Four Really Weird Music Gadgets

Time recently published a list of the 25 weirdest gadgets of all time. Some of them were surprisingly successful, while other were complete flops. Four music gadgets made the list, and they are quite…strange.


Nabaztags, "wireless rabbits" produced by Violet are displayed at DEMOfall, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 in San Diego. Nabaztag is a WiFi-connected object capable of providing a wide variety of information such as stock market movement. (AP Photo/Chris Park)

The world’s first WiFi rabbit, Nabaztag told users everything from the weather to what was happening on the stock market at the same time it played podcasts, internet radio stations, mp3s, or even messages send from other Nabaztag owners.

Although the concept never really caught on, some people really did some interesting things with their Nabatags. For example, this 100-rabbit opera. They only cost $199, were full of programmed personality, practiced tai chi in their downtime, and encouraged users to be more active.

Oakley Thump MP3 Sunglasses

VIENNA, UNITED STATES: TO GO WITH AFP STORY- USA-MUSIQUE-INFORMATIQUE-PEOPLE April Jones of the Occhiali da Sole sunglass boutique in the Tyson's Corner, VA, mall wears a pair of the hottest items on a joggers Christmas wish list, the Oakley "Thump" digital music eyewear. The recently released music eyeware plays MP3/WMA/WAV music files and is available in 128mb(395 USD) and in 256mb(495 USD) models. They are very lightweight, work with PC and MAC ,and have flip up lenses that block a variety of harmful light and the music won't skip. AFP Photo/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J.RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Long before rumours of Apple ditching the earphone jack for the iPhone 7, the Oakley Thump was released in 2004. Jumping on the mp3 craze bandwagon, Oakley combined their high-quality lenses with earbuds so that you could wear your sunglasses and listen to your tunes without having to worry about wires.

Starting at $395 for a 128MB model (40GB iPods were around $399 at that time), the Oakley Thump was surprisingly successful. In 2005, the Thump 2 was released, 2006 brought the Thump Pro, and with 2007 came the Split Thump.

Sony Rolly

A model displays Japanese electronics giant Sony's robotic music player "Rolly", equipped with 1GB built-in flash memory and mounted stereo speakers on an egg-shaped body, measuring 6.5cm in diameter and 10.4cm in length, to play MP3, ATRAC and AAC coding digital music contents in Tokyo 10 September 2007. Sony will put it on the market 29 September. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Sony wanted to make just as big of a mark on digital music as Apple, so along with their Walkman mp3 players they also introduced the Rolly. Unfortunately for Sony, the small, football-shaped (American football, that is) 2GB played music and danced to the beat. It didn’t have a headphone jack, because then it wouldn’t have been able to dance.

Not only did it spin and roll around according to a song’s tempo, it also flashed a multitude of different colours like a strobe light.

Bone Fone


Ah, the late 1970s. Such an interesting time. Take the Bone Fone, for example. It was not a phone, but rather a radio speaker meant for runners to use around their neck instead of headphones. It sold for $69.95 and the company behind it, JS&A, claimed to have sold 10,000 units by 1981.

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