New Kids App Bandimal Makes Learning Fun With Cartoon Animals


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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Connect Your Nintendo Switch Audio to Wireless Headphones With This Bluetooth Adapter


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One of the top gifts this holiday season is the Nintendo Switch ($300), and playing it with others is one of the safest ways to connect this year. You can make game time even more social with this Bluetooth adapter that can connect your Switch, smartphone, and wireless headphones simultaneously. That means you can listen to music, Switch audio, and even chat while you play. And through December 5, you can get it for just $36.54 with the code DEC15 at checkout.

The adapter works with a simple two-button design that houses the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and an advanced DSP algorithm to combine audio from your Switch and smartphone to stream wirelessly to your headphones or speakers.

The product earned itself a 4.7-star rating on Amazon, with reviewers saying, “The HomeSpot Bluetooth Adapter Pro is a must-have accessory for the Nintendo Switch” and, “I just ordered air pods for traveling and now I can listen to my Switch and/or whatever music or podcast I want all at the same time!”

The HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Adapter Pro has five intuitive indicators that show operation at a glance. All of that functionality is housed in a pretty low-profile design that fits seamlessly with the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Lite. The set comes with one adapter, one USB-C to USB-A converter, and a pouch for storage.

For a limited time, the HomeSpot Bluetooth Audio Adapter Pro is 14 percent off at a final price of $43. It's the perfect gift to keep your pals connected after a year of Zoom fatigue.

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