Aseem Mishra, a 17-year-old pupil from Hymers College in Hull, won the senior age group title at the Young Engineer of Great Britain Competition for designing a pair of jeans that double as a drum kit. When wearing the jeans you can tap out a tune on their thighs by hitting sensors placed inside the trousers, the amp and circuitry is carried in a backpack.
Mishra explains where he got his idea; ‘I’ve been drumming for about eight years now and it’s such a hassle taking a drum kit around. I’ve got a band and whenever we go to a gig, we put the drum kit in the car and it fills the whole car. So one of the guys has to go to the gig in the car with the drum kit and come back for everybody else. This was just a project I was doing at home in my own time, I love electronics and I love drumming so it’s a culmination of my passions. I just started messing around at home and I’ve got a system that works.’