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The Vortex robot is reminiscent of a tiny Roomba, but it does not come with vacuuming capabilities. It does, however, feature expressive robot “eyes” and plays several games including a sumo-like pushing game, a version of golf, and robot soccer. It also includes a Fugitive game that uses augmented reality and motion tracking, which could perhaps appeal to those used to playing Pokémon Go.

The Vortex app allows kids (or adults) to program their robot in a visual environment without any need for actual coding. If you want to go deeper, the device has an open SDK, and is based around the Arduino hardware platform, so you can develop new applications for the robot, or, in theory, change around the entire way the robot functions.

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