Elfkins Review (Empath Interactive)

Elfkins
PRICE CHECK
   
EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

Tell that elf on the shelf to move over, because here comes Elfkins! This cute and somewhat creepy communications robot can bring recorded messages to life with animated gestures and emotions. Dubbed "Your child's first social network", Elfkins allows group messaging with your personalized circle of friends and family members while being safe and screen free. It stands 9.25 inches tall and comes with a charging station and an adaptor. The Elfkins only works with an iphone and information must be loaded onto the Elfkins app before it can function. You can send a message via the app using your own voice as well as vocal phrases from the Elfkins, when your child sees the ears of the Elfkins are lit up, he or she presses the toe on the Elfkins to receive the animated message. The child can also return a message by pressing the record button on it's other foot. A directory of selected people can be accessed by pressing forward and back arrows on the same foot. The app also allows you or your child to perform the physical functions of the Elfkins displayed on the your iPhone, like waving, shouting surprise, or blowing a kiss. When ELFKINS is pairing with your iphone, it's ears will glow blue. The only instructions are on the side of the box it comes in, but luckily there is a tutorial via the Elfkins robot itself(again, it's another button on the foot). Because the Elfkins connects to wifi and is a smart device it will update overtime. Staying in touch via the Elfkins is fun way for a child to hear a loved ones voice. The Elfkins ONLY WORKS WITH IPHONE

Is It Fun?

Dubbed "Your child's first social network", Elfkins allows group messaging with your personalized circle of friends and family members while being safe and screen free. Getting and sending messages is a fun way to communicate with loved ones and kids will love recording messages and listening to all the sounds and phrase the Elfkins delivers. They will also enjoy making the Elfkins perform many gestures by using the app on their parents IPHONE. 

Who It’s For
This Interactive robot is for toddlers and pre-schoolers to be used with parents. It's a fun way of communicating. Young children will be entertained by the Elfkins friendly gestures and phrases while parents will like the security of sending a fun message to their child, without the child having to use a smartphone.
What To Be Aware Of

Directions are on how to operate the robot are on the side of the box and the Elfkins app must be downloaded by all users of this product in order to communicate. The Elfkins is not a toy to be played with and carried around like a stuffed animal. It's an electronic that needs to be kept on a solid surface. Think of it as a radio, it can be taken from room to room, but carefully and it should not be dropped because it may become damaged. The Elfkins ONLY WORKS WITH IPHONE

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy