This is a big item called a Beamz Player. You basically make music by playing the lights. Yep, you heard it right:) I had the same reaction when I first saw it. You do what? That was what I said. But, once I read the press release, I really wanted to try it out. When I took it out of the box, it looks kind of like a field goal. Smaller obviously, but the shape reminds me of that. You download the software to your computer, I used my laptop, and then plug it in to your USB outlet. Then you play the beams of light coming out of the ends. Take a look at the pictures and see if you get my meaning.
Now, I have never used one of these before, obviously, so everything was from reading the directions. It was easy to download and only took a couple minutes. You do have to install the software and then download the songs as well. It comes with a certain amount of songs and then you can purchase more for a minimal price from the store. But we went with what was on the player already. After installing the software needed, I set up the outfit on the floor. It says to be careful with it being on a stable ground and not being moved around a lot. So I would use caution with little children around it. It took me a couple minutes to get used to it. At first I couldn't get it to play but then figured out how it worked. When you pull up the tab on the computer it shows a picture of the player. There is a tab where you can pull-down a list of songs. I have to say, I didn't really like the small amount of children's songs. Many of them are country or rock. I much prefer ones the kids can play. There are a couple classical ones, which we really enjoyed playing with the orchestra one:)
The Beamz Player is a really neat product and I think someone who plays guitar would absolutely love it. It was a little odd playing without touching strings at all. I play violin and a little bit of piano so it was not that odd, but it was different. You are used to touching things to make noise, not just touching air:) If you are purchasing this for a child, I would definitely puchase some of the other children's songs. You can also plug in ear plugs or headphones so you can play it without bothering the people around you.
This would make a great gift for someone who likes this type of thing. I liked it, but not sure I would have paid the price they are going for. But for someone who likes to play guitar, etc, it would be great!