COTODAMA Lyric Speaker Now Available in the UK
Ron Perillo / 10 months ago
The innovative COTODAMA lyric speaker is finally available in the UK. The product by the Hakuhodo Group Company features a see through speaker body with animated text displaying the lyrics as you listen to the music. In fact, it is the world’s first visualiser speaker of its kind. The idea of a visual lyric speaker is a big deal in Japan, where there is a strong Karaoke culture. It has even won several notable awards including Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 2015 Innovative Technologies Award.
COTODAMA Lyric Speaker Features
The speaker contains a new technology called “Lyric Sync Technology”, which generates specific fonts and motions to match with the music. This system allows the speaker to utilize its translucent screen for showing the lyrics automatically with an effect like a hologram. The Lyric speaker is quite intelligent too. It links with SyncPower Corporation (PetitLyrics), Japan’s largest lyrics database to recognize the song. Moreover, it analyzes the mood and its “expression engine” chooses fonts and animations accordingly. So people can see the lyrics as the artist actually sings them. That means no Comic Sans font while singing songs by Joy Division.
Aside from the translucent display, the speaker itself is wireless. Which means users can take it almost anywhere. Plus, there are no cable management necessary or tripping on wires when dancing around. It connects using Wi-Fi, and is compatible with Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, SoundCloud, Youtube, and other services. It can even play 96khz/24bit FLAC files, has a range of 40Hz to 40kHz, and has two coaxial loudspeakers and two drone cones.
While photos are nice, it is even better to see it in action. So check out the video demonstration below:
Obviously, something this unique costs a pretty penny. In fact, it costs £4,320 (VAT incl.) available via the Lyric Speaker website.