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Sphero iOS and Android App Controlled Robotic Ball - Retail Packaging - White

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  • A New Way To Play: Play in the real world, control it from your smartphone
  • Games for Everyone: Comes with free downloadable games with more available in the iTunes App Store, Android Market or Amazon Apps Store.
  • Works With Your Smartphone: Control Sphero from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device.
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  • A New Way To Play: Play in the real world, control it from your smartphone
  • Games for Everyone: Comes with free downloadable games with more available in the iTunes App Store, Android Market or Amazon Apps Store.
  • Works With Your Smartphone: Control Sphero from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Android device.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 4.2 x 5.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0081J2LRC
  • Item model number: Sphero 1
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,729 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sphero is the first robotic ball gaming device that you control with a tilt, touch, or swing from your smartphone or tablet. You can even use Sphero as a controller for on-screen gameplay. Sphero interacts seamlessly with mobile apps, giving you new ways to test your skills, play games with friends, and more. A Bluetooth connection makes Sphero ready to play as fast as you can launch an app. And with single- or multi-player games, Sphero will always surprise you.

Acclaimed by Popular Science, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC 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.

Orbotix Sphero Product Shot
A durable, impact-resistant polycarbonate shell allows for lasting gameplay. View larger.
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Easily operate the Sphero robotic ball from your smartphone or tablet's touchscreen. View larger.
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Simple, Yet Challenging

Controlling Sphero from your mobile device is easy and intuitive--just tilt, gesture, or swing, and Sphero responds. Because your experience changes with every new app you download, Sphero's entertainment never stops.

Sphero's reliable Bluetooth connection ensures control is always responsive and fluid, even at long ranges. You will be able to steer through homemade obstacle courses, weave it between feet, and even out-maneuver your family pet.

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 several free apps available for download (and more continuously being developed), Sphero provides you with plenty of gaming thrills.

Standout apps include Sphero Drive, where you can choose from touchscreen interfaces like joystick, old-school RC control, and tilt mode to give you a variety of ways to test your skills and challenge friends. 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.

Durable, Customizable, and Battery Efficient

Roughly the size of a baseball, Sphero is compact enough to slip into a bag or jacket pocket. Sphero's durable, impact-resistant polycarbonate shell allows for lasting gameplay. And with customizable colored LEDs, you can change Sphero's color to suit your mood, play in the dark, or create a team color.

For further convenience, Sphero is extremely efficient. A single battery charge delivers over an hour of full-throttle play, thanks to cable-free induction charging.

Compatible with Android and iOS Devices

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+.

Open API for Custom Sphero Apps

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 intuitive, so you will be able to use it whether you are a seasoned developer or a novice app programmer.

What's in the Box

Sphero robotic ball, inductive charging base, quick-start card, and user's manual.

Free Apps Available via Download Include:

Sphero

Familiarize yourself with Sphero's personality, give Sphero commands, and gain access to basic Sphero driving functions. See where you stand on leaderboards and achievements. Even discover new apps as they roll in.

Drive

Drive Sphero with joystick, tilt, or old-school remote controls. Create challenging courses, race against friends and family, or turn out the lights for a little night racing.

Golf

Sphero is the ball and your phone is the club. Create a "hole" then swing your phone or swipe a finger to hit. Challenge friends to a round of office golf, create your own course at home, or venture out and make your own course practically anywhere.

SpheroCam

Have fun with Sphero and never miss a funny moment. Use the built-in camera on your device to record video or take snapshots while you simultaneously drive Sphero. Will your SpheroCam video go viral? Record, upload, and find out!

Draw N' Drive

Use your finger to trace a shape or path on the screen and Sphero will follow it before your eyes. Just give your smartphone or tablet a shake to clear the slate. Even make Sphero change colors as it rolls by using the integrated color wheel.

Chromo

Get ready to challenge your coordination and 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.

MacroLab

Create easy, repeatable programs and macros for Sphero. Arrange simple commands and settings in any combination you choose to let Sphero drive autonomously, follow unique patterns, and more, all while learning basic programming. Play your commands, save favorites, and even share them with friends. MacroLab makes programming Sphero easy and fun.

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Controlled by iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
At a Glance:
  • Robotic ball you control from your smartphone or tablet's touchscreen
  • Downloadable apps deliver exciting, varied gameplay
  • Open API lets developers program custom Sphero apps
  • Impact-resistant polycarbonate shell for lasting gameplay
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices

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Customizable LEDs allow you to change Sphero's color. View larger.
Orbotix Sphero Product Shot

Product Description

Meet Sphero - The world’s first robotic ball you control with a tilt, tap, or touch on your smartphone. Sphero comes ready and eager to play. Weave in and around obstacles or feet, or just try to outrun the family pet. Test your skills in Sphero Drive, challenge friends to Golf, video your cat chasing Sphero with KittyCam, and more. Your experience changes with every new game app you download, and with single or multi-player games Sphero will always surprise you.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Other apps to download for cool games.
Momof3
Cons: Play time is to short compared to charging time, at least for something that doesn't fly.
Mike Meyer
I think it would be fun to play with a cat using the Sphero.
Roger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

270 of 291 people found the following review helpful By J. youngson on May 14, 2013
I bought my Sphero straight from Orbotix at launch. I had it for a year and a half and loved it. Then one day it just stopped working and I was sad. I went on the Orbotix website and tried all of their troubleshooting tips, to no avail. As a last resort I contacted customer support. I knew it was well out of warranty but hoped they knew a trick I hadn't tried, or at the very least could fix it at a cost to me. Once I explained my issue and told them how old it was, they issued me an RMA number and had me ship it to them to see if they could repair it. I received an email the same day that they received my Sphero. I was told that it was unrepairable and that it had gone to Sphero heaven. Again, I was sad. But then the very next line of the email put a smile on my face and restored my hope in humanity and good customer service. I was told that they were rush shipping me a replacement Sphero, that I would have it on my doorstep within 2 days, and that it was at no cost to me. Now that's a company that stands behind its product. So now I am once again enjoying my Sphero, and tormenting my dog/cats.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By rpv TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 8, 2013
Well, this is something you really don't need and it is a pure fun item to have. I bought it for my daughter and (myself) for the summer escapades. The setting up portion and using bluetooth can be a pain. I had tough time with my ASUS Fonepad. It is something in its bluetooth stack, I believe. No issues with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S4.

Once setup, dim your lights. Changing colors of the ball to virtually anything and too from a phone screen. In a different time period, this would have been pure MAGIC. Well, we can't cheat our kids these days. Moving the ball around is great for kids. To some extend, after playing with RC controlled toys like cars/helicopters which are far less expensive kids don't get super excited. I demoed multiple apps for Sphero and my daughter is definitely hooked. The fun happens when there are multiple kids around. Definitely a geeky obsession.
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76 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Sam28 on October 17, 2012
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Sphero is a lot of fun. I just purchased a second one for the family because my kids were fighting over the first. Yep, I know, we spoil 'em. It comes charged and is easy to get going out of the box -just downloaded the apps from iTunes and start playing. It's pretty freaky to drive a ball (versus things you've driven before like a car or helicopter) so it does take a bit of getting used to, but after a few minutes you'll get the hang of it. I was surprised by how many different games there are now. They have more games since I purchased the first one. Two of the new games we like are Exile (kinda like a modern day space invaders) and Color Grab (a fun multi-player game the kids like).

Pros: Driving and racing it around is great, it has lots of games, its easy to connect, your smartphone or ipods are the controller, has a long charge and it's well made

Cons: It's ain't cheap at $129 and it takes some time to get the hang of driving at first
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kerri grosjean on December 21, 2012
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I bought this for my son for a gift. He ha not stopped playing with it since he got it. He is 33, HA!
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jami Ros on October 26, 2012
I bought this as a birthday gift for a friend whose is a gadget freak and programmer. Comes with apps plus he can write his own macros if he likes. He loves it!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joe Shmo on August 6, 2013
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The Sphero is a neat little gadget. I saw it at CES in Vegas and really wanted one. The reality is when you have it at home and you only have one, it gets boring real quick. Its fun to chase the dog around with but then you will want to return it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B Richards on October 1, 2013
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Ball does not move around as smoothly as I hoped. Plastic is a hard plastic, where I thought it would be a bit softer type, and the weight offset inside is very apparent, which I guess makes sense.
Gets dirty very easily. Especially since its white.
Not sure why I expected more, but for me, the novelty wore off in mere minutes.
Hoping my nephew enjoys it more.
Think it's marketed to adults more than it should be. My opinion is this is a kids toy.
Cheers,
BSR
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on October 22, 2013
When I first heard of this robotic ball, I had to go to the Sphero website and check it out. Seemed like a pretty cool device (part robot, part ball) so I ordered one from Amazon. Although I've only put Sphero to the test over the past few days, it gets better with each and every run! You get better at driving and controlling the sphero over time. Also, everyone wants to play with the sphero. During my breaks at work I've been taking Sphero out for test drives. I let it loose down the hallway and around the office and it turns out to be quite a bit of fun. I've caught the attention of many of my co-workers with it and they love it too and say they can't wait to get one of their own!
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