Published on July 27th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Cool gadget: A transparent speaker that displays lyrics as the music plays

Karaoke fans are going to love this.

One of the most-searched-for music items on the Internet is song lyrics. The new Lyric Speaker does the search for you.

Created by a company called Cotodama, the speaker displays the lyrics as the song plays on a transparent 22-inch screen. By connecting your smartphone/computer via WiFi, the speaker reaches out to a licensed lyric service called PetitLyrics for the words.

At the moment, the database has access to about 2 million English and Japanese songs (the company is based in Japan), so it won’t work with all your favourite songs.

Cool, right? But about the price…

The Lyric Speaker is hand-assembled in Japan at the rate of just 15 units per month so they’re in short supply. If you can get one, it’s $4,500 US. Whoa.

Still, cool, right?


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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