30/10/2017

SmartGlobe Adventure AR - Review

For as long as I can remember big monkey has been interested in World flags and Countries around the globe. I always loved Geography at school, so maybe he takes after me! For a while I've been wondering if he would like a globe and as luck would have it, we have been sent the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Adventure AR to review.

The SmartGlobe Adventure AR (Augmented Reality) is an interactive world globe with smartpen attached. It's compatible with the World Traveller App (available on the App Store and on Google Play). Aimed at children aged 5+, it helps children to learn all about the world we live in, geography, history and culture around the world. It has in-built Augmented Reality technology when using the Smart Globe App.
The SmartGlobe Adventure AR is made up of the globe, a user manual, smartpen, base and local map with activity panel on the base. Around the back of the base is the speaker and underneath it, the battery compartment. It comes supplied with 3 x AA batteries and shuts off automatically after a few minutes, when not being used. You can pause it, turn the volume up and down and repeat activities. 

With over 4,000 bits of information, 220+ Countries to explore, 25 games to play, 2 languages built in (English and French) and AR compatible games, we are still very much discovering all that the SmartGlobe Adventure AR has to offer, but so far so good! 
I've downloaded the App via my iPhone (you can also use the QR code on the box). I'm pretty sure I've found the right app but I've yet to 'activate' the smartpen with the app to see how the two work together. The app is interesting without the smartpen to be honest. Obviously we'll use the two together though.
You can find out all about Capital Cities, currency, National Anthems, the size of the population around the globe and so much more, within the various functions that can be found along the front of the base. Just touch an activity with the tip of the smartpen to start exploring.

A loacl map can be found on the base, this only works in English though. There are just 6 French activities compatible with the globe, and not the local UK map.
So far we are enjoying the SmartGlobe Adventure AR. The fact finding activities are really useful and we can see both monkeys learning a lot from them. Some of the activities seem pretty repetitive though. The voice is clear and there's an audible 'x' when the child gets an answer wrong and a 'cheer' when they are correct. 

Some activities are timed, therefore the 'music' that plays gets quicker when time is running out, with a buzzer and voice to say when the time has run out. We think it's a great addition to big monkeys desk and we're sure it will get used over and over by both monkeys. 
This model is £59.99 from Amazon. There are other globes in the range at varying prices. We would highly recommend this for anyone wishing to get their children a globe, but I will say I think we've only just scratched the surface of what it has to offer. 

It's easy to set up, just lift it out of it's box and switch it on. I'm pleased we found the instructions which were very well hidden within the box, as before then we kind of just found our way around, which to be fair was fine, but now we know there is more to see and do! 

We were sent the globe for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.



 







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