Robotic toys are so much fun and entertaining, and they can also make great educational toys. Robotic toys have been developed and refined quite a bit since the Leonardo da Vinci model, and the first robot toy was made in 1939 when Westinghouse created Elektro, a human-like robot, and his robot dog companion Sparky. A smaller version, the Omnibot 2000, was a toy robot developed during the 1980s.
A company called WowWee created the most advanced, acclaimed human-like robotic toy the Robosapien in 2004. Priced at less than $ 99 (US), the first profitable, mass-produced humanoid sold four million units and gave life to the consumer robot industry. .
The robot market has continued to grow at a very fast rate. Today there is a growing desire to buy and use robots, whether it is a toy for our children, a security system or a lawn mower, adults and children share their use equally.
Popular robotic toys
The Roboni-i game
Robotic toys are fun to have, but they don’t really have the same multiplayer functionality that video games have today. All that could change with The Gaming Roboni-i, Earth’s first programmable gaming robot.
It’s easy to customize and packed with games; Play alone or against friends with similar robots. You can even create your own games or download games that others have created. To set up a multiplayer game, the robots must link to each other in a group so that they can identify with each other. When this happens, you can mix with and play with other The Gaming Roboni-i units.
Robosapien is a highly developed mix of personality with technology. Loaded with attitude and brains, Robosapien is the first robot based on applied biomorphic robotics technology. The Robosapien is able to distinguish objects and even skin tones and recognize when its owner enters the room. Additionally, Robosapien also has internal tilt sensors that can terminate most functions when in unusual positions, such as lying on your back. The great thing about this humanoid is the ability it has to stand up in cases where it tips over. Robosapien is a fast moving programmable robot. The Robosapien has true multi-speed running, turning and walking dynamics.
Robosapien has four programming modes: Right Sensor, Left Sensor, Sonic Program, and Master. The right and left sensors are activated when the sensors on their corresponding sides are activated, the sonic sensor is activated when the robot hears a high-pitched noise (and is in Listen mode), and the master program is activated from the remote control.
Lego Mindstorms allows you to create and program robots that can do almost anything. Lego Mindstorms gives you the possibility to build your own robots and program them to carry out all kinds of actions. Version 1.0 RCX bricks feature a power adapter connector that allows continuous operation rather than reduced run time when using batteries. In version 2.0 (as well as later 1.0 included in RIS 1.5), the power adapter connector was removed. Version 2.0 of the Robotic Invention Kit includes a programming environment that puts many professional programming products to shame. It is easy to understand why many schools are standardizing Mindstorms kits for teaching robotics classes.
Wrex the dog
The Wrex the Dog’s nose functions as a stop button when it is moving and a random activity select button when it is not. Wrex the Dog is able to slide, play and follow commands and run like a real dog. It can turn its head, wiggle its ears, gasp, and even wag its tail.
The first robotic arthropod known as Roboquad
The first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad is a spider-shaped, four-legged robot with unmatched mobility and consciousness. The first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad is built with advanced sensory awareness, helping it to respond immediately to the surrounding environment and to follow a moving object in any direction, including forward, backward, and sideways. The first robotic arthropod known as Roboquad, by WowWee Robotics, claims the honor of being the first true robotic arthropod. It is fundamentally an animated robot that has multidirectional movement capabilities and highly developed sensory perception.
The first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad even has a longer battery life for extended missions. Capable of detecting movement from up to 6 feet away with an infrared scanner, it can also search and navigate doors, and distinguish table edges. When the lights go out, the first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad can continue to function, turning on head-mounted LEDs that allow it to move in the dark. The first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad becomes moody, happy, attentive, distant, and nervous while walking on any type of floor. The first robotic arthropod known as the Roboquad can even dance.
Tread Based Roborover appears to be WowWee’s 2009 successor to its hugely popular Tri-Bot robot that first appeared in 2008. The main difference is that Tread Based Roborover has treads instead of wheels.
Tread-based Roborover is enabled with object recognition. It has front and rear sensors that prevent it from hitting the walls. Tread Based Roborover The Roborover’s wheels allow you to maneuver over objects up to a 15 degree incline, or about an inch high. Tread Based Roborover is a lively tread-based friend with a shy but curious nature, his personality grows and he becomes more self-confident as you play with him. He is always eager to be on the go or play with you. Tread Based Roborover has several different modes: Explore, Watch, Standby, and Sleep. Explore mode does exactly what you would expect; Tread Based Roborover navigates the room autonomously while avoiding bumping into objects. Sensor-based LED headlights will automatically turn on if it’s dark. The Tread-based Roborover features a mix of vocal content and driving-based games.
The Rovio Roving security robot
The Roving Rovio security robot allows you to be in two places at once! WowWee The Roving Rovio Security Robot includes a WiFi connection that allows you to drive it from anywhere in the world, since you have an Internet-capable mobile phone or a PC with an Internet connection. The Roving Rovio Security Robot’s built-in LED headlight will help you steer it even in low-light locations, so you always know what’s going on at home or in the office. Its movable skull-mounted camera and wide range of vision allow you to accurately see and hear what the Rovio Rovio security robot sees and hears, on your computer screen, anywhere in the world!
No need to worry if your Roving Rovio Security Robot is running out of power while you are away – the auto-docking feature allows you to send the Roving Rovio Security Robot back to the charging base for recharging, at the touch of a button in your internet browser. Once it’s finished charging, the Roving Rovio Security Robot is ready to continue guarding your home or office.