There is a saying the that the Prophet is not recognized within his/her own country – and I think that the inventor of Karaoke, Inoue Daisuke (井上 大佑) is not as famous in his own country as he deserves – but he was now recognized for his outstanding invention by the “Ig Nobel Prize” committee in the PEACE category.
“Karaoke” means “empty orchestra” (KARAOKE = KARA (= empty) + OrKEstra).
The world’s first Karaoke Machine was named Juke-8, and built by Daisuke Inoue in 1971.
Here is an archived version of Inoue Daisuke’s personal website including a photo of Inoue Daisuke with his Juke-8 karaoke machine:
You can read in more detail here: