Julie’s doing some skating choreography. In doing this work, she needs to be on the ice with an audio source, playing the music and instructing the skaters. We got to thinking about what kind of device she needs:
- Audio quality is probably the lowest priority–weight and usability are the highest.
- It shouldn’t be really heavy. Lighter is better, but probably anything over a kilogram is too much weight to haul around.
- The controls shouldn’t be finicky. They need to be easy to operate, ideally with gloves on, but in any case with cold hands.
- The media doesn’t really matter–it could be a flash card playing MP3s, a CD player or even an audio tape player (we still have a stereo has a tape player, specifically for skating-related stuff).
An iPod is out, because its controls are way too small and finicky. In truth, I think she needs an old-school tape player, with a handle and big chunky buttons. Do they even sell those anymore? Maybe we need to visit some pawn shops or something.
Any other suggestions? I thought it was an interesting situation, because it possibly calls for an outdated technology