The Buddha Machine is a small music player developed by Beijing based music duo, Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian. The pair are now considered pioneers of electronic music in China following their production of meditative music with the fusion of traditional Chinese instruments with modern digital techniques. A rather simplistic design plays nine songs on repeat to relax and meditate the user and after a staggering number of units sold, there have been two successors of the original Buddha Machine.
Inspiration for the product came from a similar music player that was being sold at a buddhist temple. It gave the lasting and on-going experience that tourists had when visiting the temple and allowed them to reminisce through the music.
I found this particular product interesting because it moves away from the typical mindset of focussing on the aesthetics of a product but now on the experience that it can bring. Modern designers are now noticing the desire for such products.