Ozobot Miniature Smart Robots – Review and Giveaway




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Ozobots are miniature smart robots than can be used with or without an iPad or Android tablet. They are fun to play with and also teach the basics of programming at the same time. Ozobots use a color based code system – the Ozobot detects color changes and reacts to them, so you can control it via using different colors. I recently had the opportunity to test out an Ozobot dual pack with my kids and we had a lot of fun with them.  The Dual pack comes with 4 skins to customize your Ozobots and 2 charging cables. Ozobot’s recommended age range is 13+, but my 11 year old enjoyed programming and playing with them, and the younger children enjoyed watching us.

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Ozobots come with a free iOS or Android app, allowing you to play 3 different types of games with your Ozobot on the iPad. The app also introduces Ozobots color codes so you can learn how to program and control it with color.  A really cool feature is that even if you don’t have access to an iPad or compatible tablet you can still play – Ozobots respond to paper tracks to and you can even draw your own using paper and colored markers.

The first step is to charge up your Ozobot via a mini USB cable (included) which you need to connect to your computer or charger (not included). The Ozobot comes with a quick guide, calibration card and some Ozocards so you can get started quickly. I’d recommend downloading the app too as it gives an easy introduction to using the Ozobot. If you don’t have a tablet you can get started by following the quick start guide in the box, then visiting the Ozobot website where you can learn the full range of color codes (a short list is included in the box to get you started) and download a variety of printables than you can customize by adding codes to.

There are two types of codes: static codes and flash codes. Static codes are basically colored lines – these cause the LEDs in Ozobot to change color to match the line color. Flash codes are rapidly changing combinations of color, they must be placed on a black line to be recognized and allow you to give Ozobot all kinds of instructions. There are 6 flash codes that control speed; 7 for direction including turning, jumping and u-turns; 3 that control the timer; 7 that initiate fancy moves such as spinning or zig-zagging and 3 to indicate an end or finish line.

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The app currently has 3 games: OzoDraw, OzoPath and OzoLuck, with plans to add more.

OzoDraw

This has 3 sections: FreeDraw, Playground and Challenge.

Challenge is an excellent place to start as it introduces you to the codes step by step as you solve challenges,  so you learn to program the Ozobot as you complete the challenges.

Playground

This is a good next step, you pick from a variety of pre-drawn mazes and then customize them by adding your own codes (by dragging and dropping). This gives the player an easy way to experiment with a variety of codes without having to think about the background maze.

FreeDraw

After learning about the codes and seeing a variety of different layouts in the previous 2 sections, you can express your creative side and draw your own mazes then add your choice of codes.

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OzoPath

This is a 1 or 2 player game. Each player has a start and finish tile, the board is divided into blank tiles and the player has to lay down tiles to create a path for their Ozobot to travel from their start to finish. The computer will randomly draw tiles and each tile must be laid down before the player can move on to the next one. Tiles may be rotated before they are laid. Tiles must create a continuous path if they are placed next to another tile and must not create a path leading off the edge of the board.

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OzoLuck

This includes 3 different mazes: Equiibrium, The Vortex and Time Machine. You pick between 2-8 outcomes and then choose from the available mazes. You can enter your own outcomes e.g. players names (with photos), or load one of the preset options e.g. numbers, dice, truth or dare. To add some extra excitement, with both The Vortex and Time Machine, elements of the maze are continually in motion so you can never be sure where the Ozobot will end up. Ozoluck is a fun way to add a new element to party games or family fun nights.

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 My favorite part about Ozobot is that it can be played with or without the iPad. I think the iPad app is a great starting point where players can learn about all the different things Ozobot can do, get familiar with using the codes and gain inspiration on creating track layouts. Once they are really comfortable with using Ozobot then they can use the markers and pens to create their own layouts limited only by their imagination and the size of their playing surface. Instead of being limited by the size of the screen they can create a playing surface the size of their table or even to run along the floor the length of a room. I love how this is a fun toy, but also teaches the player how to control the Ozobot using color coding, and it grows with the player – the more you use it the more complex your coding can become.

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You can see the Ozobot in action here:

Ozobots are available in single or dual packs RRP $49.99 for a single from Brookstone,
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Amazon and many other retailers

Ozobot App by Evollve, Inc.

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Ozobot is an award-winning smart miniature robot that bridges digital and physical gaming. Designed to learn, play and entertain, Ozobot brings a refreshingly new element into solitary play and shines.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


101 Animal Puzzles for Kids by Little Clever – Review



What we love…

wide variety of puzzles designed to appeal to toddlers and preschoolers with a variety of levels and the app learned as you went on making the puzzles easier or harder

What we’d love to see…

a “peek” feature especially for younger children, more realistic colors of the puzzle pieces and a “home” button that leads you to the main screen.

Summary

The app is well suited to toddlers, preschoolers and potentially even early grade school children with the increasing levels of difficulty.  It could also be used to practice fine motor skills as well as colors, animal names and speech sounds as well

Our Rating

101 Animal Puzzles for Kids101 Animal Puzzles for Kids by Little Clever is a app for universal app for iOS featuring 101 animal puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers which help children work on fine motor skills, animal/object recognition both by photo as well as by name.  The app includes a variety of animals and has English narration which encourages children to pick a puzzle – once you have picked it, the app provides the category which ranges from: one the farm, riverside, woodland, in the sea, Africa, in the garden, dinosaurs, pets,and around the world.  At the simplest level, you start with a two piece puzzle that is color coded upon touching the object you are told the color and then once it is completed you can hear the name of the animal and after a second tap the sound that the animal makes.  After the puzzle is completed you can touch the forward and back button to change the puzzles.  As your child’s skill level improves the puzzle will automatically get more difficult and increase the number of puzzle pieces as well as the color of the puzzle pieces, and number of pieces.  The puzzles can range from two pieces to eight pieces and after each puzzle is completed you are congratulated with a variety of “good job” or “brilliant’ words that encourage children to continue playing.

I really liked the wide variety of puzzles that were offered within the app as there truly is a puzzle that will suit everyone’s needs.  The puzzles feature bright artwork and have an outside that allows you to slot in the puzzle pieces.  The narration is clear and encourages children to play and the auto-difficulty adjust is very helpful as it tailors the puzzle based on your children’s specific needs.  Some of my favorite puzzles included those in the sea as well as pets.  I also liked that you could switch between the precision required which required you to put the shape in the right place exactly (perfect for older children) versus no precision required which allowed you to get the piece in the general location and then it would snap into place.

In terms of improvements, it would be nice if you could have a “peek” which would allow you to see what the animal was prior to completing the puzzle.  Currently you can see the black “shape” of the puzzle and the field of puzzle pieces is above the image.  I would also like to see more realistic colors or even the option to have the actual colors of the animals in the puzzle.  While the variety of colors is nice for children trying to discern colors, it can be made more realistic for older children to include the actual colors or closer to that.  I would also like to have to spin the puzzle piece to fit it in – to make it a touch more difficult for the user.  I would also like to have a image on the main page for the categories – for example the on the farm should show a barn to indicate it is a farm rather than showing a farm animal which makes you think that you are just doing one animal rather than a series of puzzles.    Inside the app there is no “home” button but rather a “down arrow” – it would be nice if this was a true home button that brought you back to the main screen rather than walking you back through each of the screens.

The app contains no in-app purchases, a parental gate with no child accessible external links and allows you to choose American English or British English.  The app is well suited to toddlers, preschoolers and potentially even early grade school children with the increasing levels of difficulty.  It could also be used to practice fine motor skills as well as colors, animal names and speech sounds as well.  Overall, good value for the money.


101 Animal Puzzles for Kids
101 Animal Puzzles for Kids
by Little Clever

Category: Games, Education, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 162.45 MB

$0.99USD

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.


Thinkrolls by Avokiddo- Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Bright, colorful, engaging, different difficulty levels, works on problem solving and introduces physics concepts in a fun game

What we’d love to see…

Addition of a “challenge” level

Summary

Another hit app for Avokiddo! A very well-designed game- a maze combined with a physics puzzler that even very young players can be successful with in the Easy Mode, but the Hard Mode adds enough extra challenge to still engage a second grader.

Our Rating

ThinkrollsThinkrolls is the latest app from Avokiddo, developers of Beck and Bo, Avokiddo Emotions and Avokiddo ABC Ride. Thinkrolls is a combination of a ball-rolling platform game, maze and physics puzzler.  It is designed for children age 3-8 years old.  It supports multiple player profiles and has 2 difficulty levels – easier for under fives and harder for 5-8 year olds. No language is required to play the game. It has no adverts or in-app purchases; social media and app store links are in a locked parents area. The parents area also has information about playing the game and skills the child learns from it. It is a universal app available for iOS, Google Play and Android.

Thinkrolls are balls with character, there are 18 in total and the player can unlock the ability to use different characters by completing chapters of the game. There are 180 levels in total, 90 each for the easy and harder modes. These levels are divided into 7 chapters and in each chapter a new obstacle is introduced. Although to the player it is just a fun game, it also has an educational component as the player learns to use the physical properties of the obstacles they are working with such as buoyancy, gravity, heat and elasticity.

iPhone Screenshot 1At the start of a game a Thinkroll rolls away through a maze and the child’s character needs to follow it. They push their character to move them left or right, and when unsupported they will fall with gravity. In the first chapter cookies bar the way, and the child needs to chomp away the correct cookie so that their Thinkroll will fall the correct way.  Once a Thinkroll has fallen down it can not be pushed back up, they must continue on that path of the maze if they can, they need to think ahead or they may get stuck in a dead end. If the Thinkroll gets stuck, the player can just hit the replay button to move back a step so they can re-think their last move.

In later chapters other obstacles are introduced: Crates, Balloons, Rocks, Jelly, Elevators, Fire and Ice. Each new obstacle is introduced alone, then in combination with previous obstacles, so that in later levels the child needs to think multiple steps ahead and use different obstacles. The crates are used to fill holes and stacked to form steps. Balloons float upwards when set free, and can be popped by guiding them towards spikes. Rocks can be used to break through cracked floors, but need to be dropped from a sufficient height to create enough force to do so. Jelly is fun to bounce on and using it as a springboard will help to navigate tricky areas. Kids will learn about recoil as they see the bigger the height they drop on to the jelly from, the higher they will bounce. Kids will also learn that ice melts when in contact with fire, and to use ice blocks to put out a fire. Using the elevator blocks works on timing and co-ordination. As they work their way though the chapters children use logic, practice problem- solving skills and learn to think ahead.

iPhone Screenshot 5I first introduced Thinkrolls to my 7 year-old son during a lengthy ER visit, I wasn’t sure how he would react as he is the most critical of my testers, but he really enjoyed it. I had him do the easy levels first as an introduction to the concepts, but he soon progressed to the harder levels and has frequently asked to play it since. He thought the characters were cute and enjoyed collecting them which is high praise coming from a boy who is obsessed with Star Wars, Lego and Minecraft! I did notice at times he was learning by trial and error rather than truly thinking ahead, i.e. he would use the replay button multiple times in the more complex levels instead of stopping and planning more, but he still learned from it.  I think a nice addition would be a “challenge” level where after the player has completed the game they have an option to play each chapter again with only a set number of replays (maybe a choice of 1, 2 or 3 ?) I think this would be good for encouraging kids to keep replaying after they feel they have mastered the concepts.

Overall, this is a very well-designed game for pre-school and early elementary school children. It is fun, has bright, colorful graphics and engaging characters. It is a maze and ball-rolling platform game combined with a simple physics puzzler. Even very young players can be successful in the Easy Mode and the Hard Mode adds enough extra challenge to keep a second grader engaged, thinking and working on their problem solving skills. At first glance the app looks easy, but looks can be deceptive! In hard mode it is challenging enough in the later sections that even I needed to resort to the replay button at times! Another hit app for Avokiddo!
Thinkrolls – AVOKIDDO

Thinkrolls
Thinkrolls
by AVOKIDDO

Category: Education, Games, Puzzle
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 61.68 MB

$3.99USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Eyefi Mobi SD card by Eyefi – Review

Transfer wirelessly

What we love…

Simple to set up and use with automatic sync to your devices

What we’d love to see…

reminders as Eyefi cloud is closer to expiring as well as a bit more use friendly interface

Summary

This card made me start using my digital camera again – I had so many photos that were on there that I had never downloaded – now it’s so simple!

Our Rating

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How many times do you take photos on your digital camera and find them “stuck” on the camera when you can’t find your camera cord, don’t have time to sync them or even worse lose your camera?  Eyefi has come out with an innovative card which allows you to wireless sync your photos from your camera to your phone, tablet and computer as well as storing them in the cloud – all without you having to do anything other than put the camera on view mode and sync with your wireless network once.

Eyefi Mobi is just like a regular SDHC card and is compatible with many cameras  including a point and shoot as well as a DSLR which includes a built in WiFi which will automatically pair your camera to your smartphone, tablet, or computer which allows photos to be synched in moments – without having to worry about finding the cord!  There is an app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire to allow for easy interface and downloading.  The photos are instantly sync’d allowing you to share and enjoy your photos and enjoy them in the moment with the quality of a digital camera.  I loved how easy it was to sync and the fact that I didn’t have to worry about losing my camera or having pictures stuck on there until I did an annual photo book or needed one.

In terms of improvements, I would like to see enhancements in the iOS app.  I also found that my EyeFi Cloud membership expired one day when I went to sync my phone and it was a bit of a hassle to renew it which I had to do in order to download my photos.  The card comes with a free 90 day cloud service – and I wished that I had been reminded sooner so I wasn’t forced to renew it.  The unlimited cloud is $49 a year.

Simple, easy to use and preserve your memories.  This card made me start using my camera again.  I had misplaced the cord and had been unable to locate it.  We were without a desktop computer at the time so I was very excited to take photos of my kids with the card so I wouldn’t lose out on memories of them and they were better quality than what I was able to get on my smartphone.

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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