Everybody knows the importance of learning how to code these days. Getting your kids started with programming and robotics is going to be much easier when you have a smart toy such as the Vortex. This is a fun robot that pairs with your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth and relies on various sensors to move around and react to your commands. It comes with four pre-installed games: Bumping Fight, Virtual Golf, Driving, and Robot Soccer.
Vortex is programmable. Just bring your iPad to get started. Users a get a visual interface to work with. The robot has 2 infrared proximity sensors, speed control, and mp3 player with 8MB of memory, and lights. Vortex is a dev kit in the form of a robotic toy. It is getting funded on Kickstarter.