My soundtrack to long childhood roadtrips was the Pokemon theme music. I’m not so sure how I tolerated that tinny chiming for the interminable hours without going batsh*t insane. Now, there’s a device that will allow you to test the auditory limits of an adult’s sanity: The Pianocade.
Looking like a disembodied, black-and-white Galactica control panel, the Pianocade is essentially a synthesizer that plays the same 128-tone range that soundtracked classic upright and handheld games for decades. It’ll hook up to other instruments and control systems via a USB MIDI & traditional five-pin MIDI.
The Pianocade’s website is disturbingly robust, so if for some reason its usefulness (driving your roommate berserk by playing the Wreck It Ralph score every time he walks into the room) isn’t immediately apparent, you can get more details here.
No word on pricing yet, but the production units will be available January 2013.