*I was provided product and compensation to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
I always try to be honest with my reviews, and I have to say that I have not seen a toy quite like this. It’s hard to even call it a toy because it has so many possible functions and its definitely not just for kids!
So what is a Sphero? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids age 8+ can control from their smart phone or tablet. The little round robotic ball can drive in any direction, turn on a dime, flip in the air, change colors and much more. It really is a great way to integrate technology and real-time play.
Sphero melds the virtual world with reality, letting kids engage with technology like never before by providing hours of hands-on, open-ended play for hours of fun and learning. Sphero rolls a speedy 7 feet per second and pairs to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Sphero is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure your kids (or adults) can dream of.
With over 30 free apps, kids can play independently or with friends and family. Steer Sphero through homemade obstacle courses, turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality, or upgrade family game night with action-packed, multiplayer entertainment. When Sphero first arrived at our house, I knew it was going to be a hit. My oldest son is a little on the younger side for it, but he picked it up faster than I expected. His favorite thing to do with Sphero is setting up an obstacle course, dominos or a faux bowling alley!
Sphero is on a mission to make learning fun and inspire the innovators of tomorrow. Check out the Sphero SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) program which helps kids understand the basics of programming, robotics and math. Visit GoSphero.com/Education for more information.
Each Sphero comes with a Quick Start guide, two ramps, a charging base, and information on how to download dozens of apps on iTunes and Google Play. It’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
You can find Sphero at GoSphero.com, Amazon.com, the Apple Store, Brookstone, FAO Schwarz and REI. Sphero retails for $129.99, but from May 30 through June 15, there is a special Father’s Day promotion of $99 for a Sphero 2.0.