The Sphero 2.0 ($129.99, gosphero.com) is a tech toy the whole family can enjoy. To put it very simply, Sphero is a ball. But it’s not just any ball…it’s a robot ball that can be played with in many different ways. My family just got one of these cool toys and took it outside for family night fun.
Who knew that rolling a ball around could be so entertaining?!? The Sphero can roll in any direction, change colors, turn on a dime and even flip in the air! A glowing Sphero looks especially cool once it starts to get dark outside. The colorful lights show up really well.
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We are still getting to know our Sphero and figuring out everything it can do. The GoSphero.com website has been a great resource to tell me about all the different ways my family can use it for entertainment and educational purposes. Kids ages 8 and up are able to control the Sphero from a smartphone, tablet or iPod.
What’s in the package:
Every Sphero 2.0 comes with a Quick Start guide, 2 ramps, charging base, and information on how to download dozens of free apps at iTunes and the Google Play store. Our robot ball arrived with about half an hour’s worth of charge in it. It was fun to be able to play with it immediately instead of having to wait a couple of hours for it to charge.
Charge the Sphero by setting it heavy-side down on the charger. The battery takes about 3 hours to fully recharge. The battery lasts for about an hour of play time.
There are more than 30 free apps for Sphero. (Sphero is compatible with iOS and Android devices.) A Sphero can be played with by one person or multiple players. My family found that an easy way to have fun with our smart ball is to set up a homemade obstacle course. The apps include augmented reality games that make playing with Sphero like an interactive video game.
Controlling the Sphero with his iPod
My 10-year-old is very interested in technology and gaming. This robotic ball combines both of those interests. My son pretty much took over the Sphero from the get-go and figures out new things every day. He showed me how the Sphero can go on missions to level up and earn points. You can use the points to buy things like color upgrades and tricks for your ball. He has already spent hours rolling and playing around. I’m glad he likes teaching me how to play with it, too!
The Sphero is a way for kids to play and learn computer programming skills at the same time. Sphero’s mission is to make learning fun for kids and inspire the innovators of tomorrow. Parents and teachers can check out the SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) program that helps kids learn basics of programming, robotics and math at http://www.gosphero.com/education
Sphero can also be used as a 3D handheld mouse to play on screen games like Nyan Cat Space Party and Exile.
The Sphero is very durable. And waterproof! I did not believe an electronic toy could be waterproof. I double and triple checked that Sphero could be put into water before we finally decided to fill the pool and toss it in for a swim!
The custom Nubby Cover is a must have for the Sphero. It easily slips on and off to give the ball better traction on carpet and grass. Plus, it protects the ball and keeps it cleaner. We roll our Sphero on the road, and the Nubby Cover keeps it from gettting scratches and nicks from the asphalt. The Nubby Cover ($14.99, gosphero.com) is available in 4 cool colors.
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