Much more advanced than I expected
I tinkered with this before I unveiled it to my kids. Its got a lot of capabilities. The simulator is very helpful deciding how to adjust your drawing. Connecting is not difficult, sometimes you have to refresh but its really simple and reliable once you are connected.The kids like to make the pre-coded shapes or just let him run for fun. Not a lot of direction. I would say the age should be at least 10+ not 7. Kids can make it work. If you don;t watch them they will drive it right off the paper and all over the table/floor.I work at a software company and some of our products are written in Java scripting. I haven't gone deep into the coding part but from what I saw is it is legitimate coding. My kids are not ready for that (oldest is 9).My hang ups is its kinda cumbersome to switch the markers and the instructions say if you have problems replace the batteries. That is true but you must have very new STRONG batteries. I hope rechargeable work.**Update** Rechargeable batteries do help and holding or taping the corners of the paper help keep the lines straight.
Adorable robot with powerful coding abilities
My father became a computer programmer in the early 80s, so I’ve been around computers since I could remember - when I told him about this little robot he was skeptical but intrigued. I had him help my children (ages 10, 8, 5 and 4) set it up and go, and we were ALL impressed.First, Artie is adorable; not necessary for function, but definitely worth a mention. Setup is a breeze, and although we didn’t need it I later saw the quick setup video tutorial which easily shows the steps so much that my 8 year old could have gotten it up and running. Truly the most difficult part was unscrewing the battery compartment, which wasn’t too bad. I also really appreciate that although he comes with a few felt tip markers we can use almost any without worrying about stocking up on specialized markers or hoping that they don’t discontinue the product and subsequently the accessories. This has happened more times than I can count and I truly appreciate the flexibility.The user interface is simple but backed by powerful commands when you see what Artie is capable of executing. All 4 of my children have loved having this as an addition to our educational toys, and I’m an artist so I love having the combination of coding with creativity. It was amazing to see how much my older daughters already new from their schools STEM and Maker Space activities, and how quickly my younger children adapted to the coding principles.We absolutely LOVE this little guy, he’s a welcomed addition to our family computer and homework area, ready to go whenever we are ready to experiment.
Great little coding robot
Your browser does not support HTML5 video. ProsGreat getting started sheet for kids who want to dive in without much background into codingHas presets for younger kids already in the appHas layers of different coding options for older kidsEasy to clean (toddler got it all sticky )Durable (toddler threw it on tile ... still works great)Cons-Lines on drawing sometimes didn’t line up (could be user error or we might need to tape down paper)Didn’t move away from drawing after complete so you have to pick him up . Not a huge con but would be nice if after the program ran it had a back up or move on option so it shows the creation.I used this with my 7 , 10, and 12 yr olds and most enjoyed it but my 12 yr old is still fiddling with the scratch code and basic coding options so not just a one and done toy.
Robot that combines coding and drawing
Artie 3000 is a cool drawing coding robot. He comes with setup instruction, 4 markers, marker aligner and 3 activity sheets. He requires four AA batteries and a computer or tablet to run the coding interface.You insert the marker in a compartment on top of his head. You use a plastic circular piece to help guide how far to insert the marker. Put a piece of paper on surface. Make sure you tape the paper on the corners so it doesn’t slide when Artie runs.The recommended age for this toy is 7 to 12. Our 6 year old needed help from our 10 year old. It was much easier for our 10 year kid to code and run it.We connected to Artie on our iPad Air and then went to coding interface. The coding interface and Artie can be a bit quirky at times so we had to retry here and there.In order to do the letters and numbers you will need to upload additional files. These are available on Educational Insight website for computer or on the interface for tablet. There is a stimulator mode on the interface that allows you to test out your code before running Artie.Our kids were able to make Artie draw shapes, patterns, mazes, letters and numbers. Overall, it’s a fun toy to learn to code while making art. It’s cool for kids to see the actual result with their own eyes.One area to improve is to give Artie the ability to retract the marker when he is waiting for coding instructions. Right now he creates a big blob (dot) on the paper while he is in wait mode. The only way to prevent this is to tilt him on his side and put him upright when the kids are ready to run the code.
A toy that uses both left and right sides of the brain!!
This thing is so cool!! I think my nephew are going to have a lot of fun with this robot. I love that it combines art with code to use both the left side (problem solving and math) and right side (art and design) of their brains!I just started with one of the initial projects for drawing a maze. The introduction to coding a procedure is very valuable to someone starting out. I do wish it would have the same sample projects in all the supported languages. The simulate option was useful, so I could see what would happen before I sent it to Artie. Artie is easy to setup and start, it took 10 minutes from the package to the maze in the drawing.I think the nephews and nieces are going to have fun learning to code with this and I will enjoy showing them and watching them develop the necessary skills for STEM based careers later in life.
Nice idea but not as accurate as hoped
This is a great idea but it's calibration is off. It has meant my daughter was put off using it as you couldn't draw what you intended. Disappointed for the price
Learning Resources EI-1125 Artie 3000
This is a gift so don't know much about it yet
Bought for my grandson for Christmas. They couldn’t get it to wirk at all. Only found out recently as they didn’t want to hurt my feelings, and now too late to returntoo late to return it
This is the worst coding product ever! Impossible for a child to use...not worth the money! Do not buy!
Daughter loved this gift. Unfortunately, it works best on a level service, which really does not exist in an older raised house. So all designs end up slightly skewed depending where she plays with it