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Sphero, the company behind the now-discountinued Star Wars droid toys, has launched a device called "Specdrums," a wearable ring that plays different music based on the color you tap it against. The Colorado-based startup Specdrums had previously debuted the music-enabled rings a few years ago, but the rings will now be sold under the Sphero brand following an acquisition by Sphero last summer.

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The rings work by connecting to an iOS or Android app, and when the user taps Specdrums against a certain color, the app will play a musical note. The company says that this will empower kids of all ages and skill levels to play music on nearly any surface in the world around them.
"Sphero recognizes Specdrums as an opportunity to engage kids at the intersection of arts, math, science and technology, building a parallel framework between coding and music composition," said Paul Berberian, CEO, Sphero.

"By seeing the world around them as a canvas, kids are able to use Specdrums to create their own songs using coding, which is really exciting for them, their parents and their teachers. Meanwhile, the creative pattern-making of loops and sounds strengthens their math and problem-solving skills."
The Specdrums Mix app includes customizable sounds so that users can explore musical instruments like drums, a keyboard, and over 100 other instruments. The rings themselves are made from silicon and include motion and light sensors to turn surrounding colors into sound.

Specdrums also come with a multi-color playpad to tap the rings on, but the company encourages users to simply use anything in their vicinity to get started with Specdrums. Specdrums will cost $64.99 for one ring and $99.99 for two rings, and is available to purchase starting today. The first devices will begin shipping the week of January 15, and select retail stores will begin selling the rings in the spring.

Article Link: CES 2019: Sphero Debuts iPhone-Connected 'Specdrums' Rings, Turning Color Into Musical Sound
 

YaBe

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Sphero... a company that won't be seeing any more money from me after the R2D2 fiasco (2 year support for a simple App???)
 

NachosTonight

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How does this company stay in business. They make useless overpriced junk.




Sphero, the company behind the now-discountinued Star Wars droid toys, has launched a device called "Specdrums," a wearable ring that plays different music based on the color you tap it against. The Colorado-based startup Specdrums had previously debuted the music-enabled rings a few years ago, but the rings will now be sold under the Sphero brand following an acquisition by Sphero last summer.

specdrums-image.jpg

The rings work by connecting to an iOS or Android app, and when the user taps Specdrums against a certain color, the app will play a musical note. The company says that this will empower kids of all ages and skill levels to play music on nearly any surface in the world around them.
The Specdrums Mix app includes customizable sounds so that users can explore musical instruments like drums, a keyboard, and over 100 other instruments. The rings themselves are made from silicon and include motion and light sensors to turn surrounding colors into sound.

Specdrums also come with a multi-color playpad to tap the rings on, but the company encourages users to simply use anything in their vicinity to get started with Specdrums. Specdrums will cost $64.99 for one ring and $99.99 for two rings, and is available to purchase starting today. The first devices will begin shipping the week of January 15, and select retail stores will begin selling the rings in the spring.

Article Link: CES 2019: Sphero Debuts iPhone-Connected 'Specdrums' Rings, Turning Color Into Musical Sound
[doublepost=1546874474][/doublepost]How do they stay in business. They make useless overpriced junk.
 

AngerDanger

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So it's a device you connect to your smartphone and then touch while looking at the touchscreen of your smartphone?

Alternatively, cut out the middleman and use your damn phone.
 
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I think the rings are over-priced, but the idea is intriguing. I thought initially that the rings played a certain pitch based on a color (which could be really powerful), but the video seems to indicate they trigger different samples based on color. That's sort of novel, but not as useful as controlling pitch directly. For instance, tapping on a stone wall could produce really interesting experimental music given the wall's texture variations. The web page also doesn't indicate whether the rings are pressure-sensitive to control amplitude. Again from the video, I doubt it. Given how briefly Sphero supported their expensive toys, I'd be leery of investing money in what appears to be another toy from them.
 
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