Kids of all ages love robotic toys. They are interactive and they are instructive. And they are just plain fun. In the 2 years this site has been active we have seen a great interest in interactive, remote control, and robotic toys. There is no reason to believe that these toys will not continue to grow in popularity in years to come.
Here is our selection for the Best Robot Toys of 2016!
We have previously highlighted the Sphero remote control ball. Now there an ultra-cool version of this toy, now with a Star Wars angle. It’s the BB-8 Remote Control Droid by Sphero. This new generation of a very popular remote-control toy is much more interactive than it was before, and that’s what makes it so great. It is a bit pricey, but if you are the kind of person that just needs to have the coolest Star Wars toys then this is for you.
The BB-8 Droid rolls around the floor, controlled by an app on your smart device. But beyond that this toy also recognizes and reacts to your voice, and also records holographic video for you. It has an autonomous mode in which it will explore its environment. You can even say that it has an adaptive personality – its attitudes and actions evolve as you interact with it.
Cozmo – Robot with a Personality
Cozmo promises to be a very hot robot toy in 2016. It was released in October 2016, and since that time it has become a fast-seller.
Cozmo is a game-playing robot with a personality that evolves the more you play with it. Cozmo expresses real emotions in response to your actions. And as you continue to play you get to unlock additional games and upgrades.
To see videos and additional information about this really cool robot click through to the Cozmo Amazon page and check it out.
The MiP Balancing Robot is a very, very cool new toy. It has technology (called GestureSense technology) that allows any hand motion to control it. Also by using its free app you can drive it, play games & more all while MiP balances on two wheels! The MiP robot responds to motions, be it your hand or an object. It reacts to your actions, for example if you show it some praise, and MiP will be your new best friend, but push it down, and you’re in for an angry robot.
Bristlebots are small robots that are fun and easy to build. Once built and operational they buzz along a flat surface like little mechanical bugs. Explore hands-on physics and engineer your concepts and ideas into a real robot. Bristlebots are highly customizable – build one robot, take it apart, and build another. Be ready for hours of fun with these little guys.
The Meccano Meccanoid G15 is the 2016 Innovative Toy Of The Year. This robot comes with over one thousand phrases and as well as voice recognition to make your personal robot more like your friend. You get to build, program, and play with this fully-operational 2-foot tall android. It comes with an app that runs on Android and iOS.
If you’re looking for something even bigger, and with more functions, check out the Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS – Personal Robot. It’s more money, but it might just be worth it.
Also … Check out our write-up of the Ozobot 2.0 – the small programmable robot for kids.