The folks at Cooper Cases are apparently quite proud of this tablet folio case: After all, it’s described as both “Infinite” and “Universal” in its lofty name. And in a few aspects, Cooper’s pride may be justified. Unfortunately, too many generic features (including the look) detract from the overall product.
Totoya Creatures Robotto Universal Apple iPad Interactive Kids Toy Sleeve
“Ma-ma” “Da-da” What will your toddler say next? “Robotto” This soft, cuddly toy is something he/she can instantly cling to, and once merged with any iPad, they may never want to let it go. By downloading the free app, the ’feature’ creature tablet case for kids becomes animated to entertain and educate a young child for hours on end...What more could you ask? Well, perhaps an extra iPad.
- Soft, plush, cuddly Robot design
- Interactive smart app-enabled toy
- Child safe materials
- Perfect for geek moms/dads
- Limited device interaction
- No screen protector
- Could use a larger handle
Your curious ‘little monster’ wants to reach for everything in sight, including your iPad. Perhaps no better or safer place for your device to be than inside this little monster from Totoya Creatures. Robotto is compatible with iPad, iPad 2 & iPad 3 and functions by downloading the free app (updated regularly). His animations/sounds will do more than simply entertain and amuse a young child. With touch controls like tap, pan, pinch, swipe and hold, your toddler will be developing motor skills, while the chimes, tunes and pan-galactic sound bank can train musical qualities and a sense of rhythm. Can you say, “child prodigy“?
With an incorporated zipper and soft, cushy materials to keep your device safe and secure, the Robotto makes it easy to concede the iPad to your toddler. Your biggest concern? Figuring out how to get your device back without sending your child into a tantrum. Well, you can exchange it with an iPod Touch 3G or 4G, which fits into a separate pocket in the chest to maintain his sound/voice functions. Or, you can always bribe your child with a bedtime story!
- Turns any generation iPad into a smart toy for kids
- Ultra-soft, plush and cuddly design
- Spill-resistant and wipe-cleanable exterior
- All materials are child safe
- Incorporated zipper keeps tablet secure inside
- Creature comes to life with free downloadable App (updated regularly)
- Face animations and other touch-activated visual effects
- Chimes, tunes and pan-galactic sound bank
- Records user voices and plays them back in robotic speak
- Incorporated finger loop strap on the back
- Protects the tablet against accidental drops
- Net weight: 190 g / 6.7 oz
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Once encased, you have no access to ports, buttons, or cameras, but do you really want your young one messing around with these controls/features? Robotto is a great learning tool for the wee ones, and once they tire themselves out, his cushy feel makes for a nice pillow during nappy time. I also see him as a great travel companion, something that will keep your toddler occupied while say, sitting in the backseat of a Toyota?
Considering his target audience, I would be more impressed with Robotto if he included a screen protector. Violently shake or accidental drop Robotto and he says, “ouch!“ But no fear, your device should be safe from serious harm while inside this plush rugged and tough design. Is your child messy? The rubbery exterior material is also resistant to spills and stains.
Although designed with a small loop on the back for tiny fingers to latch onto, I see children wanting to squeeze Robotto tight or grabbing/dragging by his appendages. Thankfully, his materials are child safe, and all appendages are secured with strong fabric sewing in order to outlast your toddler’s tugs, yanks, and gnawing.
Even for a smart toy, $80 seems like a lot to ask. But then again, don’t you just love spoiling your child?
Is it great for all young children? I suspect those above the ages of 4 or 5 will prefer something that allows them to interact more with the iPad (like the Speck iGuy). But for the wee ones, Robotto is a great choice to get their imagination going!