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The Rover can also record and play sounds and flash its LEDs for alarmingly good fun.

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  • Only 3 words are allowed.

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Unlike conventional remote control toys, the Rover operates using simple programming functions that encourage learning early mathematics. Using the LCD screen and 10-button key pad, kids can enter a sequence of directions for the Rover to perform. These directions instruct the Rover to move forward, turn left or right, and go in reverse. The Rover's triangular track-drive system with third wheel ensures that the unit can make sharp turns where required.

To specify exact movements, a tape measure is included. Kids can map and record precise distances that can be entered and saved into the Rover's memory.

The Rover boasts a number of special features that encourage fun family interaction. Use the cargo hold on back to transport items such as a soda pop to Dad or a treat to a pet. There's also a built-in microphone and speaker that enable you to record a personalized message for playback. For more sensitive recon missions, the microphone can also be used to eavesdrop and record conversations.

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  • Fun and educational
  • Performance and quality tested
  • Great fun for children of all ages
  • Teaches basic programming, early mathematics, and basic problem solving
  • Pre-built - no assembly required
  • 48 page, full color guide book - 10 missions plus diagnostics test, mission maps, and step by step programming directions
  • Projects create fun family interaction
  • Transcends intended target age, appealing to humans 8 to 88
  • Programmable toy allows you to input navigation directions
  • Built-in microphone and speaker for personalized fun
  • Cargo hold transports small objects
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Choking Hazard -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Toy Robot can Guard or Get Down

The Rover can perform guard duties by using the loop command and sounding an alarm and flashing its LED headlights. When it's time to get down and have some real fun, the Rover can even be programmed to dance. Program it to pivot side to side, make short moves forward and back, and play a preprogrammed soundtrack to accompany the choreography.

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Educational and Fun

Using the Rover may seem challenging at first, but with a little practice, the programming process becomes easy. Kids need only record measurements (in either feet or inches) of where they want the Rover to go and input that data into the unit. Admittedly, the Rover is somewhat slow in moving and making course changes, but it's still a fun way to learn basic programming skills and math. Expert users will appreciate the more advanced operating techniques the Rover can perform, including the use of sound and flashing lights.

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What's in the Box

SmartLab ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover, 5-foot tape measure, and guidebook with 10 pre-planned missions to get you started.

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Awards and Honoralbe Mentions

  • Winner of the 2011 Parents Magazine Best Toy Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Great Schools Golden Apple Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Best Electronic Toy Award from Bestcovery
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why we can't get it to record any sounds?

    Hit the ON button, hit right arrow, hit enter, right arrow, enter,enter, record, (input what ever speech you want), hit save, (red light flashes), hit enter. That should do it.

  • Will child keep playing with it once the novelty wore off or get bored soon?

    Like any toy a child could get bored but there are so many different ways to program it that as long as the child is interested in programing it will keep the child busy.

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