~I received an Ozobot for review. Opinions and stories are my own as long as he has not brainwashed me.~
Let me introduce you to our new little friend Ozobot. He’s the world’s smallest intelligent robot that offers children (and techies) a way to learn about robotics in socialized and interactive settings. This adorable little thing follows a path of lines, mazes and tracks users have on their tablets, smartphone, game boards or paper! You can draw your own moves or just drop him on there and let him roll! His ability to make independent decisions via random logic algorithms allows him to function on multiple surfaces. Just think of him as a physical game avatar!
Tot and I received an Ozobot Dual Pack and it comes with everything you need to get started, plus a beautiful carrying case.
- Box set includes Titanium (or) Crystal Ozobot
- Original skins
- Instruction cards
- Carrying case
- Micro-usb cable
- Your 1”x1” Ozobot is also equipped with a quick recharge LiPo battery for 90 minutes of action
There are multiple different colored skins for Ozobot: black, white, blue and yellow. This allows each person to have their own color game piece. The skins are easy to put on and have openings for the charger and operating button.
Ozobot works by reading patterns and color sequences. The pack comes with different OzoCodes and BrainTeasers to get you started, as well as an interactive play mat. This way you can start playing immediately, or learn a few tricks like how to make him speed up or jump lines!
What my son loved the most was creating his own tracks for Ozobot. You can do this easily with a white surface and a few colored markers, but there are a few things you should know.
First, the line has to be roughly as thick as the practice sheets. If the line is too thin Ozobot will stop and blink. You can put in color codes, but make sure that the color marker and the black marker lines run together as smoothly as possible.
I let Tot draw out a pattern and then I went over it to smooth it out. Secondly, we learned a few different OzoCodes first that we placed on the ends. Here’s a few to get started!
- Blue/Black/Blue is for going fast.
- Green/Red is to make him do a little victory dance with colors!
- Red/Green/Red: Jump Right – Green/Blue/Green: Jump Straight – Green/Red/Green: Jump Left
If you put in a different colored line, Ozobot will flash that color as he rides along. If at any point he gets confused you can place him on the calibration card. This keeps his behavior consistent and optimal.
However, the most fun is when you get Ozobot running around on Smartphones and Tablets. He works best on a 9″ screen tablet. Unfortunately, we were playing so much on our tablet that the battery died and I couldn’t find the cord to take a picture! So, check out this video of how it’s done.
Did I mention this little guy can dance! He knows all the right moves. He really gets Tot movin’ and groovin’ around here. You can download OzoGroove and choreograph dance moves to your favorite songs! You can also download many different Ozogames and play them anywhere, anytime you want! They’re also available in the Google Play Store and for Apple iOS.
Just in case little Ozobot needs a pick me up, he comes complete with a USB charger. You simply plug him in to a USB port and let him rest for awhile. At full charge he has 90 minutes of play!
This is such a wonderful educational toy for kids that bridges technology with social play. I don’t know any child that if asked if they want to play a game with robots would say no! It’s a nice opener for kids to interact and sometimes kids with with social difficulties need that little push, Ozobot is a big help.
You can find more about Ozobot on the website. He’s not yet ready to ship out, but you can pre-order him now and he’ll be ready in 8 days and counting! Just think, it would make the best holiday gift ever!