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sphero takes family game night to a new level :: review and giveaway

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This is Bob.

More commonly known as Sphero! But we’ve named ours Bob.

Sphero is quite possibly the smartest little robot ball you’ll ever meet! And cutest! With the help of your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android), you can bring this interactive ball to life. Here’s the basic gist of Sphero: simply pair the bluetooth in the Sphero to the bluetooth on your smartphone or tablet. Once paired, your smartphone or tablet becomes the control panel for Sphero.

Race him. Play games. Set up obstacle courses and test your ability to maneuver him through. The possibilities are endless!

And I really do mean endless! Currently there are more than a dozen free apps that use and control your Sphero 2.0! From simple apps that drive your Sphero to golf games to apps that turn your Sphero into your favorite (non-shedding, non-barking, non-mess making) pet!! Abbi loves Sphero Pet app and Zoe loves the Sphero Draw N’ Drive app, which lets you draw a path for Sphero to recreate. I can’t even tell you how many times Bob has had to recreate hearts and stars (Sorry, Bob!).

And Bob has quickly become one of our favorite new Family Game Night go-to’s! As I said, there a bunch of different apps that use Sphero as part of a game, but lately our family enjoys creating our own obstacle courses, challenging each other to navigate Bob through them. Not only do we all have fun with this, but it’s great to watch the kids work together and brainstorm ways to use household items to create the ultimate obstacle course to stump dad, who is still undefeated. Each time they get more and more creative. One day they’ll stump him!

Of course they each have to change his color when it’s their turn, which is super fun because Sphero lights up to be the color of your choice. And the puppy thinks Sphero is pretty fun, too! (He’s pet proof & water proof!)

That video above was created using the SpheroCam app, which allows you to access your phone/tablet’s camera to create photos & videos while driving your Sphero. Super cool!

Able to reach speeds up to 7 feet per second, Sphero is a ton of fun! Add the Nubby Cover and Sphero is ready to go off-road!! Which is pretty awesome when you have 10 acres to let him loose on!!

My favorite part about Sphero is that it really is something our whole family is enjoying! Easy and durable enough for even our 3 year old to navigate and use yet cool enough for the husband. And, because Sphero comes with its own recharging station, the fun only stops when Sphero needs a quick recharge.

I can see Sphero 2.0 being a huge hit this Christmas!

sphero 2.0 :: $129.99 (comes with Sphero 2.0, 2 ramps, charging base & power adapter)
nubby cover :: $14.99 (available in sphere blue, cyber yellow and adventure orange)

connect with sphero ::
Tweet with @GoSphero
Like GoSphero on Facebook
Follow Sphero on Google+
Follow GoSphero on Instagram
Follow Sphero on Pinterest

Because we know it will be crazy tough to wait until Christmas to get your hands on your very own Sphero…we’re giving one away to one lucky SIMPLE reader! Simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

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  • Austin Baroudi
    July 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    My daughter and I would play with it everyday!

  • kelly mcgrew
    July 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    i think my boyfriend would enjoy this!

  • Tandi Cortez-Rios
    July 23, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    The Sphero would be a great addition to our family game night. It would be a great game for outside or inside. Thanks for the chance!

  • ashley kirchner
    July 23, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    we would play with this everyday!

  • Tanya Cox
    July 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    My daughter would share this with her cousin.

  • laurie brown
    July 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    the kids and pets would love it!

  • Serge B
    July 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I think my kids would use it to play with their dogs

  • Brandy
    July 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    This would be great for family time.

  • Shelbie Johnston
    July 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    what a blast for my Grandkids and my pets!! Fun for all and I can see my Bella going nuts chasing it LOL

  • Chrissy Malave
    July 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I can see my two kids creating a huge obstacle course through out the house then having the sphero go through the whole thing.

  • Stephanie O'Day
    July 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    We would use the Sphero to spend quality time together. I love that there are a ton of apps that can control it for different games!

  • Claire
    July 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    It would help me with the kids and release their energy.

  • Crystal Rose
    July 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    We would enjoy watching our ferrets chase it.

  • Chic Southern Charm
    July 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    My kids and husband would love playing the Sphero Golf.

  • Heather!
    July 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    We would use it to fascinate the neighbors and confuse and confound the dogs! 🙂

  • jeremy mclaughlin
    July 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Would use for family game night.

  • Masooma
    July 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    This would be great in keeping out guests entertained when we have our family dinners!!

  • Stacy D.
    July 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    My son would do the obstacle courses, he loves stuff like that!

  • Les Johnson
    July 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

    We would use it for family game night and for the kids to play with outside in the evenings.

  • Sacha Schroeder
    July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

    We would use it when the kids had friends over and on game night. This looks like a lot of fun!

  • christine j
    July 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

    my daughter would have a blast playing with this outside with her friends

  • Heather R
    July 23, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I would have a ball playing with my cats and rabbit with this!!

  • Debby Chandler
    July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I think my grand kids would have races with it.

  • april yedinak
    July 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

    I would like for my son to use it to learn some programming skills in a fun and exciting way.

  • Amanda Sakovitz
    July 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

    We would play this as a family on game night

  • Diana Hatch
    July 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    We would use on family game night in the yard

  • Taryn T.
    July 23, 2014 at 8:11 am

    My son has been asking for Sphero forever. I didn’t know what he was talking about though, until I saw this post. Thanks! My children are high energy, and I am sure they will enjoy chasing Sphero!

  • Pam H.
    July 23, 2014 at 6:46 am

    We would use it for game night.

  • Thomas Fuhrman
    July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    We would Program, play, and connect it to our other BT-connected devices.

  • Anne N
    July 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    My kids would do obstetrical course races with it. What a cool toy!

  • Annmarie W.
    July 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Wow…how neat! I know my kids would love to take this to my daughter’s swim meets to use to play with teammates between races (or the siblings to use while their brothers/sisters race).

  • amanda whitley
    July 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    my kids would race them.

  • Jennifer Rogers
    July 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I am an IT Teacher and I would use this in my classroom for Computer Programming class/ teaching coding!

  • Laura
    July 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

    We would play this with friends and family on the weekend!

  • Laura J
    July 22, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Oh this would be so perfect and educational for my autistic nephew! He loves things like this and is so smart even though he does not talk. He loves computers and would go nuts over this! So, it would not really be for my family…but for my nephew!

  • Thomas Murphy
    July 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    We would set up obstacle courses in my back yard.

  • kelly D
    July 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I would have my son learn how to program the ball.

  • Jessica H.
    July 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    This would be a fantastic family toy, and it would be really fun for my girls to use on those summer nights when they stay up late. Any type of glow toy is perfect for playing outside in the dark! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  • Abigail simpson
    July 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    We would use it on a game day!

  • Jessamine D.
    July 20, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    We’ll use this outside so my daughters can chase it around. 🙂

  • Nina
    July 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, that is awesome! I think we’d set up an obstacle course and try to have the kids maneuver through it!

  • Marci
    July 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    The girls would play with it and tease the dog!

  • Steph
    July 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I know my kids would love to use it with the gaming apps, but I think the learning ones look really cool. The MacroLab looks interesting.

  • Georgia Beckman
    July 19, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I would give this to my highly functioning autistic grandson. He is a genius with stuff like this. And it’s perfect for him.

  • Sindy Murray
    July 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I would use it for game night. My kids will surely love to play the rolling dead game!

  • Angela saver
    July 19, 2014 at 12:30 am

    We would use it to play games as a family! It looks like we could have a blast with it!


  • Leigh Anne Borders
    July 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    We would have so much fun with a Sphero. Family game night and fun for all;)

  • Cassandra Eastman
    July 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    We would use it to play games together as a family! I love that it’s waterproof!

  • Kayla
    July 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    We would use it to learn more about physics while constructing courses for it!

  • Rebecca Parsons
    July 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I think the kids would have fun playing with the dogs. And I am sure the dogs would definitely like to chase it.

  • Heather B
    July 17, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    One of my neighbors has the original one and my son absolutely loves watching him play with it and chasing it around! I have a feeling my oldest would use it to torture my dog!

  • Jennifer Tilson
    July 17, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I’m sure my kids will be playing the games like The Rolling Dead. I fear that my husband and I might not want to share. Kidding! I hope that my whole family will spend time discovering what Sphero can do.

  • TawndaM
    July 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    so many possibilities! I think the first thing for us would be obstetrical course races…

  • adina
    July 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I would use this a great family get-together game

  • Patricia Wojnar Crowley
    July 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I would use it while we’re out to keep the kids busy and entertained!

  • kristen mcclary
    July 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    this would be great for my kids to get out a little energy outside before bed i could get them running around everywhere

  • Patricia
    July 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    This would be great. It would help me with the kids and release their energy.

  • Liza Vladyka
    July 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    omg my dog would get soooo skinny chasing this around if i dont win think i may buy for xmas

  • Kaycee @ My Crafty Zoo
    July 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I would use it to keep the little ones that visit my house busy. I don’t have a whole lot for them to do!

  • Hana Kim
    July 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Oh this would be so fun to share with my friends and family of all ages. The kids that I babysit and my younger cousins would have so much fun playing with this and using their minds and a great way to spend time together! Not to mention my dogs would have bounds of energy chasing this around everywhere!

  • Cassie
    July 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

    We have a one year old daughter who is starting to walk. The Sphero would be so much fun for her to chase when she starts walking, and we have a very large yard that she could chase it in. Also, our family will be growing so I think it would be a lot of fun for years to come!