Teacher, Friend and wonderfully intuitive interactive device, TROBO is put through his paces in Alex Yarde’s Review
My six year old daughter has found a new best plushy friend—and to replace her coveted poo emoji from Liberty Science Center, it had to be extraordinary. His name is TROBO the Storytelling Robot and I think your youngster will love it as much as my daughter does.
Co-Created by Chris Harden & Jeremy Schienberg and winner of the popular science award at Toy Fair 2015, TROBO is an interactive, very huggable Bluetooth enabled playmate for kids 2+.
Both the Newton and Curie models read short very engaging and age appropriate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) based stories featuring your child, downloaded from the Free TROBO App available from the Apple AppStore on iOS devices iPhones & iPads.
It’s super easy to start playing with TROBO right out of the box. You turn on TROBO’s removable chest module, the familiar Bluetooth blinking blue light will shine and it will broadcast its signal linking your device.
Scan your enclosed QT code for the free TROBO app to your device and you or your child will be walked through a simple but robust character creator where you add the child’s name, gender, hair style, hair color, skin color and age range that will put your child’s avatar in the story!
TROBO reads the story to your child as he or she follows along simultaneously on the screen. Every story concludes with a fun review quiz that reinforces what topic was learned like “What do Sharks Eat?” or “How is Lightning Created?” plus a description of the applicable career involved.
My daughter insisted we purchase the entire available library once we exhausted the four free stories provided upon registering your TROBO. The library of games and interactive stories will provide hours of content with more coming.
Interupting her mission to Mars, I asked my daughter her opinion of TROBO, as I always do of my little testers –
“Honey, what do you think of TROBO?”
“I love TROBO! You can play fun games like dance party and hide and seek. It teaches you about cars, money and sharks, space and planets.”
There are also “personalities” that TROBO can adopt for play time fun with siblings or adults. An example is “Astronaut TROBO” that gives you dozens of space sound effects, mission control chatter and countdowns to augment creative play.
TROBO comes fully charged and lasts about 5 hours. I’ve yet to need a charge after heavy use TROBO is easily recharged with enclosed micro USB cord. It “sleeps” after 15 minutes of audio inactivity. You should note that if you switch apps TROBO will still play your audio, (my daughter discovered while playing her Disney Princess play list) which adds value as a Bluetooth speaker! You use your iPad/Phone volume controls or the TROBO volume control located on the removable module.
My only minor issue during testing was there was a slight hum-like feedback a couple of times, most likely local signal interference, however it never lasted very long and hasn’t reoccurred after several days of use.
You can machine wash TROBO as well, once you remove the module. (Best to tie into a pillowcase to protect his little eyes.) TROBO comes with a full 1-Year Warranty and meets ASTM F963 safety standards.
You can even adopt your TROBO and order a personalized adoption certificate by visiting myTROBO.com/adopt and a 32 page coloring and activity book with mazes, matching & money games at myTROBO.com/books TROBO retails at $49.99 but you can get the Shark Tank Bundle which gets you a TROBO (Newton or Curie model) the adoption certificate and the coloring & activity book for only $62.94.
If you are looking for a fun, educational toy for your school age child TROBO the Storytelling Robot and app are a terrific pair and we highly recommend it!
You can order your TROBO at myTROBO.com
all art-Skookoo LLC