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Utamin Music Toy Responds to Hand Movements

At the 2012 Takara Tomy Group New Year Convention, Takara Tomy Arts presented Utamin, the second product in its music toy series. Utamin makes a sound when you put your hand near it. An infrared sensor on the top detects how close your hand is, enabling you to make music by varying the sound. This toy has three modes, and they can each be enjoyed in different ways.

"Firstly, in Simple Mode, there are 15 pre-programmed melodies, including nursery rhymes. So in this mode, you can easily play some familiar tunes. There's also Nori-Nori Ryhthm Mode, where the toy becomes an instrument such as a drum or whistle. Finally, there's a mode that lets you play all the notes in the musical scale. So in this mode, you can compose and play original tunes, just like with an actual instrument."

In Nori-Nori Rhythm Mode, you can vary the sound by pressing the side buttons. This lets you enjoy a variety of instruments, including a whistle and a bell. Two Utamins can also be connected via infrared, so people can make music together.

Utamin has gained a great reputation as a fun product. At International Gift Show Fall 2011, Utamin was selected for the top prize among 1,000 entries.

"The first product in our music toy series was the Human Instrument, and the second is Utamin. We're also thinking about a third product, and that might be a second version of Utamin."

Utamin is available in three colors: pink, blue, and green. It'll be available from mid November, priced at 3,800 yen plus tax.

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