We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, techies, wannabe coders, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.
7. Anki Cozmo Robot
The first thing my three-year-old daughter wants to do in the morning is play with Cozmo. This adorable robot has always been fun to play with, but the software update on Dec. 5 made Cozmo even more entertaining by giving it the ability to talk more, recognize pets, see in the dark, and play new games. Cozmo could very well be the hottest non-Star Wars toy this holiday season. .
8. Sphero SPRK+
The Sphero SPRK+ is a fully programmable robot designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding. Some activities with Sphero include actual step-by-step coding with a drag-and-drop interface, while others involve thinking how to creatively use the Sphero’s motions. The waterproof Sphero SPRK+ also includes, inductive charging, an accelerometer and gyroscope, programmable senors and LED lights.
9. LEGO WeDo 2.0
WeDo 2.0 is designed to introduce elementary school students to robotics, engineering and programming. WeDo 2.0 comes with a number of Lego bricks and uses a drag-and-drop interface for writing basic applications. The kit also includes a Bluetooth Low Energy-based hub that connects to a motor, as well as motion and tilt sensors. WeDo 2.0 is also available in classroom bundles.
10. Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo may look like a simple speaker, but it’s much more than that. The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker with Amazon’s own personal assistant, Alexa, to help you throughout your day, hence it being a personal assistant. There are currently over 5,000 skills available for Alexa. And it’s a safe bet Amazon will have special offers this holiday season.
11. Google Home
Google Home is the company’s answer to Amazon Echo. It’s a voice-activated speaker, powered by the Google Assistant, that can play music, manage everyday tasks, control smart devices, and share information with you from Google.
(By Steve Crowe)