The 10 Best Android Robots

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in November of 2017. The field of robotics once belonged exclusively to those with advanced degrees in engineering. Today, robots are available to the masses with a whole host of entertaining abilities, allowing users to learn the basics of coding and to see how their efforts translate in the real world. Here you'll find a variety of models that are both fun and educational for beginner and intermediate coders. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit

2. UBTech Jimu Astrobot System

3. Sphero Bolt

Editor's Notes

June 05, 2020:

The term "android" can refer to a robot with a human appearance, or to Google's popular operating system, and we aren't quite yet at the point where lifelike humanoid androids are available, at least as far as we know. There is one readily available bot that's at least shaped like a human, and about as tall as a young one, and that's the Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0. The building process is a large part of its enjoyment, and also of its challenge, so it's not really suitable for very young kids but is a great choice for budding engineers. Similarly, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit does a great job of upholding the company's esteemed reputation for interactive toys. The UBTech UnicornBot and UBtech Jimu Astrobot System are just slightly less complicated, but every bit as high-quality. Regardless of whether or not they're shaped like humans, though, they are easily controlled using a smartphone- or tablet-based app.

Some, like the Makeblock Codey Rocky and Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Bundle, are specifically intended to introduce youngsters to the world of coding using relatively straightforward apps that encourage the basic use of languages such as Python. The Ozobot Evo has a similar intent and is a worthwhile consideration for tight spaces because of its small stature.

Then there are a few designed for fun movement. The Sphero Bolt and Sphero BB-9E are both built for indoor use and they're relatively fast in a home setting, while the Sphero Ollie Darkside is powerful enough to all but require a trip outside. It does include two sets of wheels and hubs, though, that allow it to accommodate varying terrain and perform various tricks.

Special Honors

Aido Robot After years of crowdfunding, development, and big promises, Aido is close to release, and if we're to believe its designers, it could revolutionize high-tech home life - although it will almost certainly have trouble with stairs.

Buddy the Robot A playmate, personal assistant, communication aid, and security system all wrapped up in one cute package, Buddy brings a variety of fun and helpful contributions to the table. Our hopes are high that it can live up to the encouraging promises Blue Frog has made, once it's finally available for purchase.

4. UBTech UnicornBot

5. Sphero BB-9E

6. Sphero Ollie Darkside

7. Makeblock Codey Rocky

8. Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0

9. Ozobot Evo

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10. Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Bundle

Christopher Thomas
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