Are you looking for the a hot gift for your tween or teen? Perhaps a gift for your son or daughter, who is getting too big for most toys, but who still is a child at heart? If so, check out the Sphero 2.0, which takes toys to another level.
“What is sphero?“you may ask. The Sphero is a robotic ball, which is controlled by your smartphone or tablet. If you are looking for a fun gadget for the kids to play with this summer, the Sphero is a great way to get your kids, tweens and teens to use their brains over the summer.
The Sphero is not a simple toy, it takes some following instructions to get a not hang of it, and it is definitely one of those toys that will help keep the kids sharp over the summer break. It might not help them practice their grammar or improve their penmanship, but the Sphero is sure to challenge your kids, and why not give it a try yourself by creating an obstacle course in your living room.
The Sphero also helps kids ages 8 and up learn how to program with apps like MacroLab and 10+ different programming environments. You can read more about the SPRK program at the Education section on Go Sphero. The SPRK program teaches kids the basic concepts of programming, robotics and math.
How To Set Up The Sphero:
- Download the Sphero App to your Apple or Android phone or tablet (it says use wifi only, but we could not get this part to work, so I just did it without the wifi)
- The Sphero App is rather large, so you may need to clean up your phone a bit, before it will upload.
- Charge the Sphero with the charger
- Pair the Sphero with your device
- If using an Android device, go to settings, make sure your bluetooth is on, and then search for the Sphero.
- Then go to the Sphero app and click connect
- Once the Sphero is connected to the app, it is time to play.
- Name your Sphero
We are still trying to get the hang of playing with our Sphero the Hero, and since this is our first smartphone toy, I expect it to be a while, before we master all of the many features. of this little robotic ball. We’ve been using our Sphero with our Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, and the two works really well together after I followed the above steps.
Buy The Sphero
You can buy the Sphero Robotic ball at the Sphero website. Right now they have a summer special going on for $99!
Each Sphero comes with a Quick Start guide, two ramps, a charging base, plus info on how to download
dozens of apps on iTunes and Google Play.
Sphero is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
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Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary Sphero for the purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with Learning Journey First Words Memory Game and other Learning Journey products.