Tomy Hi-Kara Portable Karaoke Box (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

The only thing worse than someone who has their MP3 player turned up too loud in a public place is someone who also thinks I want to hear them sing along to whatever crap they have playing. So needless to say I’m glad this new Hi-Kara portable karaoke device from Tomy will probably never catch on in North America.

It features a 2.4″ color LCD screen which displays the song’s lyrics allowing whoever’s holding it to sing along and at least get the words right. It also comes with a headset microphone which makes me worried that the Hi-Kara is also able to amplify someone’s voice. Hopefully it’s just fed back into the headphones. For some reason the device uses prepaid cartridges which allow you to connect it to the Hi-Kara website and download songs and lyrics. Thankfully it won’t be out until October of this year, which gives us plenty of time to burn down the Tomy factory to ensure it never actually hits the street.

[ Akihabara News – Tomy Hi-Kara ]