Make your own toy piano T-shirt

Just wait until the ladies clock you in one of these...
Just wait until the ladies clock you in one of these...

Wearable keyboards have a rather chequered history - has anyone ever looked good playing a keytar? - but perhaps their future will be brighter now that we have the toy piano T-shirt.

This is, quite literally, a toy piano attached to a T-shirt. The one in the picture was created for an Electronic Textile Workshop held in Switzerland (who knew such events took place?), but a step-by-step guide to fashioning your own is available online.

In essence, it's as simple as taking a toy piano apart and attaching the components to a T-shirt with poppers (these can be removed when you want to give the shirt a wash). Its eight notes can be played by pressing fabric buttons.

MusicRadar has three specific problems with the toy piano T-shirt: it makes the wearer look like a bit foolish, the sound isn't great and, as you can see below, you look a chump playing it. But these quibbles aside, it's probably excellent.

(Via Coolest Gadgets)


Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.