The humble cassette tape, beloved of 80s music lovers, may now be defunct—but it's hardly surprising given that the once-revolutionary medium turns 50 today.
The Rec & Play pens are part of a modern art exhibit that covers sound interaction. The red one records sound on paper, the black one plays it back. It's no concept, it actually works.
Forever overlooked by ironic iPhone coverings, the humble plastic cassette case gets a look-in on the action along with the cassette, where it acts as a stand for watching videos. A much more worthy job than just encasing the iPhone.
Using little else than the parts inside an old GE boombox, Michael Colombo made TapeScape, a robot that front-mounts the jambox's tape head and uses it to follow strips of cassette tapes on the ground.
Most analog-to-digital audio ripping devices hardly warrant mention these days. But the PlusDeck Ex's ability to record MP3s to analog cassette is so odd, I can't help but be amused.
The Standalone Cassette MP3 player would have been incredibly useful back in the early '00s, before we hooked up iPods and iPhones directly to our car (via cassette adapter), but it's still pretty neat now. The body looks and behaves like a standard cassette tape, but has a slot on the bottom for an SD slot filled…