Converse Chuck Taylor Wah Wah Pedal

Converse Chuck Taylor Wah Wah Pedal

A wacky concept or cool idea the Converse Chuck Taylor wah wah pedal?

Ever heard of the Converse Chuck Taylor Wah Wah Pedal? I am not sure if this is a gimmick or not.  However, if it proves to be genuine then it is an interesting, if a little bit wacky, concept.  It doesn’t get much wackier than turning a pair of Converse trainers into a Wah Wah Pedal.  I am not sure the two things naturally combine but then who cares if the end result looks and sounds good.

Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Stars have always had a firm following in the music world. A pair of Chucks has been at the sole (pardon the pun) of many a guitar riff.  But now the humble Chucks look set to become an integral part of the music making process.

From Concept to Reality.

Thanks to design agency Critical Mass a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star trainers has been turned into a fully functioning wah wah pedal. Conceived back in 2013 the design team at Critical Mass have been experimenting with the idea of how to fit a wah wah pedal into a pair of Chucks.  Fast forward to 2016 and a tie-up with leading fashion and wearable technology brand CuteCircuit and the Wah pedal takes shape.  CuteCircuit found that the critical component of the wah wah, the potentiometer, needed to be re-engineered if the wah wah pedal was going to be integrated into a pair of trainers.

The design team came up with a flexible sensor which easily fits into the sole of a shoe. The flexible sensor registers movements similar to those of pressing an actual wah wah pedal.  That information is sent via blue tooth to a wah box which then gives the desired wah effect.

The recent press release from CuteCircuit and Critical Mass made no mention of whether they would be taking the idea commercial. However, the concept has gained a lot of attention and so we might soon be seeing more of the Converse Chuck Taylor wah wah pedal.

Below is a video showing an early prototype being put through its paces.

Converse – All Wah from James & Jason on Vimeo.

Go to the Cute Circuit website to find out more about the Converse Chuck Taylor Wah Wah pedal.

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