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Induction Certificate Number:   74020110811-482
Induction Date:   August 11, 2011
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   The Beamz Player Interactive Music System
MSRP:   $199.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.thebeamz.com
Rating: 

The Beamz Player Interactive Music System

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/11/2011

The beamz interactive music system is the ultimate toy that fits like a glove in functionality, popularity, and Creative playQuotient™, especially with teens.  Just imagine being able to command a group of instruments, pick up a beat, and mix that with a video from a famous performing music artist with a waive of the hands and a practically zero learning curve!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Music 2010 Consumer/Education 7-107 years old Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Ease of Use Functionality / Purpose Creative playQuotient™ Marketability Overall Visual Appeal Progressive Skill Development
5 5 5 4.5 4 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

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CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



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LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
893080002039 C4Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
MalaysiaWarning: Uses class 2 red laser beams. Do not stare at the beams.

 

About Our New Inductee

Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

Image of the beamz interactive music system.
The beamz interactive system, (hereafter referred to as "the beamz"), provides a most interesting catalyst to provoke the mind and body to respond.  "Sight, sound, touch, and hearing are all stimulated en masse with an intellectual development response." 

In a more simple translation of that quote from one of our independent evaluators, the beamz delivers a source of entertainment, learning, and overall influence to self-improvement such as never before imagined! As you continue to read further, you will soon discover as you read further, that it is more than just a toy, it is a masterpiece of design and creativity.

Whether for personal or professional use, simplicity is the key element of what makes the beamz so special. It allows you to take a soundtrack and remix to your own creation, even including videos of Blondie and many other famous music professionals. Just move your hands to interrupt the 4 red laser beams, observe the visual illustration of the beamz and each of the beamz you are passing your hands through, and begin your journey to creative delight and visual enjoyment.

Unlike a single instrument, a video game system, a television, or even a book, the beamz is something that no matter who is playing with it, there is some form of contribution it makes to their betterment.  The beamz interactive music system is the ultimate toy in functionality, popularity, and Creative playQuotient™, especially with teens. Just imagine being able to command a group of instruments, pick up a beat, and mix that with a video from a famous performing music artist with a waive of the hands and a practically zero learning curve!



Additional Details & Perspectives

While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

The beamz Interactive Music System is a masterful work of art and creativity that takes music to an entirely new level of existence. It combines creative skill development, video, audio, and simplicity into the creation of virtual masterpieces.
"With a powerful collection of elements to stimulate the creative skills of virtually anyone, it calls upon the inherent desire of each one of us to be creative and draws us to it."

"This is a masterpiece of careful study and design which will soothe the spirit of even the most challenging personality through creative Play."

- A quote from one of our independent evaluators

The beamz interactive music player allows an individual or individuals to become their own DJ with more creative possibilities than ever seen before, yet remaining at an affordable consumer price range. Best of all, the functionality can extend past the general consumer and reach well beyond the realm of professional recording and remix.

[ PLEASE NOTE: In the video above, you are only seeing the calibrated red laser unit alone, not the computer screen which displays the video and illustration of the beamz interactive player itself. ]

The Beamz interactive music system was created to provide anyone an extraordinary music making experience by touching laser beams and playing light. The Beamz song library encompasses music that appeals to all ages and music interests providing users three unique ways to experience making music.

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Independent Evaluator Reports

In this section we have called upon the assistance of top industry professionals to evaluate the product in this evaluation summary. These scholars form their own opinions from extensive analysis and produce detailed, in-depth reports connected with their own personal study and evaluation of the products submitted for independent evaluation.

The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


Image of 'the beamz' interactive music system showing the screen illustration.
Independent Evaluators - Initial Report Outline
PRODUCT | SERVICE: the beamz interactive music system

MEDIA PLATFORM:
MEDIA CONTRIBUTION:
TARGET AGE GROUP:
Interactive Music System
Progressive Skill Development
7 to 107 years





This Week's Independent Evaluators

Digital & Analog Sound Engineer
Director of Audio Engineering Development

"The beamz combination of the beamz software, 4 red laser conductor unit, and a pc can turn any individual into the conductor of a virtual symphony orchestra. That would be the best analogy to use in the description of the product. The interactivity and creative desire that comes from this interactive music system accelerates the development and improvement gained from music to the n'th degree. A true pipeline to expressive creativity."

"Many studies have shown that music can create benefit from development and improvement of cognitive abilities, particularly spatial abilities, higher reasoning & motor skills, and higher achievements in language and math. In the studies my group performed with the beamz product, we were able to substantiate our assumptions of these studies as validated fact."


Doctor of Advanced Behavioral Study, Ph.D., M.S., E.D.
Professor of Developmental / Behavioral Studies & Research

"The rhetorical question at hand is ''Can listening to music actually make a child more intelligent while growing up and have a permanent effect in adulthood?' My response to that question is based upon recent data from the University of Texas which indicated that students who received an arts education that included music received higher SAT scores than those that did not."

"With the variety of ways in which music can be created whether for personal or professional use with this creation, the data from the University and multiple other studies makes the probability of music contributing to greater level of intelligence development to be more conceivable. The collection of music/video in the beamz music system, capacitates an individual to actualize a desire to create, to express, to think."

"For someone fresh out the gate in their introduction and familiarization with music and rhythm, this product is a literal Godsend. It introduces a new platform of education; one which alludes the idea of 'fun learning'.  It captivates the entire attention of an individual in such a manner that their minds become more pliable. 

Much like water with clay, the level of creativity catalyzed by this product results in an extensive expansion of their skill development. It begins with music yet its functionality and purpose can transcend into learning of mathematics or a limitless number of other possibilities.


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* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

Image of two adults playing with the beamz interactive music system at the Sankofa Academy International in Brooklyn, NY.
The beamz interactive music system was the center of attention as you can see from the image at left. The beamz player has the most unique way of stirring even the most reserved of people to put their hands up and participate!

It was rather intriguing in this segment of our evaluation how not one but TWO people were playing with the beamz player simultaneously! It was nothing short of amazing how they learned in a matter of moments with no instructions how to coordinate with each other's movements. Everyone soon after was hearing some serious vibes in the room as they created a powerful medley of music!

It excites me when I think of how much enthusiasm the beamz interactive music system created in a matter of moments with smiles aplenty as a fringe benefit. A key element of the benefits of this product besides the funFactor™ was the level of progressive skill development. Never before have we ever seen people adapt to the use of a new product so quickly with an accelerated level of learning to improve and create!

In our going over all of the video tapes, feedback forms, and other content, the beamz interactive music system unquestionably pulled the stops out and rose to the top in this segment of our evaluation.  It completed the consumer hands-on evaluation without a hitch, well ahead of most of the other products and the very best in its division.
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A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings

The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings". To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

EASE OF USE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

EASE OF USE?  The reasoning for the question mark is that if you have had even the slightest exposure to the beamz interactive music system, you already know how it is synonymous with "ease of use".  What could possibly be more simple?

  • Turn your computer on
  • Start the beamz player software
  • plug in the USB cable to your pc and the product itself
  • start moving your hands to break the laser beam's path and now you hear music!

Yes of course that is the basics, there are so many more capabilities to explore, yet this clearly makes the point the simplicity of the product and its ease of use.  More information on this can be found at http://www.thebeamz.com.

In the final steps of evaluation for this category to establish an accurate rating score, the beamz interactive music system pulled a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this category for EASE OF USE.


FUNCTIONALITY/PURPOSE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The beamz interactive music system/player truly defines FUNCTIONALITY & PURPOSE.  There is no question about that!  One of the fundamental features associated with this music system/player is the diversity of functionality and purpose. Where most products on the market are designed to serve one specific targeted purpose, that is not the case here.

In a quote from one of our independent evaluator's reports, "Much like water with clay, the level of creativity catalyzed by this product results in an extensive expansion of their skill development. It begins with music yet its functionality and purpose can transcend into learning of mathematics or a limitless number of other possibilities.  After all, even mathematics have a rhythm and synchronicity that maintains and defines both its purpose and functionality.  In a sense, this can be interpreted as music and rhythm in sequence and process.

In point, this music system represents a tool which carries a literally unlimited span of useful purpose.  Its application of use can span from children of special needs to the intense demands of a music professional."

The beamz interactive music system clearly and understandably established a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this category for FUNCTIONALITY/PURPOSE.


CREATIVE playQuotient™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

CREATIVE playQuotient™ was a steal in this evaluation category. It was already amazing enough from our team's personal observation of the hands-on evaluations with consumers, to our own in-house evaluation studies.  It was the independent evaluation reports that closed the book with a unanimous and unquestionable absolute in our final evaluation of the beamz interactive music system in this evaluation category.

The combination of creativity, vast improvement of skills during active Play, and ratio of these combined produced a results in our evaluation that proved this rating was well earned and deserved. The beamz interactive music system stood up to the challenges of our strict evaluation in this evaluation category yet still managed to maintain its image of an attention-getter with the strongest level of CREATIVE playQuotient™.  The beamz interactive music system pulled through this segment of our evaluation with a perfect rating score of [5 Stars].

MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

MARKETABILITY is an evaluation category which had so many elements that influenced the final established rating of the The beamz interactive music system that this evaluation category took the longest of all 289 evaluation categories we had to cover. There were even entirely new testing procedures that had to be created to ensure accurate and unquestionable results in our findings.

When we took into account all of the factors used in the evaluation process used for this evaluation category it was quite clear that the beamz interactive music system was screaming to a magnificent victory in its evaluation study.  There was a strong concern though with the size of the footprint on a store shelf.  As we all know, shelf space in a retail store is prime time real estate with every single centimeter being carefully considered in its use.

The size of the packaging for the beamz interactive music system is practically in resemblance of a yardstick in with.  In our evaluation process we took a different approach with this product by going to a variety of retail stores and asking the directly what they had to say about the footprint of the beamz interactive music system. 

To our surprise, the responses we far more favorable than expected.  As one retailer expressed, "All it takes is one unit to be out for demo and our consumers are more than likely to be buying the thing.  The combination of the software, learning curve, and price point make this practically a sure thing."  The only challenge we can see to consider is getting the retailers to see the strong marketability level without needing a unit out to use for demo purposes.

In our final steps of developing the accurate evaluation rating for The beamz interactive music system in this evaluation category, the responses from the retail stores in 3 different states were all absolutes that they would give the idea of carrying the beamz interactive music system serious consideration if not absolute confirmation of intent to order.  This resulted in the beamz interactive music system to pull a of [4.5 Stars], just half a point away from a perfect score in this evaluation category for MARKETABILITY.


OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4 gold  stars

OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL the beamz interactive music system was yet another new challenge to face in our evaluation process. The beamz interactive music system is quite unique in shape and size, more than reasonable in size and visually appealing.  Despite that, the fact of a pc and software also being included in factors taken into consideration, those latter two factors/elements are variables.  Obviously no two pc screen or the pc's look exactly the same.

You also need to take into consideration, the possible use of a large flat-screen tv. The image you see on the screen can vary based upon manufacturer, compatibility concerns, etc.  The way we compiled our final results was from a variety of combinations of equipment used in the evaluation to establish a consistent a reliable consistency from which to gauge or rating.

After intense studies and research, a final evaluation score was reached which was quite favorable.  The unit itself which has the four calibrated re-lasers was established as the primary source to judge from with everything else being peripheral.  The unit is quite unique and stylish in design which everyone we interviewed saw as above average in visual appeal.

The imagery from the software and all videos displayed on over 40 different flat screens ranging from 32' to 56" in size, as well as over 16 different pc's and notebook computers rated the highest level of rating.  After careful consideration of all scores, notations, and feedback, we established a well above average score of [4 Stars] in this evaluation category  for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL.  There just wasn't enough overall visual appeal to push the envelope to a perfect score, yet it was well above average and overall quite visually appealing.


PROGRESSIVE SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

PROGERSSIVE SKILL DEVELOPMENT was an entirely new challenge to face in our evaluation of The beamz interactive music system. Just as with another product we recently evaluated and inducted, having newly developed evaluation standards used to establish an accurate and reliable group of testing results was a challenge..

After hours of deliberation, going over all video tapes, reports, and looking at the responses from music professionals and educational professionals, we finally arrived at our final rating we would be bestowing upon the beamz interactive music system for this particular evaluation category.  The reports from the Professor of Developmental / Behavioral Studies & Research set the bar and provided the information we needed to make our final judgment. 

The beamz interactive music system does the following;

  • Encourages an extensive expansion of skill development
  • Encourages diversification of areas of use which results in an even greater level of skill development
  • Encourages a stronger sense of self-worth and confidence
These three points in the bullet list are but a small portion of the entire wealth of factors associated with the beamz interactive music system that have such an incredible impact. What is more important is the fact that each and everyone of these factors play a substantial role in constant progressive skill development.  After careful evaluation of the beamz interactive music system and taking into consideration all aspects of its overall contribution, we established a perfect rating score of [5 Stars] in this evaluation category of the beamz interactive music system for PROGRESSIVE SKILL DEVELOPMENT.


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