SmartGlobe Explorer AR Review (Oregon Scientific)

SmartGlobe Explorer AR
What It Is

Take learning about the world to a whole other dimension. The SmartGlobe Explorer AR can be used in conjunction with the Smart Globe app to provide kids and adults with a real-world view of the world using built-in augmented reality technology. But even without that cool feature, the globe itself comes with more than 20,000 pieces of information to learn, more than 220 countries to explore, and 42 games. And the content can be tailored to three different age groups: 5 to 8, 9 to 14, and 15+.

You explore all of this by using the globe's portable Smart Pen. It's stored on the base of the globe, and it looks like a space shuttle. It has volume control, a headphone jack, and a micro USB jack. Turn it on and use the tip of the pen to touch one of the "Touch" categories on the globe's activity panel. Then touch the pen to a place on the globe. You'll hear continent names, world populations, and national anthems played. 

You can also compare information between two places, such as distance and flying time, by touching a category under "Compare" on the activity panel and then touching two places on the globe.

To play a search game, touch one of the "Find" categories and the SmartGlobe will tell you to find certain places on the globe. Find as many as you can before time runs out. 

And to learn more about the Earth, hear amazing facts about the world, and get up-to-date world news, touch any of the three "Knowledge" categories.

Slide out the map of the United States to hear more specific information about the states, capitals, and more in America when you touch the map with the Smart Pen. But unfold the map and turn it over so that it becomes a stand for the opened globe.

Opening the globe will reveal an image of the Earth's interior on one side and an image of the solar system on the other. As kids touch the pen to both sides, they'll learn about the layers of the Earth, the size and orbit of the planets, and even play games about the solar system.

But then there's a whole other level of play when you download the free Smart Globe app for iOS and Android devices. Scan the activating QR code on the fold-out map to get started, and then hold your device up to the globe to make images of animals, landmarks, and more appear right on the globe. You might see that it's snowing in Russia, kangaroos jumping in Australia, and the pyramids in Egypt. The app also has a quiz game with two levels and a 360-degree globe that you can explore.

Is It Fun?

There is a lot going on with this toy, from the breadth of learning content to the many ways that kids can play and explore. With three different learning levels, it provides information in age-appropriate ways and does so through a fun and interactive experience for all age levels. This is a great way to get kids comfortable using a globe, reading a map, and just exploring and being curious about the world.

Who It’s For

The SmartGlobe Explorer AR is for ages 5 and up. We like that the content can be changed to suit three different age groups (5 to 8, 9 to 14, and 15+), meaning it's a toy that can grow with kids.

What To Be Aware Of

The Smart Pen can be charged by connected it to a USB charger using the included USB cable. It takes about two hours to get a full charge.

Content can be updated by connecting the globe to the internet via the included USB cable. Unlimited updates are free for 12 months from date of registration and renewable at $14.99 per year.

The Smart Globe app is a free download for iOS and Android devices. The activating QR code can be used on up to five smart devices. A smart device is not included.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy