Imagine racing real toy cars in a video game world. The Ozobot, by Evollve Inc., makes this concept a reality. The tiny, line following robot can interpret colors. To program the robot, simple draw a colorful line according to the directions that come with the bot. Ozobot can be programmed with hundreds of moves to perform a choreographed dance, or simply wander along a line according to the color code.
Kids can draw with markers to control the robot’s behavior as it moves along the line, or create digital mazes using the OzoDraw app. The inch-long robot will roll around on the screen of your tablet, interpreting the lines displayed and responding accordingly. A few other free apps are also available, including OzoPath, a strategy game, and OzoRace, a race game that combines screen and paper tracks. (All apps are available for both Android and iOS devices.) Printable pre-made maps can also be found in the GameZone.
The robot, which comes prebuilt, has multicolor LED lighting, a LiPo battery, and two independent micro motors that can be adjusted to make the Ozobot move fast or slow.
Ozobot is available at a special, pre-order price of $44.99 until October 27, 2014.