Despite the enormous benefits of music and the security and comfort provided by Arthur, operating controls can be too much of a challenge for people with memory difficulties or issues of understanding. Arthur has been designed to be as simple as possible and his intended use is to be activated by friends family or carers, unburdening the user with this task.
Arthur only has one external control and that is to start and stop the music he has been preloaded with. The music can play in strick order or has a 'shuffle' mode which ensures that the playlist changes order. It is most important that the music loaded into Arthur has meaning to the user; this is easy to do and will produce by far the best results (see 'noises')
Playing MusicArthur's left hand paw has a switch inside it - the “paws button”.
Cuddle factorsArthur has very tactile fur made from 'terry cloth'. This is soft polyester based material, and has proven to be the favourite texture. Also to be extra safe, Arthur's eyes are embroidered, not buttons.