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WATCH: Elbow cassette player mixes nostalgia with modern gadgetry

/ 04:28 PM May 03, 2017

Dig into your stash of old cassette tapes because this piece of gadget is aiming to make them relevant again.

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Unlike CDs, cassette tapes are a little bit more robust. Which is why the “Elbow” is designed the way it is. It’s basically like a “Sony Walkman” without the cumbersome plastic box to house all the electronics.

The magnetic strip from the cassette goes through a reader while a rotor winds up the magnetic tape to one side. To listen to side B, simply shift the biaxial arm to the other side.

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It’s still in its concept phase but the organization BrainMonk is looking at actually building the device. A market survey is available over at the main website for the “Elbow.”

Image: Elbow Official Website

Image: Elbow official website

But when you can fit thousands of songs in a smartphone, why would you even want to revive cassette tapes? If anything, the “Elbow” could end up more as a retro fashion statement than a viable alternative like vinyl. Alfred Bayle/JB

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TOPICS: Cassette player, concept, Elbow, market survey, retro
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