The Cotodama Lyric is a translucent speaker that displays the animated words to your favourite songs.
Nailing the lines to a track isn’t as easy as you might think – anyone who grew up thinking Michael Jackson’s ‘Liberian Girl’ was an ode to an attractive girl he met in a public library will know what I’m talking about.
So the peeps at Japanese company Cotodama have conjured up a clever solution to the embarrassing social mishap of misheard lyrics by displaying them in real time on a seriously attractive see through speaker.
A 22-inch translucent TFT LCD panel embedded between the speaker’s acrylic cabinet generates words and graphics by syncing with Japan’s largest lyrics database, PetitLyrics, but have no fear because everything is still displayed in the Queen’s English.
When music is played and once it recognises the song, the back panel turns white to emphasise the lyrics appearing in black on the front. It will even judge the mood of the track and choose fonts and animations in keeping with the vibe.
If the track you’re listening to is an instrumental, the lyrics are replaced with abstract graphics that work in time with the music.
The Lyric uses an accompanying app to control everything over Wi-Fi, as opposed to Bluetooth, and depending on whether you’re an Android or iOS user Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, SoundCloud, YouTube and selected other platforms are all good to go.
Each speaker is handmade in Japan with just 15 produced each month. Included are two front speakers, a volume knob, and a circular housing on the back containing the brains for generating the lyrics.
As far as performance goes, the speaker can play 96khz/24bit FLAC files and has two coaxial loudspeakers and two drone cones with a maximum output of 40 watts.
Music to your eyes and ears comes at a cost, but if you fancy splashing out on this truly original offering it’s available to buy worldwide, including the UK.
Buy now: £4,320 from Cotodama