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- MORE THAN JUST A ROBOT: Sphero BOLT is a programmable robot ball that you can drive and code, providing endless opportunities to be creative and have fun while learning. Advanced yet approachable, you can learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share your creations with the community.
- ADVANCED SENSORS & LED MATRIX: BOLT's programmable sensors include a compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and infrared communications, along with an eye-catching 8x8 LED matrix that can animate and display real-time data.
- BUILT TO LEARN & PLAY: This educational robot features a durable scratch-proof clear plastic shell, inductive charging for 2+ hours of play, and connects via Bluetooth SMART so you can see your commands and creations come to life.Do not clean the charger with a solvent, denatured alcohol or other inflammable solvents
- INSPIRING THE CREATORS OF TOMORROW: Founded in 2010, we set out to redefine creative play experiences with the original Sphero app-enabled robot ball. Now, with our undeniably cool fleet of programmable robots and educational tools, we're inspiring a new generation through hands-on applied learning of coding, science, music and the arts.
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A Striking Way to Learn and Play
BOLT is Sphero’s most advanced app-enabled robotic ball to date, providing more ways to express your creative ideas and experience the power of programming. BOLT’s 8x8 LED light matrix allows you to program your robot to display characters, vector graphics, sensor data, or play games on the matrix itself. Sphero BOLT can also 'talk' to other BOLTs using 360° infrared communication. Dive into storytelling with multiple bots, new games, and advanced movements.
Manually aiming your Sphero is now a thing of the past. BOLT’s built-in compass allows you to automatically aim and drive your robot, plus you can program BOLT to follow real-world directions on a map. You can also code with the ambient light sensor that can tell if it’s light or dark, allowing for programming conditions based on brightness.
In addition to being direction and light savvy, BOLT’s 4+ hours of playtime can handle your most creative projects. Connect to the Sphero Edu app to program BOLT and discover awesome activities. Plus, it’s fun to take for a spin. Simply drive BOLT and play games with the Sphero Play app. BOLT paves the way for iridescent experiences and shocking amounts of fun while learning.
- Durable UV-coated clear plastic shell
- Bluetooth Smart connection (100 foot range)
- Inductive charging (6 hour charge for 4+ hours of play)
- Height: 73mm / Width: 73mm / Weight: 200g
- Compatible with Sphero Edu app for iOS, Android, Kindle, Mac, Windows & Chrome
- Compatible with Sphero Play app for iOS & Android
- Compatible with Swift Playgrounds for iOS
Program the matrix to display characters and vector graphics, or play games on the matrix itself. We dare you to take your eyes off it.
Drive & Play
Put BOLT’s advanced sensors to work by driving your bot and playing a variety of games through the Sphero Play app.
Program 3 Ways
Foster creativity through discovery and play with BOLT and the Sphero Edu app, all while laying the foundation for computer science.
|Size||About as big as a baseball||About as big as a baseball||About as big as a ping pong ball|
|Material||Clear, durable, waterproof, scratch-resistant. Shell is sealed and does not open.||Clear, durable, waterproof, scratch-resistant. Shell is sealed and does not open.||Colorful, interchangeable. Shell opens for changing and charging.|
|Sensors||Motor Encoders, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, 8x8 LED Matrix, Light Sensor, Infrared, Compass||Motor Encoders, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, LED Lights||Gyroscope, Accelerometer, LED Lights|
|Top Speed||2 meters per sec (4.5 mph)||2 meters per sec (4.5 mph)||1 meter per sec (2.2 mph)|
|What's in the Box?||Sphero BOLT, Inductive charging base with USB cable||Sphero SPRK+, Inductive charging base with USB cable, Maze tape, Protractor with heading, Sticker sheet||Sphero Mini, Micro USB charging cord, 3 mini traffic cones, 6 mini bowling pins|
Sphero BOLT is an app-enabled robotic ball that provides endless opportunities to have fun while learning. Learn to code with the Sphero Edu app, discover community-created activities or just drive and play. BOLT was built to shine with an animated 8x8 LED matrix that displays real-time data and advanced sensors like its gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensor, compass, and infrared communications. This educational robot features a durable scratch-proof clear plastic shell, inductive charging for 2+ hours of play, and connects via Bluetooth SMART so you can see your commands and creations come to life. Get amped – Sphero BOLT establishes a striking new way to learn and play.
WARNING: This toy produces flashes that may trigger epilepsy in sensitised individuals
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BOLT is just as durable as the SPRK+, but it has some upgrades that make it my new go-to for demonstrations. Sphero upgraded the battery life on the BOLT, minimizing worries that the battery might during a longer STEM project. I used it during my 90-minute Wednesday lab, starting with a full charge, and it was still rolling when we lined up for the buses at the end of our lab. The LED matrix is an update on the color-changing SPRK. Now the kids can program in things like text and simple images to give the BOLT some character.
There are also new sensors for things like light, magnetic north, and infrared that I haven’t had time to play around with yet. I do think my kids will have fun with the light sensors; and I look forward to using them to add another layer of complexity for my students who easily master basic blocky programming.
This robot is compatible with the existing Sphero apps. You won’t have any nasty surprises if you change from an older robot to a BOLT.
As an elementary teacher, the Sphero Edu app is one of my favorites to introduce coding. The kids program the robot using blocky, which is a great intro to coding and children pick it up very quickly. I teach 8 and 9 year olds, so it can be challenging to find a starting point for computer science that is on their level and engaging. The hands-on nature of these robots keeps them entertained and excited for the whole lesson. My kids love to design challenges for one another and I love watching them try to problem solve and work together.
Initially setting it up was a pain and took about half an hour to figure out and a youtube video tutorial. The instructions just weren't clear and it was a bit counterintuitive. When it's in pair mode I think it should display a bluetooth logo on the LED screen or something, because we spent 10 minutes just trying to figure out how to get it into pairing mode to find out it probably already was. It's not like setting up headphones, that's for sure. Anyway I think she used it just once the night she got it for her birthday and hasn't brought it out again since.
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Dann wäre das Infrarot, da kann man denken es wir dazu verwendet Hinternisse zur erkennen, aber weit gefehlt der Ball kollidiert einfach und kann dann aufgrund dieses Ereignisses etwas machen wie z.b. Wenden, eine andere Richtung einschlagen oder irgendwas auf dem Matrix Display anzeigen. Mein Sohn (9 J) hat ziemlich schnell das Interesse daran verloren, denn alles was er damit macht führt zu einer Kollision und kann das nicht verhindern. Das wäre doch das mindeste was ein Roboter hinbekommen sollte oder?
Die von Anderen programmierten Spiele lassen sich kaum nutzen da Sphero Edu (ipad app) texte in deutscher Sprache wiedergibt aber die meisten Programme geben Text in englisch zurück die dann die App in der Systemsprache Deutsch vorliest was man nicht versteht.
Alles in Allem ein teuerer Ball der weit von einem Roboter entfernt ist oder in irgendeiner weisse das Programmieren näher bringt.
Ich denke, dass die IT Branche und besonders das Programmieren einen sehr wichtigen Job-Sektor für die momentan jüngste Generation darstellen wird und es kann bestimmt nicht schaden, ein Grundverständnis für die Materie früh und spielerisch zu erlernen. Volle Kaufempfehlung!