The sturdy build is said to keep vibrations or shaking from impacting playback ... you know, should it take the occasional knock as children dance around it. The speaker also delivers a full sound which is a good thing, as the designers intentionally omitted a headphone jack, worrying that children might not be able to hear and interact with their parents.
The makers say they decided on a wooden finish because many parents like the long-lasting and warm-to-the-touch feel. The child-friendly design also sees the colored buttons made from phthalate-free ABS plastics, plus the box has a sweat- and saliva-proof soft wax coating. The metals used are stainless and the speaker grill is made of anodized aluminum
Using software (Windows and Mac) which comes with the player, parents can load files onto the SD card and select which tracks will be available in what order on each of Hörbert's coloured buttons. The SD card is housed within the unit and accessed by unscrewing a flush-mounted screw that can be opened with the help of a coin.