27th January, 2021

Build It on Sensory Live!

Sensory Build It is a simple cause and effect app particularly for early learner assistive switch or device users. The app provides a large range of switch/tap activated early learning animated scenes with sounds including

musical Instruments, animals, underwater, space, toys, patterns and more.

Click or tap the button and the app will launch filling the screen or window.

If the app fills the window, maximise the window to full screen and the app will run as full screen.

Press ESC key or click/tap the X button to close the app.

How to Use

Choose from the 16 Build It scenes, and the background will load.  Once each activity has loaded, the blue (left hand) switch icon will pop up. Tapping this switch icon, or pressing the connected switch, pressing space bar or number 1, or A on the Adaptive/Xbox controller will start the activity. Press the switch again to move to the next activity.  If using on a tablet or phone, we suggest using the landscape orientation.

Build It has a switch settings button on the home screen, which defaults to single (blue) switch mode. It is possible to select two switches (blue and red) which alternate, or two switches with a random presentation.

Install Sensory Apps on Chromebook, PC or Mac

Make sure your Windows PC, or Apple Mac has either the Google Chrome Browser or new Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser installed. Your Chromebook will already have the Chrome browser.

Click the app icon or this install link, which will open and launch the Sensory App in a new browser tab

Look for the “Install” button (+) that appears in the browser address bar. Press this install button and the installer pop-up will appear. See the examples screenshots below on Chrome and Edge.

You will find an app icon added to your desktop or programs list/folder. Clicking this app icon will launch the app full screen on your device.

Click here for installation videos and how to add the Sensory Web Apps to Android or iOS devices.

Switch Access and Adaptive XBox Controller

The Build It activity screen can be controlled by an external keyboard and external access switches. Space Bar/ number 1 activate the blue (left button on screen) switch and Enter key / 2 activates the red (right button on screen). The app control buttons can be hidden with a keypress 5

Build It can also be controlled by using an XBox controller or the Microsoft Adaptive Controller with any suitable switch inputs. The XBox  D-Pad will move around the activities and the A and B buttons control the left and right on screen switches.

Build It has a switch settings button on the first screen, which defaults to single (blue) switch mode. It is possible to select two switches (red and blue) which alternative, or two switches with a random presentation.

You can also download the Sensory Apps on all main app stores, and the download links are here;

ios app store downloadGet it from Microsoft