A Japanese toy maker will launch a karaoke machine measuring a mere seven centimetres (2.8 inches) this year, letting pop star wannabes — particularly children — hone their skills on the go.
Tomy Co. Ltd. said it would begin sales of the world’s smallest karaoke machine in October in Japan, targeting those who are too young to enter the karaoke parlours that dot the country’s cities.
The Hi-kara machine comes with headsets, meaning that only the users can hear the music.
“Absorbed in the music from the headphones, I found myself singing in an embarrassingly loud voice,” Tomy spokeswoman Mei Kudo said.
The machine, which can also be used with a second set of headphones or put on speaker mode, targets elementary school girls who adore pop stars. (link)