Backyardigans 3-in-1 Adventure Singers

Backyardigans 3-in-1 Adventure Singers is an invention I designed and prototyped at IDEO.  The idea was sparked by a popular trend in toys – transformation, interaction and no parts to lose.

I devised a system which would allow the child to easily transform the costume of the plush toy without requiring any extra parts.  Each plush character has three vest flaps that are attached to its sides that the child can easily swing around to change the costume.  The electronics in the character detect the costume that is currently worn, and the music and voice reflect this change.

This invention was my first product sold and was promptly licensed by Fisher Price!