This wearable device for musicians can be used as a vibrational metronome or in synchronization with an entire band.
While a vast majority of wearable technology has been focused around health and fitness, a Berlin-based startup is hoping to change that with their new vibrational metronome. The aptly named Soundbrenner Pulse is the world’s first wearable gadget designed specifically for musicians to help them keep the beat and become better performers.
For those unfamiliar with the device, metronomes have been used for 200 years to help musicians keep a steady tempo as they play and to improve irregular timing. Unlike its predecessors, the Soundbrenner Pulse embodies a modular design and can be worn around the arm or leg, depending upon the instrument.
The device delivers haptic feedback directly on a users skin that is up to six times stronger than vibrational alerts commonly found in today’s smartphones. Measuring only slightly larger than a sports watch, the device provides musicians with the ability to perform solo or in groups of up to 10 users to follow a beat without the intrusiveness of an audible metronome.
The Bluetooth-enabled wearable can be paired with an accompanying mobile app to offer a customizable music coach, rhythm exercises, as well as multi-player synchronization using one person’s smartphone as the hub.
With the Soundbrenner Pulse, there are various ways that musicians can set the tempo they want to keep. For one, a unique BPM (beats per minute) Tap feature enables musicians to simply tap the desired beat onto the face of the device. This activates the capacitive touch sensor that captures the tempo while a proprietary algorithm translates the tap into haptic feedback in the form of precise vibrations. Beyond that, musicians can rotate the BPM Wheel surrounding the face of the device or use the Soundbrenner app to adjust the number of BPM to 300.
Aside from being embedded with Bluetooth Smart, the Soundbrenner Pulse has a battery of four to five hours along and packs several RGB LED lights that blink in unison with the beat and glow in various colors.
Intrigued? Head over to its official Indiegogo page, where the team is currently seeking $75,000. If all goes to plan, shipment is expected to begin in November 2015.