Robots are entertaining toys that can be educational as well. Some robots available today have remote controls or wireless apps that can control them. Some robots walk or dance. Some spin or talk. Some light up. Whatever you are looking for in a robot, there are dozens of choices. Here are the top 10 best robot toys for boys in 2016.
10. Sphero, BB-8 Droid
For fans of Star Wars, Sphero’s BB-8 Droid is a must have. It is app enabled and can be moved with a smart phone or tablet. The app can be used to make sounds and to guide movement. There is a “patrol” and a “boost” mode. The robot reacts to voices and has a holographic messaging capability that records virtual holographic videos.
9. 4m, Tin Can Robot
The Tin Can Robot by 4m teaches kids about recycling. You build the robot with the materials included around a recycled soda can. 12 ounce cans work the best. Not only are you recycling but you are also using imagination by designing and creating your own robot. The assembly is easy and, although the robot does not use a remote or app, it just requires 2 AAA batteries to power it.
8. OWI, Robotic Arm Edge
The Robotic Arm Edge by OWI uses rotating joints and grippers to pick up objects. The radial wrist has a 120 degree range, the elbow has 300 degree motion and the base has 180 degree motion. The Robot Arm has 5 motors, 5 switch wire controllers and 5 joints. It also features a safety gear. This is a useful, fun and educational toy.
7. WowWee, Robosapien X
WowWee’s Robosapian X is an updated version of their award winning Humanoid Robot. It stands 14 inches tall and was designed by a NASA scientist. The robot features arms with grippers and can move fast. It uses a smartphone or a remote control to run. It takes 4 D batteries and 3 AAA batteries. It is quality made for function and fun.
6. Westminster, Atom 7 Robot
The Atom 7 Robot by Westminster walks, talks and has a light up spinner. Its eyes light up, its head turns and its arms move. It also shoots discs from the mouth. The quarter size foam discs have a range of about 10 to 12 inches. It does not have a remote but a simple on/off switch. It is an entertaining toy for all ages.
5. Westminster, Mr. Robot Remote Disc Shooting Robot
Westminster’s Mr. Robot also has disc shooting capability. It works with infrared technology and is controlled by a hand held remote control. It walks forward and backward, slides and glides. It can dance too by twisting left or right.
4. WowWee, Robotics Robosquad
The Robotics Robosquad by WowWee is a customizable, multi-function robot that is both entertaining and educational. This robotic arthropod has advanced sensory technology that makes its movement, light and sound fun to play with. Its multi-direction movement is unique with its agile rotating legs. Multi-colored flashing lights and techno sounds add to the excitement of playing with this robot. It has 3 different personality settings: awareness, activity and aggression.
3. OWI, 14-in-1 Solar Robot
OWI’s 14-in-1 Solar Robot not only has 14 functions but is run by solar power. It moves when placed in direct sunlight. Its movements are funny to watch as well as functional. There are 2 levels to playing with this robot. The first level has functions including turtle-bot, beetle-bot, quadru-bot, boat-bot, walker-bot, wheel-bot and dog-bot. The more advanced level 2 includes rolly polly-bot, auto-bot, slither-bot, zombie-bot, crab-bot and row-bot. There is adjustable polarity on the solar panel and the head retracts for easy storage.
2. Thinkjizmos, Remote Control Robot
Thinkjizmos’ Remote Control Robot is fun, programmable and easy to use. It features a voice mechanism that says things such as “Greetings Maser, I await your command” and “Surrender now”. It has a “fire” mode that launches mini Frisbees from its chest and they go quickly. It also has a “dance” mode where it will slide, go forward, backward, to the left and to the right. It is almost a foot tall.
1. WowWee, MiP Robot
WowWee’s MiP Robot is educational because it is inquisitive and responsive. It communicates through motion, sound and light. It features a duel wheel balancing that allows it to move through its surroundings. It can also follow hand gestures and objects. An app on a smart phone or tablet controls its multiple modes including roaming, stacking and dancing. This robot can also balance stacked objects. There is no assembly required and it uses just AA batteries.
A good robot toy is functional, entertaining and educational. These 10 robot toys are all of these things. Some may work with a simple on/off switch. Some run with a remote control and some use apps to move them. Whatever type you choose, a robot that can move, dance and even pick up objects is a great toy for boys of any age.