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Spherical musical instrument created

11 December 2013 Last updated at 17:38 GMT

A start-up technology company has developed an electronic spherical musical instrument.

The Alphasphere allows users to programme different pads to play different notes and even the sounds of different instruments.

The idea came about after the inventor took the wires from a midi-keyboard and attached them to plastic cups filled with balloons.

The team behind the invention are part of an initiative between five UK universities that helps tech start-ups gain access to funding and business expertise.