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Sphero 2.0 - App Controlled Robotic Ball - Retail Packaging

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  • Robot, Smart Toy, Gaming System
  • Geek out with the smartest toy on the block. Now faster and brighter than ever, this robot will change the way you play.
  • Now faster, brighter, and smarter than ever. The future of gaming is here, and you hold the power.
  • Unleash Spheros inner robot and program like a pro.
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.2 inches, 4.2 inches, 7.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.61 pounds
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00F35P69C
  • Item model number: Sphero 2.0
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Introducing Sphero 2.0

Now brighter, faster, and smarter than ever. The future of gaming is here, and you hold the power. Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay. Drive circles around your friends with Sphero’s new engine, turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead, and upgrade family game night with multiplayer apps like ColorGrab. You can even get a crash course in programming Sphero with MacroLab. That’s just the beginning. There’s a whole new world of gameplay waiting for you to discover with Sphero. What are you waiting for? Get rolling!

Brighter, Faster, and Smarter than Ever

Sphero 2.0 has been completely re-engineered from the ground up to give you an entirely new gaming experience. It’s kind of like Einstein and C-3PO had a baby. Powered with new AI Superdrive capabilities, Sphero 2.0 is unreasonably fast, reaching speeds of up to 7 feet per second. That’s twice as fast as the original and only slightly slower than a Lamborghini. Trust us, this thing hauls. And just like a racecar, every aspect of the internal robot has been re-configured for optimal performance, including a more efficient drivetrain and lowered center of gravity. With new multicolor LEDs, Sphero 2.0 is 3x brighter than before. You’ll need sunglasses to make sure the brilliance doesn’t blind you.Powered by induction charging to give you over an hour of full-throttle play, Bluetooth connection, and upgraded firmware, Sphero 2.0 will change the way you play.

Sphero Apps Offer Engaging, Mixed-Reality Gameplay

Sphero immerses you in a new type of gameplay called mixed-reality, in which real and virtual elements are seamlessly merged together. With over 25 apps available for download and more on the way, Sphero provides you with plenty of gaming thrills.Standout apps include The Rolling Dead, in which you look through your device’s camera and watch your living room floor, driveway, or any place you choose become infested with the undead in an augmented reality twist on the zombie craze. In a mixed-reality version of golf, you create a hole, then swing your phone to putt Sphero towards the hole. Think Sphero just rolls? Think again. Hold Sphero in your hand, start up Chromo, and move Sphero to match colors and patterns as they appear on your screen.

Compatible with Android and iOS Devices & Open API

Sphero is compatible with a variety of mobile platforms, including iOS 4.0 or greater, Android 2.2, Android 2.3.3+, and Android 3.0+. Sphero also has an Open API (application program interface) for developers, which allows virtually anyone to program new games and apps for Sphero. The API is user friendly, so you will be able to use it whether you are a seasoned developer or a novice app programmer.

Recognition

Acclaimed by Popular Science, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Time, and NBC and featured as one of the year's hottest gadgets by TechCrunch, Wired, Gizmodo, Engadget, and Make magazine, Sphero offers a new type of game play for the smartphone generation.

Product Description

Introducing Sphero 2.0. Now brighter, faster, and smarter than ever. The future of gaming is here. Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gameplay. Drive Sphero like never before, turn your surroundings into a video game with augmented reality, and discover endless ways to play. Sphero rolls 6 feet per second and pairs to your device via Bluetooth. Powered by induction charging and an internal smart robot, Sphero also glows in millions of colors and is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure.

What's In the Box
  • Your new best friend, Sphero.
  • Pop-out ramps to catch some big air right out of the box.
  • Inductive charging base to make your life easier.
  • Quick Start guide to get you rolling problem free.
  • Endless free games and apps available on iTunes and Google Play.

Customer Reviews

This is a very fun toy.
ut158
It adds a level of protection as well as giving the Sphero some grip when going over smooth surfaces like hard wood, dirt, and sand.
ThisIsNot
I have the app on my iPhone 4s and my 3rd gen iPad, and it works great.
Joseph

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

241 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel's Buddy on November 6, 2013
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As an engineer, I can't help but be enamored by the technology and design of this wonderful little orb. Sphero is amazing to watch as it maneuvers on your command and the designers have put some features in (a tail, little tricks) that make the toy a bit more endearing, almost like a pet. There are some clever apps to let you drive Sphero around the house or over zombies. Or you can use Sphero as a controller to shoot down aliens and ingest energy pods. The color and movement are put to good effect.

But I don't use it. My 16 year old son has lost interest. An my 8 year old boys lost interest after just a few tries. So I can't recommend it.

First off, the control is very cool, but not good enough for the space we have. I think our home is about average in size with mostly hardwood floors. Perhaps we have a few patches of open space that are 5'x8' or 6'x6'. These spaces, however, are not large enough to control Sphero easily. Typically he (our is named Sphred) goes out of bounds and ends up under the couch or hitting the furniture. When he bounces, the calibration on direction gets off, so you have to readjust his tail to continue. Perhaps it is meant to be part of the challenge to account for the momentum, but it is a very frustrating learning process.

When the virtual reality features kick in, it is doubly frustrating because Sphred is always leaving the screen. I go to shoot a zombie on the side and off it goes, I then have to align the tablet (I'm using an iPad), find him again, and then line up the next shot. I tried being closer and further and lowering the speed, but I've found it more frustrating than fun or challenging.

The best use so far has been as a game controller.
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104 of 120 people found the following review helpful By ut158 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2013
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...or at least I had never heard or it. Here's how it goes:
You get this product (Sphero) which looks and feels a bit like an oversize pool ball. Then you download 1 or more of Orbotix's apps onto your iOS or Android phone. Your phone then uses Bluetooth to send commands to the ball. It has gyro positioning so even as it is spinning, it keeps track of which direction would correlate to each of up/down/left/right on your phone's virtual joystick and so you use that to control where the ball goes. This does take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, you can fairly accurately drive it around the house. It has mild impact resistance, so it will tolerate the inevitable crash into walls, the occasional fall off of a short (< 18") surface, and a small amount of abuse from the toddler or cat you may have in your house that will certainly want to grab it.

Besides just rolling it around, you can also change the color with a high level of precision (although my 5 year old was a little distressed that the red was not quite as saturated as she would have liked--it looked a little on the pink side). But what is even cooler, is you can download other apps from Orbotix that let you play games ranging from augmented reality zombie wars to drawing something and having the Sphero then "draw" that picture (by rolling around and turning the colors you specify) on the floor. Note that the augmented reality game is fun, but VERY hard until you really get the hang of operating this thing.

My 5 year old thought it was fun, but got a bit frustrated with it after a while because it IS hard to control. My mother-in-law thought it was a hoot and even my wife (who isn't normally in to this sort of thing) enjoyed a brief test drive.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aeolisio on December 13, 2014
Why you should not buy this.
1. Customer support is non existent they have questions that have not been answered in over a year all over the forum.
2. The warranty is a joke. Unless you order it from their website you will pay for shipping to and from them for anything and they have a 4+ week backlog because so many are defective.
3. (See update at bottom)No management to complain to. I have emailed 3 different addresses called 2 different phone numbers on multiple days and always had replies from the same single person. When asking for a supervisor or manager Erika Stanley just replies that she has none.
4. Lots of defects and problems. If it works for a week your lucky but don't expect to get months out of it. Out of the 30 we purchased for employees 7 were defective and could not charge out of the box and 11 more had problems within the first 30 days. 18 out of 30 defective products is not acceptable in any way.
5. Difficult to control for any age. This is not something you will get much use out of indoors you need a wide flat area think tennis court size not living room size.
6. Extremely short playtime. You will be lucky to get 30 mins on a charge and that takes 3 hours to recharge.
7. Apps are not compatible with the Sphero 2.0. More then half of the sphero apps are not compatible with the 2.0 and considering there is only 30 apps and half of those are clones of other apps under a different name and half again wont work with your sphero 2.0 your looking at 7 apps you can actually use.
We really wanted to like these so much so that we bought 30 of them for our employees. What a mistake that was.
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