Electric Percussion Instrument Makes Sweet Grooves, Brings Geeks And Musicians Together

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Playing the Slaperoo. [Credit: Slaperoo]
Playing the Slaperoo. [Credit: Slaperoo]
There were a lot of crazy gadgets at Maker Faire this year, and the Slaperoo was definitely one of the craziest. The Slaperoo is an electric percussion instrument that helps bring tech and music together, and it lets you make an awesome groove unlike any other out there.

Made of a long aluminum tube for sound to travel through and a long steel strap to strike (with your hands) or bow (like a violin), the Slaperoo makes a very metalic sound. The sound or vibrations are then picked up by a transducer, which converts it to an audio signal. The Slaperoo also comes equiped with a 1/4-inch audio plug so that you can use it with an amplifier of your choice.

If you thought this thing couldn't get any cooler, it does. You can use also use it with effects pedals and loopers to make all kinds of melodies or a background beat to play along with.

(Sorry for the poor video quality. The room was dark and I was using a simple point and shoot.)

Normally, you can pick up your own Slaperoo for $599 and $30 for shipping, but to celebrate MakerFaire, they have a special deal of two Slaperoos for $798 with free shipping (you can pair up with a buddy to buy them) if you order by May 25.

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