Bitterwallet's Christmas List: No. 15 - The floating record player
Despite the onslaught of the CD and the mp3 over the past quarter of a century, vinyl refuses to die. Quite right too – there’s something warm and soulful and timeless about that slice of black plastic that can never be replicated by any other format.
So the news is that vinyl’s not going anywhere and you can screw your iPod because this is the future of musical playability. It’s called the Void LP Player and it’s a miracle of modern science. For crying out loud, look at it! The record FLOATS while it bloody well plays! As its designer, Rhea Jeong, says…
“The record player uses a carrier and dock outfitted with a magnetic and auto-calibrating control system which carries the LP into thin air as it is playing music. a self-running record player shaped in the form of a red sphere, contains a needle, amplifier and speaker, spins around the record, bringing the music to life.
The sphere that plays the vinyl was technically influenced by the 'vinyl killer', currently the world's smallest LP player that has a built-in motor, amplifier and speaker. Simple colors and shapes express a kind of astronomical movement between the object and space.
The levitation is managed electronically. Once turning the player on, you can manage the elevation levels through the touch sensors on the front side of the base unit.”
Sounds like a load of old dicking bollocks doesn’t it? Mmm… sadly, the key word about Rhea is ‘designer’ – even sadlier, the Void is not real, well not at this stage. Probably never if the truth be told. It’s merely a concept – and a bastard sexy one too.
If Rhea can manage to mass-produce these before Decemeber 25th, then we’ll definitely have one. Unless it costs more than £200.