***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
For the 2014 Holiday season, I will be featuring tons of great gift ideas for babies, kids, men, women, pets, and even for the person who has everything. We all have some of those on our gift lists, don't we? There will even be loads and loads of chances to win many of the gifts I am featuring. How cool is that?! You can check out my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide at any time from now till Christmas. Make sure to check often, as it will be growing by the day!
Today, I want to tell you about my daughter, Sophie. She will be 5 on New Year's Eve, but she has the smarts of a child considerably older. She reads chapter books with no problems at all, and she can even write pretty well. (We're practicing this daily!)
My Sophie is definitely a Daddy's Girl. She may look more like me, but her personality is all Dan. She loves pink and purple and is quite girly in some respects, but in all reality, she is a "geek in training." In fact, if you ask Sophie if she's a princess, she will matter-of-factly reply, "No. I'm a GAMER GIRL." and then roll her eyes at you for asking such a ridiculous question. Yep, I am going to have my hands full with this one when she's a teen!
Since Sophie loves all things tech and gaming, I was truly excited when I learned about the Ozobot. This is a tiny, oddly cute, robotic game piece. It is often referred to as the game piece with a brain. (No, really....This little guy is one smart cookie!)
How does the Ozobot Work?
“Featuring a color optical sensing module and two independent micro-motors, Ozobot is a fast and precise miniature smart robot that instantly reacts to lines, patterns and color sequences on both digital and physical surfaces.”
So what does that mean? The Ozobot actually "reads" the surface you place it on. You can draw multi-colored lines on some paper, create challenging mazes, or use the included maze cards. The Ozobot senses these lines, and literally works its way through the maze, all using its impressive smarts. Its ability to “see” colored lines and know the difference between them is the basis for all the activities and games you can play with Ozobot – like Ozoluck, OzoPath and OzoDraw (all free on the Apple and Google Play app stores.) With more free apps coming down the road and the Christmas shopping season ramping up, Ozobot is sure to be on everyone’s list this year. If you’re not convinced, just check out this fun video to see the Ozobot in action:
Our Review of the Ozobot:
The Ozobot can take up to 40 minutes to charge, and offers about 40 minutes of continuous play time per charge. This is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself! Just imagine all of the mazes that could be conquered in 40 minutes! This definitely keeps the kiddos engaged!
If you like pretty colors and flashing lights, you'll definitely get a kick out of the visuals. The Ozobot's illumination changes colors, too, emitting a fun light show!
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The Ozobot retails for $49.99 for one and $99.99 for the dual pack. When you consider how much learning fun these provide, I'd say this is definitely a bargain!
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You can find the Ozobot at select retailers, such as Brookstone.com, Momastore.com, and Amazon.
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