Sphero apps create 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.
Simple, yet challenging
Sphero is easy to learn, but challenging to master. Controlling Sphero is intuitive—just tilt, swipe a finger, or swing your iOS device, and Sphero responds. And your experience changes with every new app you download.
Versatile fun up to 50 feet away
Thanks to a reliable Bluetooth connection, control is always responsive and fluid, even at long ranges, letting you control Sphero from across the room or across the street. Steer through homemade obstacle courses, weave between feet, and even outmaneuver your family pet. And with a multicolored LED, you can change Sphero's color to suit your mood, play in the dark, or create a team color.
Big fun in a small package
Roughly the size of a baseball, Sphero is compact enough to slip into a bag or jacket pocket. But thanks to its LiPo battery, a single charge delivers over an hour of full-throttle play. And Sphero charges inductively, so it uses no cables or cords.
Apps and more apps
Sphero will always surprise you with an array of clever apps for single- and multi-player fun. The Sphero app lets you control Sphero. Drive lets you create challenging courses and race against family and friends. Chromo tests your coordination and memory, as you move Sphero to match colors on your screen. Or play Golf, where Sphero is the ball and your phone is the club. There are many others to choose from—and thanks to the Sphero SDK available to developers, you can look forward to even more apps on the way.
- Gaming device that you control from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- Multiple downloadable apps deliver new, inventive ways to engage
- Easily control by tilting or swinging your device, or use on-screen touch capability
- Turn your TV into game central with AirPlay and Apple TV and experience Sphero on the big screen
- Controls are easy to learn but take skill to master
- Integrates with apps built specifically for Sphero for nearly limitless play
- Customize the color of Sphero's internal LED lights right from your iOS device
- Internal rechargeable LiPo battery lasts over an hour on a full charge
- Power Sphero up with cable-free induction charging
- Interact with Sphero from up to 50 feet away
- Numerous free gaming apps
Did you notice?Not only does it roll on smooth, flat surfaces and carpet, Sphero can also float and spin in water.
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What's in the Box?
- Sphero robotic ball
- Inductive charging base
- Quick start card and user manual
- Height : 2.91 in./74mm
- Width : 2.91 in./74mm
- Weight : 5.93 oz./168 g
- Mfr. Part Number : S002AP
- UPC or EAN No. : 851897003038
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- Warranty : One-year limited
- *Requires iOS 4 or later.
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Ratings & Reviews
More Than Just a Remote Toy! Endless Robotic Fun!
I bought my first Sphero when they premiered early this year, I chose it because you can only do specific things with a bluetooth controlled car or helicopter, but the robotic ball has endless possibilities! Sphero has 7 or 8 apps released by the company to interact with the ball and your surroundings, Drive, Mini Golf, Video Drive, and games Like Chromo where you use the Sphero as the game controller! Other App produces also build in Sphero functions to their apps to control anything from music or the character in the game. It uses induction charging (which will raise some eyebrows) and the charge will last a solid hour of driving full speed! It's awesome the Apple Store picked this item because Orbotix is an inventive company with plenty of fun on the horizon! …
- Written by Daren W C from Frankford
128 of 144 people found this useful
I can't say what possessed me to purchase a Sphero but I haven't regretted it for a second. The thing works great with my ipad and the variety of apps (each with their own options for gameplay so there can be multiple games per app like time or memory challenges) makes this a winner.
I've discovered a few uneven sections of my carpet where the Sphero doesn't work quite as well but if I use the "boost" to get up to speed I can plow right through. On the tile in the kitchen it's a champ. I haven't used it in water (can't imagine I will, either) but am glad to hear it's waterproof as the dog seems to enjoy chasing it and she can drool a little. On a related note, this isn’t a cheap, thin plastic ball. Before I handled it, I had this picture in my head of my dog chewing up those plastic Easter eggs but she’s caught it more than a few times and there’s not a mark on it. I wouldn't leave it within reach but I'm not scared of it breaking anymore, either.
The apps and potential for use as controller are what really have me excited, though. I've bought a lot of hardware/software products that just don't deliver in one of those regards. "Great software, poor build quality!" Not here. It feels refined in all regards. And there are more apps coming, apparently (9 are listed on their site as I write this). It doesn’t always strike me as the most accurate controller but I’ve blamed every video game controller I’ve ever used at one time or another so maybe it’s me. Works as described and the inductive charging means it's always good to go if I just remember to put it away. Since I try to keep it away from the dog, that hasn't proven too difficult. …
- Written by Jeff C from LOS ANGELES
108 of 120 people found this useful
I originally bought this as a present for my dad to play with in his office. But our dog, and my niece have quickly figured out ho w cool it is. It's truly a gaming device for all ages! With all the available apps, you never get sick of just one game! Not to mention the future of apps still to come - it will seem like a new toy each time a new app is developed. Don't forget to take it for a swim, when they say waterproof, they mean it! …
- Written by Dana S from Billings
106 of 124 people found this useful
One Device, So Many Games!
I love my Spheros. I have two and playing Sphero Tag with them is just about as fun as it gets.
Highlights: Pass Sphero-- Like hot potato with your Sphero. As a grown adult, I had the most fun family game night in years playing Pass Sphero with my parents and friends playing this game. Chromo game on Spin mode-- played on an iPad with headphones = fully immersive gaming experience. Sharky the Beaver-- Still can't get over having multi-million dollar movie technology in my pocket and taking pictures of the animated little guy. Waterproof-- I've had way too much fun driving Sphero in fountains. Learning to program with Sphero-- cool to learn how a robot understands commands. …
- Written by Jenica W from Highlands Ranch
The driving app is addictive on this little guy, takes some getting used to but fun learning.
Love the game called Exile too. Gr eat throwback. …
- Written by Bryan R from Boulder
2 of 2 people found this useful
Love this product
My kids play non-stop. Awesome for family gatherings when all the kiddos need something to do. Love it.
- Written by Jake B from Loveland
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Megan L from Fort Worth
- Nov 21, 2012
There are some two (or more) player games that use one sphero, and some that use more than one spher o. These apps can be found on the app store. …
- Answered by James E from Linden Park
- May 3, 2013
Sphero absolutely works with the new iPad. Sphero works with iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPad devices running iOS 4.0 and up. …
- Answered by Jenica W from Highlands Ranch
- Oct 10, 2012
It is awesome and what do mean what is this good for! It is a remote control ball that you move wit h your apple device! It is amazing! :) …
- Answered by Greg F from Wilmington
- Oct 24, 2012