Pets are considered an important part of the overall development of children. Zoomer Playful Pup is a robotic interactive dog by Spin Master, a Canada-based global toy and entertainment company. It is intended to be used as a toy for children above the age of five. It is an alternative for families who want to have a pet animal but cannot afford to invest the time to look after them, or if one or more members of the family are allergic to dogs. In this article, we will be giving you an in-depth review of the Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive pup.
- ROBOT DOG: Bring home a best friend that moves & sounds just like a real dog! With sophisticated voice recognition technology, Playful Pup responds to sound & touch with cute barks & adorable tricks!
- RESPONDS TO SOUND & TOUCH: Give your toy robot pet snuggles, cuddles & belly rubs and he’ll “woof” in delight! Give your new best friend a unique name to unlock new tricks & he'll come when you call!
- TEACH PUPPY TRICKS: With voice recognition technology, this robotic dog learns more than 25 tricks by responding to voice commands. Train Playful Pup to lie down, shake a paw, beg, play dead and more!
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup is an excellent toy for children. It is a great alternative for people who want to teach their kids about pet interaction without the risk of an actual dog getting hurt in the process. It can be used by families where one or more members are allergic to dogs. It is much more advanced than the competition or even the previous models. The voice recognition makes the interaction realistic and fun. While it cannot replace the joy of having an actual pet dog, it comes to a close second and can be considered as a starter toy for children who are scared or wary of animals.
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup is about twelve inches long. Its dimensions are 12.5X3.2X7.5 inches. It has a soft silicone based tongue and a furry tail and ears to give it a real-dog like feel. It works on lithium polymer batteries and can be charged using a USB cable through the slot on its underside. It has touch-sensitive spots on its head, chest, and belly. It can be turned on and off using a switch that is placed near the charging port. It is 100 percent a pet robot. Check out our post on similar pet robots
It can take commands in three languages, namely English, French, and Spanish. It has three modes of operation, which are indicated through the LEDs in his eyes. There are different colors available, which signal different modes. If the LEDs are in blue, the Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup is in voice command mode. If the LED is in blue-green, the Zoomer Playful Pup is in normal mode.
In the case of yellow, the battery is low. Purple indicates it can be cuddled. Orange is for special voice commands. The eye color indicates the different modes of the toy. It can dance to music and is best operated on a soft surface such as a carpeted floor. The different modes can be changed using a button placed on the top side of the toy, near the tail. The Playful Robotic Interactive Pup can perform up to 25 different commands and also dance.
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup has touch sensors on its head, chest, and belly. The touch sensor on the head is used to change some of the modes. It is also used to use the feature of naming the the Pup. the touch sensors on the chest and belly are used in the cuddling mode.
For example, upon rubbing the Pup’s belly touch sensor, it will make a woof sound, like a real dog feeling happy when its belly is rubbed. It also has a proximity sensor that allows it to ‘pant’ in excitement when you go near it. There is also a touch sensor on the nose which will produce licking noises. Thus, these sensors provide a realistic experience of owning a dog.
Actions It Can Do
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup can perform up to twenty-five tricks using voice commands and touch sensors. It has different types of tricks that it performs in different settings. It has an instant trick feature, which can be activated by pressing the button in its back. Upon pressing the button, the Pup will perform any one of the predefined tricks as follows such as rolling over, playing dead, dancing, backing up, lifting its leg as if going to urinate, jumping to indicate it wants a treat, jumping differently to indicate it wants to play, giving a kiss, etc.
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Puphas basic voice command actions, namely ‘shake a paw’, ‘i love you’, ‘sit’, ‘say something’, ‘lie down’, ‘lets dance’, ‘roll over’, ‘time to pee’, ‘want to play’ and ‘want a treat’ upon saying any of these voice commands the Pup toy reacts as a real dog would.
The Playful Robotic Interactive pup also performs special tricks on voice commands. You can change the Pup to voice command mode by long-pressing the button on its back until the eye color turns blue. It responds to different commands such as ‘Look, a cat’, ‘Play dead’, ‘Give me a kiss’, ‘Crawl here’, ‘Who is a silly puppy’, ‘Back it up’, ‘Take a bow’, ‘Who is a good boy/girl’ and ‘What did you do?’. By using such voice commands, the Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup imitates a real dog, reacting as it would.
The Robotic Interactive Pup also responds to cuddling. It barks happily when you rub its belly, and make licking noises when you touch its nose.
Battery and Charging
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup works on lithium polymer batteries. It can be charged using a USB cable. The USB port is given on the underside of the toy, near the belly area. The USB cable can be connected to any power source through an adaptor or even to your personal computers. It takes about 1 hour to fully charge Pup. It has a battery life of a few hours, depending on usage. This can be seen as a disadvantage as the time to charge the toy is almost equivalent to the playtime.
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup has an outer body which is made of a plastic polymer. It has a soft tail and ears and a silicone-based tongue to increase its resemblance to a real dog. Its dimensions are 12.5 x 3.2 x 7.5 inches and weigh about 2.75 pounds. It has a sturdy build and intricate design which helps it twist and turn to follow various commands.
Users have reported that the build quality of the Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup is quite good. Some users have reported that the legs of the toy can get stuck, but that can be easily remedied by slowly rotating the legs until you hear a click. The click indicates that the leg has been positioned back in place. It doesn’t damage easily. However, it is to be noted that the toy has small parts and is not recommended to be used by children below the age of three.
Pros and Cons
Every product has room for improvement. In this section, we will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup .
The Zoomer Playful Robotic Interactive Pup is an excellent toy for kids. If your kid is afraid of a dog, wants a dog but you think they are not ready for the responsibility, or if one or more members of your family are allergic to dogs, this can be a good alternative. Its interactive voice commands and touch sensors ensure that you can get a realistic experience from the toy as possible. The only major drawback we found was the low battery life. But even then, this can be a good holiday gift for kids.