Mino - James McGinley
An inclusive musical sensory toy to help children on the autistic spectrum communicate freely
Autism affects over 1 percent of the UK population. Mino was created to help bridge the communication barrier those on the autistic spectrum can face, which can lead to isolation and anxiety. Music is a proven platform that those on the spectrum engage with and enjoy. Using bright colours with tactile materials, Mino uses music as a vehicle to allow children to use their energy to express themselves however they wish. When a coloured band is touched, a sound is created. Chords are formed through multiple bands being pressed at the same time, rewarding cooperative play and facilitating fun interactions amongst users. The musical board has no wrong inputs and no wrong outputs, it is tuned to the pentatonic scale so no musical knowledge is required to use it. The large shape and curved structure of Mino was designed to attract multiple users to play with it and help ease the difficulty in interacting with others some on the spectrum can face.