Steampunk MP3 Player Works with Modern, Non-Steam Technology
September 9th, 2011
Hey did you hear the news? You know that chap Will Rockwell? The eccentric gentleman from America, whose house might as well be a factory for all the dreadful clanging and hissing and sparks and smoke coming out from any and every hole, you’d think he was fashioning a personal steamship – but I digress. The man emerged from his laboratory or workshop or mad house, whatever you wish to call it, with a wondrous contraption that he calls the Pocket Music Library. We could hardly believe our eyes and ears – okay yeah it’s an MP3 player. Already says so in the title.
Inside this shiny case is an Archos Vision – an mp3 player that’s also an FM radio, video player, voice recorder and flash drive – although Rockwell didn’t say which specific model or what its data capacity is. He didn’t actually mod the Archos Vision, just placed it in a very well-made case. I think the only functional parts of the front cover are the buttons, which as you may have guessed control the device encased within. Rockwell says the case can be easily opened to remove the MP3 player when you need to charge or connect it to a computer.
You can order the Pocket Music Library from Will Rockwell’s Etsy shop for $350 (USD). Yeah it’s pretty expensive, even when you take the bundled headphones, USB connector and fancy tin case into account. That being said, it is a one-of-a-kind device. The fact that the case and player are separate means you can easily replace the latter if it ever breaks, so that adds to the longevity of the case. Still, for that price I’d expect the gauges to work.
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