I grew up during a time where there was very little technology in the average home. We had one television. There were no remotes back then so you had to get up to change the channels. As far as channels go, there weren’t many because we only got what the antenna outside would pick up. The arrival of things like home computers, push button phones, cell phones, microwaves and high tech washers and dryers was still a good number of years down the road. It would be a good number of years before children got to interact with tech and play with it. Now today we’re in the midst of an exciting era, where children can play with tech and not only have fun, but also learn skills like coding. That’s what Ozobot EVO is all about.
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The Ozobot Evo sku is a completely connected robot that encourages creative thinking and social interaction in kids ages 8 and up. The Ozobot EVO replaces solitary screen time with endless opportunities to play, create, connect and chat with friends. It comes enabled with Bluetooth Smart and regular app and firmware updates. And unlike other robots, EVO is continually enhanced with new content, features, and ways to create both in the classroom and at home.
Here’s an unboxing video.
The Evo bot, a first-of-its kind smart and social robot, empowers gamers and learners to better connect, explore, collaborate, and share at home, in the classroom, and on-the-go. A pocket-sized coding robot with proximity and optical sensors, a built-in speaker, and Bluetooth® Smart capability, Evo comes to life with the push of a button. This latest evolution of the Evo comes complete with three new right out-of-the-box tricks, Follow, Music and Escape, which allow players to create both games and songs and inspire them to teach Evo new tricks with OzoBlockly programming. An Experience Pack is also included in the new sku which give a step by step instructional on how to code. Users can open the app to earn stars as they complete their pack. Stars will come in handy for unlocking future content, avatars, and other fun items.
“Robot collaboration with humans is already happening and most children are not prepared for a future when robots are ubiquitous,” said Nader Hamda, CEO and Founder of Ozobot. “Our goal at Ozobot is to prepare the next generation with the tools they need to succeed in the constantly evolving, fast-paced world of technology and our latest Evo does just that.”
“Evo is a collaborative companion for kids of all ages,” added Hamda. “It connects them to a world of mixed reality ideas, characters, and experiences—all built with imagination and code.”
The updated Evo app comes equipped with new features including the all-new Explore section that enables players to see what other Evo owners have been creating with their robots. The Share section also encourages users to create fun programs, mazes, and more that they can share with the rest of the OzoSquad community. Enhanced experiences have also been added to Drive, where users can have their Evo speak and make noise, in addition to Chat, allowing users to communicate to their friends who have other Evos.
Players can even personalize Evo with colorful custom skins, stickers, and pop-outs!
There’s a DIY Pack available that contains
- Four clear skins that slip on top of Evo (sold separately), plus tons of stickers and pop-outs.
- 270 colorful DIY stickers including eyes, moustaches, bows, insect wings, flowers, lightning bolts, and more.
- 24 DIY pop-outs including a top hat, headphones, bunny ears, beast horns, and butterfly antennae.
“The Ozobot is the best, easiest and most effective way to unlock the power, fun and educational aspects of robots,” said Frances Amato, S.T.E.M Teacher & Technology Liaison, New York. “It is a versatile product that connects your kids to the world of robotics and also teaches them to code, design and hack. It is an essential tool that bridges education and entertainment.”
Each Evo comes with a full robotics kit: USB charging cable, 1 playfield, 1 skin, carrying pouch, 4 color code markers, and Evo Experience Pack (free with Evo purchase). Evo is iOS and Android compatible and retails for $99.95. It is available now at major retailers including Toys “R” Us, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.