RE/CO Robot (RE/CO short for remote control) is the adventurous, off-roading sibling to KikoRobot.962. Like its family member, RE/CO comes equipped with an infrared sensor and artificial intelligence. But, where RE/CO Robot differs from KikoRobot.962 is its ability to be controlled wirelessly, and its tank-like tracks, that are perfect for rugged conditions. For the first time, future engineers will be able to interact with their OWI Infrared Robot kit, from a distance! With the wireless remote control added, RE/CO Robot can access new play modes like storytelling, singing, dancing, and even programming! Children can enjoy guiding RE/CO Robot over all sorts of terrain or allow the friendly robot to lead the way, using its infrared sensor to find a clear path, in patrol mode. For parents who look to get the most out of their children's playtime, RE/CO Robot is a great all-in-one package. Combining DIY assembling with 106-pieces, STEAM Learning with Infrared Sensors, Programming with easy directional commands, and having fun with the freedom of a handy wireless remote control.
Dimensions: 6.30" x 6.89" x 3.74"
No. of Pieces: 106
Batteries Required: 'AAA' x 4 (not included)
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We use this for STEM summer camps and have 10 - 25 kids aged 6 - 12 years old building their own robots at the same time. The end result is pretty satisfying. The kids like their robots and they stand up to a fair amount of wear-and-tear at least during camp. I talked to two kids from 2021 summer and both said their ReCos are still working after one year. Building it is challenging and kids do get frustrated. There are a couple sticky spots where the many kids make mistakes, have to backtrack and troubleshoot, but for our purposes that's okay. The instructions are picture only and on a few steps it's really hard to figure out what they depict. With our help, kids have the robot finished in about four hours of total worktime. My major complaint is that the wires connecting the speaker are incredibly delicate. If these break, they need to be soldered or ReCo won't make any noise. I always dread this step but ReCo will probably stick around at our robot camp for awhile.
Took me about 5 hours to assemble and yes, the picture instructions can be confusing but when you're done (and after going back a couple times) it is really an amazing little thing (AND I'm NOT calling it a "toy"). For the reviewer who couldn't "program it" you use the REMOTE CONTROL!. I have 3 grandsons across the country around the ages of 8-10 and now ALL of them are getting one. Yes, I am doing the assembly since I think I know how to do it now. The movements, voice, songs, dances, etc. are amazing and I don't think this one will be left in the toy box. I think these are terrific for the price!