Teenagers are hard to shop for but why not give them the newest Hot Tech Toys that actually teach them a little about coding as well. I was provided a free item to conduct this review but all opinions are 100% my own. Have you heard of the Ozobot, the one-inch robot that moves kids from augmented reality back to physical play? Kids don’t have to give up their beloved devices as this robot actually works with them.
This new hot tech toy is geared toward kids 13 and up as they use basic colors, black, red, green and blue – as the building blocks in their learning of a very basic coding language to program Ozobot to follow a path forward, backwards, fast, slow, right, left and more. So clever is the technology that the bot can move on physical surfaces like paper and digital planes like an iPhone or iPad. Its ability to “see” colored lines and know the difference between them is the basis for all the activities and games you can play with Ozobot – like Ozoluck, OzoPath and OzoDraw (all free on the Apple and Google Play app stores.)
The main Ozobot app features several activities and games like OzoDraw which lets kids start coding by creating their own patterns and programming the robot to perform tasks. Since Ozobot reads colors, it can decipher specific codes and color combinations to perform 500 commands like turning, spinning, zig-zagging, or going different speeds, sure to keep them busy.
I love that it gives technology a meaning and not just a place for kids to get lost. In the world today learning to code will prove invaluable for our kids.
Check out all the great merits the Ozobot has received:
USA Today and Popular Science gave Ozobot their Best Tech Toys of Toy Fair distinction. Dr. Toy has placed Ozobot on her 10 Best Technology list for 2014. Once stocked on shelves, the MSRP will be $49.99 each, a very reasonable price for a tech toy. Online shoppers can find these tiny robots in time for the holidays at Ozobot.com, brookstone.com, momastore.org and Amazon
Still have not grasped the concept, check out this video of OZOBOT in action
So what do you think? How about winning one for the techy teenager in your life? One Close to Home reader will have the chance to win one of these fun new robots. Winner must reside in the US. Good Luck and enter the rafflecopter below.