I love the video for Dan Mangan’s song Robots: 2 gangs settle their differences with a robot battle … then the robots actually change the lives of the gang members! Robots do change lives, for adults as much as for children. That’s why we love them. And there are new kinds of robots entering the market each year. Let this contest enlighten you about some of the robots available in 2017, and how they might improve your life, then enter to win one of 5 robots we are giving away. If you win you’ll be creating great robot memories, for you and for the robot, this summer!
What is a robot?
You may be harbouring biases or misconceptions about robots fostered by movies like “Bicentennial Man” or “iRobot.” Fun movies, but they seem to portray the ultimate robot as one that mimics humanity. My view is that the ultimate robot is a machine that acts specifically to make your life better, in a small or a big way, through the use of ingenious design, and intelligent programming code. Any robot that makes my life more fun, or lightens my workload in some predictable way, is one that I can easily love.
Here are 5 robots that need love
It’s a toss-up who will be the big winner of this contest: the people chosen to take home a robot prize, or the robot that will be placed in a loving home. I can’t list the human winners here (not until the contest is over and I have done the random draw, that is) but I can list the “robot winners,” the 5 robots that Best Buy is giving away.
|3 OZOBOT Robots: they can detect lines and colours so you can control them with art. A great way to learn programming and have fun at the same time.|
|Wonder Workshop Wonder Pack: learn how to control the robots “Dash” and “Dot” using code and great interactive apps.|
|Meccano M.A.X: (available later this summer at Best Buy) building on the amazing line on Meccano robots, this was a huge hit at the New York Toy Fair earlier this year and will be a highly coveted robot when it arrives in stores. But we have one for this contest, and it needs a home.|
As you can see robots come in many shapes and sizes and each does different things. Our homes will soon have many robots: some for fun, some for doing work … and we’ll love them all. Enter now to bring one into your home this summer.
How to enter
Entering this contest is really simple, but you can only enter once. Leave a comment at the bottom of this article telling us one activity (could be household, work, school, or even play related) you wish robots could do right now. With any luck the next generation of robot designers will be inspired by these comments and start including some of these capabilities in the next generation of robots.
What you can win
At the end of the contest we will randomly choose 5 winners from all eligible comments entered on the blog. Each winner will win one of these prizes: a Meccano M.A.X, an Ozobot Bit White Starter Pack, an Ozobot Black Bit, an Ozobot Evo White, or a Wonder Workshop Wonder Pack. The total value of all of the prizes is approximately $855!
This contest runs from July 28th until August 14th.
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|We frequently have many contests running at Best Buy so check out the “contests in progress” page for more great contests to enter.|
… and I’ll end with the immortal, prophetic words of Dan Mangan: and that little voice, in the back of your mind, just wants you to know, just hopes that you know,
Robots need love too.