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Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 Tactile Musical Interface for iOS and Mac

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Skoog Unleash Your Inner Rockstar

The Skoog unleashing inner rockstars

A girl sits down to play her Skoog

A guitarist appears to her side like a genie appearing from the Skoog. She rocks alongside the guitarist whose movements replicate her playing. An animated moustache grows on the girl’s face.

An animated heavy rock band appears next to her, head banging as they play. A guitar playing bat appears, amps rise out of the floor and the Ace of Spades is drumming along in the back of the stage. They continue to play as the girl lifts the Skoog above her head, still playing as smoke rises around them and fills the screen./

A child with Down syndrome and his mom play Hip-Hop music

They’re scratching a hip-hop version of our track on his Skoog. The table animates as turntables and speakers appear, an animated MC appears who beat-boxes along as Salt and Peppa enter the stage. The music reaches a crescendo as our boy throws a record towards the screen.

A teenage boy playing a carnival tune on his Skoog

With every press a funky chicken appears, whose beak hoots along with the sound. We zoom out, instantly an animated carnival scene bursts into life around him and he’s riding on a Carnival float. The funky chicken gets in on the action by putting on carnival peacock feather outfit. A coconut plays steel drums as giant birds, flowers and tubas parade alongside him.

The screen splits into three sections and and all the children play together

A voice over says Play the music you love, straight out the box. Skoog - the musical instrument for everyone - unleash your inner rockstar!

A title on screen says SKOOG. UNLEASH YOUR INNER ROCKSTAR

  • Overview

    The Skoog device is an accessible, tactile cube that allows children with disabilities to explore creative opportunities available on iPad with GarageBand for iOS. Now anyone unable to play traditional instruments can join an orchestra or band and take part in a range of music-making activities. Skoog’s adjustable sensitivity and easy integration with GarageBand make it perfect for inclusive music activity.

    Used together, Skoog and iPad expand the potential of music therapy for young children with cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s Syndrome and other developmental delays by offering hands-on opportunities to create and control sound expressively. Skoog’s sensory-friendly tactile nature helps greatly in developing new skills and promoting physical interaction with technology. For instance, Skoog’s immediate sensory input can motivate young people with autism to explore iPad functions.

    Skoog and GarageBand on iPad let students compose and perform their own music without the need for keyboard, guitar or other traditional instrumental skills. They can poke, squeeze and press Skoog and it provides physical stimulation and acoustic feedback that plays instruments on iPad. The automatic key-detection in the Skoog app also lets anyone “jam” along with favourite songs in their iTunes media library using the instrument sounds in GarageBand and other MIDI apps. Students can also use Swift to write their own code for configuring or controlling Skoog.

    Skoog is lightweight and portable, making it easy to set up and use. It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth LE or to your Mac via USB and comes with its own free app (available from the App Store). Or you can use it as a controller for other MIDI-compatible music apps.

    Highlights

    Skoog connects wirelessly to iPad using the free Skoog app

    Adjustable sensitivity

    Integration with iTunes

    Key detection

    Lets you play GarageBand instruments using the dynamic touch interface

    Plays the sounds of different instruments, using any CoreMIDI compatible apps

    Tactile, intuitive and robust

    Underside works with a suction mount for securing it in easily accessible positions

    Built-in guided access mode to hide on-screen menus and enable users to focus on playing

    Suitable for MLD, SLD and PMD, children with global delay, genetic conditions, sensory impairments or Autism

    What’s in the Box

    Skoog 2.0 tactile music interface

    Micro USB cable

    Quick start guide

    Tech Specs

    Connections: USB, Wireless

    Power Source: Battery power

    Batteries: Rechargeable lithium-ion

    Battery life: More than 10 hours of continuous play.

    Charge Time: Approximately 3 hours.

    Height: 15 cm/5.91 in.

    Length: 13 cm/5.12 in.

    Width: 13 cm/5.12 in.

    Weight: 585 g

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No.: 712323921831

    Warranty

    Note: Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer’s warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer’s warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law.

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  • 4.0 Average
    4 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Product.

      The Skoog is fantastic, it has so many uses and is great fun for the whole family! Great with GarageBand and Logic X!

      • Written by James C from Edinburgh

      6 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fantastic Product.

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      More Than Meets the Eye - This Think Has It All!

      I had first borrowed a Skoog to see if my students would like it. No, they didn't like it, they LOVED it! Some of my students are tactile defensive and there is I had first borrowed a Skoog to see if my students would like it. No, they didn't like it, they LOVED it! Some of my students are tactile defensive and there is something about Skoog they enjoyed. It's soft and not cold like some metal equipment. This company has done a lot of thinking about how a simple five switch device can be used. Basically you can make up your own tune or play along with your favorite tunes. If the sounds available aren't enough, Skoog has companion apps that can provide more sounds or you can even very simply add your own sounds with the app Skoog Skratch. Not convinced yet? It has an app in Apple's Swift Playground where one can lean about coding that changes Skoog's musical elements. Skoog is great for teaching music because it works via Bluetooth, no wires and keeps a charge through the day. It can be used as a solo instrument or in ensemble. For my special needs students, because it doesn't have complicated buttons or switches to confuse or distract them, it is easier for them to stay on task. I even Velcro a picture of the instrument a side plays, a note color, or even the word or number I've programmed into it. Imagine you reading one of those cool children's books that has a refrain part that one usually sings. With Skratch you can record it with the touch of one finger and then automatically your child can actively participate in reading time. Who knows, it may even help them to read icons or words. It certainly will help them follow directions and learn to take turns so they will be more successful in other endeavors. I've only share a tiny bit of the Skoog repertory. Go search Skoog on line and check out the details on the website. Skoog is limited only by your creative use of it. Skoog is tough and survives drops and whacks. Skoog is Fun!

      • Written by Deborah N from West Palm Beach

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?More Than Meets the Eye - This Think Has It All!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fun and funky

      Love this product. Easy to use and had my kids playing music in minutes.

      • Written by Jane S from Edinburgh

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fun and funky

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      More Than Meets the Eye - This Think Has It All!

      I had first borrowed a Skoog to see if my students would like it. No, they didn't like it, they LOVED it! Some of my students are tactile defensive and there is I had first borrowed a Skoog to see if my students would like it. No, they didn't like it, they LOVED it! Some of my students are tactile defensive and there is something about Skoog they enjoyed. It's soft and not cold like some metal equipment. This company has done a lot of thinking about how a simple five switch device can be used. Basically you can make up your own tune or play along with your favorite tunes. If the sounds available aren't enough, Skoog has companion apps that can provide more sounds or you can even very simply add your own sounds with the app Skoog Skratch. Not convinced yet? It has an app in Apple's Swift Playground where one can lean about coding that changes Skoog's musical elements. Skoog is great for teaching music because it works via Bluetooth, no wires and keeps a charge through the day. It can be used as a solo instrument or in ensemble. For my special needs students, because it doesn't have complicated buttons or switches to confuse or distract them, it is easier for them to stay on task. I even Velcro a picture of the instrument a side plays, a note color, or even the word or number I've programmed into it. Imagine you reading one of those cool children's books that has a refrain part that one usually sings. With Skratch you can record it with the touch of one finger and then automatically your child can actively participate in reading time. Who knows, it may even help them to read icons or words. It certainly will help them follow directions and learn to take turns so they will be more successful in other endeavors. I've only share a tiny bit of the Skoog repertory. Go search Skoog on line and check out the details on the website. Skoog is limited only by your creative use of it. Skoog is tough and survives drops and whacks. Skoog is Fun!

      • Written by Deborah N from West Palm Beach

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?More Than Meets the Eye - This Think Has It All!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fun and funky

      Love this product. Easy to use and had my kids playing music in minutes.

      • Written by Jane S from Edinburgh

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fun and funky

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      The Skoog makes music and coding accessible to all!

      As a music educator, I have found the Skoog to be an invaluable musical instrument for many of my students, including those with the most severe learning or phy As a music educator, I have found the Skoog to be an invaluable musical instrument for many of my students, including those with the most severe learning or physical challenges. The goal for all of my students is for them to participate successfully in classroom ensembles and yearly performances. Without an instrument like the Skoog, that would be impossible. However, beyond my goals for my students, is the clear and palpable joy many of them express when discovering that they can make music simply by pressing or squeezing this very visually and tactilly appealing device! It works very simply and seemlessly with the Skoog iPad app, as well as many other music apps, giving the user an unlimited pallet of sounds with which to contribute to any ensemble. Along with the ability to learn coding and further control and expand the capabilities of the Skoog via Swift Playgrounds, this device is a great plus for any age student of any ability.

      • Written by Adam G from Bayside

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The Skoog makes music and coding accessible to all!