Quincy the Robot Artist
Quincy the Robot Artist
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Odyssey Toys presents Quincy the Robot, a mechanical wizard that teaches children how to draw, spell and count in a quick, easy and fun way. This device covers a wide range of educational subjects and it interacts with you in a casual conversational manner! With Quincy at hand, children will quickly learn how to draw and spell common objects. You can even ask Quincy math-related questions! Quincy will help sharpen a child’s artistic, grammatical and mathematical skills. It’s the perfect source of educational inspiration!
- Scan and Draw
- Spelling Games
- Math Games
What's in the Box?
WHAT'S IN THE BOX: Quincy the Robot! 24 x Picture Cards
10 x Number Cards
26 x Letter Cards
4 x Math Challenge Cards
4 x Activity Books USB Charging Cable
The Quincy robot artist is packed very securely in a custom box with strong foam inserts at the top and bottom to hold it firmly in place.
Down either side of the foam inserts are two boxes. One holds the robot arms and 2 markers, and the other holds the 64 included QR code cards and USB charging cable. The only other thing you need is a pencil or marker and a big stack of paper. Trust me - you'll be using a lot of paper!
On top of the box is a nicely printed instruction manual, along with 4 themed workbooks with the same quality finish. The workbooks are based on the colour coded cards for each unit . The beginner kit comes with the following units:
- In the room
- In the orchard
- In the zoo and
- In the yard
Along with the 4 units are 4 extra math themed interactive story cards that are really nicely done. The stories even have sound effects and these were a big hit with my 7 year old daughter. The 'In the yard' story card is especially charming, with animal sound effects that follow the storyline.
The markers are standard style, which means you can easily replace them with other pens or markers in the future. I found that felt tipped markers worked the best. Regular ballpoint pens aren't as effective because the robot arms don't really push down very hard when drawing. More on this important point later..
The Quincy robot artist has a great futuristic design with a lovely matte finish in teal green. The large single 'eye' camera on the front gives it lots of personality and reminds me of classic science fiction robot designs from my childhood.
There's an LED ring around the camera/eye which varies in intensity depending on what function is currently underway. It becomes brighter when waiting for input and 'blinks' or flashes at key points too.
There are three buttons along the top of Quincy's head light up and have the following functions:
The back of Quincy has a high quality speaker that can go surprisingly loud at full volume, along with a combination on/off switch and volume knob. There's also a rubber flap that hides a usb charging port and memory card slot for future updates.
It's all very well designed and put together, with high quality finish. I was very impressed overall with the look and premium feel of this device.
The robot arms click firmly into place using super strong magnets and the whole thing is setup in a matter of seconds. It's foolproof and very easy to do. You just move the arms close to the magnet and BOOM they're connected.
How Quincy Works
Quincy the robot artist is very easy to operate and is clearly designed for easy operation for children 4+ years of age. When you turn it on, the robot will say 'Power on' and then flex it's arms left and right to show you the range of movement and plan the paper placement.
Then she asks 'Can you help me to setup the pen? Press any button to go on when you are ready'. This is the process it follows every time you turn Quincy on. I will share some suggestions later to save time and get the most out of your new Quincy Robot Artist.
Once the pen is inserted and secured in place using the screw attachment, you press any button and Quincy says 'ok let's start our trip' and the LED ring around the camera/eye lights up brighter in anticipation of scanning one of the 64 included cards.
If you don't do anything for a while it will announce 'system sleeping' until a button is pressed to bring her back to life.
Simply pick a card and hold it in front of Quincy and the fun begins!
Quincy will give a happy greeting, such as 'good day' or 'nice to see you again' and then announce what the activity will be. The voice is professionally recorded and has a lovely British accent. My daughter says 'she sounds like Peppa Pig!'.
Throughout the process Quincy will chit chat and give detailed instructions about each step of the drawing or story. I was really surprised with how well done this part of the whole system is. The robot will constantly praise the student and give encouragement too.
What Activities Can Quincy Do?
1. Teach drawing step by step: with detailed instructions and praise/guidance.
2. Spelling challenge: After the drawing is complete, she will then ask for 'one more challenge' and prompt the user to spell the word letter by letter and show how to write the word.
3. Interactive stories: These have sound effects and a detailed story, along with drawing and math questions. I think these are the coolest part of the Quincy package and eagerly await update packs for these! There are 4 included with the base package and each one goes for around 10 minutes.
The Quincy Artist Robot setup seems quite simple at first, but it takes a little trial and error to get the pen set up just right. If you just let the pen sit in the holder and lightly touch the page and fasten it in place, it won't be 'low' enough' to draw clearly later on.
Prepare some scrap paper and experiment a little to get it setup properly. It took me a few tries before the pen was sitting in the holder at the right height - so give it a few tries.
I find it's best if you let the pen tip touch the paper, but then push down a little on the pen so it's quite firmly on the paper before fastening it in place with the screw holder.
I feel this should be explained better in the manual, and I will be making a short video to share with customers to show the setup process to avoid frustration.
I also found that it took a little while for the robot to 'loosen up' and start drawing clearly. The first few tries the drawing was a little 'off' but that soon improved after 4-5 complete drawing activities,
Be patient with Quincy at first. Spend some time getting the pen setup just right and make sure to place the paper horizontally when you start drawing. It works better this way. Place a third or so of Quincy's body on the top of the paper to hold it in place, and away you go!
Remember that the robot will 'flex' it's arms left and right whenever you turn it on, so if the pen is uncapped it will draw on whatever surface it's on. I avoid this by gently tipping the robot back while it does it's little exercise routine/test.
I also tip it back at the end of a session and cap the pen; leaving the pen firmly in place for the next class or play session.