Remember the time before MP3s when we actually had actual objects that we could touch and feel and throw onto a turn table, tape deck or cd player. IDEO recently decided to make an attempt at blending the then and now of listening and experiencing music. Out of this desire, they built the above machine. Basically, what you’re looking at is a box filled with specially-angled Arduino Pro Mini boards constantly searching for RFID tags on top, and a set of cards each with two RFID tags, with each tag representing one song. When you drop one on the turntable, it begins playing within a second, thanks to the Arduinos underneath, you can leave multiple cards on the table to create playlists. Sadly IDEO is not selling the device but it shows that there are many other possibilities to listening and experiencing the musical world around us. Check out the video after the jump to see this sucker in action. Read more >