By Andrew Liszewski
Designed by Lee Dong Chul and Tamy Lee the Lapbeat is a concept drum synthesizer that sits between your knees like a traditional conga drum or can be played on a stand and uses touch pads to provide a realistic drumming experience using your hands.
Lapbeat is a digital percussion instrument that can be played anywhere, in any position, and at anytime. Lapbeat has been designed with precise ergonomic considerations for playing in a sitting position. This digital percussion instrument has adapted and innovatively redefined the sound structure of classical percussion instruments where sound of the drumming echoes and flows out from below. By installing built-in speakers at the bottom and v-drum (advanced electronic MIDI drum trigger) technology into the touch pads, the timbre of the sound is made deeper and richer.
The Lapbeat actually won its creators a reddot design concept award in 2006 but unfortunately it doesn’t appear as if there are any plans to make the drum available for sale.