Convergence V: Panasonic Flip-Open Radio/Turntable
There are lots of devices that combine radios and record players, but few try to be as covert as this Panasonic SG-610 "Radio Phono". In its closed mode, it looks like a regular old crappy transistor radio. Flip it open, and suddenly it's a weedy turntable being pumped through a crappy transistor radio.
It's like a Transformers toy, but 20 years ahead of the game and it actually sort of works! Oh, but there's no robot mode. Okay, so it's really not like a Transformer at all. But it does work about as well as something like this can. Obviously it doesn't sound all that great, but it would have been nice to use as a music set up in a garage, or a kid's bedroom. Mostly I see this as an interesting attempt to take record listening out of the living room, and groove on the move.