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 Packlearn 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.

Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on Plug-in Blog as Blog Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. i would like some help around the yard, because we live on a acreage and a lot of work in the summer.

  2. I wish my robot could cut the grass for me in the summer since I work construction and with every other chores, this one would leave more time for golf

  3. Well my wife does most of the stuff so if I could have a robot to clean the pool, shovel the driveway and edge the grass, then I could spend the rest of my time in the man cave or on the golf course.

  4. I just want a robot that wanders around cleaning up after me at home, and taking notes for everything at work.

  5. Need a robot to clean my garage of all my tools & put them in order, clean up all the recycling there too

  6. I wish these robots had the ability to be programmable through an app so that children could learn about programming and ply at the same time.

  7. I wish Robots could create healthy & tasty meals & always have them ready when needed. It would help me eat healthier & not make bad food choices when I’m hungry!

  8. Ha Ha wish that robots could cut my grass & mulch it – that would save us so much time each summer to relax & enjoy the grandkids more

    Thanks @blog.bestbuy.ca

  9. A robot that could clean carpets (spot clean, shampoo, wash carpet and suck up water) would be awesome. Heavy and initially cumbersome, but awesome.

  10. Hi,
    I am 54 years old and I have had advanced arthritis since I was 25. Each chore is a challenge to get done so I need all the help I can get. The one chore that is a real pain is doing the dishes. I live alone and I do not have room for a dishwasher.
    Any help, even if is a good laugh would make my day. Also what Colette said I would love if it could cook!

  11. Just would like a robot that could help when I get home from work so I can relax and not have to clean up after dinner!

  12. I wish that robots could cook or that we could at least come up with the technology from the movie spy kids where they just put a packet of what they want to make in the microwave and it gets made, very unrealistic but having something to eliminate hours in the kitchen would be life changing .

  13. i could use some help around the house for sure since i’m busy looking after my mum recuperating from a hospital stay! lots of extra work for me but she’s worth the effort thanks!

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