Abuse Your iPad With Rubber Drumsticks

Playing with Garageband on the iPad 2 is one of the best examples of what strong software can mean for tablet devices. But using your fingers as virtual drumsticks is a pretty lame way to turn yourself into the next Tico Torres. Lucky for us, the Aussie designers behind the Wallee mounting bracket have come up with Pix and Stix - iPad compatible drumsticks and guitar picks.

Available in a pack of two miniaturised drumsticks and a single pick for $15, the Pix and Stix have electroconducive rubber tips that lets your iPad register contact without the need for skin on screen action. The tips are also designed to work without damaging your iPad's screen, but even so I wouldn't give them to my 20 month old son to test out any time soon.

At the moment, the product isn't actually guaranteed to be available - the guys are running a Kickstarter-like funding round to see if there's potential for the product to become a reality. If you order the product for $15 and not enough people come on board, you'll receive a full refund after 30 days.

Still, it seems like a clever idea and a great way to take advantage of Garageband on the iPad for a minimum cost.




    No bass pedal?

    Sounds like a horrible idea. Almost like those 3rd party peripheral clowns making tennis racquet/baseball bat/etc 'attachments' to the Wii controller that do absolutely nothing.

    Throwing in some plastic sticks isn't going to make the experience any more authentic, indeed, even semi-rigid rubber tips will never be as soft as fingertips and may damage the screen.

    Pix & Stix are alive - check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AjXf2-lQi4

    I think it might work. I have the "Boxwave" stylus. Two of them. The weight of the styluses are a little bt heavier than most others like the Pogo. But like a good writing pen just the right weight is everything. This is where having the lightest stylus is not always better. The Boxwave styluses do work pretty good as drum sticks, better than my finger, I am not sure. One thing is that you have to tap the stylus on more or less the tip. As with drumming and drum sticks a drummer wants to hold the sticks at a slight ange when drumming. Which you can not do with a stylus. So, if the sticks are of the right weight and feel good in your hand not like having a toy in your hand and allowing one to hold the sticks like a real drummer then they may be pretty good. Until someone actually uses them who knows. The company needs to send a few out to reviewers to test out. Oh, I did see a YouTube video of someone drumming with the sticks but no review of the sticks.

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