When we got the opportunity to try out Sphero 2.0, I was super excited! My kids both love their games and their apps and their iPads – but how about a robotic ball that can be controlled by an app on a phone or tablet? One that changes colours, does tricks, and can even be programmed by yourself? Sphero has become something that everyone in our family loves and can’t wait to get their hands on!
What is Sphero 2.0?
It’s a sophisticated, programmable robot housed in a polycarbonate shell that is so durable you can stand on it! It’s waterproof, dirt proof, and slobber-proof (from dogs or drooling babies!). There are over 20 apps that are available for free download for IOS or Android that allow you to play with Sphero. Some games allow you to control Sphero, making it do tricks, driving it up ramps, or playing wicked zombie killing games. Other games have you hold Sphero in your hand and use it as a joystick, or play fun colour matching games.
Check out all the games on their website here, and be sure to check out my personal favourite: The Rolling Dead!
This little ball is so quick that I’ve yet to use it on its’ highest speed! It can go up to 7 feet per second and has a Bluetooth range of 100 feet – that’s crazy! Our toddler is completely amazed with it – first he spends a lot of time following it around and then running from it, but then he watches his sister play with it on the iPad and is learning the different games as well.
My 8 year old has Sphero completely figured out. We read the simple instructions out of the box, turned it on by tapping it twice, and it started flashing different colours. Once connected, we named it Turbo. From there it was easy to figure out the different apps – it was so much fun trying out the different programmed tricks and using the drawing app to draw out different letters and shapes! (Check out all the games here!) Sphero 2.0 also comes with ramps so you can set up an obstacle course in your own home!
Sphero is also preparing out kids for the future, by bringing together programmable robotics with teachers and children at a young age. It shows kids (of all ages!) that there’s no robotic experience necessary to learn how to program a robot! Just a few lessons and you, too, can program your own Sphero. This is such an important mission, especially as a mom of an 8 year old girl – giving a child the power of being able to program their own toy is almost unbelievable. Imagine the possibilities!
Check out this short video of my daughter having some fun with Sphero & her brother!:
Perfect for Father’s Day – or Just Because…!
An awesome present for dad’s everywhere, this toy brings families together in ways that other video game systems don’t. You will find yourself jumping, running, and getting involved with Sphero and your friends and family around you. Everyone becomes intrigued by this toy – everyone has so much fun playing with it! And thinking of a long, hot summer with a bored kid? The Sphero is perfect because it can entertain inside, outside, or in the pool! (How about making your dad this Father’s Day card!)
Sphero 2.0 is on sale right now, just in time for Father’s Day and Graduations! Regularly priced at $130, Sphero 2.0 is currently on sale for $99 from May 16th, 2014 to June 15th, 2014.
WIN A SPHERO 2.0
I am so thrilled to announce this Sphero 2.0 Giveaway! It is open to all residents of Canada and the US and ends June 13th, 2014 at 6:00 PM PST. Get ready to discover endless ways to play with Sphero!
Disclosure: As a Sphero 2.0 Brand Ambassador I received the product for the purpose of this review. All views expressed above are my own and I only write about products that I truly love. This one’s pretty awesome!