SmartGurlz offers a line of fashion dolls that inspire girls to learn to code. Each doll comes with a Siggy which is similar to a Segway. The doll stands on the Siggy and is held in place with clasps that go around her wrists. You can switch out the dolls with most Barbie, Bratz, or other 11 inch dolls. The Siggy can carry up to 6 ounces.
After downloading the SmartGurlz Sugar Coded app, you can use your smartphone or tablet to drive the doll on the Siggy. The app is compatible with Android 4.4, iPhone 4S, iPad 3 2011 or newer. One option for controlling the movement of the Siggy is to use the Free Play direction pad or preset commands. You can also draw a path directly on the screen. The Siggy can move in straight paths, complete circles, or turns. The Free Play mode has a recording feature so you can save your favorite dances.
The Sugar Coded app also includes drag-and-drop coding blocks that are designed to help teach girls basic coding logic to executes tasks. Using the code blocks, you can create custom movements and control the distance that the Siggy travels. Before coding your own movements and choreography, you can complete puzzles and missions that help you learn what the coding blocks do. There’s an option to preview movements on the screen or with the Siggy on a floor.
There are five dolls: Jen, Maria, Zara, Jun, and Emma. Each of the characters has a unique story, interests, and hobbies. My favorite character is Jen. She is a blogger that enjoys repairing cars. She wants to study mechanical engineering. The app also includes some eBooks about individual Smartgurlz characters.
The Siggy gets about one hour of play time with a 9v alkaline battery or 2 hours when charged using the Siggy Power USB rechargeable Li-po battery. The batteries are not included.