ROBOTIC GIFT GAUGE & GUIDE
Robots will RULE the World this Holiday Season, it will take some choosing to pick the perfect fit for your kiddo depending on age and interest. TWA has rounded up over a dozen different models for your perusing pleasure!
Ages 10 and up
Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence by Spin Master is for budding engineers, innovators and creators can expand their knowledge of programming as they personalize this robot to their specifications. Once built, M.A.X measures 12” in tall. Control it using voice commands, buttons on the MeccaBrain, or the free app! You’ll know exactly what its thinking based on its expressive facial graphics. As a S.T.E.M robotics platform, M.A.X is designed to engage kids in intellectually stimulating play, drawing on their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math. Not just a learning tool, this robot loves fun! READ MORE
Cue the new bot bu Wonder Workshop is an incredibly clever robot with a witty attitude that’s full of interactive surprises! Choose from 4 unique avatars to customize cue with a personality that’s right for you. The more you explore, the more you’ll discover what cue can do. New Emotive AI systems, more memory, improved sensors, upgraded processors, and advanced Bluetooth capabilities make cue a true CleverBot. READ MORE
Ages 8 and up
Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny,
app-enabled robotic ball. Drive, play games,
learn to code, and more.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid Starwars BB-8 is the loyal Astromech Droid of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Control your Droid with your smart device and keep BB-8 sharp through holographic simulations with the Droid Trainer. BB-8 is more than a Droid – it’s a companion! And of course a trusted keeper of valuable information and valiant ally, this Droid is full of features and will stop at nothing to complete its mission. READ MORE
Cozmo by Anki is a gifted little guy with a mind of his own. He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. He’ll nudge you to play and keep you constantly surprised. Cozmo’s your accomplice in a crazy amount of fun. Everything Cozmo is capable of doing has been condensed into drag and drop blocks you can string together. READ MORE
Ozobot - Bit Starter Pack introduce your child to coding with Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack. Using the included markers and paper, children draw colorful designs that Bit's optical sensors read as movement commands. While over 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun and learning. Great for advanced programming (on a laptop or tablet) and load your code by holding Bit up to the screen.
WowWee Coji the Coding Robot teaches your child to program using a language they already know - EMOJIS! Your junior coder will have fun problem-solving using the app to control COJI’s actions. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. “LOL” as COJI steals your “heart” with pre-programmed responses. Also of interest to the older kids and easy to program it.
WowWee CHiP the loyal robot companion dog is ready to play with you! CHiP will fetch the included SmartBall, follow the owner who wearing the included SmartBand, and will look for the included SmartBed when it is time to recharge after hours of play. Pat CHiP on the head for a variety of responses, feed CHiP using the app or see how this smart dog reacts when you ask CHiP to do "Yoga" or other commands. CHiP is loaded with high tech sensors, plus fun sounds and animations that will entertain your whole family.
WowWee MiP Robot has 7 different game modes and a free app, your eyes will light up at all that MiP can do. The GestureSense technology is so out-of-this-world incredible that it can read hand motion controls. The app drives your robot, play games with it, and more all while it precariously balances itself on two wheels. WowWee has given the robot a personality of its own that expresses gratitude, gets cranky, wants to play games, and dances with joy. There are hours of fun and exploration to be had with this fantastic addition to the family. READ MORE
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox build and customize Vernie, your own personal talking robot, code its behavior and complete fun activities with the included playmat. Speak to Vernie and it will respond with facial expressions that reflect its mood. Vernie can move in all directions at variable speed on its large tracks, see objects and colors, sense distance, grip and carry accessories, make hand gestures and launch darts from its shoulder mounted shooter! Vernie also senses and reacts to impacts and knows when you pick it up. Rebuild Vernie to create the Multi-Tooled Rover 4, Guitar4000, Frankie the Cat or the AutoBuilder, all controlled via your device with the free downloadable app that also includes digital LEGO Building Instructions for all 5 models, plus cool activities and ideas to spark your imagination. READ MORE
Ages 5 and up
Dash by Wonder Workshop is a real game-changer of a robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books or camps needed, customizing encouraged!
Check out all the cool accessories available for these darlings! Attachments for LEGO bricks, along with the easy Blockly-based programming apps and awesome swag wear. READ MORE
Ages 4 - 7
KIBO by KinderLab Robotics is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. With KIBO, children build, program, decorate and bring their own robot to life! STEAM learning with KIBO is fun, imaginative and easy. Your youngest learners will playfully discover these concepts by coding with wooden building blocks, creating sequences, and learning design processes. (May break the bank, well worth the investment - read the research from Tufts) READ MORE
Ages 3 and up
Cubetto by Primo Toys is a friendly wooden robot that teaches your child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. Made of tactile and hard-wearing wood let this be robot be your child’s guide into the world of coding. Screenless, friendly and ready to play. Comes with everything your little one will need to play: Cubetto Robot, Interface Board, 16 Coding Blocks, World Map, and a Story Book. READ MORE
12 months and up
Tegu Magbot Magnetic Wooden Blocks your new automated friend who’s ready to help you with whatever you need! Being a robot, Magbot is super-duper smart, loves Science and extremely logical. But don’t be fooled - it doesn’t take much for this playful pal to fall to pieces. The best part is that Magbot can be rebuilt into something different every time thanks to the hidden power of magnets. Can Magbot exhaust your imagination? Give it a try and see! READ MORE