SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2014) - Beamz Interactive, Inc. (OTCQB: BZIC), a leading developer of state-of-the-art interactive music products, today announced the company's achievement of being awarded a 5-Star Rating in the physical category and a 4-Star Rating across all other categories by the National Lekotek Center and AblePlay for their Beamz Family Bundle, a "light" version of their Education and Health Care product offering. This high mark is ranked among the top 5 listed products reviewed by the National Lekotek Center, a non-profit organization that uses independent evaluators to rigorously score products on their effective use with individuals who have sensory, physical, communicative and cognitive disabilities.
Beamz is currently used in hundreds of special education classrooms, pull-out rooms and OT and PT settings to teach skills including cause and effect, directionality, sequencing, fine and gross motor skills, common core subjects and more. The objective of creating the Family Bundle was to reach these same individuals at home. The summary of the review of Beamz by the National Lekotek Center is available online at: http://thebeamz.com/the-national-lekotek-center
"This is a great honor and a major validator for Beamz," said Charlie Mollo, CEO of Beamz Interactive. "The Beamz has proven to be an important device in classrooms, children's hospitals, rehabilitation and therapeutic settings. Lekotek's rating factored in usability for play in the home and ability to strengthen the family's social interactions. Together with Lekotek, we are supporting the Beamz mission of bringing the fun and excitement of interactive music to everyone, particularly children with disabilities in the comfort of their home."
The Beamz Education and Healthcare product line, which now includes the Beamz Family Bundle (the home version), allows people of all ages and abilities to experience the fun and excitement of creating interactive music by simply moving their hands through laser beams. The universal design of Beamz gives people of any cognitive or physical ability instant access to hundreds of musical instruments and songs from every genre. Adaptive peripherals such as switches and keyboards, as well as interactive whiteboards and touch screen devices can be used to provide just the right amount of support for every fun-seeker, learner or therapy recipient.
After using the Beamz interactive music system, Hayley Anderson, a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) at the National Lekotek Center, commented, "Beamz has provided our Lekotek families with a new way to interact with music. The Bluetooth technology helps us engage more kids of all abilities through music in our family play sessions and play groups."
The Beamz music system has become an important device for people of all abilities because music is such an excellent vehicle to teach learning concepts and achieve new milestones. Not only can the interactive music system be used in therapy settings, Beamz is also an excellent device to use within the home to create experiences between those with disabilities and their family members. "My son has cerebral palsy and the iPad used as the interface and speakers make the Beamz player ultra-convenient for portability and positioning purposes," commented Karina A., a mother of a 5 year-old with cerebral palsy, after experimenting with Beamz.
To learn more about AblePlay's ratings system, and receive advice from fellow parents, family, friends and professionals assisting those with disabilities, please visit: http://www.ableplay.org/content/tips-using-ableplay%E2%84%A2-rating-information
For more information regarding the Beamz Family Bundle (MSRP $249.95, with a special offer for $199.99) and Lekotek created activities for the home, which are compatible on multiple platforms (PC, Mac and Apple iOS) and include interactive songs across all genres, please visit: http://thebeamz.com/education-healthcare/beamz-at-home/
About The National Lekotek Center
The National Lekotek Center, a 501(c)3 organization, has worked with toy manufacturers around the world with a simple goal in mind - to improve the lives of children of all abilities through the utilization of toys and play. The Lekotek model has developed into a network serving thousands of children with disabilities and over 1.5 million play sessions. Lekotek has also launched the AblePlay™ toy rating system and website that provides comprehensive information on toys for children with special needs. To learn more, please visit: www.lekotek.org and www.ableplay.org
About Beamz Interactive, Inc.
Based in Scottsdale, AZ, Beamz Interactive, Inc. (OTCQB: BZIC) has created state-of-the-art interactive laser controller technology that can be used to develop new market opportunities in a wide variety of music, education, healthcare, gaming and consumer applications. In its first application, the Company developed an innovative new music technology and product offering that brings music to literally everyone in a way that was previously not possible. Beamz allows people that have no musical background or training to play and enjoy music within minutes, yet it has the depth to enable accomplished DJs, artists and musicians to perform, compose and create highly sophisticated interactive music. Beamz Interactive's technology portfolio includes multiple patents, patents pending and trade secrets covering interactive music, software, laser-based controllers, gaming applications and related designs and devices. For more information on Beamz, please visit: www.thebeamz.com.
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