By Andrew Liszewski
Even if your kids have shown absolutely no aptitude towards playing a musical instrument, thanks to Tomy they’ll still be able to create ‘beautiful’ music by probably doing what they already do best; touching, tapping or poking each other. Their Nikken Gakki features 4 electrodes, and whenever 2 of them are connected, it creates a unique tone or triggers a sound effect. So if 2 people were each holding an electrode, a sound can be triggered by simply touching the other person, which completes the circuit.
The Nikken Gakki can even detect where on the body someone has been touched, presumably by measuring the resistance or level of current, and produces different sounds accordingly. It also has 3 play modes including performance, transform and drum mode, with the latter allowing you to rock out on your friends like they were a virtual drum kit. Available sometime in June, presumably only in Japan, for ~$40. (¥3,200)