At Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, PhD student Danielle Wilde has invented a new type of musical instrument which will help you create music using your hips and waist. “I wanted to make something that encourages people to explore and extend the range of movement of their hips – outside of coordinated activities such as dance and sport,” Wilde told the University paper. The result is a pair of horizontal disks worn around the hips with electronics, speakers and conductive fabric sensors that play music when the wearer bends and the disks touch – not quite the musical hula hoop you might have been hoping for, but certainly another step in that direction. hipDisk is rather ungainly, funny, and very entertaining though and the aim is to improve flexibility, musical and spatial awareness, enhancing well being while having fun. Wilde’s invention won first prize on the popular Australian ABC television program The New Inventors where it competed against two life-saving devices for use in sports. It is now in the running for the Invention of the Year award, which will go to air on The New Inventors in August.