Toys are considered an important part of the overall development of children. WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot is a robotic interactive toy by WowWee, a HongKong Based Canadian consumer technology company. It is intended for children above the age of eight through fifteen. In this article, we will be giving you an in-depth review of the WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot.
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The WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot is a great toy for kids. It combines the fun of having an interactive toy along with educating children in programming and coding. It is said that the best way to learn is to make it fun. WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot ticks all the boxes in the fun category as well as the learning category. It will make a great gift for children, especially if the family is interested in coding.
The WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot comes with a translucent design wherein you can see the different components of the robot toy. It has two rugged wheels which can work on different types of terrain.
It has a toy tray where it can carry different small objects such as a spoon, a standard remote control, or even another WowWee MiP robot. It weighs one pound and has the dimensions of 5.3 x 2.6 x 7.3 inches. The robot toy interacts using different sounds and LED lights in its chest and eyes. It can move and perform various actions using either hand gestures or a mobile application.
But while all these features can be seen in many other robot toys in the market, one of the best features of the WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot is that it is programmable. There is a mobile application you need to download in your smartphone or tablet.
Through the mobile application, you can create various action sequences which can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. The application is created in such a way that kids learn the basics of logic, programming and coding along with having fun.
What It Can Do?
The WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot has three different ways to interact and play. You can use the MiP drive app to move the robot toy around. The MiP drive mobile application transforms your smartphone or tablet into a gaming controller, giving us a familiar way to control the robot. In addition to this, you can also use different predefined sequences for the WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot to perform.
You can also use hand gestures to interact with the robot toy. You can clap, or beckon it to follow you. Different hand gestures will perform different actions. It is important to keep your hands as flat as possible for the robot toy to recognize the gesture. At times it did not recognize the gesture because it was done too fast or the user’s hand was curved.
There is another mobile application where you can code the WowWee Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot to perform different actions or have a specific set of reactions to an action. For example, you can program it to move a specific distance if you place a small object on its tray. This can be used to pass different things between people across a room. We will discuss in detail the mobile applications in the next section.
There are two mobile applications which can be used to play and interact with the WowWee - Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot. We will discuss both of them in detail.
As mentioned before, MiP Drive is used as a makeshift gaming controller using your smartphone or tablet. You can change directions, spin the toy or make it go up and down a ramp using the controls. Besides that, the application also has various other things which the robot toy can perform. You can drive it like a remote-controlled car, you can use it to play bowling using the WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot to smash against come cans.
You can even make it dance, the robot toy will detect songs being played on your phone and dance to it, or it can sing and dance to some pre-installed songs. It can follow a path, which can be used as GoKarting track, or even battle against other WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robots. There is a lot you can do with this mobile application alone.
However, the upgraded version has another mobile application where you can program the WowWee - Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot to perform various sequences. This mobile application has a simple drag and drop commands which lets you customize the robot toy’s actions and reactions. You can create if-then statements and play with the robot toy using simple voice commands such as claps.
The application comes with some simple prewritten programs which will help you understand how to get different responses from the robot toy. The programs can be initiated using different actions such as clap, putting a weight on the tray of the robot toy, a hand gesture, changing its position, or you could initiate a program even without any signal at all.
There are various actions which the toy will perform, based on how you program it. Some of the actions are different coloured LED lights on its chest and eyes, different sounds effects, falling over, dancing, or adjust the volume. There are different motions it can perform, such as drive a particular distance, go forward or backward for a set time, rotate or spin or even follow a path.
You can decide what sequence you want the actions to happen in. whether you want to repeat an action multiple times, or wait for some time.
Once the program is written, you upload the program into the robot toy using Bluetooth and it will follow the commands.
The program is also written in such a way that the stacks will not form if the logic does not work. For example, we know that the robot toy cannot clap. It is an action we need to perform. So in the stackable sequence program, you cannot add the clap action to the list of the robot toy’s reactions.
As you can see, there re endless possibilities to experiment with the various actions and reaction for the WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot.
The WowWee - Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot has a rechargeable battery pack. The previous versions did not have this and used to consume a lot of batteries. You can pull out the battery pack. The battery pack has a micro USB port which can be used to charge the robot toy.
The WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot also comes with a USB cable. You can use the USB cable to charge your robot toy either using a laptop or computer or use an adaptor. It lights up when it is charging. Once the battery is fully charged, the light turns orange. Since the battery pack is detachable, you don’t need to worry about the length of the USB cable is short.
Pros and Cons
Every product has room for improvement. In this section, we will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the WowWee – Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot. In case you do not have enough time or inclination to read the whole article, this section will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
The WowWee - Coder MiP The STEM-Based Toy Robot is a great toy for children. The various gestures make interacting with the robot toy fun. The mobile application is an excellent way to program the robot toy, experimenting with various gestures and reaction.
With so many possibilities for programming the robot toy, you could keep trying different things out for months. The rechargeable batteries are a good addition on the previous model, but the connection can be a bit finicky sometimes. Still, overall, it is one of the better toys in the market which manage to mould education and fun into a neat little translucent package.