MacRumors Giveaway: Win Sphero's Specdrums and Turn Colors Into Music

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Sphero to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win Specdrums, a finger-worn ring that's designed to turn colors into sounds and music.

Specdrums, priced at $65, fit on your index finger and have an optical sensor built into the front that can recognize colors and translate them into sound using the accompanying Specdrums app.


A simple tap makes a sound, and the sound sets can be customized in the Specdrums app with dozens of options available. For maximum creativity, you can also record your own sounds, and then put them together using finger taps on different colors. Red is one sound, orange is another, yellow is a third sound, and so on.

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The app has hundreds of built-in sounds, from drums and other simple musical instruments to rainforest sounds, pop music, hip hop, house music, retro mixes, video game sounds, and dozens of other options.

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Specdrums come with a color mat that you can use to make music, but as long as you have the app on an iPhone or an iPad, you can tap the Specdrums against anything colored - rugs, clothing, walls, drawings, and more - to play sounds.


Songs can be recorded in the Specdrums app, so the music you're making can be shared and imported into other apps and software. Specdrums are also designed to work with Bluetooth MIDI apps on your ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, or Mac.

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Specdrums have a two hour battery life before needing to be recharged using a standard micro-USB cable, and if you want to make music with friends, more than one ring can be used together. As we said in our review, Specdrums are the perfect music making device for creative kids, but adults will enjoy the Specdrums too.

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If you want to buy Specdrums, you can get them from Sphero or from the Apple Store, and we also have seven Specdrums to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (April 26) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 3. The winners will be chosen randomly on May 3 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

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Top Rated Comments

Unity451 Avatar
66 months ago
I hope I win so that I can remove these from the general population.
Just doing my part.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pumpkinwhite Avatar
66 months ago
I know they are trying to sell this as a music creation tool, but I can see another potential use for such a device, and maybe sphero can incorporate that into their marketing. I think it might be a great tool for blind people. By touching different surfaces they can associate the color they are touching by the sound.

It would certainly make a great gift if you have friends or family with visual impairment.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unity451 Avatar
66 months ago
Dude, stop being so cynical! These are cool insofar as they are an indication of things to come. Imagine using these but without rings, and what if the colors could dynamically change? It'd be like a… screen… you could… touch.

A screentouch device.
Hah! Like that'd ever happen...
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
66 months ago
I hope I win so that I can remove these from the general population.
Just doing my part.
Dude, stop being so cynical! These are cool insofar as they are an indication of things to come. Imagine using these but without rings, and what if the colors could dynamically change? It'd be like a… screen… you could… touch.

A screentouch device.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
0947347 Avatar
66 months ago
Dude, stop being so cynical! These are cool insofar as they are an indication of things to come. Imagine using these but without rings, and what if the colors could dynamically change? It'd be like a… screen… you could… touch.

A screentouch device.
A touch screen device?
Are you from a future or something? If the thing is not operated by hitting it with a large chunk of rock, then it will never catch up. Never, ever ever ever. Period.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)