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Radio Drum

Working with the Victoria Conservatory of Music, CanAssist has developed a unique musical instrument called the Radio Drum. This device has two elements: drum sticks with small transmitters embedded in their tips, and a rectangular surface containing a detector that determines the relative position of each drum stick. A person can generate and change a sound by moving the sticks in a particular direction and at various speeds or by hitting the surface. The sounds generated can be customized to the individual user. A wide range of users can play this device – from those with very limited movement to those with excellent dexterity. Some users have created very sophisticated music with this system.

(This technology was delivered in 2005.)

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