Sphero 2.0, Sphero SPRK+ and Sphero Mini Robotic Ball Review

After Sphero 2.0, the remote-controlled app-enabled robot ball, was shipping at the holiday season of 2011, Sphero released Sphero SPRK, the educational version robot ball in 2015 and Sphero SPRK+, a new version of its educational robot in 2016. Then in 2017, Sphero Mini was launched with a smaller size and much more affordable price tag.

Sphero 2.0: The Original App-Enabled Robotic Ball

Features at a Glance

  • Robotic ball gaming system
  • Connects to iPhones, Android phones, iPads and tablets via Bluetooth wireless network
  • Goes over 4.5mph (2m/s)
  • Hackable and programmable
  • Over 30 apps available
  • Single or multiple players
  • Recommended age: 8+.

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Sphero 2.0 is an app-controlled programmable robotic ball and a gaming device that an user controls with a tilt, touch, or swing of his smartphone or tablet. Draw a shape and Sphero will follow the path. Swing the smartphone like a golf club and Sphero will be the golf ball. With new apps downloaded, users will experience this robotic ball in a new and fun way.

The little guy lights up and pairs to iOS, Android or Windows device via Bluetooth with a range of up to 100 feet. It rolls at speeds of up to 4.5 mph and comes with two ramps. With the protection from tough polycarbonate shell, the robotic ball is rather indestructible. It can actually swim! To drive it well, an user must practice but there is a payoff. A variety of apps, either for single or multiple players, allow users to drive Sphero while videotaping it simultaneously. To add to the excitement, Sphero, the maker of the robotic ball, released additional accessories and stunt products including the chariot, which basically turns Sphero into a transport vehicle with a cellphone slot (think drive-cam) and a special rooftop that can fit LEGO-like bricks.

What’s In the Box:

  • Sphero 2.0
  • 2 ramps
  • Inductive charging base
  • Quick Start guide
  • Free games and apps available on the App Store, Google Play, and Windows Store
  • Power Adapter (110V – 240V compatible, USA style plug)

Tech Specs:

  • iOS, Android, and Windows compatible
  • Goes over 4.5 mph (2m/s)
  • Durable polycarbonate shell
  • Built-in LED glow
  • Bluetooth connection (100 foot range)
  • Inductive charging (over 1 hour of play on a full charge)
  • Over 30 apps available that offer numerous ways to play
  • Hackable and programmable internal robot
  • App updates that introduce new features and gameplay
  • Automatic firmware updates

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Sphero SPRK+: The Fun-filled Robotic Ball Also Equipped as a Coding Tool

From the original Sphero 2.0 robotic ball, the robot ball has grown up to teach coding, without losing any of its fun side. SPRK – which stands for Schools/Parents/Robots/Kids. Sphero SPRK+ turns all that robotic energy potential into a tool to teach coding skills to kids/parents/teachers.

The Sphero SPRK+ robot, unlike previous Sphero toys, is now in a mesmerizingly translucent shell that shows all the robot’s inner mechanism. You can see what happens when one of your coded commands acts out its moves in the ball, not just in the actions but within the actual ball itself. The Sphero SPRK+  ball is pretty hardy, as kids are encouraged to drop it six inches onto the floor and make it collide with things. SPRK+ has got a scratch-resistant and waterproof polycarbonate shell with strong coating on the outside.

Sphero SPRK+ robot has programmable sensors and LED lights. Kids set simple commands to roll, flip, spin, and change color to create increasingly complex instructions for their Sphero robot to follow. The user-friendly Sphero Edu app (free) (SPRK Lightning Lab in older version) is approachable for beginners, with its Scratch-like visual building blocks of code. With the tap of an icon SPRK+ can reveal the underlying text-based code – using its own C-based OVAL programming language – for more advanced programmers. Immediately kids see the connection between the program they created and how the guts of their Sphero work and react. While kids are having fun they are learning the complex principles of computer programming, math and science and applying them to physical world. There are over 4,500 teachers in 20 countries have used SPRK to teach 90,000 students, range from elementary school through high school.

SPRK+ is equipped with Bluetooth SMART, a new tap-to-connect feature that increases the ease of use specifically for teachers in the classroom.

With Sphero Edu app, users can also program a whole line of other robots from Sphero, including Sphero 2.0, Sphero Mini, Sphero SPRK, Ollie Darkside, BB-8, BB-9E, R2-D2.

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Sphero Mini

The new addition joins Sphero’s original lineup of round robots, packing many features found in its bigger siblings into a ball just 42 mm (1.7 in) wide. Inside that tiny shell is a gyroscope, accelerometer, LED light, Bluetooth chip and a battery, and cramming all that in there. The price tag is reduced dramatically to a third of the original Sphero 2.0 or Sphero SPRK+ robot ball. It is not waterproof like his big siblings.

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