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Frequently Asked Questions

At Yalp we’ve designed some pretty cool interactive playsets. Each one with their own story, technical setup and cool features. If it all gets a little too much, don’t be afraid to ask us anything. You can check the most common questions here.

Frequently asked questions

Yes it does. We offer an active play style outdoors, using all the positive aspects of gaming to get everyone off the couch.

Nowadays, children (to be honest, not only children) spend too much time in front of a screen using their mobile phones, watching series, playing video games, and keeping up with social media.

A traditional swing or slide is fun, but we believe we can make it more fun and trigger this new generation to go outside and play. Our interactive playsets are meeting the demands of this new reality. They combine the entertainment value of video games with the benefits of outdoor play and therefore are more tempting for the new generation. Research has shown that interactive playsets all greatly exceed their traditional counterparts in terms of exercise intensity. During the study, the movement intensity of the Yalp Sona and Yalp Toro was compared with other sports. The Yalp Sona’ Reaction Race’ game achieved more than 10 MET points, which makes it more intensive than biking (MET 4.5), basketball (MET6), running (MET6.2), or non-competitive football (MET 7).

MET stands for Metabolic Equivalent and is a unit of measure within physiology. One MET is equal to a person’s metabolic rate while sitting/ resting.

Yes. Even bolder: the interactive playsets will become more interesting every year with new updates and games.

The games are developed without any game rules, the children can use their imagination and create their own rules. Each game consists of several levels, with the next level being more complicated than the last.

Therefore the games are always challenging and ensure that they are never dull and are dynamically tailored to meet the skills of the players. If you play a game and you become better, the play set will increase the difficulty level, and vice versa. A set of games and sound samples are pre-installed on the interactive playsets, plus new games and sound samples are developed continuously. A maximum of five games is installed on the playsets to start with. The least played game will automatically be replaced by a new one. Of course, it is always possible to select games manually.

Our warranty can be split in two parts:

  • 5 years on electronics
  • 10 years on construction elements

Our warranty does not cover vandalism or faulty use. For harsh climates and close proximity to the sea, we have limited our warranty. Please ask us for the detailed warranty specifications.

To control and manage the Yalp interactive playsets, a mobile internet connection is needed. Therefore, a high-quality 3G internet connection system is built-in. The service fee and data costs for this connection are integrated into the service. The 3G data SIM card is included and pre-installed in the Yalp factory to ensure your product is plug-and-play upon delivery. Yalp has global data coverage in most of the areas with regular 3G/4G data access. Please contact Yalp to check your local data coverage.

Inclusive play

All interactive playsets are genuinely inclusive and are developed to be accessible for children with disabilities.

Disabled children can play the same games together with their friends, brothers, and sisters. We achieved this by making the play floor safely accessible to any kind of wheelchair.

We have seen children that would usually remain non-reactive in everyday situations, completely light up when playing on the interactive playset.
We have seen a child with substantial autism completely relaxed, moving her arms, dancing, and smile underneath the Yalp Sona. For this interactive playset, a unique software package is available for this sector, with different games, and calmer audio feedback can be installed. The speed and volume at which the games are played can be adjusted.

The Yalp Sona has also become a significant healthcare innovation for seniors. Exercising to the musically guided programs contribute to the well being of vulnerable elderly, Especially those that spend most of their days indoors. Furthermore, Yalp Sona has proven to help people with Alzheimer’s to become more mentally alert.

There are many more examples, read more about inclusive play.

Inclusive play

Our interactive playsets are developed to fit a specific age group best. Nevertheless, they are fun for young and old. The mistake our designers made at first was to put on the age sticker of 4-80 years old. Only later discovering that a child of 1 years old was having fun on the Sona and a 85 year old lady was saying “she felt young” again. We let go off the age stickers and are happy to announce all ages can play.

For example, the Yalp Fono DJ-booth is specially created for teenagers, though younger children also have a lot of fun by scratching the music samples available on the Fono. At the same time we saw at a resort the Fono was also heavily used by parents who had just as much fun discovering what it’s like being a DJ.  All Yalp interactive playsets are developed to be simple to understand by all ages and accessible for everyone, even the elderly or people with disabilities.

For instance, the Yalp Sutu ball wall is suitable for primary school children and secondary school youth, but also irresistible for adults. With one press on the button, children can choose from several games. The impact-sensitive panels measure and react to ball impact. Vivid LED lights and audio speakers give players feedback and encouragement on their performance. This creates a fantastic interaction between the player and the interactive playset, young or old, you can see a smile appear from the very first second they start playing.
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Inclusive play

Yes!

Memo, Sona an Toro are most suitable for big groups.

We have seen the Sona played by more then 30 children at the same time, where the optimal group size would be 9.

Most Memo games are designed for around 6 players at the same time.

The optimal group size for Toro would be 8 players (4 teams of 2).

For Fono you would have two DJ’s, but at the same time some more people hanging around. Leading up to a group size of around 8.

The Sutu would be playable with 2-4 players at the same time, but is so intense, we often see bigger groups taking turns.

With all interactives we often see bigger groups taking turns, switching from active playing to hanging around, watching others. That is play, and this also stresses the importance of designing the whole play/sports area as one, not only putting one product down. Benches, chill places, walking paths, other play/sports objects. Ask us for advice how to create a good play space.

Next to that: our interactives offer many games, where some games are are specifically designed for larger groups.  These can be activated in My Yalp. We do still have just as many games for single players who want to play alone. There is something for everyone. Visit My Yalp and check out all our cool games!

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Interactive equipment

Interactive play fits everywhere and tailors to a much larger target audience than anything else out there. The Yalp interactive playsets are customizable to your specific theme or facility.

For instance, The Yalp Sona play arch is available in many different colors or can be fully customized from flooring to extra decoration elements on top of the arch. Even the games can be adjusted with new sound samples to custom made games that suit the theme. Curious how the interactive playset you are interested in can be customized? Please feel free to contact us and ask about the possibilities.

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We also have a blog series. “Did you know?” Which covers the different possibilities of customizing your interactive.

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Interactive play fits everywhere and tailors to a much larger target audience than anything else out there. It attracts the younger generation, and is also very accessible for special user groups.

Interactive play is fun to do only once (daytime leisure) but is also fun for returning visitors. In our designs we like to test on the ‘one-more-time-effect’, where replay-ability is key. With our playsets, new games will be available every year. When kids back to the same playset after a while, they often find entirely new games. The Yalp interactive playsets can also be theme-dedicated, according to the particular facility. Moreover, interactive playsets are very accessible for people with a disability or the elderly, without being stigmatizing.

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Our Solutions

The interactive playsets require little power.

When played, the power used by the interactive playset uses is around 20 – 50 Watt; this is comparable to an incandescent light-bulb. Memo around 50W, Sutu/Toor/Fono around 20W and Sona around 5 Watt. With the light set on Sona is also around 20W.

When the interactive playset is in idle (standby mode), the power usage remains about 10W. In sleep mode (at night for example, you can not play) the power is limited to around 3 Watt. The only power source needed is a regular power socket, the playsets need to be connected to a power supply of 230 or 110 V AC, or on 12V DC like our Yalp Solar post.

Are you looking for green energy, an off-grid, self-sufficient solution for your interactive? Check out our Yalp Solar for green energy use.

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Not if is set to the right volume mode from the start. The maximum volume and on/off times of the interactive playsets can be installed by the administrator, with My Yalp.

Also, the positioning of the speakers in every interactive playset ensures that the players hear the sound optimally, whereas the neighborhood experiences as little disturbance as possible.

For example, to prevent sound from carrying far, the Yalp Fono DJ-booth is designed with sides of concrete and speakers directed inwards, to keep music mainly focused at the DJ playing the Fono, and the near audience.

The minimum sound level of the Fono in use is around 60dB (same as a normal conversation). The maximum sound level of the Sona in use is approximately 95 dB (same as a high volume stereo). As a rule of thumb, we advise not to place an interactive playset within 50 meters of the nearest residence. And the play set is not audible at the nearest house.  Most of the times, the sound volume of the children that are playing (shouting, having fun) is higher then the sound of the interactive playset itself.

All interactive playsets are specifically designed for heavy-duty outdoor use. The interactives are all-weather proof and developed to withstand the severe conditions outdoors and are thoroughly tested. All electronic components are housed in solid steel or concrete construction.

850+ installed interactives show that a computer in the public space is not a problem at all and that the products developed by Yalp are certainly vandalism resistant. We have designed every detail to withstand every weather and usage condition.

The products are made of high-quality materials. For instance, the transparent screens on the Yalp Sutu and Yalp Toro are protected by a thick polycarbonate casing (the same material used in ballistic shields deployed by the police). All metal parts are made from stainless steel, or galvanized and powder-coated steel, which provides ultimate protection against vandalism.

The Yalp Sutu panels are successfully tested to withstand substantial impact (1000 times 50kg) and can face vibration and temperature differences of -35°C until +85°C.

All products have passed the vandalism tests successfully. We are convinced of the quality of our products. Therefore every product comes with a 5-year warranty and service license.

Many people playing the Memo, Toro, Sona, Sutu and Fono at our Yalp office ask our designers: which one do you like best? But how to choose between your ‘children’? The anwer is we love all, each with their own character. And secretly, every Yalper maybe might have his/her own favorites. Just ask us personally, check out our team page!

Yes, the Interactive playsets are specifically designed for heavy-duty outdoor use and are all-weather proof and developed to withstand the severe conditions outdoors. As a customer told us: “I am surprised how little maintenance is needed. We had to replace the bolts of our swing sets last year, but our Sona did not need maintenance even though it is older”.

Even though the products are low in maintenance,  we recommend that you regularly (at least once a year) do some maintenance to keep them in shape longer, regarding the following:

  • Clean all polycarbonate panels (front and back) by using a cotton or a sturdy paper cloth and a cleaning substance without diluent. You can use a glass cleaner from the local supermarket.
  • Clean the steel structure with cotton or strong paper cloth and a cleaning substance without diluent.
  • All screws and bolts need to be checked. Are they still fixed? If not, tighten them.
  • Check all wires for cuttings and corrosion. If you see potential damage that can cause any kind of dangerous situation, please contact the supplier.

Interactive play

In 2006 Yalp successfully launched the world’s first interactive playset, the Yalp Sona dance and play arch. Shortly after, the other interactives were born, and are now installed in 30+ countries. Check out how many we have today!

And we’re not done developing by a long shot! Our product portfolio will only grow and deepen in the coming years. The unique play solutions Yalp has created have not gone by unnoticed. We have received the following honors and awards:

  • Red Dot Design Award 2014 – Yalp Fono DJ booth
  • EU Profit Innovation Award 2013 – Yalp Memo Activity zone
  • Pleisureworld Novelty Award 2012 – Yalp Fono DJ booth
  • Building Holland Award 2012 – Yalp Sutu Football wall
  • Leisure & Sport Totaal Award 2009 – Yalp Sutu Football wall
  • Pleisureworld Novelty Award 2009 – Yalp Sutu Football wall
  • Pleisureworld Novelty Award 2006 – Yalp Sona Play arch

Interactive play is the link between the digital and the real world. The gaming world brings challenges, variety, and innovation to games. Our interactive products bring a solution to today’s obstacles, we live in a fast-changing world with increased digitalization. It is hard to beat the entertainment value of video games.

With our interactive products, we meet the demands of this new reality and the new generation, while ensuring the benefits of outdoor play. It’s where the physical and digital world meet. A swing or slide simply isn’t enough for today’s generation.

No, that is not necessary. And that is not our aim. The solutions is in the way it is designed and used. It is not our goal to create an overload of digital entertainment.

Our goal is to create ‘a new way to play’: looking forward how we can create interesting, healthy, inclusive play sets. Technology is a tool we use, because it offers so much more possibilities in creating unique play experiences that appeal to a wide audience.

It is true Children (and grown-ups) are already spending too much time watching a screen. Instead of saying they can not do that, our designers asked the question: why is this happening? Gaming consoles, social media, online content: they offer so much fun and possibilities. We took this aspect and brought it outside. Combining it with the good aspects of outdoor play: a social environment for healthy activities and discoveries in the real world. If we add electronics, it should also add play value. We could have incorporated a screen into the Sona, but did not do it. If you watch people playing the Sona you can see they are watching at each other, bending the rules of the game and just have fun in an active way together. That’s our goal.

We invite you to visit one of our play projects and see how everyone is playing, and just play. Just like the children do.

Software

The interactive playsets are connected to the internet and are, therefore, remotely controllable.

By purchasing a Yalp interactive, you receive a personal login account for My Yalp, where you can access all the settings or your product. My Yalp is very important and is tailored to control all our interactive playsets to your wishes. Our goal was to keep it simple. For example, with My Yalp, you can change the volume and on/off times or choose new games from a laptop or mobile phone. And most exciting, you can monitor the usage statistics and check the latest high scores from games being played.

Within the usage statistics, you can see how many hours there has been played over a certain period and which game is played most frequently, and is thus most popular. My Yalp gives you full control over your product. And the best part, every year, new updates like games and features will be available.

Discover more about My Yalp here

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