Tokyo Thrift: the Sony Rolly was peak Sony

When I talk about peak Sony, I’m not, of course, referring to the Sony that took over the world with products like the Walkman and the PlayStation. No, the Sony that made the Rolly is that Sony’s twisted, lovable alter-ego. And the Rolly is that side of the company’s ultimate creation.

I will attempt to describe the Rolly in as straightforward and sober a way as I can, because that’s actually the best way to explain just how weird it was. The Rolly was a “sound entertainment player” the size and shape of a goose egg. It had 1GB of storage, one button, two arms, two colorful glowing LED rings, and the ability to roll around and dance on your desk. Playback controls were mostly handled by shaking the device or spinning its wheels. You…

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