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November 16, 2006

Play Air Guitar, For Real

Kinda. The shirt has sensors in it that create sound, when linked to speakers.

So, instead of a looking like a total idiot, you look like a total idiot who makes loud noises.

Australian scientists have invented a T-shirt that allows air guitarists to play actual music as they strum the air.

The T-shirt, created by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), is called a "wearable instrument shirt."

The shirt has sensors in each elbow and sleeves to detect and interpret the air guitarist's arm movements -- one arm chooses chords and the other strums imaginary strings.

The gestures are then connected wirelessly to guitar audio samples to generate the music.

"It's an easy to use, virtual instrument that allows real time music making, even by players without significant musical or computing skills," said CSIRO engineer Richard Helmer.

"It allows you to jump around and the sound generated is just like an original mp3," Helmer said in a statement on Monday.

Scientists say that within five years it's conceivable that men will be playing a genuine "skin flute" thanks to advances in wearable-electronics condom technology.

Thanks to Blacksheep.


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