch goal isn't reached, we're considering allowing backers to vote on the color of the default ring.
We've been committed to proving the capabilities and manufacturability of Specdrums before putting them up for sale. We've gone through nine major ring iterations, did a small manufacturing run of 100 rings, and shipped those rings to our first happy beta customers. We've proven that our product is manufacturable, robust, and working just as we've designed it to. Now we need to raise enough money to be able to fund higher-volume manufacturing so that Specdrums are more accessible in terms of price and availability. We've already lined up our manufacturing plans - all that's left to do is reach our funding goal and pull the trigger!
Check out some of our engineering CAD models.
Here's a demonstration of our current product's functionality, illustrating our hardware and software integration and range of features described throughout this page.
Check out some of our current product specifications below.
Tap colors. Make music.
Built with sleek technology including an accelerometer, light sensor, LEDs, and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity, Specdrums rings provide an accessible, portable, and tactile way to discover music creation without spending money on expensive, singular instruments. The MIX app provides curated sound packs that allow you to mix and produce entire songs with the tap of your finger. You can also connect Specdrums to any other music software that accepts Bluetooth MIDI, such as GarageBand and Ableton Live.
More than just playing DJ, Specdrums taps into the A of STEAM learning ('art') through music composition. All skill levels, from curious-minded kids to seasoned musicians, can create their own masterpieces with hundreds of instruments, loops, and sounds. Express your creativity and play music in a new, open-ended way with Specdrums.
For Android users, audio latency can vary significantly across different devices because of limitations outside the Specdrums MIX app. We support all Google Pixel devices or any of the following models or newer: Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation), Nexus 5, Redmi Note 4, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z5, and Nokia 6.
Specdrums rings don’t just work on the included Play Pad. Use them on clothes, drawings, or any colored object in your world.
Specdrums mimic the functions of digital drums, keyboards, and MIDI pads and can play an infinite number of sounds, including your own.
Specdrums rings work with Bluetooth MIDI applications on your phone or desktop, letting your creativity take the wheel.
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Specdrums is a unique and hands-on way to strengthen computational thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills — all proven to help kids thrive academically.
Built with sleek technology, Specdrums is an approachable musical instrument that provides an accessible, portable, and tactile way for anyone to discover music creation. Easy for beginners to explore but open-ended for advanced musicians to get creative, Specdrums provides an outlet for practicing music using your hands without loud, expensive, and large physical instruments.
Specdrums rings don’t just work on the included Play Pad. Use them on clothes, drawings, or any colored object in your world. Unlike pianos or drum sets, they won’t disturb your dog, parents, or neighbors.
More than just rings, Specdrums mimic the functions of digital drums, keyboards, and MIDI pads and can play an infinite number of sounds, including ones you record on your own.
We won’t hold you back. Specdrums rings work with Bluetooth MIDI applications on your phone or desktop, bringing some color to your Garage Band skills and letting your creativity take the wheel.
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