Sony Rolly dancing MP3 player
Rollin', dancin' music thang
Review The silence at the end of the phone was unusually ominous. “We've got something for you,” said the voice from Vulture Central. “Great - what is it?” Silence, then: “Just open the box when it arrives...”
Twenty-four hours later and a small black 300g rugby ball shaped dancing MP3 player is sitting on our desk:
Sony's Rolly: dancing thing
From a design perspective, Sony's Rolly is actually a rather cunningly constructed little box of tricks. The speakers sit at each end of the device covered by 'ear' flaps that can open at up to 90°. These flaps are in turn mounted on end caps that can rotate through 360°.
Inboard of the end caps are rubber rims that rotate in either direction giving the Rolly the ability to move forward or backward or spin on its axis. LEDs run the diameter of the device at the junction of the end caps and the rims while another set of LEDs surround the function button.
All those flaps, hinges, rims and lights allow the Rolly to execute an impressive array of moves and pyrotechnics - 700 individual lighting effects, according to Sony - while keeping everything remarkably compact.
The design does, however, have one major flaw. Every time the ear flaps close during a dance move, the sounds falls into the toilet because they cover the speakers. This is shame because with the flaps open the Rolly produces a very nice sound for something its size, with solid bass, focused treble and no distortion whatsoever, even at higher volume levels.
The Rolly's exterior controls are limited to an on/off/Bluetooth slider and a well-concealed mini USB port. Changing albums and tracks is achieved by rolling the device forward or back. Spinning the unit on its axis, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, adjusts the volume.
OK, it's pointless in my age bracket (40+), but THIS is just a great piece of thinking or at least creating. It needs to be viewed more as a piece of tech art than a useful device, and as THAT it is blooming successful. It's got a nice piece of industrial design, cool aesthetics, let's the user actually create with it inteteractively, and is fun at parties.
If you can't see the value in that, then as someone observed above, you probably don't get invited to those sorts of parties, probably because you are so literal and dull that your company is not that interesting.
As for the price, most art costs a LOT more than the tubes of oil paints and the canvass...why should this be different?
I will never buy one, but I am glad they exist, just to show that cool technology can be used for something other than powering autonomous, unmanned carrier-based bombers...
It looks awesome. These guys have no sense of humour don't listen to them.
Mines the one with flashing lights coming out the pockets.
aw come on..
..give the little thing a break!
over priced yes
amazingly fun & cute (yes, cute, im a girl) yes indeed!
warm ur hearts, its christmas!
Is it just me or do David Cameron and George Osborne collectively seem to have
...all the conscience and economic nous, not to mention common touch, of an AIBO? I really can't picture anyone wanting to vote for them, who is either over the age of, say, 33, or who hasn't been in a coma for the last two or three decades.
Should make a bright pink one
'Cos I'd pay money to see a pack of AIBOs chasing that around the room.