Otamatone: Maywa Denki offers digital theremin instrument

Novmichi Tosa, the comedic yet endlessly inventive man behind Maywa Denki, has come up with a new musical instrument that defies convention. The Otamatone looks like a tiny white toy saxophone and features a slim panel of plastic where the keys would be and a cute face where the horn's bell would usually end.

The sound the instrument emits is rather like an old school theremin, with the added twist being that you must squeeze the face of the instrument's head to play, which makes the mouth open and shut as if it were singing. If all this sounds a bit too strange to be true, you can see video of the Otamatone in action here.

Via Maywa Denki