Pokibot Bluetooth Robot

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We like

Simple design is perfect for younger children

Voice activation allows you to record your voice and play it back

Sound activation allows you to operate Pokibot with a clap of your hands

LED face lights up when Pokibot is active

Pokibot makes real robot sounds and movements

Pokibot can move forward, backward, or in a circle

We don’t like

Batteries are not included

Pokibot tends to fall over when he is moving

How it works

Pokibot is a very simple introductory robot for your child. The robot is the most simple robot you can buy and it only has about six features that you can enjoy. It is not flashy nor does it come with any bells and whistles as it just performs simple functions to introduce your child to the world of robots and the world of hands-free play. On your smartphone, you can download an app for Pokibot so that you can get him to dance or interact with other Pokibots as you play.

You can record your voice and have Pokibot speak back to you in a robotic voice. Pokibot can dance, roll forwards or backward or spin as you control the bot with sounds and motions. For an extremely low price and the ability to buy more than one, the Pokibot robot is a nice toy to buy for the young child who wants to learn how to use robots and how to get them to work. 

 

Design

Design

Pokibot is a pretty simple design. On the back of Pokibot is an on and off switch. Flip the switch to on and the robot will begin to make sounds and make some initial movements. You can manipulate the arms of the Pokibot so that they can be placed up or down or bent to hold an object or to be placed in a way that suits your needs.

On the top of Pokibot’s head is a record button. When you press record you can record your voice and the robot will store it in its memory. When you make a sound or a movement, the Pokibot will playback your voice in a robotic tone.

The face of Pokibot is an LED face that lights up when Pokibot is active and moving around. While the face is lit and Pokibot is moving, the robot will make several robotic sounds as if it is talking and the sounds are reminiscent of sounds that other robots make in popular space movies.

Pokibot comes in three colors. You can purchase the robot in white, purple, or teal. All the colors cost the same price, so you can choose whatever color suits you when you are purchasing Pokibot.
Batteries Not Included

Batteries Not Included

Pokibot operates on one AAA battery that is not included with your purchase. In order for Pokibot to operate, you will have to provide your own battery, so it is a good idea to purchase the battery when you purchase Pokibot if you do not already have that type of battery in your home.

To change the battery for Pokibot, all you have to do is unscrew the battery door that is located on the back of Pokibot next to the on and off switch. With a small Phillips head screwdriver, you can unscrew the door, place the battery inside, screw the door back on, and then switch the robot to “on” as Pokibot comes to life and can be played with immediately.
Sound Activation

Sound Activation

Pokibot makes moves and commands through sound. One of the examples of this is when you record your voice through Pokibot. You hold the record button that is located on the top of Pokibot’s head and then you speak into the robot. There is a speaker that is located next to the record button that will help capture your voice for it to be stored in Pokibot’s memory. Once you record your voice, clap your hands and the sound will give Pokibot the command to playback your recording in a robotic voice.

Once that has been done, you can make several other claps and Pokibot will play back your recording in other robot tones and even your real voice. If clapping is something you want to shy away from, Pokibot will respond to any kind of sound or motion, so you can tap on the tabletop and Pokibot will still adhere to the command to play back your voice.
Motion

Motion

Pokibot can do a few moves while he is in motion. The “feet” of Pokibot are two wheels that allow him to roll around and spin around. Pokibot can roll forward or backward as he plays. At some points, he will spin on one wheel and the bot will make a circle and change directions. Some users have found that Pokibot falls a lot especially when he is spinning around or making sharp movements to change direction.

It should be remembered that Pokibot is the simplest form of robotic intelligence so there may be some bumps in the road for this little robot, but what your child can learn from the robot is essential for if they want to graduate to bigger and more complex robots in the future.
Durability

Durability

Pokibot is made out of durable materials that will help keep the robot’s lifespan long. Because Pokibot moves around so much and has a tendency to fall over, the robot should stay in pretty decent condition. It can stand up to falling down short stairs or a low table. If the robot was to fall from anything too high it may get damaged or break. Pokibot is a pretty lightweight, simple toy, so it shouldn’t sustain too much damage if it were to fall or accidentally get kicked while it is being rolled around on the floor or table.
Portability

Portability

Because Pokibot is so small and so lightweight it can be taken virtually anywhere. If your child wants to take Pokibot into the car or to a friend’s house or to a family gathering, Pokibot is ready to go. He is so small he can fit in your child’s pocket. Also, he runs on an app so as long as you have your smartphone, you can open the app and your child can play with Pokibot anywhere and make new friends wherever they go.
Age Range

Age Range

There is no real age range Pokibot as it is a simple robot that has a universal appeal. Most parents have purchased this product for kids aged four-years-old and older. At four-years-old your child will be able to understand the commands and the uses that Pokibot can offer. Since the robot does have some functions that are only available through the Pokibot app, a child of four can easily work the app and get Pokibot to do the most simplest of commands as they learn how to use apps and get the robot to make the robot dance and interact with other robots.

Pokibot is the perfect starter for a child to introduce them to apps, robots, code, and other digital and electronic systems that they will eventually use in the future as their education and play needs become more advanced.
The App

The App

On your smartphone, you can download the Pokibot app that allows Pokibot to do four simple functions. The app is very easy to use and is basically just one screen with four buttons. There is nothing too complicated about Pokibot or its app.

When you download the app, the Pokibot will be connected to your phone through Bluetooth. Once the bot is synced, you can then press four buttons that appear on the screen. Buttons one through three are buttons that allow Pokibot to interact with other Pokibot robots. For the low price of the robot, you can easily purchase more than one robot so that you can have them play with each other.

When more than one robot is present in the play area, when you press the buttons labeled one, two, or three, the robots will have some sort of interaction with each other that will allow your child to experience robots working together and playing together. The robots will talk to each other and move around each other or move into each other as they interact.

There is a fourth button on the app and that button is labeled “dance party”. When that button is pushed, the robots will begin to play music and dance around each other as if they are at a dance party. This allows your child to then get in on the fun and they can dance around with the Pokibots as they play with each other. The app is super simple and easy for any child to open and use as they learn about robots and giving robots commands.
Group Play

Group Play

When you have several Pokibots or sometimes just one Pokibot, your child will be able to engage in group play with other kids. They can create stories and scenarios for the robot to engage in and they can learn how to get the robot to move and speak together. As with any group play, children will be given the opportunity to interact and build social skills necessary for when they are older.

Because Pokibot is designed for the younger child, kids who are just learning how to play with others will be able to learn how to play fair, how to play well, and how to share their toys with other kids. Playing with Pokibot with other children is also a group learning experience as the children will work together to learn how to use the app, speak into Pokibot, and create fun scenarios for Pokibot to go through. It’s the simplicity of the robot that makes it so much fun for younger kids.

Not only will children also get to play with each other, but Pokibot also allows parents and children to play together as well. Parents can spend quality time with their children teaching them how to operate Pokibot and all of its functions so that they can create fun stories together. What the child learns can also be passed on to their friends and children will have a better time playing and engaging with kids their own age.
Price

Price

The price for Pokibot is super inexpensive and can fit into the budget of any parent. Because Pokibot is so inexpensive, parents will have the opportunity to buy more than one Pokibot at a time, which will enhance the experience for the child because they will be able to use the app to its full potential with more than one robot.

Since Pokibot is designed and geared towards a younger child, if your child gets bored of the robot after a short period of time and wants to graduate to a more complex robot, you will have totally gotten your money’s worth with Pokibot. The price is right on target for a robot that is small, simple, and basically a gateway toy to bigger and better toys and bigger and better learning. Pokibot is a great addition to your child’s toy collection and can easily be passed on to younger children when they are ready for a toy like Pokibot.

Conclusion

Pokibot’s simplicity is what makes it so great. With a limited number of features and an easy-to-use app, your child can be introduced to the world of apps and robots and gameplay fairly easy. Coupled with an extremely low price, you can purchase more than one Pokibot for your child to learn how robots interact and how they can get several robots to take commands all at once.

Your child may easily grow out of Pokibot fast, but with its hassle-free packaging and small-enough-to-fit-in-your-pocket design, your child can enjoy Pokibot anywhere and be able to play with other kids or adults as they make Pokibot spin, roll, speak, and dance. Pokibot is a great addition to your child’s toy collection and should be considered by all parents who want to give their child a simple toy that does a lot.
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