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Cube-shaped MP3 player detects motion

updated 07:10 am EST, Thu January 29, 2009

Cube-shaped MP3 player

An engineer in Japan running the Electronics Live Mfg (ELM) website has built an MP3 player shaped like Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube. The MP3 Cube comes with no buttons or dials to control the device and instead requires physical movement. By using the built-in acceleration sensor instead of mechanical switches, the device is able to detect motion which allows users to tap, tilt and move the player, in order to designate commands such as the volume, which song is being played, and if the device is on or off.

Controls for the MP3 Cube consist of tapping the right corner against a table or hard surface to move forward through the songs, tapping the left corner to go back, placing the speaker face down to turn the device off, and putting it back to how it was to continue playing. For volume changing, tilting or leaning the device to the left or right changes volume. Music is loaded through a top-mounted SD card slot.

MP3 Cube is capable of being used as a stand-alone or paired with a second speaker. The device is initially turned on when it connects with the SD Memory Card, and turns off when the SD card is removed. [via Gizmodo>]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well it looks like a lot of fun except for the big copyright infringement on the top.

  1. Okonomiyaki

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod Killa!

    Because products shaped like cubes with pictures of fruit on them are always a huge a success! Ouch!

  1. MatildeMatilde

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Heh. Everyone always thinks they can out-design Apple. I'd be pleased if someone did (especially if it was a car stereo) but so far no-one has even come close.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ouch, I fell on my MP3 cube! The pain!

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    come on

    come on now people... This is just a test device... a study in concept, and well executed I must say. Its not a product for sale, just one designers attempt at accelerometer based control... he was trying to "out-design" apple, and this is not a competition.

    This little thing is cool, I don't care what you say

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    they have a video

    Watch the video:

  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969



    a WiiPod!

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