Picture of Drum Wear: drums in your clothing!
Look at the riders of any city bus. Many of them are plugged into their music players, tapping along to the beat, pretending they have drums at their disposal. Now there's no need to pretend! Drum wear gives aspiring drummers a fully portable and fun drum kit anywhere they go. The system uses force-sensitive sensors built right into pants and shoes to create corresponding drum noises.

We'll take a bottom-up approach, starting from wiring up sensors into pants and shoes, and ending with getting the arduino to properly communicate to the computer.

You will need the following parts:
- pair of jeans
- pair of shoes
- arduino (duemilanove)
- computer (mac)
- 4 force-sensitive resistors
- electrical tape
- small pocketable box
- tiny and medium sized breadboards
- male and female headers
- resistors (200, 20k ohm)
- wire and wire trimmer
- soldering iron and solder

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Step 1: Prepare the Sensors

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Cut two pairs of wires long enough to reach from each knee to your left jean pocket. Strip a little bit off the ends and apply some solder to join the wire strands.

Next, attach two force-sensitive resistors (FSRs) to the wires by applying some solder to the wires and then bringing the FSR tips and carefully melting the solder. Warning: FSRs are encased in plastic which melts very easily while soldering.

After you've soldered the tips, take a piece of electrical tape and wrap it around each wire to ensure that they are properly insulated. 

Step 2: Wire the Pants

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Use electrical tape to attach the FSRs to the inside of the jeans, around the knee area. Run each wire through the jeans from the knee to the left pocket. Note: electrical tape works especially well because it's so adhesive to clothing!
That must be quite uncomfortable.
Dyte3 years ago
I'm in the process of making a set of electronic drums myself, and I really thought that you needed to use a midi interface for this.
Glad to see it can also be done by simply sending the data over serial and then picking it up with python!
JumpStart3 years ago
12 year old kids want to do this- we are not yet ip to python_pygame speed.
Any simpler, way to make drum clothing?
farzadbayan4 years ago
Nice ...
lemonie5 years ago
Nice, have you seen this one?
John Ottway