Discover a cool iPhone controlled toy – The new Sphero Robotic ball
There is a cool RC toy available for your right now that is changing the gadgets’ market, its name is Sphero, and it is an intelligent robot controlled either from your iOS or Android device. The magnificence of Sphero is in the simplicity of its design, it is a sophisticated and programmable robot housed in a durable polycarbonate shell; think about it for a second and you will discover that the fact that it’s sphere-shaped makes it brilliant. The Sphero developers went the extra mile this year, adding a lot of cool features to its design. Don’t go anywhere, because in the following lines you will discover what this cool toy is as well as the reasons to have one.
Orbotix is the company that brought Sphero to life, Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, are the founders of this company, and even when Orbotix started to take pre-orders of this wonderful gadget since January 2011, it was released until December of the same year. Sphero has been a hit since it was released, and now in 2013, the developers included more features that are great for everyone, this toy is offering a new proposal to play board games and have fun, but what is skyrocketing Sphero’s success is a 3D character that ads life and personality to this robot making the toy unique.
Sphero is controlled using either your iOS or Android device, just install and load the app and you will be ready to make your Sphero do whatever you want. Part of the cool features that this robotic ball has to offer you, is the addition of over twenty games and apps ready to help you increase the fun level. These apps expand the experience with Sphero even more, because they are full of challenges to test your skills using this toy. There are apps like Exile that will use Sphero as a controller, this is a very unusual way to use an RC toy, but again, Sphero is literally reinventing the wheel, so you really want to put your hands on one of these toys.
Learn about the Sphero Robotic Ball’s features and Technical Specifications
If you are still hesitating about getting a Sphero today, let me share with you in more detail some of the features and technical specifications that this toy has to offer you. I am sure that you as many others will end loving this gadget.
- Product Specifications: Sphero is built with a very durable and resistant polycarbonate body; it is water proof and uses two lithium batteries that are included in your toy. The product dimensions are 2.9 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches, and weighs approximately 5.9 ounces.
- Compatibility: This amazing toy is compatible with both iOS and Android devices; the confirmed iOS devices are iPod Touch 3rd to 5th generation, iPhone 3GS to 5, and iPad 1, 2, and mini; these devices should have iOS 4.0 or higher. The confirmed Android devices are those with Bluetooth, touchscreen, and an operating system of 2.2 or higher.
- Induction Charger: This is by far one of the coolest features of this toy. It has an inductive charger that fits perfect with the technology of this gadget, this means that you need no cable to charge the toy, simply place it on its deck and it’s done. Another great part of the Sphero’s design is that fully charged, this toy can offer you over an hour of full throttle play.
- Range and Speed: Sphero is a fast robotic ball; it can develop speeds of up to 3ft per second, besides you can control this gadget being 50 plus feet away from it. This is achievable thanks to the built-in Bluetooth technology and as soon as you lunch the app and charge the toy, you can start enjoying and having fun.
- Sphero Hack Tour: As a gadget lover you may want to do more with this toy, this robotic ball allows you to program paths for it to follow them on the floor, but another cool feature is that the Sphero developers are now inviting everyone who wants to participate in the Sphero Hack tour, which basically allows you to create apps for Sphero using either your iOS or Android device.
See what other people who already own a Sphero robotic ball have to say about this fascinating toy
I want to share with you the voice of real owners of this gadget that went from thinking about getting a Sphero to actually purchasing it.
“This little ball is so much fun! It works as described and has great battery life. My dogs love it too.”
“It’s not a toy but it is huge fun. It’s not a robot but it does smart robotic things. It’s a ball but it does much more than roll around… or will do.
With the addition of their own small but growing app collection, this has gone from being an impressive novelty to a work of genius with potential for radical new uses.”
“This is an INCREDIBLE device (it’s more than just a toy), with SO MUCH POSSIBILITIES! It’s the focus of my research report right now; and, I just have to say, I love this little guy and have nothing but an incredible amount of respect for the two co-founders of Orbotix, and their current CEO (Paul Berberian). While not as cool as a quad-copter, I love that the API is entirely open-source, allowing developers for iOS and Android to code for this marvelous machine.”
Those are some of the most recent comments that you can find online about this fascinating device, you can see the potential right away that this marvelous toy has for you. Recently more and more remote controlled gadgets are allowing users to hack-in and thus contribute to the development of the toy. This is so cool because the collaborative efforts always take to a greater achievement; also, the developers of Sphero are very open and are willing to help anyone that reports a Sphero’s malfunction with any device or operative system.
Now that you know more about this fantastic toy and the possibilities that it offers you, there are more reasons to get your own, in the end this is just about having fun, and with Sphero you will never see the sphere in the same way.
Did you know about Sphero? What do you think about it? Would you like to give it a try? If you already have one let us know your experience.
About the author:
Jose Lozano is a passionate fan of remote controlled toys and gadgets; he really enjoys sharing his opinion with others about the coolest devices in the market. Recently Jose started a website where he shares relevant information about RC toys such as the B-17 Flying Fortress and guides to buy Drone 2.0, another cool flying gadget that you should try.