Drum major jacket fashion
- Touchpads on the T-shirt work like drum controllers
- Builds up three-minute looping drumbeat
- Takes 4 AA batteries
The T-shirt has seven built-in 'drum pads' which you play by tapping on them. Each has nine different sounds. You can record up to three minutes of drumbeat, then add more and more sounds for a complex beat
Teenagers often rely on T-shirt slogans to irritate the older generation - but a new electric drum machine T-shirt takes it to a new level.
The T-shirt lets its wearer create drum loops similar to the ones used on dance records by tapping on drum 'pads' on the T-shirt, then unleashing the beat via a tiny amplifier and speaker.
The seven touch pads in the keyboard have nine different sounds each - allowing wearers to record 'loops' of up to three minutes in length, with drum sounds from disco to rock to 'classic jazz'.
Once you create a 'drum loop', you can also keep adding more 'layers' of sound for a more complex beat, although it may be wise not to try this on public transport.
You can mix and match sounds for a truly 'unique' beat.
The shirt requires 4 AA batteries - and is, thankfully, washable - although you have to remove the battery pack first.
It connects to the amplifier via a normal headphone jack, and the amp clips onto your belt for a truly portable sound.
'This fully-playable t-shirt based drum machine lets you make complex beats with ease while strolling down the boulevards of funkytown,' enthuses seller ThinkGeek.
The drum machine lets you tap in rhythm to build up a drum loop, record three minutes worth of beats, then play them via an amplifier you clip to your belt
The drum machine T-shirt takes 4 AA batteries - you have to remove them before washing, and unclipping the little amplifier also helps
'Not only do you get 9 different drum kits at your disposal, you can create your own drum loops just like a professional drum machine. Simply tap the drum pads on the front of the shirt to create a rhythm.'
The shirt - with tiny amplifier - retails for .99.
It's not available in the UK - certainly not for a Christmas delivery - but UK users can at least console themselves with a slightly less complex Electronic Guitar shirt.
The Electronic Guitar shirt has a full fretboard, which you tap to play major chords - and also has a clip-on belt amplifier.
The shirt is £29.99 from Firebox.
The advanced looping functions aren't available on the simpler rock T-shirt, though.