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Destruction of the Fisher Price “I Can Play” keyboard and review

Destruction of the Fisher Price “I Can Play” keyboard and review


Welcome to another episode of 8-Bit Keys. Today, I’m going to be taking a look at
the fisher price I-Can-Play keyboard. I actually briefly featured this keyboard
last year on my other channel, the 8-Bit Guy when I did a road trip test of the BMW i3. I stopped at a goodwill store in Waco, TX
and happened to stumble across this keyboard. I had no idea what it was, but I could tell
that it apparently connected to a television and that got me really interested. So for ten bucks, I decided I’d buy it and
take it home with me. When I got it home and tried to turn it on,
this is all it would do. The power light would flash and then nothing. No other buttons would do anything at all. After downloading a PDF copy of the manual
I noticed a little note that said a software cartridge must be inserted into the keyboard
in order for piano play to function. So, I’m thinking SOFTWARE CARTRIDGE? Upon further examination, I realized that
it does indeed have a cartridge port on the back. So I had to go online and buy something in
order to test it out. I found a cheap auction on ebay for these
3 cartridges as a lot. I think I spent another ten bucks on this. Anyway, so I’ll try sticking one of them
in. I decided to try the piano play mode first. So, apparently this is the only way to use
the keyboard with the internal speakers and have free use of the keyboard to play whatever
you want on it. One of the first problems I ran is that there
just aren’t enough keys, and I kept running out of keys either at the top end or the bottom
end. No matter what I tried to play, I always wound
up running out of keys either on the right or the left. The instrument select button does not do anything
in this mode. In fact, none of the buttons on this keyboard
do anything, except the volume knob, that’s about it. Well, let’s hook it up to a TV now and see
what it does. I’ll use the Dora the Explorer cartridge. Dora the Explorer musical adventure. Press the enter button to play a song with
me. Or use the arrow button. OK, well, I’ll pick songs. OK, let’s try the backpack song. Sadly, I’m all too familiar with Dora because
I used to watch this with my daughter when she was little. Level 1. Here’s the first note. Ready? I was going to say that this reminded me of
the games on the Miracle Keyboard, but those involved an actual musical staff, requiring
you to actually learn to read music. This, on the other hand, is just telling you
which keys to press. It’s more similar to Guitar Hero. And I guess there is nothing wrong with that. I noticed that on level one it isn’t really
the whole song in detail. It’s just seems to focus on the key changes
and like a really primitive version. You can hit this left/right button, which
will then teach you to play the left hand part of the song. So the sad part is, I actually did really
bad this first time, and yet Dora is congratulating me. So I tried it again and just hit totally random
keys. Surely it would have reason to scold me for
doing such a horrible job, right? On the contrary. Muy bien! Look at your score! I’m still praised for doing such a great
job, and I am not sure how I even earned 15%. You know, so that’s something I don’t
like right off the bat. I mean, this thing must have been programmed
just for millennials. I mean, you know the joke about everybody
getting a trophy just for participating. Well, that’s kind of what this does. I mean, seriously, Dora should be saying like
“YOU STINK! You should try harder!” But, it doesn’t really give anyone any incentive
to try harder. Well, let’s move on and try this cartridge,
Piano Favorites. OK, so this one is seems a little less kid-like. Piano favorites. Press the enter button for games. Let’s try games. Road trip. So apparently, this is another game trying
to teach you to quickly find the colors that are marked on the keys. But I have yet to figure out exactly why this
is an important skill, at least outside of this device. On the bright side, I’m a bit color blind,
but I can at least still differentiate all of the colors on this keyboard. Great start! So I decided to try playing some songs. I picked Fur Elise, since that should be easy. Fur Elise. Level 1. I already know how to play that song. Oddly enough, I had trouble with the song
trying to watch the screen and play, despite knowing how to play the song. I’m sure I would have gotten better with
practice. So here’s another freestyle section, I thought
i’d give it a try. Try these keys, they’ll sound great with
the music. OK, let’s have a look at the Pop Hits cartridge. It’s time to hit the top of the pop charts! Press the enter button to play a pop song. Or use the arrow buttons to. Songs. Wow, there is a mix of music from the 80s
all the way to the 2000s on here. Behind these hazel eyes. Why not? I picked Celebration, which actually, that’s
from the 1979. Anyway, I picked the easy section, so this
isn’t too hard at all. But I’m still not doing perfect, and I’m
curious to see what kind of reaction the game is going to give me at the end. Will it praise me or criticize me? You sure know your pop music! Check out your score! Well, I guess I did surprisingly well. So, I started over, only this time I let my
cat do all of the playing. I wonder what score she will get? You’re starting to sound cool! Check out your score! Press any key. So, it sounds cool, huh? Well, at least these games do actually quantify
your work and give you a score, but they certainly need to cut back on the praise. Well, so there you have it. I actually thought about not even doing an
episode once I got the cartridges and saw what it was. It was just a little bit too kiddie for me. I mean, I should have realized that with the
fisher price brand name on it. It is pretty cool, though, having a keyboard
with a video output. In fact, it really got me wondering why there
have not been any keyboards during the 80s and 90s that had a video output. I mean, most of those keyboards already had
basically a whole computer inside anyway, you’d think that it wouldn’t be that much
trouble to add a video chip and a video output so that they keyboards can do some onscreen
stuff. So I’m actually pretty disappointed in this
device. I mean, not only as a learning device for
adults, obviously. But, you know, even as a learning device for
kids. And, you know, I think the problem is that
the software is so infantile that it really only appeals to kids aged 3 to 6, maybe 8
years old tops. And that demographic is the least likely to
really spend the effort to actually try to learn something when it comes to music, you
know, like this. So that brings me to part number 2, which
is even if they did manage to learn something, they can’t really play it or show it off
very well because of problem number 2, which is that as a stand-alone keyboard, this thing
actually really stinks. So besides the fact that it really needs an
extra octave, so that you have room to actually play something, you know, it only has the
one instrument. And it doesn’t even really sustain properly. When you hold the keys down, the piano will
only play for a second or two, and that’s it. Nevertheless, it’s a cool concept. And I’d love to see something low cost like
this aimed at the teen and adult market. And even though there was the miracle keyboard
that came out during the 90s and it was sort of aimed at that market, it was unfortunately,
quite a bit on the expensive side. I decided to take this thing apart because
I wanted to have a look inside. So I removed all of the screws I could find. Unfortunately, it still refused to come apart. It seemed as if there was still a screw somewhere
in the middle of the keyboard, but I couldn’t find it. I began to suspect there was a screw hidden
under this green plastic bezel, but I didn’t have any luck removing it. It appeared glued down or something. But my theory was there was a screw right
in the middle, right here. So I decided to drill a hole and see what
I could find. Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything other
than black plastic. So I tried with all of my strength to just
yank it apart, but failed. Then I began to wonder if maybe there was
a screw hidden under this cardboard overlay sticker. However, I couldn’t find anything. Then more pulling, still no luck. I decided it was time for this green plastic
to go away and realized I had a leverage point now. Once I broke it loose, I could see that there
was some sort of screw stalk there that used to be connected and I can even see the metal
screw inside of it. Maybe this was the key? Nope, I still couldn’t pull this thing apart. This was really getting on my last nerve. I decided to explore some more under this
sticker. I even used a screwdriver trying to see if
there were any recessions where screws might be hiding, but nothing. I decided at this point that my desire to
see inside of this thing was stronger than my desire to preserve a 10 dollar item I had
bought. So, I’m getting insde this thing no matter
what. Unfortunately, breaking those keys still did
not reveal anything. By this point, I’m far more curious about
the construction and how they are keeping me from opening than what is actually inside
of it. But play time is over. I’m going to win. Normally, I’m pretty good about taking things
apart and putting them back together. There will be no re-assembly of this thing. This is more like an autopsy at this point. To my frustration, this bottom piece still
wouldn’t come off. Something was holding it from the inside. So time for a little more cutting so I can
see what is going on in there. So finally I can see more screw stalks that
were coming down from inside. But it still won’t come apart which mean means
that there has to be something from this side that is holding it down, but where the heck
are the screws? Time to start dissecting the top of this thing. I still can’t get it open,but I can see a
small screw stalk below the surface, so maybe if I peel back more of this sticker…. nope. Nothing. Well, I’ll just cut the stalk and see if that
helps. Nope, but in doing so, I did notice another
screw stalk over here. So I’m going to scrape some more of this sticker
away and sure enough. Look at that. There’s the hidden screw I’ve been looking
for. I had suspected it was under here early on,
I was just off by a few inches of where I thought it would be. This pretty much confirms to me that Fisher
Price never planned to have any servicing done to these keyboards because opening it
up requires damaging the product. Actually, I uncovered another one on the other
side. And finally, it opens. And what do we have inside? Well, there’s just a single tiny logic board
in here. It’s actually pretty amazing that everything
fits into basically a single epoxy blob integrated circuit. No wonder they didn’t plan on servicing these. There’s really no serviceable parts inside. Interestingly enough, the ROM cartridges are
easy to open. Just 4 screws and it comes right apart. And there’s just a single epoxy blob here
as well. So definitely nothing interesting to look
at here. Well, I hope you at least enjoyed this episode
and found it somewhat entertaining, and thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

78 comments on “Destruction of the Fisher Price “I Can Play” keyboard and review

  1. This piano was the start of my interest in music I use to get mad that I couldn’t play heart and soul on the second cartridge

  2. I dont think the game should scold you but it should rather just say something like"try again" or"lets do that again" "not quite there yet. Keep trying" it tells you about your room to improve and doesnt tell you "you suck" the worst thing in education is to deny someone1 on skill. Now if someone really doesnt seem to have an aptitude for something be honest and recomend a different skill

  3. You should have felt around with your fingers on the ENTIRE label you would have felt the screw heads! You don't even need to peel the label off, They are not going to make it impossible to open, if they were going that route they would have glued it shut.

  4. Fuck it. PPE and Power Tools.

    It's like that episode on 8 Bit Guy he just whipped a Glock out 🤣🤣🤣

    I'm hearing AvE in my head shouting "FACK YOUUUUU!!!"

    …….TIME!

  5. I used to have this when I was around 4 or 5 years old. I had a spongebob cartridge and I would make it say "I'm Red"

  6. 2:01
    Missoliverandblossom: AAAAAAAA!!! NO! NO! KEEP KT AWAY! KEEP IT AWAY!!!!!

    Sorry. I couldn't resist. But………😂

  7. 2000s kid
    No idea what it was, but there was some device that I remember plugging into our family tv and playing on.

  8. I find this somewhat disconcerting. I have spent the last 60 years doing 1000s of restorations (mostly music and optically related) of items centuries old to contemporary. It is very common for hidden screws to be under soft or removable parts on the top of the product. Gentle pressure on that paper top would have found the screws quite easily. Trash time for this one.

  9. As he put on the mouth protector and safety googles expected him bring out the real big tools. Three foot diamond saw, jackhammer and those things. And there is always the box with the small red sticks if all else fails.

  10. First time I seen you trash something. I found it incredibly funny for some odd reason. Toy keyboard bites the dust! LOL

  11. If all elts falls get a bigger hammer!!!

    That would have done it. LOL

    In this case get a bigger scratch that get a another tool the Dremel by far my favorite tool.

  12. I'm almost certain that the voice over guy for "piano favourites" is Dan Green, better known as the voice of Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh

  13. awesome video as usage…alway great reviews….even though it was a toy I was still very interested in the technology behind it….that is what makes your videos really good.

  14. Roland has V-Sync on some boards, but I believe that requires separate hardware. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  15. 10:22 "Normally, I'm pretty good about taking things apart and putting them back together. There will be no re-assembky of this thing. This is more like an autopsy at this point" Ohh man that line, best evil speech ever!!

  16. In looking for screws in a plastic device, a magnet might have helped as long as the screws were steel. Other option would be to use a very narrow sensor metal detector. Or just pull on it till it breaks apart and then maybe glue it together, I did that with one of my car door inside panels.

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