Everywhere I go, it seems like holiday fever is in the air. People are making plans with family and friends, stores are full of shoppers looking for perfect gifts for their loved ones, and here at Eighty MPH Mom, we are gearing up to show our readers some great products this holiday season. I love being able to review cool and interesting products and I am really excited to tell you all about the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer AR!
My girls love looking at globes. There is one in my husband’s classroom, and they love to spin it around, looking at all the countries and cities. The Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer AR adds in technology and augmented reality for a fun and interactive learning experience.
The SmartGlobe is controlled with a rocket-shaped smart pen. All kids have to do is turn on the smart pen and tap it anywhere on the globe to start exploring! The information is transmitted through a speaker in the smart pen. There are more than 220 countries to learn about, with over 20,000 fun facts. There are four basic categories of activities on the SmartGlobe – Touch, Compare, Find, and Knowledge. In the Touch category, kids can learn about a country’s capital, leader, population, geography, currency, history, and more! With Compare, they can compare two countries in terms of population, area, currency, time, distance, and flying time. The Find category offers three different levels of search games (for ages 5-8, 9-14, and 15+) where kids are tested in their ability to find continents, countries, capitals, cities, and local places. There is even an Ultimate Challenge with a combination of questions from all categories. Finally, the Knowledge category has Earth facts, amazing facts about the world, and up-to-date world news. The fun and learning does not stop there though! The SmartGlobe can be taken off the base and opened up so kids can learn about the different layers of the Earth’s interior and the solar system.
Another way to experience the SmartGlobe is through your smartphone and the SmartGlobe app (available for iPhones and Android phones). After downloading and opening the app, all you have to do is hold your phone’s camera up to the SmartGlobe and see images of animals, dinosaurs, landmarks, or the weather for different continents and countries. If you tap on an image, a different screen comes up with more information about it. You can even take pictures of yourself with the images! The app also has a Wikipedia section with information about the countries of the world. You can even take short quizzes and earn stars for correct answers!
My girls had a great time exploring all that is offered by the SmartGlobe. It was very user-friendly and they had no trouble using the smart pen. There is even a spot on the back of the base where the smart pen can be kept when not in use. Their favorite activity was listening to the national anthems of different countries. My oldest also enjoyed the search games and now knows where to find all of the continents! I see a lot more learning in their future with the SmartGlobe.
Technology is an important part of life these days and kids expect to learn in that way. That is why the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer AR is such an amazing product for them! The Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer AR sells for $129.99 and provides hours and hours of fun and interactive learning. It is sure to make a great present for your little explorer this holiday season!