We are back with our top 10 list, this time we picked ten cool robotic toys that feature some surprisingly sophisticated technology, each one somehow manages to make that tech instructional, easy to master, and fun.
Many of these tech toys require apps, which means you should be prepared to hand over your tablet and smartphone for the holidays. And here are the top 10 robotic toys in 2016.
1. Woo wee MiPosaur
MiPosaur is the hottest toy of the season and your new pet robot dinosaur! MiPosaur is a highly intelligent robotic creature with an incredible, evolving intelligence and personality that can sense and interact its environment in a unique and lifelike way. Featuring proprietary technology, MiPosaur knows 10 commands, responds to simple hand gestures with swipes, claps, and more (depending on its mood), and will even dance to music from your iTunes library!
4.4 out of 5 stars rating from 305 customer reviews.
2. Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid
Connect BB-8™ to the app and watch your Droid™ come to life. Drive BB-8 by sliding your finger on the driving pad, send him on patrol to investigate your surroundings, record and view holographic messages, and more. BB-8 droid is more than a toy – it’s your companion.
4.4 out of 5 Stars rating from 1,750 customer reviews.
3. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
What makes Anki OVERDRIVE the world’s most intelligent battle racing system? Tech so advanced, it feels like the future.
Each Supercar is a self-aware robot, driven by powerful artificial intelligence (A.I.) and equipped with deadly strategy. Whatever track you build, they’ll learn it. Wherever you drive, they’ll hunt you down. The better you play, the better they become.
4.3 out of 5 stars rating from 793 customer reviews.
4. HEXBUG Nano Cat Toy
HEXBUG Nano Robotic Cat Toy! When turned on, this robot’s realistic behavior will fool many cats and even some humans into thinking it’s a real bug! The adventurous critter scampers and scurries around using vibration technology, as its soft and colorful furry-tail drags behind – calling the attention of nearby cats.
4.3 out of 5 stars from 174 customer reviews.
5. WowWee Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (REV)
Go Human vs Machine and take on a league of ruthless computer-controlled AI Drivers. Or challenge a friend and see who’s best behind the wheel in Human vs Human battle.
4.3 out of 5 stars from 352 customer reviews.
Price: $28.70 (lower price than manufacturer)
6. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books, assembly, or camps needed!
Ready to play right of out of the box, Dash can speed around the house, lights blinking, wheels squealing. Dash comes with free coding apps on phones and tablets, Wonder and Blockly, designed for every child to program robots, and learn on their own using hundreds of challenges in the apps. Wonder even lets you save your creations to Dash to play without the screen.
4.1 out of 5 stars from 140 customer reviews.
7. Sphero 2.0: The App-Controlled Robot Ball
Sphero – the app-enabled ball that does it all. Intelligent and well-rounded, Sphero lets you play, learn, and explore. Create obstacle courses, upgrade family game night with multiplayer fun, or learn to program with our free SPRK lessons. This virtually unstoppable companion is waterproof, pet-proof, and ready for any adventure. It’s time to upgrade your play.
4.1 out of 5 stars from 347 customer reviews.
8. MiP Robot
MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes. With his unique dual wheel balancing, MiP is able to navigate his surroundings, follow hand gestures, and even follow objects around. Unique dual-wheel balancing with fast speeds and on the dime turning. Hand gesture command recognition. Comes with a tray accessory that can be plugged in. Watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still! Multiple robotic modes including Roam, Stacking, Dance, and Programming.
4.1 out of 5 stars from 301 customer reviews.
9. Sphero Ollie App-Controlled Robot
Ollie – the app-enabled robot driven by adrenaline. Launch over the competition at floor-warping speeds. Spin, drift, and flip with app-powered tricks. Then switch up your ride with custom tires and hubcaps. Ollie is engineered for speed, programmed for tricks, and customized by you.
4.0 out of 5 stars from 172 customer reviews.
10. OWI Robotic Arm Edge
Riding the wings of the award winning Robotic Arm Trainer, OWI has made robotic arm technology more affordable without compromising quality. The Robotic Arm Edge is loaded with capabilities… command the gripper to open and close, wrist motion of 120 degrees, an extensive elbow range of 300 degrees, base rotation of 270 degrees, base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches, and lifting capacity of 100g.
4.1 out of 5 stars from 605 customer reviews.