The musical-minded will have hours of enjoyment from this intriguing-looking instrument that owes more to the development of the PC than it does to a traditional instrument.
A synthesiser of sorts, , the Yahama Tenori-on is a 16x16-LED matrix with groups of different samples and beats. Yamaha describes it as a "visible music interface". You activate rows of buttons and then add layers of aural colour, experimenting endlessly to see what works. You can program in blocks of sound and have up to 16 separate layers. You can also load up samples from a previous session and stored to SD Card - a neat and uncomplicated means of getting your musical creations on to a PC to inclusion in a project or sharing online.
Hardly an impulse buy at £789, the Yahama Tenori-on weighs 650 grammes, runs off six AA batteries and can run for approximately five hours before running out of juice.