Zoomer is the new robotic dog from Spin Master that looks like a Dalmatian puppy. To date it is the most advanced robo-dog that there’s been.
Zoomer is fully articulated and interactive, and best of all while looking and acting like a real puppy, it is mess free. No trips to the vets or walks every day, no toilet training, completely hypoallergenic and no responsibility.
With its fully articulated limbs Zoomer has a full range of motion, and with its ‘ball paws’ it can be used on any surface. It can also act and move just like a real playful puppy, wagging its tail, rolling around and crouching. Its LED eyes can track movements across the room turn into hearts when “I love you” is said. This toy also has voice activated commands and can learn when he is played with.
This adorable dog robot will retail for around $150.
It is aimed at any one 5 years and older. Although primarily aimed at younger children they also appeal to whole families.
Zoomer has around 30 trainable commands, including “here boy”, “play ball”, “speak”, “look at me”, and many more. This is great fun for children who want a pet dog but who are still too young for the responsibility of a real dog. The more that he is played with the more he will learn, he will also learn to recognize his owners.
One of the cutest features of Zoomer is that he has sensors on his belly so responds to a belly run by rolling over and showing hearts in his LED eyes. He can also play dead, when he does this he appears to fall over and his eyes become X’s. It even goes to the toilet on command, lifting his back leg and even making sounds.
Just like a real dog, if he’s left alone he will go and explore the room and find things to play with and look at.
One downside to Zoomer is that a full charge, that takes 30 minutes, will only give 20-40 minutes of play time. So if a child wants to play they will only be able to play in 20-40 minute segments rather than a long play session. On the upside it can be charged with either a USB or AC meaning you can plug him in almost anywhere.
Although $150 may seem expensive at first glance, with all of Zoomers features and tricks the price is not as bad as it first seems. It’s also much cheaper than the alternative of a real dog.
When displayed at the New York Toy Fair children and adults alike were falling in love with this interactive puppy.