This is the second of two parts of Gifts We Love from the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace. In case you missed it, part one was Cubelets, magnetic cubed shaped robotic blocks. This week, we turn our attention from cubes to balls.
The Sphero 2.0 is what you would dream a robotic ball could do. The ball is remote controlled via a mobile device that at first glance may be nothing more than a dust collector after a few hours of play with your cat or dog. But the Sphero 2.0 has truly become a tech toy to be reckoned with.
For starters, the Sphero 2.0 can roll up to 7 feet per second and with the 2 ramps included, you can really have some fun driving the Sphero 2.0 in your living room or at the park. There are over 25 iOS and Android apps that integrate the Sphero ball into the action. Sphero Golf transforms nearby objects into virtual “holes”. The Rolling Dead kicks gameplay up a notch with its augmented reality zombieverse where the Sphero turns into a virtual fireball, your ultimate weapon against the animated enemies.
The robotic ball can even teach basic programming skills to kids ages 8+. With the free MacroLab app, kids can program basic commands and settings in various combinations that will have Sphero move autonomously.
The Sphero 2.0 retails for $139.99 CDN with Apple carrying a limited edition for $129.95. It’s also on sale at the TIFF store throughout the digiPlaySpace exhibit running now through April 21, 2014. If you plan on visiting digiPlaySpace, be sure to stop by the Sphero Speedway and test drive the Sphero for yourself.
Check out this video to go inside the Sphero world and see all the cool things this smart robotic ball can do.
Images and video: Orbotix
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.