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Steering wheel-mounted drum machine

Do you tap on your steering wheel?
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Mount little finger- and hand-activated drum machine pads in various places around the steering wheel of your car.
drzeus, Apr 25 2002

ThumDrum [sic] and FingerDrum Kits http://www.paia.com/midibrn.htm
Start with this. Set it up to MIDI trigger a drumbox built into your car audio system. [waugsqueke, Apr 26 2002]

Casio SK-1 http://www.tonymason.com/casio/sk1.cfm
if anyone has one for sale, talk to me [BunsenHoneydew, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


po, Apr 25 2002

       ...bang your gong.
phoenix, Apr 25 2002

       This is a great idea! (Of course, there would be demands for new "Road Rage" sound modules that would hook various explosions, machine gun sounds, bomb whistles, etc. to the drum pads.)
tspyz, Apr 25 2002

       The biggest problem would be with an experienced drummer..you need foot pedals:) I can see it now...brake, gas, gas, gas/brake, gas. Might be interesting if you could hook it into your stereo system. Could be practice for the konami game: drummania.
elvis314, Apr 25 2002

       This is a good idea. I see people tapping to the beat on their steering wheels all the time.  It'd drive passengers nuts, though.
bristolz, Apr 25 2002

       Love this idea! Perhaps you could make it out of pressure sensing film kinda stuff and just velcro it where you want it. Use some bluetooth wireless stuff to get it to the drum "brain". I agree that tying it into your stereo somehow would be an excellent idea. (Anybody every think of adding a 1/8 headphone IN jack to your dash?) Have some kind of recording device with a smartmedia card so you can play it later on your computer. Of course safety people would probably be all over it (especially with foot pedals). I think you could do left foot pedal though...
jkichline, Apr 25 2002

       clutch much, [jkich]?
globaltourniquet, Apr 25 2002

       For your feet, you could have little pads inside your shoes that you can tap your toes onto.
synaesthesia, Apr 25 2002

       I want one NOW! I give you 8 croissants for this idea. (Disguised to look like one, for fairness.)   

       I tap the wheel, slap it, whack it, wham it, thump it, and occasionally I stomp on my fake pedal left foot rest.
waugsqueke, Apr 25 2002

       Throw a keyboard up on the passenger's side dash, a fold down guitar and a microphone in the back and you've got yourself a four car pile up!
dag, Apr 25 2002

       You could build a keyboard in the top of the dashboard - on the rare occasions when I have driven a car, I end up with the heels of my palms on the top of the wheel and my fingers tapping the dash. If you drove in convoy you could have a band. Guitarist motorcyclists?
sappho, Apr 26 2002

       Casio SK-1, Ukelele, Harmonica have all been played in my car while I was driving. Never an accordian or my beloved long-lost bongo drums.
thumbwax, Apr 26 2002

       Awesome! You can add a microphone that you can sing along to the music with if you don't feel like drumming.
bspollard, Sep 20 2002


       I have a small 12-volt mixer wired into the stereo in my truck, at times we have had three-person drive-n-jams, with anything from a 606, 303, microphone beatboxing, Yamaha Dx100, etc etc etc   

       it's all good   

       now mounting some pads on the steering wheel, there's an idea...   

       oh for my poor dead SK-1
BunsenHoneydew, Nov 21 2002

       oh, YES. I WANT ONE!!   

       Well done [bunsen] for churning this one back up again, I missed it first time around.
egbert, Nov 21 2002

       Yeah, the TB303 would be pretty neat in a car. Especially considering it's about the size of a paperback novel and battery-operated. Looks like a toy!   

       One of these days I'm going to find one in the freebie box at a garage sale... *crosses fingers*
rapid transit, May 22 2003

       this is why auto insurance rates have skyrocketted in the last decade.
kissing bandit, Sep 18 2003

       I was going to post something like this just this morning. Already halfbaked.
RayfordSteele, Jun 22 2019


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