Gadgets

Forget iTunes: Turn Your iPad Into A Hand-Cranked Music Box

The iPad’s touchscreen display is primarily designed for use with your fingers, but people have created other unique ways to interact with it — styluses, board game playing pieces, and now these adorable hand-cranked interactive music boxes created by design student Joelle Aeschlimann.

The wooden boxes feature a pair of rubber stylus tips on the underside. These are detected by a custom app as they rotate and make contact with the display. And just like with a real music box — at least, one that’s not powered by a spring mechanism — the speed at which the handle is turned directly affects how fast the music is played. To make it extra charming, the lively animated interactive elements dance in time to the tunes.

[Joelle Aeschlimann via designboom]