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Air guitar T-shirt up for award

Published 15/03/2011 | 14:57

The T-shirt is in the running for the Music-Related Technologies accolade at the SXSW Accelerator event in Austin, Texas
The T-shirt is in the running for the Music-Related Technologies accolade at the SXSW Accelerator event in Austin, Texas

A T-shirt which can be played like a guitar has been shortlisted for a technology award in the United States.

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Design company FauvelKhan, founded by Swansea Metropolitan students Luke Khan and Warren Fauvel, is in the running for the Music-Related Technologies accolade at the SXSW Accelerator event in Austin, Texas.

Its entry, the only one from the European Union, is an AiR Guitar, which turns a T-shirt into a playable musical instrument.

The T-shirt has a barcode-type symbol which, when picked up via a webcam, can trigger notes to be played on a computer.

The pair initially developed the idea as a promotional item for South Wales band The Last Republic, but hope it will now prove to be a hit across the music industry.

Mr Khan, an industrial design graduate from Cardiff, said: "It was a surprise to be the only European-based company shortlisted.

"To be selected for the final eight from 400 worldwide entries is testament to the creative and hard-working team we have.

"SXSW puts us on the world stage and it's exciting to think of what this means for the company going forward."

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