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Globe MP3 Player Comes with a Built-in Twist

Designer Simon Lyons thought he could do the track wheel one better. His Globe MP3 player concept puts the turning on a whole new plane. The controls of the Globe are integrated directly into the unit's form factor, instead of taking up space in the front like in many contemporary media players.

There's a lot of turning to be done with this device. For starters, the twisting the two "hemispheres" is what turns the gadget on or off. Track selection is made possible by turning the "equator", or the middle ring. It's a glowing violet number that pulsates to supposedly make the operator relax.

On top of that, the Globe is completely wireless. There are no messy wires to contend with, as the main unit streams audio to its accompanying wireless pair of earphones. There's even a docking station for charging and detachable speakers that are—you guessed it—wireless. The station can also transfer music to the player through Wi-Fi.

Last but not least, the docking station also has audio-out, allowing the Globe to connect to higher-quality speaker sets if so desired. But will Lyons push his creation out to the market? Only time will tell.

Simon Lyons Online

  • polly the parrot
    Is that a Globe MP3 player in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
  • figgus
    Wireless headphones? No thanks. That means the useful playtime is limited by battery size, and this guy didn't leave enough space for a real battery. What good are headphones that go 5 minutes on a charge?

    This concept CRAP has got to STOP. At least get someone with a passing knowledge of physics to weed out the chaff for you!
  • the last resort
    actually I think this is pretty neat. I would almost think about buying one if I didnt already own a working MP3 player. I imagine the battery life cant be any worse then current MP3 players right now.

    Found a problem: is video playback not going to be a feature?
  • the_krasno
    It looks very slick. I would buy one of those but those kind of headphones make my ears ache. I have a small auditory canal so I have to use ear covering headphones.
  • imspecial
    Like others, I'm worried about the battery life. Other than that, looks promising.
  • CoryInJapan
    Sweet I want one XD.
  • eddieroolz
    Interesting concept, but perhaps the short battery life will ultimately render this a failure.
  • dyrcosis
    Interesting as these are, perhaps "CONCEPT:" should be prefixed to the titles to let us know before we click on the link.