Go for Dash & Dot Robots

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Slick remote control good intro to robot pair's features.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to interact with the Dash and Dot robots using the app to control their moves, sounds, and appearance. Meant to be more of an introduction to the robots and a way to demonstrate what they can do, the app doesn't include any actual programming. Rather, kids are pressing icons and learning what the robots can do; they can learn through the other apps how to make them do those things in a sequence. Go for Dash & Dot Robots ranks higher on the fun scale than it does on learning, but it's a great starting point to get kids excited about the Dash and Dot system.

Ease of Play

Very easy to play and control robots using tap gestures. Best starting app for exploring Dash and Dot.

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Kids can record their own custom sounds.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dash and Dot are a pair of robots that must be bought to use with Go for Dash & Dot Robots. A suite of five apps can be used with the robots, progressing from Go, which is like a remote control for the robots, to apps that allow kids to program commands themselves for the robots to follow. The robots require a device with a Bluetooth connection and must be connected to the app each time kids play. Kids can record their own custom sounds for the robots to make, which could result in a lot of silly, repetitive noises for parents to endure. The youngest app users can easily control Dash and Dot, using Go before advancing to the more sophisticated apps. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Connect either Dash or Dot and use GO FOR DASH & DOT ROBOTS to control them remotely. Controls under different tabs direct locomotion, eye movement, head movement, sounds, and lights. To move Dash, kids use a finger to direct with the circular guide and adjust speed with a slider. The eyes move using a similar circular control, with another slider to control eye brightness. Change the colors of the lights by dragging to their selection on a color spectrum and have the robots make sounds by touching the icons for different sounds or recording custom sounds.

Is it any good?

This starter app acts as a remote control for the Dash and Dot robots, giving kids an introduction to the cool things the robots can be programmed to do with the more advanced apps. The robots are cute and lifelike with their sounds and expressions, and kids get to control their eye and head movements, their movements, their sounds, and their lights. It's delightful for even the youngest kids, who may not be ready to handle coding blocks just yet, and it's still smart fun for older kids who are just getting started with Dash and Dot. Though the robots are prohibitively expensive for many families, the potential for learning and fun is great, and perhaps the prices will fall over time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what's going on behind the images that kids press to control Dash and Dot. Talk to kids about code and the commands that they don't see and how code is written by people to make the technology around us work.

  • If kids have other remote-control vehicles, stage a race between Dash and the vehicle, with different family members controlling each.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (Requires $149.99 Dash or $49.99 Dot robot from Wonder Workshop)
  • Release date: June 3, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Robots
  • Size: 27.60 MB
  • Publisher: Wonder Workshop
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.1 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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