Turntables–machines that play flat rotating discs with a stylus attached to a tonearm–have been with us since about 1900. While there have been many improvements over the last century, the underlying technology–the mechanics of the thing–remain the same.
As does how you play records. Put on an album, place the tonearm in the desired groove and let ‘er spin. Want to skip a song? Get up and move the tonearm to the desired track.
Things are a little different with the Zephyr Apollo, a turntable with a touchscreen, a mobile phone app, and the ability to be programmed to play a “playlist” of songs without physical human intervention.
While it’s still in its Kickstarter phase, there is this demonstration video. More at The Vinyl Factory.