Specdrums, now live on Kickstarter, are a sort of combination drum machine and synthesizer that you wear on your finger. The rings are connected to an app on your phone, and let you create beats and music by simply tapping your finger on different colors. They can be any color, and those colors can be on any surface.
To start, you setup the app by touching the Specdrums ring on a colored surface, and then assigning a corresponding sound. The sounds can be a drum, piano note, or pretty much anything commonly associated with synthesizers and electronic music production. After sounds have been assigned to particular colors, you can create music by tapping the ring on the color corresponding to the sound you want.
It’s a pretty novel way to create music, and has some interesting potential. You can play music on anything that has color, so it’s entirely possible to lay down some dope beats using just your t-shirt or the table cloth at a restaurant. The Specdrums ring comes with a multicolored swatch, and the Kickstarter page has some cool demonstrations using just that. But, really, anything can be used.
Synthesizers come in all shapes and sizes, for all sorts of specialized uses. So, it’s hard to say if the Specdrums rings have potential as a serious tool for real musicians. But, they certainly look fun! The team has already had 100 rings manufactured and beta tested, so the tech appears to be sorted out. If this looks like something you’d enjoy, it seems to be a safe Kickstarter to back.