Review of the Ozobot Bit

OzobotThe first time that I saw Ozobot, it was at CES. There was a table with these little things the size of little bugs oozing around on the table. All I could think about was how cute it was. The Ozobot movies through two micro-motors for some serious maneuverability.

As it is, the Ozobot Bit is one of those STEM toys. For those that don’t know, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and there are a lot of toys out there that I reviewed before like the LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock Mbot.

The Ozobot Bit is one of those toys that you can code, because everyone knows that kids like to code. Okay, I might sound a little sarcastic there, but kids that are raised doing coding are definitely more ready for adulthood programming. In the case of Ozobot, it uses Google’s Blockly to create OzoBlockly which is a very simplified visual programming language similar to others like Scratch, Hopscotch, App Inventor, Tynker, and Tickle Apps.

So, you might think that you have to program this using some kind of cable or Bluetooth to program this. That is not the case, as you can load commands into the robot with flashing lights. You can teach it to follow paths along the table that you can make with magic marker, and it will follow whatever colors that you program it with.

What is interesting is that the Ozobot communicates back with blinking lights as well. It is possible to download free apps as well as build some custom maps, and play some games with people.

Okay, there is really no way that I can describe how much that you can do with this, so if you are interested in it, you can find out more about it here. The Ozobot 2.0 is available for about $59.95 on Amazon.

Ozobot dazzles at CES 2014

OzoDrawWhenever you attend CES, there tends to be booths with all kinds of cool stuff that try to entice you to learn more. In the case of the Ozobot, it was the cool thing.

I knew that I just had to report on the Ozobot when I saw this tiny little robot be trained to follow a dark line. I also knew that I wasn’t going to be able to describe it very well, but just imagine a board game whose game pieces have come to life. As far as I am concerned, it really should have happened a long time ago.

The Ozobot has a photo sensor so it can detect what kind of light it is looking at, and it can also detect color as well. In short, the Ozobot looks like a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes some next big thing. Right now, it is a Kickstarter project that can be ordered starting on January 15th, but you can find out more information about this product here.