Tracks on Train Tracks

Oh my goodness this is cute. The design you’re about to experience is called “Original Sound Track” and it’s basically a sound box flipped inside out and turned into a train on tracks. Set up your tracks, which have pins in them in just the right places, wind up your train car and set it on the tracks, and wowie! You’ve got your own little sound compilation! Made for kids, but who am I to say you adult figures can’t have one for yourself.

When this train makes it to production, it will come with 10 pieces of track which can be arranged in any number of different ways, allowing for the kid who runs it to make lots of different fresh songs! Then, just like any good modern toy, this train has song tracks you can buy separately. I’ll be in line the day they release the Chemical Brothers tracks! Or the Kraftwerk tracks – how awesome would that be?

This toy is basically GOING to inspire creativity and growth in cognitive ability in any child that uses it. Arranging music is intense – this is by far the simplest way to get a child excited about creating real amazing songs. Who DOESNT want their kid to become a composer!?

Educational toys hooray!

P.S. I am super excited that the music that’s used for the example in the video below is “Coin Operated Boy” as arranged by the designer Ricardo Seola. The original version of course being done by the awesome Dresden Dolls. Fabulous interpretation!

Designer: Ricardo Seola

Original Sound Track by Ricardo Seola

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20 Comments

  • Adam says:

    If you really wanted to inspire creativity, the pegs would be moveable so children could make their own songs, not just move sections of someone else’s creation.

    • Diana says:

      Yeah, but that’s a choking hazard. I hope the designer had that in mind…

      I think this is a great idea. If they had this when I was a kid, I would have gone nuts for this thing!

    • Kinny Fear says:

      Not every children’s toy needs to be an instrument of creativity. Putting things like this together and taking them apart to determine the results is very stimulating for young minds, and important developmentally.
      Besides, children can be imaginative on their own- I can picture several make-believe scenarios that could be acted out with this toy on its own.

  • schultzeworks says:

    Super cool idea. But, the metal tines all look to be the same length. Doesn’t that mean they would then play the same note?

    • Ami says:

      my thoughts exaactly… the metal lines should be different lengths to play different pitches…

  • jaymee says:

    A cool toy indeed,

    if they should preset some songs in those tracks, that’ll be good.

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  • marcolucidi says:

    geniale!!! e bellissimo.

  • igendesign says:

    great idea!
    grat!

  • steve says:

    great idea. this design could be a cheaper option in the market because of the simplicity of the mechanism of the train and the sound.. excelent…

  • Wolkenstein says:

    great idea. Its like Brio-Train, but much better.
    In fact, with moveable dots it would be cooler, but you couldnt sell it to little children, they would eat it (or you would be advised to think about it).
    If you create a cool mechanism to make them moveable on the track, but not more, it would be too expensive for a toy. I like it, really, but a white track with ink-dots and a train with a camera or something would be cooler, but more expensive, too.

  • It's a lovely animation and concept, but I'm not sure that it's actually made it to physical prototype yet, never mind something close to production ready. Others have commented on the need for variability in the metal tines to create different notes. My observation is that the traction of the wooden wheels on the wooden track would be challenged to overcome metal tines running into the raised pegs.

    The designer's website and blog indicate that it is a design submitted under limited brief and time constraints for a competition and that he's spent most of his time in marketing.

    Lovely concept, but this is a case where early physical prototyping would provide significant benefits.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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