Core77 Design Awards
- Other Years
Yoto Mini is a low cost portable audio player that lets kids safely explore hundreds of stories, songs, radio stations and podcasts on the Yoto platform. Yoto Mini was designed from the ground up for children but is deliberately not too toy-like, appealing to kids of all ages.
A key innovation of the Yoto experience is the use of physical cards for playback of audio content. This allows children as young as two to be in control of their own content as well as promoting tactile play and helping with fine motor control development.
Yoto's interactive, screen-free platform aims to feed kids' curiosity with inspiring audio, sparking creative play and learning with products that are tactile and intuitive for all ages. The brief for Yoto Mini was to develop a low cost portable device to open up the audio platform to more users sharing the same physical cards for content and design language as the existing larger Yoto Player.
Large controls mean that all ages can easily use the Yoto Mini. Its compact, robust design is simple to assemble (which keeps costs down) and it incorporates a USB C socket for easy charging with small hands, as well as a headphone socket for personal listening.
An LED pixel display provides feedback and interactive content without being distracting and careful audio design means that its sound quality is good and surprisingly powerful despite its size. A silicone adventure jacket with lanyard was developed to keep the product extra safe and to add a choice of colours for personalisation.
The size, portability and low cost of Yoto Mini and low cost opens the Yoto audio platform to a wide range of users. A smartphone app allows parents to monitor and curate content as well as adjust device volume, bedtime settings and other features. The device does not have a microphone, camera or a screen, addressing parents' anxiety about privacy and screen time.