One of the most keenly anticipated UK releases of 2012, Sphero the robotic ball gaming system is now rolling internationally with rave reviews.
But frankly, at first glance we weren’t sure what to make of it. On the one hand, it’s a ball; no buttons, no propellers, not a trigger or Gummi flavoured accessory in sight. But then you shake it and Sphero begins to glow softly in your hand. So you put it on the ground and fire up one of the several free Apps and this strange little glowing orb reveals itself to be a rather remarkable robot.
Download some great free apps to use with Sphero:
Utilising the same kind rocket-science maths used by NASA during one of the many Apollo Missions - presumably one of the more successful ones – this is one smart little sphere. Plus, we’re not sure if you heard, but President Obama is a big fan, and we all love a good Presidential endorsement. After all, they never make bad decisions.
Sphero works with both iOS and Android systems, using a Bluetooth network ranging up to an outstanding 50 feet. It even charges hassle-free in an induction cradle. There are several official Apps already available and more in the pipeline, plus with the open API all you clever coders out there can actually make your own games, meaning the fun’s just beginning.
This kind of technology used to be reserved for sci-fi novels and mad scientists in secret labs but now everyone can have super-smart, beautiful robot balls. If you’ve been holding out for a Sphero, your wait is over.
iPhone not included
Apps require downloading separately
Comes with a worldwide plug adapter to use in any country
Range of approximately 50 feet
Multiple LED capable of producing thousands of colours
Induction charging batteries
Opaque high-impact polycarbonate shell
3 speeds – cautious, comfy and crazy
Waterproof – can be used in water, and easily cleaned – so off-road is fine too
Requires iOS 4.0 or greater
iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation
iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS
Works with all generations of iPad
Android devices with operating system 2.2, 2.3.3+ and 3.0+
The included lithium batteries are rechargeable via the induction pad
A complete charge takes about three hours and provides approximately 75 minutes of continuous driving time
Measures approximately 7.5cm(Ø)
Weighs approximately 168g
New Features! Now over 20 amazing Sphero apps including:
Sphero Augmented Reality - Sharky the Beaver is the first app ever to let you take a virtual 3-dimensional character for a walk around your house. In this groundbreaking augmented reality app for Sphero, watch your robot come to life as a beaver named Sharky. You can even interact with the real world by launching virtual cupcakes into Sharky's mouth. You're sure to fall in love with Sharky as soon as he takes his first step.
Exile - A totally new take on arcade-style space fighter games. Sphero has been exiled from his home planet and must fight his way back to save all Robot kind. Fly through space while destroying enemies and collecting energy cores. For enhanced gameplay, hold Sphero in your hand and use it to control your spaceship.
Colourgrab - Get ready to test your speed with the first multiplayer tabletop game for Sphero. Sphero flashes different colors and you must pick him up at the right time to earn points. Set point goals, select levels of difficulty, and compete against friends and the clock to see who has the best reflexes. Did we mention there’s a crazy rabbit?
Tag - Now you and your friends can play tag using the first multiplayer game for Sphero. Utilizing innovative collision detection technology, Red Light Green Light is the first in a series of games in the Sphero TAG app. Take away other players’ lives when their Sphero turns from green to red by bumping into them. In this competitive group game, the last player with lives wins!
Sphero Chrome - Get ready to challenge your coordination and your memory with the first app that lets you use Sphero as a controller. Move Sphero to match the colors on your screen for an entirely new way to challenge yourself. You can choose from six different game modes. Chromo is initially available for iOS only.
Golf 2.0 - The most innovative golf game now has better accuracy, improved course creation, and a new practice mode. Using simple, intuitive controls, you create a “hole” and then “hit” Sphero with a flick of a finger or a swing of your smartphone. All that’s missing now is a caddy.