The Kaleidoloop is a digital audio recorder which is about as far removed from devices like the high-tech compact Olympus LS-100 as it's possible to get – it's an unashamedly lo-fi sound collector, housed in a large aluminum and wood enclosure.

Using the built-in microphone or 1/4-inch input jack, one can record sounds from any number of sources in 16-bit/22050 Hz onto a removable 256 MB SD Card. The Kaleidoloop is then able to build up layers of audio, which may be interwoven into a veritable tapestry of sound – all monitored via an integrated 3-watt speaker, or output jack. Power is provided by either four AA batteries or a 9-volt DC power supply.

The Kaleidoloop has on-board controls for facilitating navigation of recorded media, in addition to altering speed, direction, and volume. Judging from the video below, the unit looks like it could be just the gadget for making weird slowed-down psychedelic sounds.

Made by by Critter and Guitari, it is offered in both blue and yellow versions at a price of US$299. Check out the rather mind-warping promo video below to see the Kaleidoloop in action.

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