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Ozobot – World’s Smallest Smart Robot
The worlds of kids' toys and practical robotics have been growing closer for years. With the current round of educational toys, they are now closer than ever before. One interesting example of robotic learning toys is the new Ozobot.
ABOUT THE OZOBOT
The Ozobot is a toy teaches kids about robotics and programming through interactive gaming. The 1″ robot can be considered an autonomous game piece. Instead of rolling dice and moving the game piece, kids create game boards and mazes for the game piece and watch it move on its own. Its goal in life is simple: to follow a line. When an intersection is found, a decision is made and a path is chosen. The LED lights change to mimic the color of the line being followed. Using “ozocodes” (series of colored dots), more complicated moves can be made.
HOW TO USE THE OZOBOT
These codes control speed, direction changes, and moves such as spinning and dancing. These codes introduce kids, in a fun and interactive way, to the idea of programming and logic flow. There are even game-oriented codes indicating winning and losing outcomes and restarting. Multiple units can play on the same board, adding a competitive dimension to things.
WHAT YOU NEED TO USE YOUR OZOBOT
The supplies required to create games for the Ozobot are inexpensive and simple. Game boards are made of plain white paper. The paths are created with colored markers. Optionally, an android tablet or iPad may be used to create dynamic game surfaces using the free apps in the play store and app store. When playing on a digital tablet surface, additional codes can be programmed allowing an even greater level of complexity in movements and actions.
OZOBOT OUT OF THE BOX
Ozobot comes with a rechargeable battery and charger so batteries won't be an ongoing expense. Using the included charger, the battery charges in about 35 minutes and should last between 60 and 120 minutes depending on the type of usage. The official website offers a “learnzone” with complete instructions on drawing maps and mazes, explaining the colors and codes used by the robot.
For the adventurous, there are even instructions for creating a hybrid play zone with a cutout for a tablet device. The “gamezone” offers printable game boards while the “sharezone” allows the sharing of creations through images and video.
Parents looking for learning toys to stimulate the creativity of their children without breaking the bank will definitely be considering this new robotic game piece with its low up-front cost and ability to use art supplies most likely already found around the house.
BUY OZOBOT TODAY!
Offered at just $49.99 for a single pack, and $99.99 for a dual pack, Ozobot offers a one-of-kind education and gaming experience at a significantly lower price point than competitors. Purchase your Ozobot today!
OZOBOT FEATURES AT A GLANCE
- World's smallest smart robot kids can easily program to move & groove on paper & digital screens
- Free iOS & Android Apps featuring custom soundtracks and über cool 1-of-a-kind hybrid gaming
- Learn simple to advanced coding and programming with fun, social and creative games
- Multi-award winning Ozobot follows 1000s of commands and memorizes & plays back up to 500 of your choice moves
- Clever and witty Ozobot entertains in the family room and educates in the classroom
- Download the Ozobot apps for iOS or Android here.
CHECK OUT THE OZOBOT IN ACTION
SEE OZOBOT AT THE TOY FAIR IN NYC
Ozobot will be at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City on February 14th-17th. If you are attending, make certain to visit.