Gone are the day when kids used to play with building blocks. The new generation of kids are introduced to the world of technology at a very young age and this makes them extremely receptive to new ideas and thoughts. 2017 will see a lot of new tech and toys, and this is the best time for you to buy one of these robots for kids. They are generally easy to operate and will surely be a new experience for your kids. Once they start playing with these, it might take you some effort to get them off of it.
If you’ve seen Jurassic World, then the Indominus Rex might’ve left a strong impression. The genetically modified dinosaur is fearsome and kills everything in sight. Zoomer Dino is one among the best robots for kids because of a few reasons. For starters, it comes with an infrared sensor that can sense the movements of your hands. There is also a very intuitive remote control that can be used to move your Indominus Rex, record combo moves and more. Make sure that you have three AAA batteries ready with you because the controller requires them.
This one looks much more like an actual robot. The MiP Robot turns out to be one of the coolest robots for kids because of its ability to connect and interact with smart devices. It can react to gestures like swipes, claps, touch and a lot more. It can even react to noises in the environment thanks to the sound detection system that is built-in. You can download their free app to have an enhanced control over your MiP robot and this will be a life-changing experience for your kids as well.
WowWee CHiP Robot Toy Dog
The first one was a dinosaur, and now we have a dog. If your kid is scared of an actual dog, then better buy the CHiP robot toy dog. Robots for kids have come a long way and this toy dog is not a mere toy. It responds to your commands and even has the ability to follow you. There are a few ‘Smart’ accessories that come with the CHiP robot toy dog which includes the SmartBand, SmartBall, and SmartBed which can be used for tons of additional features.
Cozmo is one of the best robots for kids and is the closest that you can get to an actual robot. It learns you as you hang out with it more and responds with real emotions. The only downside to Cozmo is that you need a compatible phone/tablet for installing the free app. This free app is a must if you need to tap into the high-level robotic functions that Cozmo is meant for. For hobbyists, researchers and educators, there is the Cozmo SDK Beta connected robotics platform.
Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot
Star Wars toys are all-time favorites of kids and if it is a robot that can actually do stuff, you needn’t say more. The BB-8 app controlled robot from Sphero works via Bluetooth. It is pretty compact, but don’t let the looks fool you. The tough polycarbonate shell of the BB-8 is waterproof and will survive the occasional spills. You can control the robot through your smartphone and execute the gyroscopic propulsion up to a range of 30 meters. Another that I really liked about the BB-8 is the induction charging stand that comes with it.
Wonder Workshop WB12 Dash and Dot Robot Pack
Dash and Dot might look like the cutest bunch of robots for kids. But they have in-built sensors that can detect objects, sounds and know if and when you move them. Dash and Dot come pre-assembled and all you need to do is take them out and let your kids have fun with them. You need an iPad or an Android tablet which will give access to their apps that can control Dash and Dot.
OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
Lastly, we have the 14-in-1 solar robot dubbed OWI. The best thing about it is the fact that it doesn’t require any batteries. It runs off of solar power which is quite brilliant. It not only saves money but presents a great message to kids about using sustainable energy sources. The OWI solar robot is one of the best robots for kids mainly because it can be used by beginners as well as experienced robot builders alike. There are two building skill levels to test your knowledge in robot building.