From a dedicated robotic vacuum cleaner to a robot that will play games with you, there’s no shortage of tried and tested droids available for gamers. But which one is best? These eight have been chosen by gamers themselves as the cream of the crop in terms of popular, innovative, and affordable robotic gaming devices. Here they are:
1) Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid
This little droid has won over the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere with his lovable personality and impressive features. Controlled by your smartphone or tablet, BB-8 can roll around autonomously or be steered using your device’s touchscreen. He also interacts with other Sphero products, responds to voice commands, and even creates holographic recordings.
2) Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition
If you’re a fan of high-octane car chases, then you need to get your hands on this robotic racing set. The Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition features eight futuristic cars that battle it out on 10 different tracks. What’s more, you can customize your ride with new weapons and power-ups, and even pit your skills against AI opponents.
3) Sphero R2-D2 Droid
Another Sphero droid makes the list, this time in the form of everyone’s favorite astromech, R2-D2. Controlled via Bluetooth or your smartphone’s accelerometer and gyroscope, R2-D2 can patrol your home autonomously, react to voice commands, and even play games with you. He’s the perfect droid for any Star Wars fan.
4) MiP The Robot
MiP is one of the most popular gaming robots around, and it’s not hard to see why. This tiny robot can balance on two wheels, dance to music, and even play games with you. Plus, he’s compatible with a range of iOS and Android devices, so there’s no shortage of ways to control him.
5) LEGO Mindstorms EV3
If you’re looking for a robot that’ll really let your imagination run wild, then you need to check out the LEGO Mindstorms3. This set allows you to build your very own LEGO robots, taking the fun to a whole new level. You can then give your creations commands via your tablet or smartphone, further adding to the game.
6) Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
If you’re looking for an upgrade on traditional slot car racing sets, then check out the Anki Overdrive Starter Kit. This innovative set features an app-based gameplay system that lets you accelerate and decelerate using your device’s touchscreen, giving you complete control of the race at all times. There are no limits with this one!
7) Sphero Mini
This adorable ball may be small in stature but it makes up for that in terms of raw power. The Sphero Mini can be controlled via a range of devices, from your smartphone to your iPad or Apple Watch. In fact, it’s the perfect combination of speed and control in one small package.
8) Sphero SPRK+ Education STEM System
If you’re looking for a robot that’ll get your children excited about learning, then take a look at the Sphero SPRK+. This nifty little robot is designed to teach kids about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts, with a range of games and activities that’ll help them develop their skills.