Are you looking for a new toy to go with your computer? If so I found something that`s fun for the kids. It`s called Chatman!
Established in 2007, Rondyo screams technical, professional, parenting â€“ not in any particular order. Founded by a group of people with backgrounds deep in technology & security, Rondyo came about as they all grew up, grew older, looked at their kids and decided they too wanted to hold onto their childhood and have some fun again! This dynamic, innovative group brings together technical expertise, business savvy and a deep seeded belief that people should always keep having fun. But there is a serious side to it as well; after hours of research, examination, long discussions with children and much thought, they realized that todayâ€™s kids, a computer generated generation, are so used to communicating from behind a keyboard and saying things like BTW, LOL and drawing strange faces like this :-) that it seems some have gotten a little detached from the real world.
Taking entertainment outside the computer box, Rondyo has developed what they believe will be the first of a line of products. Using movement, emotion and talk back, Chatman helps to show kids that what they say or type online is heard on the other side and has an effect. Itâ€™s the first â€˜virtual-physicalâ€™ experience used by real people, and with an aim to develop the emotional intelligence of children; Chatman came to life.
Chatman moves eyes, ears, and hands as well as talks using a built-in speakerphone and a unique LED mouth sync
Two personalities (boy & girl) out of the box with over 2,000 chitchats that Chatman says and over 30 customizable moods. Chatman knows English and recognizes over 15,000 words
Teach Chatman - Easily teach him words or create new chitchat actions.
Have fun with Chatman - Access over 1,000 games, cool videos and more
Helps with homework - Ask him a question or browse for the answer. Chatman makes finding info online a breeze
Alerts when inappropriate web searches are attempted.
Not a stand-alone chat platform so there`s NO STRANGER DANGER.
Reminders - Keep schoolwork, birthdays, parties, etc. organized
Cases and Expandability
Size (LWH): 4.75 inches, 4 inches, 5.25 inches
Weight: 1 pounds
So what do I think? I think it`s a pretty nifty idea. The toy itself is cute and entertaining. It`s also a rather nice quality. Upon the installation process I had the chatman plugged into my computer and noticed before I had even installed anything that is where my audio automatically came from, even though it`s a USB and doesn`t plug into your audio outlet on the computer. While this may be annoying to some, for kids this is great! The installation process itself was rather quick and easy. Simple step by step set up from entering in your name and naming your chatman to choosing your chatmans gender. I chose to name mine "Chatley".Â From there you can go on to the web site and downloads apps and games to interact with the chatman. They have some pretty interesting games to play and of course free of charge. Just double check before downloading, but the ones I came across were free.
Would I recommend this product? For adults, not so much. For kids, absolutely! Just remember to check the computer requirements prior to purchasing though as I discovered this had to be installed on my computer rather than Sophias ancient computer. She has an old all in one MAC without internet set up that she uses strictly for watching her movies on. It`s pretty out dated, couldn`t tell you what system it is except paying $60 shipped for it used off eBay should say enough. And of course to download the software you need the internet. So as I said, keep this in mind when purchasing. Otherwise, enjoy the talking bug as I like to call him!
For a limited time, now through mid-April,toysrus.com will offer Chatman at special Spring Break pricing of $49.99, https://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12351155&prodFindSrc=search
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