© 2019 by Christine Dierk.

Breakin' Beats

Making crutches clutch with instruments and such
Critical Making • Spring 2016
Christine Dierk, Tiffany Lam, Hannah Sarver, Eldon Schoop, and Siqi Wang

Being on crutches can cause not just physical difficulty in day-to-day life but social isolation as well, since many group activities require mobility for participation. Especially for young children whose social lives revolve around the playground at recess, having to use crutches can cause feelings of loneliness. Introducing Breakin’ Beats, which turns crutches into musical instruments when not actively in use. Our product encourages social interaction based around the physical presence of crutches, both in the injured person’s immediate physical vicinity and in their support circles. The two crutches act as separate instruments which can be coordinated to create a collective musical experience. Breakin’ Beats also supports remote collaboration, allowing parents and others to get in on the action through a web service.