Ototo is designed by Dentaku from our London studio. Ototo means 'little brother' in Japanese - so we think of it as a perfect pocket-sized companion.

The concept was realised by Yuri Suzuki and Mark McKeague under commission from Near NowIn October 2013 we ran an invention workshop with the first prototype boards at Game City in Nottingham and announced the project to the public. Over the following months we ran public and student workshops testing out Ototo, getting feedback and refining our design.

In February 2014, Dentaku ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first production project. The project was successfully funded, raising £73,589 from 915 backers.

Now we sell Ototo to makers and creators all over the world who want to make their own musical dreams come true. 

Join us and make some noise!

This video documents the first Ototo prototype, designed and produced under commission from Near Now.