ReCon Rover by SmartLab Toys is sure to be a hit this holiday season. It has already won several awards: 2011 Golden Apple, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products & Top 10 Tech Toy, the Parent’s Choice Silver Award.
The Programmable Rover is a toy, a robot, and a tool for learning. A child programs ReCon 6.0 to navigate specified courses that can deliver a treat to a pet, surprise a family member with a personalized message, carry a soda, guard a bedroom, or just dance. NO COMPUTER REQUIRED!
The boys, especially Buddy, was excited about testing out the ReCon Rover. He is definitely more of my gadgets guy. When it came in he begged me to let him take it out. Usually I say no so I can read the directions and figure out how to use it properly. However I admit he is 14 and should be able to do that himself, of course being a male he already has one strike against him when it comes to reading and following instructions. I was pleasantly surprised to find out he needed no help from me. The screen looks a little intimidating with all the symbols but I sat down with it just minutes ago and was able to program a little trip for the ReCon Rover.
It is just a matter of measuring and programming. My son had the ReCon Rover go from this bedroom, through, our kitchen, and end with me sitting in our living room. You first measure the distance from turn to turn. So for example if you are going in a square that is 4 ft by 4 ft you would program the ReCon Rover to go forward 4 ft, make a 90 degree angle and go 4 ft forward and so on. My sons only complaint with the ReCon Rover is the speed, however I actually found it to be an acceptable speed. (Boys in their toys). My daughter loved to help out in the measuring department
The only thing I found when I did a little bit of my own programming is that it didn’t back up as smoothly as it went forward and turned. Maybe the tiles in my home gave it a little trouble.
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Shibley Smiles Review Opinions:
Price: The ReCon Rover can be found at Amazon for $69.99 at this price we find it a little on the high side. Currently at the writing of this review the price is marked down to $54.99 which is a little more reasonable.
Quality: The quality is good. We found nothing wrong with our ReCon Rover and it worked as advertised.
Recommendation: We recommend this toy for those that love little gadgets like this. Great for kids to send their friends and family secret messages delivered by their own robot.
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