Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Artie 3000 Coding Drawing Robot for Children Aged 7-12

Artie 3000 is a new programmable floor robot for children aged 7-12 which has the ability to hold a pen and draw.

Artie is new for 2019 from Educational Insights and is launching at CES.

Artie 3000 has a slot for a marker pen which is in the centre of the robot. This is very important for a drawing robot. It makes it much easier for kids to get the behaviour they expect. You can also program the pen to move up and down, a very important feature that is missing from some educational drawing robots.

Artie will be programmable in a variety of ways including block and text-based languages and a custom app.

Artie provides its own Wifi network that you can connect to from a device. This means that you don't have to connect the robot to an existing Wifi network to use it.

Artie is powered by 4 AA batteries rather than being rechargeable like a lot of modern coding robots. This has probably helped to keep the initial purchase cost down but does mean that you have ongoing battery costs.

There's a Code with Artie website where you can access additional resources.

We have to say we're a little disappointed to see yet another kids robot that is blue and has a boys name (yes, it's a cute pun, but still.) and is referred to as 'he' in product videos. There are other colours out there and we are seeing more products that use them so we were a little surprised to see this choice in 2019.

Overall though Artie looks like a great addition to the crowded floor robot market. In our experience, kids love adding a pen to a floor robot so they can draw. The price of $69.99 seems reasonable for a Wifi-enabled robot.

Artie 3000 is available to pre-order for delivery at the end of February 2019.

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