iRobot rt0 Root Coding Robot with Brick Top

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iRobot rt0 Root Coding Robot with Brick Top is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but misleadingly marketed It is a well designed piece of hardware, let down by software and marketing. 1. The claim that level 3 offers "fulltext programming in swift" (paraphrased) is repeated many times, including on this site, but is false. Root can be programmed via drag and drop icons only. some of those icons LOOK like text for swift code, but are just icons. (some customization is available, such as direction or speed). As a concrete example of what you cannot do is create a subroutine that takes arguments. Some behaviors can be simulated by loops and variables, but doing this via drag and drop must be the single worst programming experience I've had. You cannot type. All is drag and drop I lied: you can type comments. That part of programming has been kept. 2. The drag and drop for the iOS app is finicky. It has opinions of where a tile may go, and it's often the wrong opinion. Imagine trying to excite a youngster to program when the app fights against them. 3. low level info is non-existent. Try to find answers to: - what is the resolution of the encoders in the wheels? - do programs run on the app or are they uploaded to the root? - what are the light sensors? (they aren't color sensors, we know). (the answers are: unknowable, but low. about a degree. on the app. This robot is completely remote controlled. I still don't know that either). It is a shame, because the false claim lessens an otherwise compelling product, and the lack of clear information makes it hard to judge it without purchase. however, it may still be the most attractive product available for youngsters.
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I had never used a coding product like this before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I have a teenager who is interested in coding, so I was excited to use it with him. We were both very impressed with the product. It is easy to use, and fun to play with. We would recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2020-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quarantine fun! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This was such a great way to keep my boys connected to technology, but not on a gaming system. It was like STEM class for the home and they loved playing with the Robot and making it do different thinks via coding. It let them practice an important skill in a fun way.
Date published: 2020-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product not for me though. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Irobot Coding Robot, has been a great experience for my family. My kids enjoyed playing with the systems and getting the robot to work with the plan they laid out. For starters the robot comes in a secure and well packaged box and is very easy to remove. There is no building of the robot or putting it together, there is a few stickers to put on if you so wish to do. The app that you have to download is pretty straight forward and a few minutes of hands on use and the robot is up and going. I do with the app had more of a learning curve associated with it, like demo programs and how to set them up all the way up to advanced usage. My kids and I (11yr old , 10yr old and 8 yr old) all took turns programing the robot to do various things. From just going in a straight line to some advanced movements like programming it to go around furniture it was fun. There is even an option to put a market inside the robot and have it draw a pre planned out picture, that was somewhat hard to program at first and then easier once we found more information searching on the internet. The robot come with a feature that allows it to magnetically attach to a white board and can move around the board and write with the marker. We were not able to test this feature and I feel like this would be a classroom feature more or less. My kids used the robot for a total of about 2 hours between them all and after coding it to do some simple things and having the robot move around and interact with our pets, they have since stopped using it. There is some re-usablility but its definitely something that my family has not been interested in revisiting. I could see this being a huge hit in a classroom setting and students interacting with it and having it programmed to different tasks on the white board, but in the home setting I do not see it having a lot of re visiting power. It might be something on a rainy day the kids breakout again and play with but other than that its been in the box. Overall I was impressed with the product it is extremely durable, well built, has a lot of options. The programming was much easier to understand after searching the internet for ideas. My 10yr old has done programming in school was also able to figure it out after using it for a bit. I would recommend for a school type setting but not sure for in home.
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So stinking cool! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This was seriously so fun to use!!! My kids love it!
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Awesome toy my kids spent so many hrs playing with this
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Loved it! Easy to use!
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Encourages interest in coding for children [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] While it was a fun learning tool, there was a steep learning curve and some options were extremely advanced. Granted, I used it with my young child (younger than the recommended age), who was very interested, but given the price it's also geared more towards children who are already interested in the idea of coding - not 'buy it and see if your kid takes to coding'
Date published: 2020-08-03
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