While the Meccanoid was the most advanced buildable robot at the Toy Fair, it was not the only buildable toy taking technological steps into the new age of mechanical play.
In the past couple of weeks we have been busy with the creation of the first buildable robotic structure in Eden Star – the turret. This is neither a reveal nor news. What I want to tell you about is the journey of its implementation. It might seem that, since we already have the building system in place, all that’s left is to equip them with ammo and send them on their merry murderous way, right? Well, wrong. I SAID WRONG, SIR!
When you think about Legos, cute little building blocks probably come to mind. Lego has come a long way since the early 1980s, and this includes introducing their own buildable, programable robot. Lego first introduced their Mindstorms kit as a teaching aid that was available in limited quantity to retail establishments. The robot proved to be so popular with the kids in science classes around the country that Lego launched a second buildable robot in the form of the Mindstorms NXT 2.0. Not only is this a fully operational robot with multiple sensors, it can currently be made into 25 or more different robots with more being added every week! This is currently the best buy in the entire robot world.
Spin Master has unveiled the Meccanoid G15 KS, a “four-foot tall, programmable, walking, talking robot” for children. The free-standing, voice-controlled, battery-powered robot can be programmed via a smartphone app to perform various tasks. The Meccanoid robot can initiate conversations, remember birthdays and mimic your child’s movements. The buildable robot will be one of the coolest, must-have for 2015.