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New Kids App Bandimal Makes Learning Fun With Cartoon Animals

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Whether you’re a singer, a DJ, or a pianist, there’s an app out there designed to sharpen your music skills. But what about the aspiring musicians starting at square one? For young beginners, there’s Bandimal: a new music-making app that swaps out conventional instruments for cartoon animals.

As Co.Design reports, Bandimal is just the latest property in Yatatoy’s line of digital tools that promote creativity in kids. The design of the $4 iOS app is simple: Each character represents a different instrument, with larger animals like the ox and whale producing lower tones and smaller ones like the snake and turtle making higher ones. To make music, users select which animal they wish to “play” then drag the bars at the bottom of the screen to arrange the melody. Players can make the bars short or long depending on whether they want the notes to be low or high.

The concept may sound basic, but the app’s development wasn't so straightforward. It took the team at Yatatoy two years to finalize it. According to designer Lucas Zanotto the element that brought the whole project together was inspired by a real-life instrument played in Africa. Like the bars in Bandimal, the metal tabs on a Kalimba thumb piano come in varying lengths that correspond to their notes.

There’s another reason Bandimal is a great choice for novices: Every note fits into the key of C and the pentatonic scale, so it’s impossible to sound off-key. After orchestrating a few masterpieces, young musicians might be ready to move on to more kid-friendly apps that can teach them to read music as well as create it.

BANDIMAL from Lucas Zanotto on Vimeo.

[h/t Co.Design]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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Star Wars © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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This Cuddly Robot Is Designed to Lull You to Sleep
Somnox, Kickstarter
Somnox, Kickstarter

For people seeking all the benefits of a human sleeping companion without the human part, there’s a new Kickstarter-backed product. As Mashable reports, Somnox, the self-proclaimed “world’s first sleep robot,” is designed to give you a more comfortable, energizing night’s rest.

The bean-shaped cushion is the perfect size and shape for cuddling as you drift to sleep. Beneath its soft exterior is hardware designed to get you to deep sleep faster. Somnox rises and falls to mimic the movements of human breathing. Lay with the pillow long enough and the designers claim your breath will naturally sync to its rhythm, thus prepping your body for sleep.

Somnox can also be set to play sounds and music. Some content, like guided mediation, lullabies, and gentle heart beats, come built-in, but you can also upload audio of your own. And you don’t need to worry about shutting it off: Once you've customized its breathing and audio behaviors through the app, the device does what it's programed to do and powers down automatically.

Having a robotic sleep aide will cost you: You need to pledge about $533 to the team’s Kickstarter to reserve one. Even with the steep price tag, the campaign surpassed its funding goal.

[h/t Mashable]

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