This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
Kids play differently today. When I was a kid, most of what we played with didn’t require batteries. They didn’t light up or make noises. Most things were simple, static toys and games that had limits on how far they would challenge the imagination and help the brain develop. We obviously grew up just fine, but technology today offers advantages for developing skills and creating critical-thinking opportunities that go far beyond traditional toys and games.
WowWee is a brand that understands how to astonish kid’s imaginations, and they have teamed up with Toys “R” Us and Duracell to help provide kids with toys that not only engage children but also power their imaginations. And with the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s an excellent time to get a sneak peak and some innovative new toys that take creativity to the next level.
CHiP from WowWee
CHiP is an intelligent and affectionate robot dog that is equipped with advanced sensors and accessories. CHiP is aware and ready to play and his behavior is shaped by your responses making each CHiP experience unique to his owner.
CHiP comes with a Smartband so he can recognize his owner, a Smartball so you can get active with CHiP, and a Smartbed where CHiP rests when he needs to be recharged, and he includes the following cutting edge technology:
- BeaconSense which allows CHiP to sense his surroundings and know where he is in relation to them.
- GestureSense which allows CHiP to respond to gestures such as clapping, touch and more.
- Bluetooth so CHiP can connect and interact with smartphones and tablets.
- Infrared Vision to allow CHiP to interact with his surroundings.
- Mecanum Wheels which provide CHiP with omnidirectional movement across different floor surfaces.
- Touch Sensors that allow CHiP to “feel” touch.
- Accelerometers & Gyroscopes which allow CHiP to recognize when he is being picked up.
- Voice Recognition which allows CHiP to respond to voice commands.
And CHiP is FUN.
CHiP recharges on the Smartbed, and you can charge the Smartband on your computer. You will need batteries for the Smartball, four AAA Duracell batteries will ensure there is no interruption in playtime.
Kids can interact with CHiP using the Smartwatch, their voice, and touch or with a free app you can download to your phone or tablet. My daughter was particularly fascinated with using the app to control ChiP. We laughed at the sound he made when we “threw” a rubber chicken for him to play with from in the app.
ChiP has basic commands including “yoga” and “dance” and he reacts when you “pet” him.
But don’t be too rough with him or poke him, he might get mad! You can tell what mood (or mode) he is in by the color of his eyes.
I love how expressive CHiP is. His body language, ear movements, sounds, and head movements reflect his mood.
This is one dog I will allow on the couch.
Take a look at CHiP in action:
COJI from WowWee
COJI is an adorable robot that helps kids learn to code the fun way – using EMOJI language. COJI pairs with a smartphone or tablet and games to help develop STEM and problem-solving skills. COJI can be enjoyed without the app as well – he reacts to being picked up, tilted and shaken.
I love the tactile, hands-on nature of this robot as kids problem solve and play games and see the robot react in certain ways. It goes beyond the touch screen and makes it fun and exciting.
And who doesn’t love EMOJIS?
COJI requires three AAA batteries.
Both ChiP and COJI engaged my daughter on a different level. It’s almost like 3-dimensional learning. They captivated and challenged her on so many levels and she hasn’t stopped playing with them since.
You can purchase CHiP and COJI by WowWee from Toys “R” Us. Don’t forget the Duracell batteries while you are there. I recommend stocking up so you make sure you have enough on hand for all of their toys. Duracell is the #1 trusted brand of batteries by parents and TRU is the stop for CHiP, COJI, and Duracell batteries.
CHiP and COJI should both definitely be on your radar if you are shopping for kids this holiday season!