Ovo Melody Toy has been designed as a set of toy for visually impaired people in any age or background to enjoy music. So it can be said that it’s much more than just a toy. It’s a concept based on a well-known infant toy where we can put a ball on a track then the ball slides down from the track and creates sound from different nodes that you place on the track.
By testing and placing different nodes, sooner or later, user can recreate music they heard before or compose a new one on their own. The base contains different instruments by switching the bottom part. Ovo can play piano, guitar, trumpet, etc.
This toy instrument is actually designed for preschool, but it doesn’t mean adult players can also enjoy it too. Marco Guariglia has teamed up with Jui Ju Lin to design Ovo Melody Toy to help visually impaired people to enjoy and compose their own music. Ovo features multiple nodes with magnets of different strength, the ball with a magnetic sensor inside can sense the difference and judge the musical scale. After recognizing those magnets, the ball would transmit the data to the base station via Bluetooth to play the sound.
Each set of Ovo Melody Toy comes with instructional cards, these are musical scores of melodies in pre-set arrangements with movable square locators. This way, visually impaired people can find musical note on those card, then creatively trying to find corresponding node to attach to the tracks. Each element is marked with braille notation to make sure that visually impaired can have interactive musical instrument with Ovo.