June 8, 2017 Otamatone is the latest in musical technology

And it’s adorable, too, obviously.

It seems like we just finished talking about cool robots coming out of Japan, and now we have the greatest musical instrument since the guitar. Otamatone is a cheerful little fellow who “sings” a happy tune with the help of some deft fingerwork from his human operator and internal electronics. Think of him as a theramin or synthesiser, shaped like a musical note and named after the Japanese word for “tadpole”.

He comes in a range of colours, and also doubles as a Christmas ornament, apparently.


If you would like to know more about the Otamatone experience, please dance your way over to this site. Then come back here and let us know exactly what is going on. Thanks in advance.

Shane Cubis
is a contributor to A•STAR