The Crackle Box was originally developed by Michel Waisvisz at the Studio voor ElektroInstrumental Muziek (STEIM) in the Netherlands. The model offered by Meng Qi differs only in its design. – This version is more compact and has a rough steam-punk look. Six touch surfaces are available for playing the instrument. Power is supplied by a 9V battery. (Not included.) A speaker and a 1/8 inch connector emit sound.