We were offered a SmartGlobe Myth from Oregon Scientific for review – it’s a 2 in 1 day and night globe with audio stories and an AR mode and it’s suitable for ages 5 and above.
I was incredibly excited when it arrived – as a child I had a light-up globe and it was a treasured possession for many years and I loved the look of the ‘myth’ element of this globe.
What does it do?
By day the globe shows a colourful map of the world complete with country names and capital cities but it’s by night this little gem comes to life – with a press of a button it shows a beautiful illuminated map of the stars and planets including 88 constellations.
On the base you can select Constellations, Fairy Stories or Earth Facts and listen to facts and stories including 12 constellation stories, 10 fairy tales including Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The 3 Little Pigs, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and The Gingerbread Man. Earth Stories includes lots of fun geographic facts and had me and the boy enthralled for ages.
What is included?
The box contains the SmartGlobe which is a really nice size standing at around 30cm tall along with instructions and a USB lead. The SmartGlobe comes with 3x AA batteries which don’t last long but I can’t complain – nothing worse than buying something and not having any batteries included. The SmartGlobe can be powered by batteries or USB power source(the lead is included but the power obviously not).
Ease of use
It’s incredibly easy to use – you press the power button and it plays a welcome greeting; you then choose what mode you want to listen to and off you go, using the arrows to select the story and you can also play/pause if need be. There are three brightness settings and you can also adjust the volume – plus you basically just take it out of the box and switch it on, it couldn’t be any easier to set up and use.
The SmartGlobe is ideal for night time – once we’ve read the boy a story he chose a fairy story and settled into bed, the soft lighting is soothing and it’s a lovely addition for bed time. It also shuts off(enters ‘sleep mode’) after 20 minutes if no buttons are pressed which makes it ideal for this however it won’t do this if powered by USB. It does announce it’s doing so quite loudly by saying goodbye, but he didn’t seem to mind.
AR(augmented reality) mode
Download the free Smart Globe app and you can scan the globe and see dinosaurs, landmarks and lots more. I did find it a little glitchy – I have an iPhone 8 and some modes I just couldn’t get to work.
I’m not sure if it would maybe work better on a tablet as it appeared it may display better on a tablet or larger screen.
How much is it?
Would I recommend?
Absolutely – I love the educational side of this SmartGlobe and the ease of use plus the price is so reasonable for what it offers. It would make a lovely present and is fun yet educational – it’s a winner for us.
**We were sent a SmartGlobe Myth in exchange for this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own**