A Record Player With No Records, And Lasers Instead Of A Needle

Interesting concept and something for the geekish side of us.

In an alternative universe, Thomas Edison never invented the phonograph. We figured out lasers, computers, and MIDI audio first. Then, and only then, did someone think to place grooves on a disc and spin it around, reading its bumps to make music.

This is the basic idea* behind Soundmachines. Created by The Product for, of all things, a Volkswagen event, it’s essentially a giant, three-headed laser record player. But instead of playing records–an inforich medium that can only be read one way–it reads something with far less information that can be read billions of ways.