Ozobot Bit 2.0 by Ozobot – Review



Ozobot Bit 2.0 (Titanium Black)

What we love…

super easy to use out of the box, encourages learning both on and off of a device as well as teaches kids basic programming skills and following directions

What we’d love to see…

a bit more information about what paper to use when drawing your Ozobot a design on physical paper as well as a link to all of the STEM learning sites

Summary

Fun, interactive must have science and learning toy which will teach your kids the fundamentals of Blocky programming while they are having fun and grooving to the music!

Our Rating

 

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Ozobot Bit 2.0 (Titanium Black)Ozobot Bit 2.0 is a small robot, about the size of your hand.  Don’t let the small size fool you, this handheld robot brought hours of fun to my seven year old.  My son loved having dance parties, STEM and science inspired learning, computer programming, cooperative play and more.  The Ozobot Bit was ready to play with as soon as you opened the box.  The Ozobot uses twin motors to drive quietly and precisely while using a sensor at the bottom of the robot which allows it to scan the path.  Ozobot Bit can see color, follow lines (both on your device as well as drawn on a piece of paper) and detect intersections.  My son drew intricate patterns using a Sharpie marker as well as using the included app.  The Ozobot Bit runs for about an hour on a single charge, and charged in about two hours.  I loved that it included STEM lesson plans which helped me tailor learning to him both on and off of the device.

Ozobot Bit is just over an inch tall and one inch wide.  Ozobot can be played with either using your iDevice (iPad) or by drawing lines on paper which it will trace.  You can also use OzoBlocky which lets you use your desktop or laptop computer, and create your own movement schedules such as how fast or slow you want your Ozobot to move, what light pattern you want it to flash, if you want it to go forward or back and how many times you want it to complete a particular movement pattern.

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When we opened Ozobot Bit there were several small cards which had pre-designed pattern templates designed to help you calibrate your Ozobot.  We drew out some designs while we waited for the Ozobot to get a full charge and be ready to go.  We also downloaded a few of the Apps including my sons favorite, the Ozobot Groove which had some pre-designed dance moves and then he could make up his own patterns.  I loved that my son was programming – without even realizing it as he worked step by step to create the dance moves he wanted his Ozobot to complete.  When we sat down at the computer, I explained that the moves we made on the screen would be brought to life using the Ozobot.  We used the Ozobot Bit to complete some science homework one night – which required him to write a simple program which I filmed using my iPhone to share with his teacher.  It was a win win because my son loved the activity and it brought science to life.  Some of the patterns he made were crazy – with lots of blinking lights while others were more choreographed and easier to follow along.

In terms of enhancements, I would suggest a bit better instructions when using a marker and paper.  We had to experiment a bit with the thickness of the paper as well as which marker to use.  Both Sharpies and Crayola markers worked well on plan white printer paper, while heavier weight art based paper with colored markers was a bit more of a miss.  I’m not sure why, but suspect it was because the thickness of the paper made it harder due to the lack of smoothness for the Ozobot Bit to follow along.

Ozobot Bit would be a great item to add to your kids holiday shopping list.  It’s fun, portable, easy to use and has provided many hours of fun to my seven year old.    It will provide skills such as early programming using Blocky, setting patterns and routines using the included iPad or iPhone app as well as off device fun.  The versatility, portability and fun of a robot that can work on many different surfaces from a tablet, to paper to a program run on your computer will have your child entertained for hours!  STEM learning at it’s best! My son asks if we can adapt his weekly science homework to somehow include the Ozobot Bit. I call that a win for sure!

The Ozobot Bit can be purchased for approximately $59.99 and is available from many retailers including Amazon and New Egg

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Ozobot
Ozobot
by Evollve, Inc.

Category: Games, Family, Entertainment
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 459.58 MB

$FREE

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OzoGroove
OzoGroove
by Evollve, Inc.

Category: Entertainment, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, 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, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76, iPhoneXS-iPhoneXS, iPhoneXSMax-iPhoneXSMax, iPhoneXR-iPhoneXR, iPad812-iPad812, iPad834-iPad834, iPad856-iPad856, iPad878-iPad878
Size: 341.21 MB

$FREE

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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.

 


Review of the Dash™ Robot by Wonder Workshop- Fun and Creative STEM Learning and Play



        
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Summary

Dash is a really fun educational Robot. He is simple enough for a kindergartener to operate but has enough versatility that older children even adults can enjoy programming him! He can be operated by a simple remote control on a tablet or programmed to do complex tasks. He is very maneuverable and has proximity sensors, lights, microphone, speakers. Brick connectors let you add your own accessories using Lego Bricks and Lego Technics.  The Wonder Workshop website regularly comes up with new ideas and challenges for using Dash helping to keep kids inspired and creating,

Our Rating

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We recently had a new robot friend join our household – Dash from Wonder Workshop.  Not only is he an easy to use remote controlled robot but he can also teach children how to code and has a variety of accessories available. He is simple enough to use that Kindergarteners can operate him, but has enough capabilities that my 5th grader enjoys programming him too. I tested him with my 11 year-old son and 8 year-old son and daughter, and they all love him. We tested Dash using an iPad, but he is also compatible with a variety of Android devices.

Dash has 2 main drive wheels and a smaller turning wheel making him surprisingly maneuverable. His head moves independently and he has lights on his front, back, both sides of his head and around his eye. The light colors and brightness can be independently controlled. He has proximity sensors, a microphone and speakers. He runs off a re-chargeable battery which gives about 5 hours of play between charges and is charged via an included USB/ mini-USB cable.

Dash comes with with 4 free apps- Go, Path, Blockly and Xylo (you need the Xylophone accessory to use Xylo so I did not test this app). .

Go

Go is the simplest to use, the best place to start for everyone and the app best suited to young users. Go has an easy to use remote control for moving Dash, you can control his speed and direction just by moving your finger on the control panel. You can also move his  head up, down and side to side and customize his light display both for his eye and body lights. He has built-in sound effects and motions you can use with a touch of a picture icon and you can record up to 5 custom voice recordings. Go also contains a video of Dash’s story and a link to the Wonder website page with ideas and challenges to do with Dash.

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Go for Dash & Dot robots – for iPad – WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Go for Dash & Dot Robots Go for Dash & Dot Robots by WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Price: $FREE

PLEASE NOTE: This app requires a Wonder Workshop robot - Dash or Dot - and a supported Bluetooth Smart/4/LE-enabled device to play. To find out more, please visit our website: https://http://www.makewonder..

Path

In Path you learn to navigate Dash around 3 different scenes- a racetrack, a farm and city. In each scene there are a variety of challenges and as you succeed  in completing them you unlock tools to use in free play mode. When playing in Path it is good to have a large open area to navigate Dash through. He will follow the path your draw on the screen so you need to make sure there are no real life obstacles in his way. Using your unlocked tools you can have Dash perform a variety of sound effects and actions n different places on his path. As you get more skilled at creating paths you can add real life obstacles and draw his path in a way that he will avoid them.

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Path for Dash robot – WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Path for Dash robot Path for Dash robot by WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Price: $FREE

PLEASE NOTE: This app requires the Wonder Workshop robot, Dash, and a supported Bluetooth Smart/4/LE-enabled device to play. To find out more, please visit our website: https://http://www.makewonder.com or .

Blockly

Blocky allows the user to move on from using pre-created tools with Dash to programming him themselves. Blockly is a drag and drop programming language created by Google and is simple enough that kids from around 8 years old can use it. The app has a variety of different command codes organized into 4 categories: look, light, sound and control. Within the commands many can be customized e.g. turn right 15 degrees or move forward 20 cm at slow speed, and the 2 drive wheels can be programmed individually.

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You can start out very simply e.g. When you push Dash’s button #2 he will  move forward 50 cm fast, and progress to complex multi-step directions. Using Dash’s sensors you can have fun programing him to react to different stimuli. My son programmed him so that anytime you pick him up he squeals , moves his head, flashes his lights and says “put me down.”
Blockly for Dash & Dot robots – WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Blockly for Dash & Dot robots Blockly for Dash & Dot robots by WONDER WORKSHOP, INC.

Price: $FREE

PLEASE NOTE: This app requires a Wonder Workshop robot - Dash or Dot - and a Bluetooth Smart/4/LE-enabled device to play. To find out more, please visit our website: https://http://www.makewonder.com or an .

Dash has 6 different attachment points on his head and body where you can attach his accessories. He comes with 2 Building Brick Connectors and variety of optional accessories are available including more building brick connectors, a smartphone mount, a xylophone, tow hook and bulldozer mount. Wonder workshop also make another robot, Dot, who can be used with Dash. We did not test Dot or any of the accessories except the brick connectors.

I loved the extra creativity the building brick connectors gives to playing with Dash. They are compatible with Lego and similar bricks and allow attachment of not only standard bricks but also Lego Technic rods. It’s really fun to see what extra “costumes” or accessories the kids will build for Dash. The Wonder Workshop website has lots of creative ideas on ways to use Dash, puts out a free digital magazine and sets regular challenges, which helps to keep kids creating and finding new ways to program and play with Dash.

For a recent challenge on Mothers Day my older son built a Lego box for Dash to carry, placed inside it an origami flower he had made made, and had Dash deliver it to me and say “Happy Mother’s Day.” A current programming challenge involves creating a drawing machine for Dash from Lego Technics (all the directions are provided) and programming him to write and draw – I’m planning to get my boy working on that as soon as school ends this week!

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All 3 of my kids and I just love Dash! He can be enjoyed by a huge age range – from age 5 right up to adults. He is easy to use right out of the box, but you can also use him to teach the child to program using Blockly. Once the child understands the basics of programming they can use their imagination to program him to do all kinds of things. I love that the folks at Wonder Workshop keep updating their challenges and ideas on how to play as it inspires my kids to find ever more creative ways to play with Dash. The Brick connectors are a brilliant idea – my kids love Lego and have a huge number of different kinds of bricks at home and with Dash they can build Lego creations that move, talk and react to their surroundings!

Dash is one toy that I will be encouraging my kids to play with this summer break- not only is he a lot of fun and teaches them STEM concepts, but he also encourages them to think, learn and create. My only problem is with 3 kids they all want to play with him at once!

Dash is available from WonderWorkshop.com, Amazon and RRP $169

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.

 

The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – With Great Giveaways Too!

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones? 2014 is drawing to a close and it is time to start shopping for Christmas Gifts. The iMums have been searching far and wide for gifts that will be a hit with family members of all ages. Which ones are on your wish list this Holiday Season ?

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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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Ozobot Ozobot 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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