An idle Sunday breakfast riffling through Gizmodo's RSS feed turned into uproar this morning when we caught sight of the Korg Kaptivator: A video-playback and mixing device, with a form factor reminiscent of the venerable & still highly prized Akai MPC series. It features a 40gb hard drive, 2 LCDs (although they're not evident from the pics available at the moment), an 8x8 touchpad, cross-fader and ribbon controller. There's also a range of Built-in video effects and ports for video, audio, DV/FireWire, and MIDI.
There's every chance that this could be one of those breakthough devices that engenders a whole new performance paradigm. Equally, there's a fair chance that this could become one of those hilarious white elephants that we feature a few years hence for a chuckle.
Either way it's pretty sweet. Any Korg PR people reading this are invited to leave an 'appraisal' unit at one of our usual Safe Houses. (Of course, we saw this first at CDM, Ed)