Many cost-effective, high performance quality robots have been broadly used for household, commercial applications and also child’s toys. Gone are the days when children were playing iron hoops and dolls made by simple wood carvings and bundles of grass. Today’s children’s demand is dominated by complicated contraptions that come from just a fraction of their minds. Nowadays, thanking to the enhanced technology, an electronic robot toy is far more sophisticated than those ordinary molded plastic toys only with blinking lights and beeping sound effects. Robot toys that are available in the market today are not only sleek, but also more interactive. According to Mattel’s president, Neil Friedman, “Innovation is a key in the toy industry and to succeed one must create a ‘wow’ moment for kids by designing toys that have fun, innovative features and include new technologies and engaging content.” Its sales largely depend on the rapidly changing toy commerce and the demand by parents and children for more enhanced features.
Video games are not considered as robot toys. They are just electronic role-playing mind games; robot toys are highly interactive between the toy and the user. Usually, the toy robots are replicates of human beings, while a video game is an audio visual device to play games on. Based on many research reports, it indicated that more and more children are addicted to violent video games such as fighting and combat action games. It affects their mind development badly through their growth path to become adults. Educational toy robots, educational toys, and non-violent multiplayer online games will replace pinball machines, fighting games, and combat action games in the video arcades of the future.
Nowadays, there are many different types of robot toys in the market. Most of them are reflections of the child’s obsession with cartoon characters like Wall-e and celluloid heroes like Batman. They are all not only very sophisticated, but also costly. For instance, Wow Wee’s high tech robot pets have gained many customers’ applauses with their highly innovative designs and life-like actions and movements. Some of the robot toy pets can actually fetch and run and even snuggle up to you. Not only are children crazy about the robot toy, but even adults are now spending a lot of money on the highly sophisticated robot toys in the market! Especially in Japan, because of the fact of labor shortage, the elders require more and more companion with robot products.
Educational toy robots have been widely introduced in school these days. They enable the user to experiment and increase creativity with the fully autonomous components. Most of the robot toys are equipped with all kinds of sensors enabling to see, hear and feel, making it the ideal companion. Many robot toys are able to express a wide range of emotions, while the bio-mechanism enables smooth and even humanoid movement. Some of them can even be programmable to perform different tasks via user’s commands. Like the other toy products in the market, the toy robots are also …