April 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM ET
Controlling things with an iPad isn't new, and sequencers aren't new, and remote drums aren't new -- but putting all three things together is definitely new. This homebrew project from Liat Segal is a fun example of how not everything you do with your devices needs to be all-digital.
The remote drums were developed over the last couple years, but more recently they have been mated to a sequencing program on the iPad so that someone can change the rhythms on the fly.
Read Write Web has a video of a performance given very recently at Microsoft's "Think Next" conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, and you can watch an earlier recording here:
If you're interested in how the drums and software are wired and paired, Segal has a lot of information available here. Essentially it's a radio transceiver attached to a small Arduino board, with connectors that go straight to the robot drumstick servos. And the drums themselves are "darbuka" drums, in case you like the sound.
Devin Coldewey is acontributing writer for msnbc.com. His personal website iscoldewey.cc.