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BenSpark’s Holiday Gift Guide Code ARTIE 3000 from Educational Insights to Draw For You

The kids with Artie 3000
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We received an Artie 3000 from Educational Insights for free to include in our Holiday Gift Guide and to play with and review. Opinions are our own.When I went to the HoliDAY of Play I was introduced to ARTIE 3000. This adorable little robot can be programmed with several different languages in order to draw using a slim marker. I was so impressed with this robot that I asked for one for my Holiday Gift Guide. It is a such a great toy for kids to use to learn how to code and for a great price point for something so powerful. The fact that you can use several different coding languages to control ARTIE 3000 is amazing. Most toys only have one option for coding. This means that the toy will gorw with your kids. Eva has already caught the programming bug with the Code Car that I included earlier this week on the gift guide. She is beyond thrilled to see what ARTIE can do. You can see ARTIE 3000 in action in our video below.

Some features of ARTIE 3000:

  • THE CREATIVE WAY TO LEARN CODING: Artie 3000 is the coding robot for kids where you design the code, and Artie 3000 draws the lines! With preprogrammed designs, beginners can start coding right away
  • STEAM & STEM POWERED FUN! Artie 3000 was created for beginner to advanced coders. Artie features easy setup where kids can code using Drag & Drop, Remote Control, Point & Click, Blockly, Snap!, Python and JavaScript.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED? Artie 3000 robot, 4 washable markers, quick start guide, and activity cards. Artie also has pre-coded designs and advanced coding apps for kids to grow with. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included
  • SAFE & SECURE WIFI! No internet connection is required with Artie 3000. With his built-in WiFi server, all you need is a tablet, computer, or phone to control Artie. This allows classrooms and homes to run multiple robots simultaneously
  • MENSA APPROVED! American Mensa named Artie 3000 an Honorary Mensa Member and partnered with Educational Insights to create coding activities and programs that spark curiosity in coding for kids of all learning levels
  • MADE BY EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS: Since 1962 Educational Insights has been creating toys and games that ignite the spark in every child

You can learn more about ARTIE 3000 the website

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DJI Global Mavic Mini – High Flying Fun in a Lightweight Package

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. All opinions are my own.

I love flying drones. I personally have a DJI Spark and have enjoyed flying that for a while now. I am, however, seriously considering upgrading to the new DJI Global Mavic Mini. Several years ago now I was able to fly one of the larger Mavics and I loved it. It was portable and able to fold down really small. The new DJI Global Mavic Mini can fold down ever smaller and only weighs in at 249 g. This weight actually puts it under the legal required weight for registering the drone with the FAA. I only fly for fun in wide open areas at a super low altitude and do not want to have the hassle of all the regulations that come with flying much larger drones. With this drone I could fly all over quickly and easily. I can also do it longer with the Mavic Mini because the Mavic Mini’s weight allows it to stay in the air longer than similar consumer FlyCams on the market. I can enjoy up to 30 minutes of flight time with a fully-charged battery.

I was constantly worrying about how much flight time I had with other drones and had to purchase several batteries to get some decent flight time in. With the Mavic Mini I can fly longer and have to use less batteries. Although, Best Buy has a great bundle for sale on the Mavic Mini that includes 3 intelligent flight batteries. You’ll have plenty of flight time with those.

When I think about why I even fly a drone the answer is always for the photos. I love shooting photography and video with my drone and the new Mavic Mini has some amazing features for aerial photography. You can shoot complex shots easier than ever. Shots that look like they came from a Hollywood film set are just a few taps away with Mavic Mini’s QuickShot modes, which include Dronie, Circle, Helix, and Rocket. Just select your QuickShot and Mavic Mini will execute an elaborate preset motion while recording. Take the automatically generated short video and share it instantly with friends on social media. CineSmooth ModeSmoother motion for compositions that wow. Slow down Mavic Mini’s flight speed and movements for an added layer of precision and stability. This mode is especially useful when flying in narrow or complex spaces.

the controls for taking photos sound great but what about the camera? The camera is a stabilized gimbal camera with a 3-axis motorized gimbal that provides superior camera stability and ensures clear, ultra-smooth footage. The photos are 12MP and videos are 2.7K Quad HD videos.

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See what your Mavic Mini sees. A dedicated remote controller maintains an HD, low-latency video feed at a distance of up to 4 km. Detachable control sticks can be easily stored inside the remote controller for added portability. The remote control uses your cell phone to display this video feed through the new DJI Fly app. The DJI Fly app gives users integrated access to SkyPixel, a social media platform for users to share their aerial photos and videos. Browse work, share your own, and even discover popular aerial photography spots in your area.

On top of all that you can use the DIY Creative Kit (an optional accessory) to make your FlyCam truly yours. With this kit that includes shell stickers and colorful markers you can be as creative as you want to be to decorate your Mavic Mini.

Key Features of the Mavic Mini

  • 249 g Ultralight
  • 30-min Max. Flight Time
  • 4 km HD Video Transmission
  • Vision Sensor + GPS Precise Hover
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 2.7K Camera
  • Simplified Recording & Editing