In the box you get MIND, the robot itself, along with three coloured felt pens, instructions, list of voice commands, A3 paper and a double sided game mat. You will need 4 AA batteries and a screwdriver. MIND is designed to let children experiment with coding creativity so there are three different modes which you can easily switch between – FREE, EDU and APP. When you switch the robot on, his voice is bright and clear and quite amusing! He greets you by telling you his name is Mind, and he is charged and ready for action! This was really exciting because you genuinely feel like MIND becomes a little robot friend!
MIND’s voice is one of the most endearing things about the robot, he says lots of funny things like ‘Oh no, I think something is wrong!’
You need a flat surface to play with MIND, so it didn’t work as well on our stone kitchen floor for example because there are edges but worked on our wooden floors better. The first thing the kiddos wanted to do was to try and make MIND draw- you do this by popping the pens in coding MIND to draw using the arrow buttons or you can ask MIND to draw a ‘house’, ‘boat’ etc… using voice recognition. The kids loved this particularly as they tried to trick MIND by asking him to draw difficult shapes pentagons but he knew them all!
Next, we tried to Maths game using the game mat provided. MIND asks you Mental Maths questions and then you have to code MIND to get to the right square with the correct answer on. He says ‘yippee’ when you get to the right square!!