This funky looking device is Yamaha’s Tenori-on, a sci-fi looking musical sequencer that lets you create sounds and songs by merely fooling around with its buttons. Designed by Professor Toshio Iwai at the University of Tokyo (the same guy that came up with the “Electroplankton” game for the Nintendo DS) the Tenori-on is an aluminum frame with 16 x 16 rows of rubber padded LED switches arranged within.
By pressing one you not only create a noise but a burst of light as well, food for both your ears and eyes. The device recognizes how long you depressed the button as well as the angle of you holding it, both of which can effect the sound and light streams that are subsequently created. There are a couple of other buttons and a jog dial which allows you to alter the tempo, beat, effects and so forth.