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Sphero 2.0 is the little ball that could for Windows and Windows Phone (Hidden Gems)

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When I was growing up, RC cars and remote controlled gizmos were always underwhelming unless you could afford the 'big boy' toys preferred by hobbyists. In 2014, not only are connected devices becoming mainstream, the way we control them has shifted from dedicated controllers to our phones and tablets.

Sphero 2.0 (2013) follows on the footsteps of Sphero 1.0 from 2011 and is made by Orbotix. In essence, it is a ball that rolls around, controlled through your phone or computer. On the face of it, Sphero sounds…temporary, as in you have fun with it but only for a short time. After all, how fun can it be just to drive a ball around the house.

Turns out, it is damn fun. Watch our video review of Sphero 2.0 for Windows Phone and Windows to get an idea why. Remember, by leaving a comment, FIVE of you can win your very own Sphero 2.0 orb!

How Sphero works

Sphero 2.0 connects up to your Windows Phone 8.0 device or tablet through Bluetooth 4.0 LE. For those using the Preview for Developers and Windows Phone 8.1, you may have issues due to those LE drivers being disabled, at least until you receive Lumia Cyan proper. The pairing is straight forward, though like all things Bluetooth there can be occasional hiccups. Sphero pairs both through the Bluetooth and then you need to launch the companion controller app, which makes the final connections. Once setup, you are ready to, ahem, roll.

You can download the Sphero software for Windows Phone and Windows below:

How much is it?

Sphero runs for about $120 at various locations ( Amazon (opens in new tab), which is a bit pricey for is a toy. Having said that, it is an impressive toy that may provide you with hours of fun and relaxation (maybe not for your pets).

You can also optionally buy the Nubby cover, which lets Sphero grip the ground better for outside usage (and it offers some protection).

How is that fun?

So the $120 question is how much fun can you possibly have driving a ball around your house? It is a good question, because, after the novelty of moving the glowing orb around wears off, it seems obvious that boredom would set in. However, Orbotix did something unique around Sphero that keeps me interested: they told a story.

When a user first launches the Sphero software, they are presented with two options: 'Just Drive' or 'Level Up.' If you choose the latter, a high quality introduction movie tells the story of Sphero, including the drama of his planet and the 'Orbpocalypse' and the 'Anti-prism.' It is all tongue and cheek and quite entertaining. Once past the movie (you can always tap to skip), the app does a real good job of explaining the controls and how everything works.

If I had to describe Sphero 2.0, it would be like a game using the real world around you. Orbotix keeps things stimulating by constantly giving you incentive to use Sphero. For instance, the more you use Sphero, the more experience points you collect, and you can 'level up.' Those points (cores) can then be redeemed to unlock features in Sphero, including speed, agility, turbo boosts, customized colors, and even neat tricks. That is right Sphero has a few tricks including "jump" (more like a hop), freaking out like R2D2 from Star Wars and others.

Indeed, Sphero 2.0 starts off slow and hard to control. However, as you use him more and refine your ability to control him, you are rewarded by attaining higher speeds. It is a safe way to lure you into Sphero without causing too much frustration due to him being uncontrollable.

There is also humor. If you bump Sphero into a wall at full speed, he makes an "ouch" like exclamation.

Missions

The missions themselves, always with a choice of three, are witty and creative. For instance, one has you search for Tetron Agents, which means you drive Sphero around to find them. What is happening is the app has an invisible mapping component and when Sphero rolls over certain points, you find the agents. Often, these hunting missions involve Sphero acting like a beacon: as he gets closer, he starts to blink faster with an accompanying sound (it reminds of the movie 'Aliens' when the aliens are coming through the ceiling with the humans tracking them).

Another type of mission has you purposefully crash into objects to either "smash the Tetrons" or shake them off of Sphero. It is an ingenious way to let your Sphero rage out by purposefully running into things. The frustrating part is when your mission is to ram into things, suddenly you are the best Sphero navigator in the world.

A third mission is the opposite of the above: you need to maintain control, which helps teach you finer grained controls of Sphero's movements.

As your reward for these missions, you unlock more points and cores, letting you upgrade and improve Sphero. That to me is the fun part. Sphero 2.0 is not a static orb, but something that "grows" as you use it more.

Control and charging (and ramps)

Sphero 2.0 comes with its own base station for recharging. Placing Sphero on the station shuts him down and begins the charging process, flashing random colors to let you know the process has initiated. To turn on Sphero, you just place it on the floor and double tap to "wake him up." Battery life is impressive, or rather I have not used it for long enough periods to make it power down.

The controls can be finicky, though, as anyone who has used remote control devices tells you, it is all about practice. You do often have to calibrate Sphero by dragging his "tail" around until it faces you. That sets Sphero's orientation relevant to you and your controller. You can control Sphero through a traditional D-pad like interface or use tilting of the phone or tablet. Personally, tilting is way too odd, so I always opt for the D-Pad.

The apps for Windows and Windows Phone are universal, so they translate exactly. That is great if you like switching and your Sphero's progress is stored in the ball, meaning you can your progress over from device to phone or vice versa. I think the design of the apps is engaging, and I like the animations a lot as they add character.

Out of the box, you get the instructions, charging base and even two ramps. I am not good enough to use the ramps yet, but it is neat that they are there. Maybe someday.

Conclusions

The first time I saw Sphero at CES I thought it was 'cool' but didn't see it more than a novelty. However, I have to admit that the game and story element has changed my opinion. Sphero is more than clever, and it reminds me of some of the first interactive toys twenty years ago (Captain Power, anyone?). Is it worth the $120? Like many things in technology, it depends on your interest and disposable income. Assuming the money is not an issue, then yeah, Sphero 2.0 is a blast and just another silly mini-game you can play using real-world objects around you. It is pure geeky fun. I am not sure I would drop everything to go get one, but I am super awestruck that such things exist today. You may not be impressed at first, but when you think about the technology and development that goes into Sphero, it is something to think about.

The software for Windows and Windows Phone demonstrate the power of universal apps, and although they started off buggy, Orbotix is updating the apps on a regular basis, addressing concerns and flaws (I used version 1.1.6 in this review). I should note that the Sphero has accessible APIs, so there are third-party controller apps too like 'Sphero Drive' and 'Sphero Control' on the Store; while not as pretty, they are more streamlined and stripped down if you prefer that choice.

Finally, I should mention that Sphero Ollie (2b) is coming out later this year, which looks even more fun. I managed to interview some of the Orbotix team this year at CES, so check out that video above and make sure you watch our video review to see it all in action for Windows Phone and Windows!

What do you think of connected toys like Sphero – passing fad or is it the future? Let us know in comments and don't forget to check our other Hidden Gems!

Thanks to Mark Guim for the work on the video review

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

732 Comments
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  • It looks cool, 100% would use it for hours
  • Especially cats. Put the rubber protective cover, spray some catnip on it (the first time, then the cat gets used to it), and watch it going crazy after the ball!
  • Catnip would not be nessesary with my cat. It attacks anything it pleases at that time. Be it your legs, a piece of paper (the cat plays fetch too - of he feels like it) , a simple ball or treats. The dude is always playfull. However, the leg attacking can be 'kinda annoying' when you are wearing shorts. Might want to try this ball, might help save my legs, lol.
  • Hmmm,never thought of it before but it looks like a unique and creative idea,I'm sure it could be expanded even further.Too bad Youtube is banned in Pakistan so can't watch the video review but read the entire article and it certainly looks cool and unique.What I'm really concerned about it is the durability.How long can it last?Considering it goes through rough terrain and use?I really would like to know the answer to that question. P.S:-Story mode could be really entertaining but how long will it last?I mean would I get bored playing it after maybe 1 or 2 days? P.P.S:Sorry for so many questions,I just can't watch the video :(
  • Just use hotspot.
  • I have an old dog. He can't run anymore to fetch a tennis ball but would get a lot out of something like this even indoors.
  • Super Cool!!!! What a mad new way to annoy friends and a great toy for playin with lil kids. Would be cool if it had a speaker and you could transmit your voice to super spook out unaware folks. Big thanks for a worldwide comp.
  • Looks pretty cool. A little on the pricey side. What I do like is the cool technology, being able to remote control a ball, much as you would an RC car, around the house and outside. I also like that they make you earn abilities. What would be really neat, though, is if they could offer a virtual world that you could steer the ball through on the display while you have it in a large open area like a field. Being able to control the ball through something like a vitrual obstical course while dealing with the real phyics of controlling the ball, seeing him superimposed onto said virtual world. They could create tons of new types of virtual worlds based on different types of play, and even have mock battles with it. A lot of untapped potential. I'm sure kids would go nuts over this thing as well, and they would probably sell a ton more if the price were about half, but I don't know what their BOM is.
  • I agree it may be on the pricey side but the possibilities are endless. Imagine following it through your camera on your phone and obsticals on the screen of your phone or tablet like walls that stop sphero. now that would be one hell of a mini game.
  • Nice hidden gem again! I think that this is great idea but it is little bit pricy. I could think that my kids would love this but I'd have to decide one thing: Would I give "controller" (my dear Lumia 920) in the hands of my three years old son. There could happen some accidents when running around with 120$ ball and expensive phone. But... Could it be still great thing to have and addictive? And could it be worthy all the possible trouble that it might cause? YES!
  • I don't think it's just for kids to toy around... Even an elder person can have a good timepass with it... The device Is fun to play with instead of just playing on your phone
  • It has only 3 mission, if I have to pay $120 for a ball then it should have minimum 7 missions with different types of tricks else its not worth of 120 bucks.
  • This is gonna be my Pokémon :D I ll spook my friends with it .. :D I hope they could have added some small speaker in it .. Then it would have been amazing. Like I would have given it a Pokémon name & it repeats it.. ;) n I ll make some horror sounds in other room at night. Wow ..m evil. :D
  • Sphero 2.0 has a much better app for controling the ball and the app itself looks much better, more futuristic. Plus it's waterproof, so you don't have to worry about somebody driving it into a puddle. One thing that I don't like about it is that it doesn't come with the protective cover, but maybe it doesn't matter that much since the cover is only $15. Overall I think it's a great way to steer younger kids of the video games and encourge them to play with these new sorts of toys, and remember "The era" of mobile controlled toys was and is still popular (It's a timeless classic) brought to you in a new package.
  • If more Sphero apps hit the windows market else it would be a pain to just keeping it ROFL...
  • i definitely want one.  It'd be a nice toy to play with when I'm bored.  I wish it had wings, but maybe sphero 3.0 will?  i hope to win.  Thanks Rubino for making another contest possible.
  • A new way to play ... looks promising
  • That would really be a cool experience specially when your little one thinks you are not cool and you can show them a thing or two which in not mainstream. I would love to impress my boy with this little gizmo which for sure he wouldnt have heard of. A new dimension in RC for him. :)
  • This is preety cool.  Could be the best $120 buck I didn't spend if I win.  I would love to add a sound element to this.  Like project your voice or deliver a pre-recorded msg.  What if you could map your home layout and send it on a mission to your little sisters room and deliver a msg from Mom "dinner is ready"  You don't have to get off the game to do this now.  Cool.
  • My kids would love this! I would love to get one of these at some point. I have been fascinated with the apps that allow the use of an android phone or iphone as a remote control, but I haven't seen many that have a windows phone app. This would be really cool!
  • I can't see myself dropping $120 on it, but it looks like a lot of fun. It's just too pricey for what it is. Now if I were to win one...
  • Try it on your cat :D
  • Get a few rats and this thing and the amount of fun you can have is crazy. Rats with their high intelligence can have a hilarious effect on moving objects. This thing has massive potential there. I also see potential when playing with it near unsuspecting people and have them step on it. Worried that any owner of this device may end up paying other peoples medical bills.
  • Good idea, I'll consider rats sometime :) I actually like them very much
  • Awesome idea I don't have cats but I have a friend who does.   They would be the 1st test subjects if I get my hands on one for sure lol  
  • I guess that will be fun. Testing it on a dog may damage the ball if he bites it hard, not sure what kind of material they have used. But its fun for kids and pets, adults may get bored after some days because it is on Bluetooth the range is limited and we can't keep running behind it. I like the controls they have built into the app. It looks cool just like an high end joystick.
  • I think one of my cats would love this, the other would hate it. Ha! Wish there was a more compelling reason to buy one though, something to make it seem like more than just an RC novelty, such as more of a "I have to try that" game mode or something.
  • It's to bad I don't own the ball
  • Too bad, guess I'm gonna miss the fun too. I'll love to get this for my kid bro.
  • Adding few more expressions would be great while spining, swimming, jumping, or while on air... Great toy... Its futuristic...
  • Well you guys already mentioned the "solution" when people get bored on using this gadget, but still kudos to the people that thought of this simple yet fun tine killer! =)
  • I like the fact that Sphero can change colors than having to buy multiple devices. If I get it somewhere around $100 shipped with taxes, I may jump the ship.
  • It looks awesome and something that's a really unique experience shame that the price is going to put alot of people off...
  • If it is upgradable... People won't mind taking it for a spin... Hope it is as is the app...
  • Okay downloading I'll be back....
    Okay so now first and for most i wanna thanks dev for making this app for windows... When i first download the app it was just not loading then reinstalling fix this issue....i hope the developer is listening that for me app is crashing a lot (Lumia 1520) so please provide an update... Thanks orbotix
  • Wow, what a little nifty toy - and real fun at that. This is one of those things you have a huge fun with and come back to it once in a while  - total de-stresser as well. Hidden Gem indeed. Am really tempted by this ...  
  • My daughter would love this. She'd be playing with it in no time.
  • Seems cooler...
  • I find the Sphero fun for small children and pets but even they get bored after a few minutes. It could be more useful with a built-in camera. As for the app I prefer Sphero Drive.
    P.S. Please don't pick my comment because a Sphero is useless for me, I prefer that someone who will enjoy it gets it.
  • It would be useful if they could get manufacturing costs down for a 3.0. Currently it's more than I'd pay for the value it provides. Looks like a really cool and fun gadget though. Props to the devs for innovating.
  • I want one. I wont be bored on a rainy day anymore
  • I've always wondered what the point of that was but it looks like it could be a lot of fun and maybe a way to entertain my nephews in the back garden it would sure to bring them a lot of fun especially since in can be controlled with a WP device which is always a bonus.
  • So, with some motion sensors, you could probably program this to randomly go back and forth down a hall or into rooms, simulating someone walking around a house turning lights on and off. Can you control this long distance?  Like pair it with a local bluetooth transmitter and then send controls via the Internet? Lots of fun possibilities!
  • It going to be fun haha going to scare alot of people put it near them and when they try to pick it up I'll move it and baam they'll go HOLY!!!! But it will be unlimited fun. I will love to get my hand on one. Looks great too specially in Green. I hope I win this one.
  • This is only a time killer, I don't see this really being fun.
  • Okay, If you're not interested then I hope you'll not win it :D
  • They should market it for people with pets and babies. I had lots and lots of kittens previously and this would have been just the perfect toy to keep them occupied :D
  • This is actually pretty good considering the potential it has. It would be nice if this was accompanied by a video game and as you reach a new level or unlock something the ball changed colors, make a noise, speak, and or even presented a different face on the front like a smile or frown
  • Almost like a pet rock, except this seems like fun.
  • Would be a good replacement for my floating duck in bath tub... Lol... Nice devs... Keep I up... Excellent idea....
  • Hi Daniel, great review and love the video. Can you talk about the durability of the exterior and the cover? Did it stand up to your pets? The last thing I want to do is drop $120 on a new chew toy that's gone in a week... :)
  • So far, so good. No issues though you can add the Nubby cover for more protection.
  • This just sounds like so much fun. I'm always one for RC helicopters and the likes, so the kid in me is way too excited to think about this.
  • I'm so going to get one of these and let my two year old chase it around the house lol
  • Probably the coolest robot on earth... To play with...
  • I kind of want one now... how well do they do with bouncing down stairs?  
  • It's cool and looks like a lot of fun, but it's to damn expensive.
  • Hmm, when I first heard of this it seemed like a gimmick that would fade quickly, but the review and knowledge of the story makes it more compelling. Plus, I'm sure my kids would love it, seeing as they are 5 and 2. Wouldn't mind winning one!
  • Wow, this looks really fun, even though the price tag is slightly above what an average Customer would pay for, it is certainly good for pets or children, and I'm sure it is great for adults too. My only question: Is it waterproof, for children or accidental steering issues? The stories and missions idea is definatly a great and innovative idea. But it all depends if you want to spend a hefty price tag for a slight gimick? I overall like this idea, but the price tag is putting me off, maybe I could win one ;) (I also love the glowing and simplistic look of the sphero 2.0'sz thank you for reading! :)
  • Needs a dogproof cover, I would love to torture my dog with this!
  • These things are soo cool!!
  • Sphero is something which can be used even by adults not just children for fun...
  • This seems awesome. I'd love to use it to scare/impress guests and I'm sure dogs and babies will love it.
  • I would like to get this one. Looks cool ;)
  • What a cool and innovative gadget. Seems like you can have a lot of fun with it! I really like how it can move, and even jump! And as it can change colors, it can even be a decorating gadget for in my living room ;-) Would love to win one! Question; How does it charge?
  • Nice to have a Sphero as a night lamp for my sleep as it charges...
  • Wow what a cool gadget would love to own it but unfortunately its not available in my country !!!
  • My kids would go crazy over this....unfortunately I can't see an easy way for all 7 to make a game out of this.... Seems rather solitaire ish.
  • Just tell them that only your favorite kid is allowed to use it. Problem solved.
  • Hm might get it for my bday
    Love the fact that its different from other games in the store and looks like a ton of fun Dislike the price! Maybe a little bit toward 70 then its a more attractive prospect
  • Looks pretty cool, would definitely enjoy using it.
  • Hmmm..my kid is on the robotix team, we'll have to check this out
  • Forget my cat...my little boy will chase this for hours...
  • The things people will buy when they have too much disposable income. I'd love to have a go with one of these and can see my kids enjoying it loads, but $120? Probably after taxes would work out at £100ish over here which is more than a lot of people earn in a day. It'd pay my council tax for a month, or a weeks food shopping, or almost cover the cost of my house insurance.
    But yeah if I had the money, yeah.
  • It comes in 3, beautifully stunning, bright colors! (Cyan, Bright Green, and Pink)
  • I'd like to see the devs add a tag style game so you could play with another user.
  • Update ruined it, tile and app disappears. Don't update if on dp8.1
  • Mentioned in the article. It requires BT LE which was disabled in 8.1 preview until cyan firmware. Either downgrade the OS or wait for cyan!
  • Be a good time killer. But I'm sorry I can't buy into this, it's not for me. However I'm happy to see this on our platform. Just because it's not my cup of tea doesn't mean it's not someone else.
  • It will be great and cool to made mad my dog, but as other said I'm one more of those who live in a country where you can't get it :(
  • You can take it with you on a walk at night and it can help you see where you are going!
  • Yeah cool idea... Maybe even put GPS on it...
  • Perfect for pet playtime, or maybe scaring your wife/girl when there is a scary movie on the tube.
  • Nice gadget. I could put my 2 years old chasing it around while i will stay in my chair instead of chasing him around. It looks like a must buy for everyone with little kids or pets!
  • I like how it is like having a pokemon with you :P
  • Yes, one that didn't quite make it out of the ball. You could call him StuckInIt-mon. Lol
  • Wow this seems like the ultimate pet entertainment system! Wonder if they'll include about to include laser\ light attachments as hardware upgrades.
  • So a review of a review - reviewception! What's not to like about the Sphero? It's a remote controlled ball that essentially has a game with it, I like, and with today's review, it's easily noted that Daniel likes the Sphero as well, which is always a plus too any review; showing emotion (especially with the whole ordeal of Hidden Gems). What could be better though, at least to me, is showing more in-app screen shots, I like how the missions are talked about, but can I see missions too? However, if you did that intentionally, I hate it how it works too get my curiosity up. Either way, good use on emotions to show that you like the app (and toy), but a couple more screen shots wouldn't be a bad thing. :)
  • If I win, I'll buy a cat JUST to make hilarious sphero sneak attack videos.
  • Looks geeky, I want one.
  • It would be nice if we could attach a camera. But it seems like a cool device to play
  • Looks like it will be another passing fad like other app toys
  • This looks like a lot of fun. And if it doesn't spook my scaredy cat, she would probably love it. The upgrade aspect seems interesting as well. It would definitely make it take a lot longer to be boring. One thing I do wonder about is how well it works on carpet. If it doesn't work well, or at all, it seems it would be pretty limited for a lot of people.
  • Very cool. I wonder if there is a big social following for Sphero. Like user videos of tricks and performance and whatnot.
  • Can make endless variations of obstacle courses to make the ball go through for endless fun!
  • It looks like a pretty cool/fun gadget. I know I'd Love to own one. Seems like a good way to mess around when you're bored. The price is slightly hefty but I suppose its probably worth it. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • My kid would go to town with this.  Might want one of those covers though, as they seem much better in the grip dept.
  • Definitely too pricey for me, but it looks super cool and I'm sure me and my cat would have fun with it. Thanks for the review!
  • This is one of those really cool must-have toys that brings out the inner kid in you. I once had a dumb version of this as a kid; a battery-operated plastic ball with an eccentric weight spinning round inside that basically rolled anywhere. But Sphero is in a different league. If I had one there would definitely be a fight on between myself and my 10 year old son for control. There must be endless things to do with it; slalom courses, ramps, hide and seek. A good add-on would be treasure tag type articles you could hide around a garden, park or room. Sphero has to find them all and could emit a noise as he got close to them. I think adding your own voices or FX to it would be great too!
  • This looks so cool, I can imagine having a ton of fun with this product. I can imagine building obstacle courses around my home and then passing the phone around so my kids and I can take turns in trying to obtain the best time etc. I am sure my dog would also get a kick out of it, but I wonder how well it would stand up to ultra sharp puppy teeth? Very interesting indeed.
  • Nice. It seems like that sort of thing to distract a tired or busy mind for a few hours. I would think of getting one. It would be nice if they had options for modding the balls. A flaming one would be great..
  • What a fun little idea! The story mode also makes it sound like you'd actually get some longevity out of it, rather than just roll around for a few hours and they bored. The unlocks sound cool too.
  • A tiny inbuilt speaker would be very amazing for startling siblings. If it was loud enough, of course. For the happily purile, amusing noises could be unlocked too, slowly roll it under your aunt's chair on Christmas day and pick a noise for "her" to make... For example.
  • It would be really cool if there was an augmented reality app to go along with it. Something that used your camera on your phone to create a virtual course to drive the ball through.
  • Sounds really fun, indeed: I like the idea of merging our world and a virtual "concept", while not using pseudo-augmented reality as some would have tried to. Nice review, by the way :-)
  • It looks so cool! I have watched multiple videos on it, and it is just SO AWESOME! I would have lots of fun with this thing! I love how simple, yet how advanced it can be!
  • This would be fun to mess with my cat!
  • First I would try it on my 3yr cousins... Will definitely surprise him.... Coolest gadgets about which very less people on earth would be aware of...
  • Please make me win
  • At first thought I don't see it having much shelf life... But I know this will be one of those addictive little things that you wont put down once you start levelling up. A great time and stress killer
  • Looks fantastic.
  • I wants that. Looks like a cool ball to control
  • Good app, great device and a good improvement from the original sphero. Would like to have it for my little sisters but the price is somewhat high. Love the colors, they match the colors of windows phones. Also love their support for Microsoft's platforms.I think that these kind of connected devices are the future but only if these devices reach emerging markets and are cost effective.
  • Hmmm this seems pretty cool. My son loves anything that rolls. If it is in a ball shape, it's ON! So I might have to look into this as a present for his B-day or something. Nice that it will run on his Lumia! :)
  • been eyeing this for a while to get the small dog riled up. didn't know about the game aspect of this ball. might have to consider getting one if there's a deal one day. would probalby need the cover also to prevent the dog saliva on the ball itself. :)
  • We have two dogs and four cats. I think they need a new baby Sphero to play with...
  • Looks like a good way to annoy pets
  • I like it. Its amazing. I just wanna know how it works :)
  • $120 is a bit steep, but I like the idea a lot. I could see it putting more of a show in retail if it went for under $90.
  • That really looks like a fun time killer for me and my daughter :)
  • It actually looks amazing though that friction cover could be included for free as a protection device. I have a dog and think that would be a great toy (for small pets only or they'll try to swallow it), and if it isn't already on the application some sort of game like a virtual maze where you play on your phone and the ball does the job on the floor. And maybe some Wi-Fi support... Bluetooth has a lot of glitches and you can't go long without having to follow it with your phone or else you'll lose connection.
  • Looks cool, but a bit pricey. Would love to have one. The bump and bounce features look promising...
  • Augmented reality applications would be great fun. Especially for my nephew who always steals my phone/tablet whenever I come to visit him, just to play my games. Plus, could keep my dog mildly entertained as well.
  • GIVE ME YOUR BALLS.
  • But seriously, it's good to see this type of thing coming with official support for Windows Phone.  Not sure I'd pay $120 for it, since it seemingly serves no purpose but to have a bit of fun, but I'd happily take one for free and then give you my opinion.
  • Emm. Lol
  • Looks like a cat toy to me, but a nice one.
  • I had the same first thought, how can moving a ball around be fun for hours. After reading to the end, I WANT one. Love the colors!
  • The first thing I thought of was racing.  All kinds of ideas there; basic oval, complex track, obstacle course, maze, knock over dominos or something for a check point.  And with the API available you could even integrate it with a App that provides virtual tracks or even online competition.  I'd also be curious to see if the API has access to the your Sphero's capabilities so you can handicap them one way or another for a given race.
  • This would be amazing to use with my 3 cats. At $120 though, its one expensive toy.
  • I owned the original version but sold it due no windows phone app available to control it. Would be nice to try it out again with the new version and official app.
  • I think it would be really cool if it had a built in webcam. Especially so if we could control it via the internet, I could chase my cats and have a look around the house while I'm out or at work.
  • I think I would get great entertainment from this by having my 3 year old chase it. The more I think about it, all 4 of my kids would provide me with entertainment.
  • Seems cool for a small bit, but then will lose it's fun after awhile. Would be kinda cool to try before making actual judgments on it. Price is going to be a big killer for it though..
  • Seems like a good and fun time killer, but for the price tag I hope it gets updated often.
  • Ever since the first sphero came out I have wanted one. The inner child in me could spend hours playing with it.
  • I really want one of these. Would love to do videos of it in action too. So cool.
  • Awesome! That would be fun. I like that it tells a story. Would be cool to see peoples reaction to a random rolling ball across the floor. :)
  • I think the concept of a remote controlled ball is really cool. If only it could bounce on command. That would make it even more awesome!
  • I could see my 3-year -old using this to terrorize my cat for hours on end.
  • I really want to give it a go but am not sure about the money to spend if a trial basis was available with a virtual machine on another device it would be great and give us all a great idea on how control can be used digital to physical.
  • Looks quite fun actually. I'd love to try it out with my pets and/or kids considering that I'm the laziest mofo around haha
  • It looks/sounds like so much fun!! I love that it has an engaging story mode, that really pushes it into a top notch product
  • Could be a cool way to entertain young ones or animals. Other than that, I don't see myself using it much. Maybe I'm wrong?
  • This seems like it could be fun if you have a bird who likes to play with balls like this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmMMHuzDtG0
  • I want one of these. I'm also happy to hear that Windows Phone now has this app, as I was jealous of iOS and Android users who had it. Awesome!!
  • The app looks amazing! Great work developers !
  • Well.. Basically I like the idea. It gives a lot of possible innovations which could be embedded in it. The ideas are endless. For example we can have a speaker in the ball which could directly transmit my voice from my WP. I could tell my sister to bring me a drink when she's in kitchen or tell my little brother to come to my room. Sure it makes you even more lazy but we like to be lazy don't we?
  • At first I thought it sounded like a fun -albeit expensive - cat toy :) however, level up takes it to a whole new world. Truly taking gaming into the real world. Interested to see how mapping works :) my apartment is tiny ;)
  • It's a really cool toy
    I like the motion control element and the fact it changes color
    What I didn't know about, was the story mode and leveling up... Makes me really want to get it now
    It's a great idea, use the world around while controlling and levelling up
    Improvements from me would be to create some more characters or different designs for sphero... But its a great way to have fun, bring back the kid in you :)
  • Just wow! It looks amazing, I want to try it!
  • Reminds me of my old Sony Ericsson that had a Bluetooth mini rc car. Wicked potential for this little device. Would be nice to have at work to kill time when it's slow. Probably wouldn't live long around my PitBull, but might be worth the entertainment though. Can't wait to see what they come up with next.
  • They've been very smart and have taken something that should just be a gimmick and given it a smooth interface and unlockables to keep you coming back. It's a well designed app with immediate appeal. I have a surface pro 3 preordered (UK) which looks like it makes driving easier with the larger d-pad in your video. Just looking at it, it is so well designed you wouldn't worry about giving it rough treatment! To me it looks like great fun, and something friends would be entertained by as well as the animals. I feel the story mode could run dry for personal use, but the devs seem like the type who will keep giving to add to the entertainment in the longer term. Sadly, the price places it outside of what I would pay as its hard to justify it, since it doesn't add anything practical. Nevertheless, it is a true gem!
  • Wow! this seems like fun
  • Most expensive mini game. I can't imagine this having alot of replay value. If I win it I will know for sure though!
  • Thank you, sir. May I have another?
  • Sphero is amazing. I wish I had one. There is a lot of potential for developers as it could be used to turn many games into reality from Drop Ball to Maze Games.
  • I got one when WP (Windows8) support arrived. Sphero 2.0. And frankly having no issues with WP8.1 DP. I also got the Nubby cover, but I mostly use the Sphero without the cover. The Sphero is very durable and can even be used in bad terrain as well as in the water. And you'll notice moving with the Nubby cover takes power, so the Sphero is less agile with the Nubby cover on. Battery power is great and make me use the Sphero a LOT more then my AR Drone 2 for instance. Would love a second Sphero so I can play at the same one of my kids would be playing theirs. Thumbs up for Sphero. A great toy to play with. BTW try the Disco move. A move to show (off) the Sphero is doing something cool :)
  • This is great that it is pet friendly and seems to be durable (based on the fact they want you to ram it into stuff). However, I doubt my cat would be Sphero friendly....
  • Sphero reminds me of when I used to buy those laser pointer kits with 20 or so different designs/heads. You'd think turning off the lights and shining lasers would get boring after a few minutes, but I lost hours in the dark thanks to that fun little habit! Missions and "leveling up" are the very features that get me hooked on apps. Throw that in, and Sphero becomes even more entertaining. Good job to the makers of Sphero! It's been a while since I've seen a "toy" I actually wanted.
  • Yes!! I can use this to get my obese cat (Shadow) in shape. The story is fine for most but I can see this as some sort of interactive weight control remedy for pets that can really help reduce their body fat. Shadow, you're going to be svelte and more confident. RLMAO YES!!
  • My nieces would love this! They need these on display at Microsoft Stores. Go out and tease some people inside the store.
  • This looks quite cool. I like that they've given sphero and story and a little personality. It looks slick and the app UI is gorgeous. I think I'd play with it for a while, but I'm not convinced that I wouldn't get bored. It feels more like a novelty than something I would play with long term, even with the story. Though I do admit, terrorising the cat with it has a definite appeal.
    I was very interested by the video with the makers, where they mentioned the app they use with school kids to help teach math and programming. I think that the ability to program sphero would be more interesting long term. That's really something that would hold my interest.
  • This sounds like fun I'd take this to my friends house and just release Sphero and just mess around sounds like a blast.
  • I like the game aspect here, seems neat, but it seems (without looking at any videos) that this could be somewhat fragile, but there are ramps for it so I don't know.
  • It does look like a LOT of fun, and seems on video to be pretty high quality toy. But that is a steep price tag. I think its much like your childhood analogy, but you get to play with these toys now because you've become a big boy yourself. What is the explanation for "Blue Balls" being at the top of the screen in Danny's video? Was he playing with it while sitting on the ground and lost control?
  • Lol, you can name your Sphero, so....
  • The mission/game aspect of it sounds rather fun. Like someone else said a camera on it would make it alot better i think!
  • Heat is the difference between the Ollie? And the current version? This will be the deciding factor for my purchase
  • Seem interesting,
  • This is the laser pointer of the 21th century. It makes me want to start allergy therapy so that I can have a housecat again!
  • I like that toy, i want play with it and my chihuahua dog
  • I think this is a cool way to get used moving things around with your phone. One day we will look back and say: It all started with this little ball!, when our butler robot brings our coffee...
    Seriously, I need to get one of those to mix up the cubicle life a bit :)
  • So simple yet fun and functional. This is actually something I would do if I were bored, which is often lol. The app looks clean and simple. The colors are cool. Yep, I would use this .
  • Pretty cool
  • Looks like a fun toy, but kind of expensive.  Not sure how long I would play with it
  • I like it, looks like a lot of fun...but that price. Ouch.
  • Seems awesome, would never spend that much money on it though. Maybe something around $50. Would love to scare my cat with it a couple of times and see her reaction. Its a cool begining, the concept and the app are really wwll done, hope they develop more interesting toys
  • Very interesting. I can now freak my cat out *instert evil grin*
  • At $25 it has potential.
  • Looks great! I'm thinking a WiFi version with built in speaker and microphone would make for some more fun and games!
  • This looks cool future versions could be Cars Trucks and other vehicles, I'd pay 120 for a Bluetooth boat with the same features as the ball. Also does this work with the HTC 8x?
  • this is and I wish I can win won so that I can have my three year old son play with it....right now he is scared of playing with RC cars..the Spehro 2.0 looks very friendly and will certainly be a blast for my son once he starts to play with it...appreciate the opportunity to win.
  • This looks like a really fun toy that I probably would get tons of fun out of. I like the clever ways they have made missions, keeping it interesting for a longer period.
  • This is a good application but it has some issues
  • looks great and fun but i'm concerned about the durability of this. on a different topic... the app just look amazing! great work of the developers.   
  • I want one! Looks fun as hell. So how dirty does it get? And will it get scratched up using it outdoors on concrete?
  • Looks good, and should be a laugh, I was thinking not sure if possible or not some sort of local multiplayer mode either taking turns or a friend has a second one and somehow links, If not maybe global leaderboards or some form of mini competitions. Definately impressive though.
  • Wow, this looks way more fun than I first thought. I like the gaming aspects they've included. I wonder, can you have the same sphero at different levels depending on the user? (sorry if that was mentioned in the article, I did a quick read.)
  • I think this little gadget is exceptional. Even when i thought it was just a simple ball that you roll around it was amazing for me, but now that i found out about the "mini quest" and "level up" options i love it even more.
    I think you can have alot of fun with it, even better if your friends have it (so you can organise mini races with them or similar competitive stuff) or if you have a pet you can use it to play with them too with the nubby protecting it firmly.
    The potential ammount of fun that it can bring is worth the price.
  • The action of Sphero reminds me of Weebo of the movie Flubber
  • Well it looks fun..
    And the app looks stunning and interesting.. Though it would be more fun if there would be something that could make it jump..
    Overall i think very good for killing boredom
  • Almost one year ago I send a lot of emails to sphero contact telling them we want an app fore windows phone and they just tell me that they have no plans for doing it, so I'm so happy to see it in action here! :D The app looks a little weird sometimes but looks like playing with sphero could be very fun ;)
  • It would be great if you could record a macro of movements, so that it could run around by itself on a course you make. AND, if it knew what speed it was doing, if you got it to bump into things, it could effectively map out where obstacles were and then avoid them in future (assuming a consistent start position). Woah
  • Seems like it would be a cool party activity! I would love to drive this little dude around.
  • A completely unnecessary toy....yes please.
  • Anything that interacts with the real world interests me. Kind of like augmented reality. Also I am sure my 3 year old would love it.
  • An initial take on what the product offers, and it certainly feels a bit limited, short on fun that might last too long. But the story mode and the capability of Sphero to pick up new bits and tricks sounds nifty. Despite what it offers, I'm afraid I fail to see any long-lasting impact that it might make. My understanding is that there are various games and applications available to use with Sphero as well (especially on other platforms), however the limitations of its available functionality limits its usage overall and thus quickly allows the user to outgrow it. Sphero is seemingly a toy that's fun having around the house to show off a bit at times but you get tired off quickly.
  • I'll agree this is unique, but when I play games, I have litlle to no floor space to work with (Waiting at the dentist, on a bus / train etc). So this would be usless for me.
  • Sphero can be purchased at Brookstone. It comes back every once in a while. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I will have to get one of these for my daughter for her birthday, but dad may take it over lol.
  • Looks pretty sweet. I have to admit that I had never paid much attention to it before, but after reading the article I must say, I am impressed. This would be a sweet addition to my Lumia Icon. I would love to win one since I can't really afford one at the moment. As someone mentioned before, trying it on a cat would be pretty interesting. (if I win I feel sorry for my cat :P)
  • Best app. Thanks to developers to finally bringing in. Double points for universal app, works even better on Surface.
  • Love having these apps available. Sucks that you still have to buy the other thing separately though.
  • I have tried Sphero 1 and it was fun :) However it seems that you need to recalibrate very often which can get a bit annoying...
    Another thing is that I have the official app installed on my phone but I can't see it anywhere, not even in Storage Sense but in the WP store it says that it's installed...
  • Problem happens after latest update in early July.
  • What until Cortana can control this thing.  The ball-related possibilities are endless...for something without opposable thumbs at least.
  • Wow this looks good. The last time I saw sphero was when the only thing it can do is just roll haha. Now there's a lot of improvements. I like the UI of the app, it looks very modern and clean. I also love that they added missions to it. For sure, my younger brother would love to play with it. I like to see sphero with more missions, like the place where it is will be its stage then as you roll you will be able to see obstacles in the phone, like holes, that you need to avoid, or places where it has to jump or dance. I'm seeing games like Sheep up, except that you are playing with a real device. That will be cool :)
  • The app doesn't work with Wp81 developer preview... App installed but shortcut not showing in app list....
  • It sounded nifty when I first heard about it, but I can't justify spending $120 for a ball. However, your review shows it may be more than that. I may spring for it sometime.
  • I used this app earlier too with my friends sphero ball but it was not that great at that time! Now I'm gonna try it again and lets see how it works!
  • This actually looks like a lot of fun. I believe this is one of those things that are created to showcase what technology can do more than anything else. Overall, it looks like something that has that geek factor of "we do it cause we can" but it's also really really cool. I would have a lot of fun with this,
  • It is a cool invention, the "level up" mode has impressed me a lot! It's a very good way to relax and take the stress out of you. Love it!
  • I think it's just a toy, but if used in the right way can be a lot more fun. I'm just thinking at a dog running while i'm playing with that Sphero! It would be too much funny to see that and play with that, for me and for an animal that can not play a lot outside. It's also good if used in the right way to play with a baby, they love colours and this item seems robust too. Onestly it's a brilliant idea that made by who developed this thing, with a bit of fantasy it can be useful and fun in a lot of different ways!  I think however that it would be nice if it was water resistant and could be used under water.. woah!
  • It would be perfect for babies I cant imagine the smile on my nephews face .... They did an amazing job turning a simple toy to something far advance and fascinating
  • Very cool. $120 is a little high though
  • Out of all the recent inventions, this is a complete gamechanger. Its more like a real-virtual toy. Would love to have one. It would be fun to play around with it in my office or maybe freak out someone in a theatre. Would have been even better if it could play songs.
  • This looks really cool. I have bought a few regular RC-controlled things for my son, but as pointed out, they lose their novelty value quickly. The storytelling aspect and the achievements here seem to be a way to keep things fresh beyond "look at that thing move". I always love the idea of "augmented reality" aps and the part about integrating maps into the app and having the ball use those is very appealing. Going to check into this thing...
  • This is cool! Is there an option to interact with other Sphero's? It would be awesome to see a gang of Sphero's tagging it out :)
  • A bit of expression on Sphero would be a welcoming idea for this fantastic toy...
  • As a kid who grew up on remote control cars that lasted 10 charges this would be great. 
  • It looks cool. I like the idea of it all, especially for pets. However I'd be hard pressed to spend money on it, and $100+ is simply absurd if you ask me. I'd rather stick with a tennis ball I found for free.
  • My two year old would go nuts over this, especially once he realized how I was doing it. He'd be fighting me for the ball AND the phone lol
  • Oh heck ya!! Sphero is a super cool toy for the new generation, can also drive your cats and dogs craaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!
  • THANK YOU! as a grandfather runnig around with a 5 year old this technology would be a great help to me... i could sit and still interact with my little girl ( and rest my back) ! it would actually be more of a remote control for my granddaughther, lol!
  • my dogs would love this.  Could see these being used to check pipes if they a had a camera.
  • Would definitely love to play with this! Could kill hours at a time, annoying my dogs
  • I want one for my cat! He'll love it
  • These new hidden gems are great! This one seems cool! I like this idea, and how it works. It seems fun! A better version of a remote controller car! :D
  • I think this would be pretty awesome pet toy!
  • Looks very cool!
  • We need something like this with a camera in it. Obviously it couldn't be exactly the same to get a steady shot.
  • Not bad
  • This toy looks like wonderful ! The price is a little too high for me, but maybe in few months i would buy it...
  • It's great to see official support but, for me, this is still waste of money.
  • This looks cool, now that there's a WP app, I want one! :-)
  • This actually looks pretty fun! It could be the first step for a new kind of games.
  • Looks fun! Never heard about! I really want to win one, it's much cheaper ;)
  • It would be nice trying it. I think it can be really fun.. It is pets proof? :D
  • Ever since purchasing a sphero, it has been really cool to use it. However there were some problems and the ball was clunky for me. But now that sphero 2.0 is out I am awaiting my delivery right now, and I hope my problems will disappear with the updated ball! I would recommend this product anyway...
  • I kinda want one of this. I thought they looked pretty cool when the WP blog noted them.   But I'll wait for a price drop.
  • Sounds like fun for messing with the cats or dogs but hope they don't break it otherwise that is one expensive toy. I don't see me using it for anything else that just the pets as the novelty would wear off quickly.
  • I love this product aside from the price. I was messing with it in Brookstone, was about fi buy it, then realized that I was paying $120 for a plastic ball.
  • I wish they had a modifiable version
  • Like it. Like it a lot. Wouldn't mind this for my youngest. It's the updated version of BIGTRAK haha.. Now who remembers that? I had hours of fun with that beast. I think it used to take either 6 or 8 large batteries. Oh how times have changed. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • This looks fantastic. I really love the idea of making a game out of it. The Sphero alone would keep anyone entertained for quite a while at first, but the game play model will keep them coming back everyday. Pure genius.
  • looks cool, but is pricey and looks delicate. also, it might be good if it could work with wifi and not only with bluetooth, might help with the range.
  • I had one of my IT customers get "recruited" to work on this project. It was about 2 years ago and we were discussing the possibility of WP support. Glad it came through! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • The colour change thing is nifty. I can put it on my Skylanders base and have a disco!
  • I suggest that sphero can be musical and it can able to have some of cortana's abilities. sphero can say its emotion and change its colour to red or other colour after knock to the wall or droping down.   
  • I think the most fun will be creating obstacle courses around the house or the office. Then you can award teams of employees or your own kids for successfully navigating them. Good way to create a fun escape or team building exercise. If for work... Get the employee relations budget to foot the bill!
  • This is a cool one. I loved the concept of it. The execution of the concept is good. They have really changed the meaning on Remote Controlled Cars which we used to play in our childhood. I really loved this one. No complains on this. This is a awesome product. It costs $120 and I think it is a bit expensive but from the technological point of view, this show future of RC Toys and how can smartphones be used to control almost anything.
  • It looks cool but a bit pricey though.
  • Perfect for my puppy. 
  • I really appreciate the independent developers who created apps for it on wp you guys should support them check out (sphero control - sphero drive - ball control - iBall) I'm sure that even more sphero apps are coming out like ones where you can use your camera.
  • I want Sphero.  Looks like it would be a ball!
  • Nice. My little daughter and I will have a lot of fun playing with it.
  • The app concept is good.
    The app is buggy.(DP)
    And for this app you have to buy the ball and it's not available worldwide.
  • This looks great and i would sure have fun....if I won!
  • must be really fun to own this.. very futuristic...
  • Sphero 2.0 looks awesome!  The app interface and product appears to be well designed, but I would have to test one to develop a full opinion. The high price is a turn-off...around $75 would make it more appealing. I hope to win one of these! Great review.
  • The more I read about this, the more I want it. I feel like the novelty won't wear off too quickly and would be a lot of fun.
  • I have been wanting to test one out since the original was released. This seems like such a fun modern day toy for both children and adults. I know my dog would have a blast chasing this thing around.
  • Id love to play around with that shaved ball. But can it roll by itself when you leave it? Because it would be nice to play in a mini putt.
  • This sounds like a cool little gadget that would be fun to show off
  • Seems pointless and very fun.
  • Trully impressive interface and one nice original toy... Too bad it's a bit pricey especially if it's to use it just a few times. Looks like a promising technology that could have other applications (no pun intended). That being said, how aout getting this for golf for instance.
  • Seems like it would be a passing fad. A rolling ball? I'm bored with most games after a few weeks and I didn't pay over $100 for it.
  • Would be interesting to know what the battery life is like and if the battery is even replaceable?   I dunno about the $120 price tag, but wouldn't mind getting one as a prize :)
  • These are the next generation father/son toys (or mother/daughter or other combo!). So entertaining to mess around with together!
  • All I want to do is bother my sisters dog with this. The ramps and missions seem cool but imagine if there were mini games that took advantage sensors on the phone. Like standing over it with the camera active and the screen having a UI that looks like a level. The object of the game would be would be to move and tilt the phone so that the "bubble" of the level (which is really the center of the camera) stayed on the middle of the sphero. Guess that's why these things can be upgraded
  • Very beautiful UI . My data run out thru the video. I think the story mode and the mission mode will decrease the chances of boredom setting in fast. I'd love it if sphero is built or coated with a tennis-ball-like material to be able to bounce higher (I've not seen how the nubby cover looks like)
  • These look very entertaining to play with! Not really sure if the $120 tag is inside my budget but would'nt mind getting one as a prize! :)
     
  • I have a cat that would love this... Hours of entertainment. When is the mouse model coming out? ;)
  • Awesome idea!
  • While I respect your opinion, I just can't imagine something like this being fun for more than 30 seconds.  It looks like one of those novelty toys you buy at a swap meet for $15, which goes into a toy box at the end of the day never to see light again.
  • Looks funny I'd like to try it.
  • I want one just so I can see how much fun it really is
  • A fun time killer. When you get bored, your family kids could continue the fun. May it's not that much fun but science is innovating,so just time to step in to new shoes,,for this 120$ is not that much cost
  • I think that this toy is the future of what kids will be playing with, this is a great solution for kids that want a(pet) when looking at similar toys (pets) this is right in the same price range as them. This will provide hours of fun with something that has a personality, think of the new echo movie, as well as learning hand eye coordination with a remote controlled device.
  • Don't know if there'd be bluetooth conflicts, but I could see getting a few friends together for orb racing (around the living room, or a dark room with random obstacle placement)! Fun factor appropriately magnified with a few libations. Or sneak it under a kid's blanket and let them think there's a rat running around in their bed.... yeah, I torture my kids that way. Add some sensors or camera and it'll have good spying potential. I'd like to see more structural testing... what happens when it rolls off a second story landing and crashes on the tile floor in the entryway below?
  • That looks very fun. Sort of reminds me of the AR drone except its a ball. I wonder if my dog will like this haha.
  • After reading Daniels review, I'm having mixed feelings for the Sphero 2. The good inner child in me see's hours of fun especially with the story/mission mode, but on the other hand the naughty child in me see's hours of fun torturing my two cats and driving them demented.
  • I've seen these before but it never caught my attention until the gaming aspect. It would be fun to try that out.
  • I really like the leveling up and slowly increasing the speed to acclimate you to controlling Sphero. Personally, I enjoy all the gadgets that can be controlled by our phones. The negative side is the price. Technology does come at a price though. Battery life seems worth it though.
  • I remember when the first Sphero came out. It still looks fun!
  • Novel idea to bring the virtual world into the real one.
  • I have only three words for this: A MA ZING!
  • I have 2 cats and I would gladly post on YouTube the bids of that. They would love it
  • This looks like a niche product, tbh. I feel like it would be super entertaining for pets/little kids. The story and ball-progression adds to the fun for the little kids and maybe even some teens (including myself) to pass the time in college, etc. I would definitely be interested in giving it a try, buy I think it is a little steeply priced.
  • If you have more than one sphero you can draw a track on the flour and do multiplayer racing. The posibilities are endless. You can have obstacle course, drag race, etc. We can also organize a competetion and make a business out of it. 
  • The price will be a barrier to many. I can't see myself buying this, but I will admit that it would be awesome to chase my cats a la Phantasm.
    I guess you can setup weird obstacle courses and challenge another Sphero user - or users - to some insane races.
  • I think my cats would go nuts for it.
  • This reminds me a little bit of Ambient Designs' ORB from a number of years ago...but now it can move too. I wonder if anyone has tried programming one to nudge your feet when new notifications come in...
  • this is pretty awesome actually, what if you could tell it to just follow you around like an electronic pet...
  • Great little concept and I'm sure it IS fun as hell, but be honest, that price is a bit steep. Sure they'll get some to buy, but it would be better to sell cheaper and see them everywhere!
  • if they could somehow figure out a way to out wifi in this, it would be perfect. i also think they should have more accesories like a helicopter add-on .   i would also love a way to use two of them at the same time and make my own car of sorts.
  • This seems like an interesting gadget. It could make for some time wasting entertainment or something to keep the kids busy. Wouldn't mind giving it a spin. The app UI and UX seem very fluid and enjoyable. This company obviously put some thought and love into it.
  • My boys would love this. A ball and a phone combines two of their favorite things.
  • I'm actually pretty interested in this, it'd be a great toy for kids as it is still "phone" oriented for the current generation but will also get them out of the house as well. Also I'm a sucker for anything that allows me to level up and the fact that it adds to a physical object and makes it more fun, that's amazing.
  • Nice gadget 1 :)
  • Hopefully its another thing to give Windows Phone a edge on the competition.
  • This will bring fun to my kids and I'm sure they will love and enjoy it.
  • Looks like it'd be great fun, and the app looks great - I'm up for giving it a whirl!
  • Make another version that's useful for animals like for dogs/cats etc. Make this option cheaper since the likelihood of it getting chewed up and destroyed is high, however use material similar to what Kona uses for dogs. Also add a small hole for a camera. Maybe even two holes for a camera on each side and the option (via Bluetooth) of course to change which camera. This would be ideal for recording, similar to a GoPro but on a ball and you could change the cameras based off the view. Just thinking out loud.
  • I guess I want one...
  • I think it is a great toy. Wishing that stuff like this launches in India too. So making it available world wide would be great.
  • The thing that most appeals to me about this is what you said at the end of the video about terrorizing your cats. I don't have cats but I do have a dog that loves to play fetch and chase balls, so this seems like the ultimate you for dog owners. I also like that you can change the colors and that there are challenges or games which seem like they would be fun for when my niece or nephew want to play with it. A few things I am curious about is weather it is waterproof and how long the battery lasts? Not gonna lie, this thing looks fun and I want one!
  • A nice feature would be to take a picture of sphero on the floor and the app will draw a maze around sphero on the picture and you have to navigate sphero out.
  • This is the dumbest coolest thing I've seen in a while.lol Did I explain myself correctly?
  • Looks awesome. A new tool in my office warfare arsenal!
  • With a wide allergic to everything that moves, this could be a good replacement for my list hedgehog...
  • I doesn't know and never thought such a controlled ball exists
    and My children will definitely like this and it would be better if the price isn't too much...
    Orbotix has done a great job and the ball can make one's morning companion...
    Looking forward to it..
  • Does it have a camera? Are there any ways it could be open source programmed, or modded (ie camera)
  • I think if you got enough money for this balls, it's awesome :D imagine this ball with in-build camera , you could do so many things with it ;)
  • This is so, so great! Love the story, it 'persuades' you to uncover all the little mysteries. I work from home and my cat is *so* looking for some game play.... Smart cat bty!
  • I would loooooooove one but can't fathom spending that much let a lone afford one :(
  • It would be interesting if they could put a little softer exterior (sounded like plastic) so you can throw it around (think the foam balls you throw around at work when you are thinking or chatting with co-workers, etc.)
  • Love RC and drones. This is just another awesome toy that is for the kids and the grown kids. I'd like to try one out. So glad we get app support in the Windows arena!
  • Sounds like a great way to keep your cats or toddlers entertained. Christmas gift maybe?
  • Would love to get my hands on one of these as soon as I upgrade my phone from a 7.8 to a new 8.1 model (930!)   I think I could have fun with my twin grandsons...
  • The perfect thing to keep your dogs busy. XD
  • I Really like it . I see great potential in it. It is pretty amazing . Also really like that the software app is a universal one, what i like the most is that there is a story line . Would really like them to solve the WP 8.1 issue. But overall i like it alot .
  • Are there gonna be any future Lumia 930 giveaways?
  • that great! eh seen that this can even be immersed in water: D! i will like win  Sphero 2.0 orb!
  • good gadjet
  • This looks awesome my little nephew would love this! I actually think this would be a great way to get him used to RC without spending on an RC, $120 isn't dear in RC terms if it lasts and takes a few knocks while he get used to the concept.
  • I like the interface for the app. I especially like the sound of the good battery life. Price is high for this poor man. That is probably the only thing I would change, though I understand there was a lot of development time that went into this.
  • I need one, no I want one, no gotta have one, no I gotta have a needing want for one. And I do :)
  • Toy for geeks
  • WOW! I have bought so many toys for my cat but, but since she is not a dog she does not bring the ball back. Sphero would be perfect for both entreating cat and me! I bet even my two year old daughter would love it! :-) Oh and I love the story mode.
  • I'm sure my nephew would love this, like I've loved my RC cars. In my case I seriously don't see why I would spent time playing with it, RPG style. Bugging kids with it is a different story though, I know I would spent time doing it. And we never know I might be convince along the way. 100$ to discover it maybe not, having it for free, yes.
  • Pets will love them.
  • It looks like something I would play with. I'm all into flying helicopters and those king of things. From the video, the app does seem a bit intense so could take some getting used to. The price tag is a little up there so it's something I wouldn't buy unless I was single with no bills. Glad it's on WP though so users can have a chance to play with something cool.
  • It's pretty enjoyable gadget. But it quite expensive for me.
  • Thumbs up! For this fun app and a cute simulated toy ^_^
    Is it available here in the philippines??
  • I always thought this sounded like a pretty boring toy, but now after the reading the review it's sounding kind of interesting.
  • I want one , looks cool
  • This is really cool! Wish I could afford to drop money on every device and app you review!
  • I have indoor cats so this seems perfect for some extra exercise for them and some good laughs for me and the wife...I like how the developers incorporated a pretty deep game experience into the Sphero...For $120 it's good to know my money goes further than a few laps around the living room table!...I would be a bit concerned about battery life but the Bluetooth LE should help that...I think it would be cool if I could use a gaming controller to control the Sphero so I could utilize dual analog sticks...Actually, glancing over at my Wii U gamepad makes me wish this was available for Wii U!...That may actually be the perfect controller for a Sphero!...Throw a picture of Mario on a Sphero and take my money Nintendo!...LOL
  • This little ball could be quite a toy to help kids develop intuition about physics... While still having fun.
  • My cat would have a stroke with this. Lol
  • This looks pretty cool.   The UI in the application look really good.
     
  • Wow, this is a good toy for the kids. More official app for windows! 
  • Can't wait to get one, so I can kill some of my spare time, Way Cool
  • Looks good for passing time and well good in look... Liked the review about the story of sphereo also available and would love to use it and see when i get it in the forum contest and looks like a good thing they support windows phone... (: And would love to see the app be good and helpful... Good concept and like the way the world technology is developing... (: And last but not least would really lobe to use it....
  • I've always wanted to try a device like this remotely controlled by your phone but they all seemed cheap and pedestrian. I like the metagame aspect of this one.
  • Holy Sphero! My cat would go crazy!
  • Just finished reading the article. It made me realize that even if I had the Sphero 2.0, I would not be able to roll with it until I receive the Lumia Cyan update coz of the Bluetooth 4.0 LE.. LOL!! From my perspective, Sphero 2.0 has a whole lot of fun packed into it!!Btw, I'm using a L920 Windows phone 8.1 preview for developers..
  • Seems to be entertaining but as you told it could be entertaining only for two or three days ?? But is it worth ₹120 like to add more features like a toy with camera (lol) but would like to see more features not camera like spin and other features all right... :)
  • I would have got one if it was ₹120(as you mentioned). But its $120(dollars) so I don't think so.
  • Hello bro if it was for 120Rs. then I would have ordered it right now....It costs 120$s that is 7200Rs.
  • If they had a slight price drop maybe more people would get on board for such a novelty, does seem pretty cool and interesting.
  • SPHERO!!! I can't remember the last time I played with a toy...
  • the cats will have a blast with it and me letting the cats chase around impossible corners - ;) of course this needs to be cat proof...
  • I would actually take it to work, and play around with it there. We have quite a few selection of toys at work we all play with. It would also give me the opportunity to let people try windows phone, and show off windows 8 on my tablet, and hopefully convince a few to convert!
  • This is one if the little novelties that can rekindle the child in all of us. And I personally feel that it looks stellar - very unique to be precise, a modern day iteration of the old school rubber balls that I used to play with as a kid. Adding to ask that is a great Windows Phone app that serves as the icing on the cake. But only if I possessed one of these. :) Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • *adding to that is the....
    The auto-correction will kill me someday. :( Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • I would have so much fun teasing my pets with this. Looks like a lot of fun.
  • hot damn this is a cool combination of an app and hardware. i was expecting some "virtual reality" type missions using location based services but everything described seems pretty awesome. this series keeps getting cooler. the price is a bit much, but if i had the money and some cats i'd definitely consider buying it. 
  • This would be the perfect gift for my son, he is becoming 3 years old in a couple of months. He loves smartphones but haven't find a way to get him involved with an app. OK! I admit it... I love it too!! I can stop playing and lend the toy If he asks please.
  • The best thing about the ball is it can jump. That means you won't easily get stuck. Love it.
  • The ultimate pet toy!
  • Awesome... So... Many things can happen over a ball
  • This is awesome, and a creative and fun toy to play with for all ages! One thing I think it could use it rubber grips or bands around it in the next version so it can better climb small ledges and roll across rough terrain!
  • Wow, way cooler than I imagined. I want one! :)
  • It's pretty cool we have put it in a larger ball so its harder to steer but my dog can't tear it up as much. He tears up everything so I was nervous. Have taken it down the stairs numerous times and no problems. Wish it had a voice transponder!
  • This reminds me of RC cars when I was a toddler :)
    It's interesting to have a little silly game, even with a story (sounds cool), in my house :) Really want to drive my cats mad with this thing XD. And the name is quite interesting, Sphero = Sphere + Hero huh?
    At first, I thought that this is just another game for kids, but when I read about the background story, "Oh, cool" - I thought. Very creative you are, men.
    Just one suggestion is that can you add "Jump" feature to the ball? To avoid obstacles, yes. But if it's able, I will be worry about it's durability, hope it won't explode after a few jumps :)
    The only thing I don't like is the price, of course. 120 bucks is quite much for a toy :/ . That's quite a lot of money in my country.
    Anyways, cool thing this is, just wondering why I haven't even know that this ever existed :).
  • An excellent real time windows and windows phone app must play if u thought to play a different game with ur family or even with you lovable pets
  • I have an RC helicopter (not the tiny kind - about 3' rotor span) and an RC airplane. In both cases, every time I take them out of the box I end up needing to buy new parts. This looks like it would be a little more economical for me to use. ;)
  • Small kids would love this ball, it just might get some outside
  • I liked Sphero - simple, care free, age-no-bar kind of a RC toy that you can even carry around. A Windows controller app just made it more interesting! Controlling it through a game pad would be fun too! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • It was great while it worked (the app).  I had it installed on my Icon and after their most recent update the app disappeared from the list of installed apps on my phone.  When going into the store it still shows at being installed.  I have no way to uninstall this at this point so it's useless on my phone. Still works great on my Dell Venue 8 Pro however.   One thing to note is that there was a noticeable difference in performance between the app installed on a Lumia 928 and my Icon.  It was much more responsive on both the Icon (when it worked) and on the Dell V8P than it was on my Lumia 928.  Still works...  it just isn't as smooth. Also, my cats have mixed reactions to the Sphero...  sometimes they seem puzzled by it, most of the time they just seem annoyed.  I managed to pick one up on super sale and because of that it was worth it.  Just with Orbotix would release all of those companion apps and games for Windows/Windows Phone like they have on ios / android.
  • That's definitely more interesting. I remember reading about the first version a while back and, when I watched a video review, was definitely left a little disappointed because I saw more potential. V2 is addressing that issue -- particularly, I like what the Sphero team has shown with the games included with the app. I feel like other developers could take this concept places and perhaps even make some very useful tools for practical use. Now if only I had $120 lying around..
  • I think this could be good fun for quite some time to be honest
  • I hadn't heard of Sphero, but this is exactly the toy I wanted as a kid. I'd love to win one, but wouldn't buy one at that price, sadly.
  • Tjr ball is should be connected to the Bluetooth via the application?
  • It seems very cool
  • *that could for*
    Is that a typo?
  • Looks awesome lol. Want it!!
  • Interesting
  • Looks Great.. I'm sure this would keep the kids busy for hours.
  • Great way of having fun I guess...
  • I think this would be the coolest little gadget to chase my puppies around the house with. I use a little remote controlled car that cost me about ten bucks. But they always pick it up and bring it back to me. How fun this would be, not just for the pups but also just for wasting time during the day.
  • This is the future of the mobile device - a portable controller which provides interaction with hardware to compliment and extend your entertainment and lifestyle. Looks a lot of fun to me.
  • Its looks to be pretty fun...but shortlived & pricey unless it gets some more features like a cam or speakers.
     
  • I have been wanting to get one of these. Wonder what my cat would do if I ran the sphere into it? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • OMG!! What a cute ball.. Really want to try it!! :))
  • Coooooooooool!!! I like the Aumented Reality Games and de Deancing Beats comoes whit my music, since my pet is not longer anymore with Us, I Like to have some one of this =)
  • It's like a sphere pet!  I'd love one, especially since I can't have any real pets.  Maybe I would take it for walks out on the streets of NYC and talk to it like a dog.
  • Looks pretty cool. Would like to try it.
  • Looks like a brilliant concept... :D I cant afford it though, so would love to win it here!
  • They tried to make a toy and game, they suceed but if they want people to shell out 120 dollars then they might add a projecter to watch movies, add a speaker in it, making it a disco ball
  • Sphero is same as a remote control car . But it is awesome that it can be controlled by out smartphone. It would be a great toy for pets & kids. Sadly it isn't available in India.
  • Great colors. Great concept. Two way communication like a baby monitor would be an interesting concept that would set you apart. So much fun you could have with something like this at parties.
  • Hey, I want a Sphero. My cat sure would get a kick out of it.
  • I like that it has a campaign to it. Seems really fun if use it for a prank in the office.
  • Look Great for the kids for keeping them busy when there isn't much to do... And for me sometimes too ;) .... The app look good also!
  • By leveling up and adding extra feature with it is a great idea and brings a lot of fun. However the price is tho high for a controlled ball. Not for me or my kid
  • Super cool, it will help parents feeding their toddlers :)
  • I read some of the comments and like the idea of sphere race on virtual tracks..an outdoor race would be also fun if you are playing with your friends where you can make your own racing track. I wish the sphero has a built-in camera which gives fps view on my WP...and why not the sphero game app integrated with xbox? :D
  • I can see this being similar to how a Zen garden helps people. I see it as an expensive way to entertain my cat! Not something I would buy, but if I got one, I would find good use :)
  • My first thought was it's just another expensive novelty toy. But after reading thru the article and videos, I realized that the concept is very cool. Especially the game and the 'growth' concept. If only the dev can add limbs and voice then it would be super cool.
  • My daughter would love this thing.
  • Not so useful but looks like its a lot of fun! Could just be playing with it for hours!
  • Great idea, I would really like to try this out. However, it does seem a little pricey.
  • Wow, dogs around the world will go bonkers with this thing.  Can Sphero withstand dog bites?  I like that Sphero has a leveling up component and not just purely a remote controlled orb.
  • Its a cute little piece of technology, and to be honest it ain't at all difficult to love! The soft colours, movements which aren't harmful to kids and small pets, and a nicely curated backstory/game to ease transition into using the Sphero makes it a wonderful gift. A downside may be practical usages will be hard to realise, considering its only 1 ball controlled at a time. Of course, since its primary use is entertainment, I suppose there's not much to ask from it! And finally, I suppose to suggest any betterment would mean having to use it first, so pretty please?? :)
  • I think my 2 year old will enjoy this if it doesn't scare the cats.
  • Hmm. I really haven't seen a great example of mixing digital entertainment with physical, but this could be a pretty cool concept with some really cool applications. I'm thinking bonus added gameplay like exploring the pharos tombs, the challenge being trying to navigate the space with the actual space available.
  • This is really neat! Sure, it is kinda pointless, and not entirely worth $120.. but it is a cool little device. I like the execution. It has a very minimalistic design (which is needed when designing a ball, haha), and the colours add a sense of personalization. The interface of the app is very elegant as well. This really bridges the gap between a mobile game and a physical toy. It's a fun way to use both. I'd love to try this cute little ball myself!
  • I love the idea of this. What makes this unique is that it has missions to complete as well as making the ball jump and change color. The UI looks very futuristic which makes it even more cooler.
  • Pretty cool but no way I would ever have a spare $120 to blow on that.  
  • I think like a simulated campaign would be awesome! Like you have to maneuver your home as I'd it's something or somewhere else. So many possibilities!!!
  • Looks like fun, especially since it can be used outside. Does it give off enough light that it could be used for navigating around the house in the dark, when it's in just drive mode? That would make it extra fun.
  • I'd take one!
  • This seems cool but I think I'd still get bored quite quickly of it. If I had a pet dog then it would certainly make it more fun lol. The story is a nice addition and certainly helps but ultimately it's not for me because I'm just not that big on games as it is. Regardless, I'd love a shot at playing with it just to witness and appreciate the work and technology that went into it. Bravo
  • Bluetooth connected toys seem cool. I get the same feeling that Daniel had about them. This article makes me more intrigued to try Sphero for myself.
  • Dear santa It would be great if you could come early this year. You know what else is great? Sphero 2.0.  So may be you can suprise me :)
  • Looks neat, but I'm still not convinced that it represents lasting entertainment...
  • I never see this thing in Malaysia and nobody is selling it here. But it seems like a very interesting thing. Wouldn't it be cool if I can control it with Cortana voice command? And I like that it can change colors. It's super cool and having this thing doesn't make you look childish, it's just cool! Hope I can get one.
  • i really like sphero one of my frineds has one and i'll be cool to have one to compete against him jejejejeje
  • That sucks awesome! Kristofferson our cat would go crazy trying to figure out what the heck is? He's a bit curios lol.
    Quick question Daniel, you mentioned it requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE (which is enabled for Lumis via cyan) , what about other Windowsphone devices that have Bluetooth 3.1 like the HTCs & Samsungs ? Will it work with them ? Thanks
  • The first thing I thought when I saw this article was "that's gonna get old really quick", but after reading through that review (haven't watched the video yet), it actually looks really cool and has the potential to be lots of fun in the long term. Would love to win one of these to try it out!
  • Available in Europe? Any idea on price?
  • I believe a great addition would be to create worldwide competition, just like driving in a circuit. This could be made by location based, for example in a certain place in a specific city you would have some type of course to complete and the fastest to do it would go on top of the list. Or the orb would have to make X number of turns and smash y number of objets in a specific time and the one to do it faster would again go on top of the list. The idea would be to make a world competition mode of some sort (much like any multiplayer racing game for example). Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Liked the concept but a bit too pricey for me , if only price would have been a little less
  • if available will buy two of them. one for each kid. excluding me :) This is very different from a RC car or a copter....and not mention the fun my neighbor's dog would have chasing this....
  • I would love one of these!
  • I have an old dog and as she doesn't fetch the ball anymore, I would get a this ball to fetch my dog around.
  • I like the idea, but I can see me using this for about two hours and then stopping using it - it's an expensive novelty really. Now if they gave it an AI like Cortana... THAT would be awesome!
  • No this isn't a passing fad. I'm sure toys like this are going to be all the rage soon ;) I think this thing is one very unique toy which can in some ways be far more interesting to have fun with than our huge collections of endless running games and 1080p HD sci-fi epic games and the list goes on. Truly I would love to see people's reaction to this. The best thing of course is that you'll never get bored with this with all the missions :D A tad pricey though but it's still something crazy but awesome!
  • At first I also scoffed a little at the concept as well, but once I heard about the levelling up it was a game changer. Seriously, even starting off with a weakened play experience so that you can see how fast and agile you can get can be very addictive in gameplay; kind of a Tony Hawk for the floor;) Speaking of, whether it’s for 3.0 or this generation, it would really be great to see augmented reality further incorporated with this. I’m not sure if using the ramps would be enough of a reference point for phone or tablet cameras, or if four corner markers of sorts would need to be included in the package, but having a glowing ball should be easy enough for the camera to track if you’re standing in one place. Regardless, having visuals overlaid through the viewer could make for some very fun play styles: One mode could have a targets pop up out of the ground (kind of like bumpers in pinball), and you’d have to control the ball into them for points before the disappear. Another game could have blobs of different colors roving around the play field, and in order to take them out you have to hit the ramp to change the color of your Sphero (assuming the word “hero” is in there for a reason, no?) to match the color of the blob in order to take it out. Perhaps you can take hits by non-matching color blobs, and eventually flash red if you’re about to “pass out”. While a maze may be too hard to accurately navigate, having slalom flags or arches to directionally go through should be pretty easy to track from an AR standpoint. Anyway, good job with the gaming platform and way to innovate:)
  • Another thing for wasting my precious time :P .. Still we should applause the creative minds who brings such ideas into life, when our world becomes completely in front of gadgets, apps and games which sync to real life may bring changes...
  • It really has a very bright future, hope i can get one! :D
  • This is the perfect way to show to everyone you have balls...
    ...and they have bluetooth.
  • That’s one cool app interface. I don’t have Sphero, but I downloaded the app. It crashes sometimes on my L920…I’ll try installing it on my 8x to see whether that makes a difference. On the ball, I must say it looks pretty awesome. Almost like a pet :P Especially the way it jumps and changes colors. The idea to make a storyline, and then have the user play it like a game, is very neat. And what’s more, the more you play with it, the better it becomes! Now that’s quite an incentive J I definitely need this thing. I don’t think I’d get bored too soon with it. However, the price tag seems too steep (more so, if you include the Nubby cover). Plus, if I have to import it to India, I’ll end up paying quite a lot of duties/taxes, apart from delivery charges. That’s gonna push it to more than $150 for me. Probably, I could ask a friend there to get it for me when he returns.
  • It's a pretty cool toy.. But seriously, 120 dollars ia way too much. I like the turbo boost and hopping thing. It would have been more addictive if the entire ball was made of some kind of radium material. Which would glow up at night. Not just the logo, but the entire sphere. It would be fun freaking out ppl at home.. Specially dogs.. ;)
  • I think this thing is very innovative, and I love the UI of the app. This toy would be fun to use at the office (to freak out the co-workers hehe).
  • Well...this seems strange. How will the progress work? Are there skill points? In-app purchases? This looks very funny :D
  • This company has the potential to port games into real life! I really loved that whole idea of leveling up.
  • This is gonna be my Pokémon :D I ll spook my friends with it .. :D I hope they could have added some small speaker in it .. Then it would have been amazing. Like I would have given it a Pokémon name & it repeats it.. ;) n I ll make some horror sounds in other room at night. Wow ..m evil. :D
  • Seems like a really fun toy/game but I really could never justify spending $120 on it the price should be much lower in my opinion. I think the level up features is a really clever way to keep the novelty going just a little bit longer.
  • For simplicity this would make a great cat toy, abeit a bit pricey cat toy.  What would be really cool would be to equip Sphero with a tiny camera and stabilization for remote fun around the office.
  • I had commented on last hidden gem article nthis one too but I'm still not able to see my it. Why?
  • Ahhh yes the the fun of something that is just for fun ! :) IT looks AWESOME!!!
  • Super awesome wish I had one of these gizmos
  • looks like it could be a lot of fun especially since it can be controlled with a WP device which is always a good thing
  • It was during my college days when I saw this fabulas gazimo at INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY BOMBAY and I saw the person who was operating it with his iPad but now Microsoft has made it available for Windows market so thanx now there is no need for a iPad to operate this robotic ball it can be done using windows phone also
  • Wow.. This thing is really cool.I never knew that such things exists :D . The ball has minimalistic design and I really like it. Jumping,driving,changing colors,expressions and completing missions make it amazing.. I guarantee everyone that it'll be very fun if you get your hands on it.
    I'd love to try Sphero with my own hands.The only downside is that it's a little pricey.
  • Two of my cats will like this if its quick enough. Also my daughter will enjoy this, just as I enjoyed my remote control car 20 years ago.
    Durability is something to look at. It looks shiny at first, but what about scratches, dents etc. Hopefully it's strong enough to last for a while.
    They did very good by telling a story about him. As if it's an alien who landed on our planet. The training we can do takes things to the next level. Let's see if it can become a hype.
  • Seems like this device could be lots of fun, not only for myself but my nephews. I think it would give them lots of hours of fun, especially since it incoroprates a game and a bit of story to go with it instead of just driving it around for awhile then getting bored doing that.
  • Crazy. I watched some movies on this some days ago on YouTube and really liked the idea. However my second thought was "For sure there will be no Windows Phone support" .. Looks like I was totally wrong. Now I really would like to test drive this at home and annoy my girlfriend :) Are there any records on how bad this Bluetooth gadget will drain the phones battery?
  • Perfect for my neice, who is 6 months old. She just giggles up whenever she sees something that moves and makes funny noises. And i think it would occupy her for a whole day.
  • I have seen some people using them at parties to break the ice, or to attract girls attention. It's an unique and fun toy to play with. Now, if Orbotix would make available all the other apps and games that iOS and Android already have, that would be great.
  • (My first comment is lost that's why I'm commenting again)
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    Wow.This thing is very cool.I never knew such things exists lol.The ball has minimalistic design and I like it very much.Jumping,driving,expressions,changing colors and missions make it AMAZING.The only downside is that it's a little bit pricey but I bet everyone that you'll have a lot of fun when you get your hands on it.
    I'd love to try Sphero with my own hands :)
  • The app has a well design. I hadn't the chance to test the app, because I haven't got a Sphero
  • I really like the idea ... I'd probably play it for hours xD I wonder if it really only runs with Bluetooth 4.0? And does that ball jump? Beautiful toy all in all and the storyline in the app... Probably not everybody thing but i love it :P I wonder if you can also jump over that story and enable all the features right away
  • I REALLY like the idea behind that ball. I also like that there is a storyline, though it may not be everybody's thing to first go through the story ... Can you also enable an the features right away??? Does it work with Bluetooth 2.1 or 3.0? I wonder if it can also jump... All in all a cool toy, but it's a little bit extensive for a student like me :/ I'd probably play with it for hours xD
  • I would love to try this out! Could be an amazing pet toy, I know my cat works go nuts for it... A bit too expensive in my opinion though.
  • This is definitely the way forward for mobile 'gaming' so good to be able to interact with something outside of the phone or tablet. Reminds of when the Wii came out and what a breakthrough that was. This can only get better and better.
  • This sounds amazing, I love how it is a game and a remote control device, very clever. I can see Sphero 4.0 including sensors and possibly cheap cameras for added complexity. This is defiantly in my list of random things to but. And also there is that added loyalty from them having a Windows Phone and Windows 8 app, bravo!
  • It is essential if you have a cat. You can drive her crazy with this little toy. It is so versatile for its size. My daughter would love it especially until she’d figure it out that it is controlled by someone. Some co-sphero (smaller edition) balls would be great. They would just follow their “mother Sphero” like little ducks or surround it when it stops by forming different constellations.
  • Would be cool if used on water at beach.
  • Nice idea ! Would buy if I had the time to play
  • This is the future of mobile 'gaming'. So great to be able to interact with something outside of your phone or tablet. Reminds me of when the Wii came out and what a breakthrough that was. This can only get better and better.
  • Man Look at that logo!!! It looks Awesome!!! Thanks for coming on to WP and also Suppoting 512MB RAM devices. All that it need is regular updates, new levels and something like Dragon Adventure's real life things. That's the future. I like to give it a try and show it off to people here
  • Really cool! Hope to buy it one day :)  
  • Obviously Connected apps are the future.
    These kinda tech is just going to boost the OS sales in some other way too.
  • Cool gadget. It is a perfect time killer for kids as well as geeks (like me). We can also put this app in the Kid's Corner. As July is the anti-boredom month, Sphero will be a right fit. I was just thinking of using Sphero for playing Snow Bowling, may be with plastic cups. Suggestions I saw more than one app for Sphero in the Store. Why not integrate, everything into a single app. The toy is a bit pricey. I beleive Sphero will be more than a toy. May be we can use it as a guide (with a GPS in it), so that we can follow it and reach a place (by integrating Sphero and Navigation apps). Kudos to Orbotix for bringing a next generation Smart Toy.
  • Seeing the video totally drove my son crazy. He would love Sphero. Innovation innovation. XoXo
  • Sphero is a very good and precisely built play as I can see. I very like the control modes, the background story of the game, and the missions. However 120$ its a little bit expensive for an RC ball. If it would be a cool looking car it will be better for me with this price. I'm sure, a lot of user will buy Sphero.
  • I would use it to trick my puppy. Great thing to be with, if you are babysitting!
    But 120 bucks is too much to invest for a toy!
    If there is Cortana intergration, I would surely buy!
  • Came over this a few months back, thought it was a litle steep price for a toy that I may think I will become bored off quick. But after reading this review of it, it seems to be more to is than just a simple toy. I like the mission mode of it, seems like this can keep it interessting and fun for some time. A great concept and a "nice" evolution from the RC-car concept. And think my 3 year old son will like it very much too. Put his FisherPrice iPad cover on my wife's iPad and let him play too. Fun for son and for dad, maybe I need to get two of this.
  • Sphero, I am finding it to be reminscence to "Slimer" (the green slimy ghost in GhostBusters). This will be, with no doubt, absolute fun :) especially thrown with a arcade type game into reality and sometimes yeah it has to annoy you which is what tells you that it is a part of your life :) But the downside is the price and I am guessing it ll drop as days roll over :)
  • Sphero 2.0 looks very entertaining.
  • I wonder how durable this is... I would play with my beagle with it but I don't know if he'd destroy it :P I feel like 'd try and use it for pranks too haha
  • Looks really awesome, I'd make my dog so angry with this :D He gets "angry" when he can't catch the ball and then starts barking at it...  It could have a "follow" feature - running in background - with gps. How cool it would be that you are running or walking on the street and a glowing ball is following you wherever you go.. :) Crazy stuff. I'd really like to try one of these.
  • this looks awesome. the missions certainly won't let you get bored with the ball. can't wait to try it with my bird ahah it's gonna be crazy :D
  • man, this is awesome. I like everything about it, especially the missions. can't wait to have one and try it out on my bird xd eheh
  • This looks like a super fun toy, not too sure about the price though. But it does showcase the potential of connected devices.
  • Sphero will be cool orb to troll my pet :) He is too lazy to run. Here comes Sphero the physical trainer. 
  • Whilst a nice gimmick,I fail to see how this will keep your interest beyond the initial novelty value...
  • Very cool! Not sure if its work the price tho.. since you'll play with it for a week or so, maximum..
  • I have the first one. It's fun! Kids love it and they chase the pets with it. Bluetooth LE should give it longer battery life.
  • Want sphero
  • Can't really say what I like and what don't like because I haven't tried it out but ill try. It looks pretty fun, that ability to change its color sounds good, leveling system is a nice idea and my cat would love it.For me there are pretty much only three bad sides. 120$ is too much for me and even if I could afford it most likely it wont be available in Finland so I would have to order it from USA. Third bad side is durability. I'm not sure how long it would last with my cat trying to kill it. In overall sounds great but I wouldn't buy it unless the prize would be cheaper.
  • Yeah, I have already check that's previous version. Would be good to have this, kids would like this very much.
  • Wow.... It's cool ... It's seems a game on the real world no more illusions... Controlling with a mobile is a special part of this thing.... Between controlling a ball will be more fun than a rc cars!!!!
  • this would be great for the pets and keeping them occupied.
  • If someone don't know what they should buy their friends or their children for their birthday. This would be a good thing. It's something different and not always like the same birthday gifts.
  • What I realy like is the Augmented Reality usages! That's cool!
  • Great Review Daniel!!  Awesome piece of toy :) I'd like to know how tough that ball is?? We could build DIY track sets just like we get with hot-wheels cars ;) And level up the fun :D Even the sphero team could sell them as accessories. It would be a great way to play with it.
  • Wow its cool Dan!!! So a game in a real world with is ball ... No more illusions... A glance of a future .... Controlling a ball with mobile it's a fun and interested too They can innovate more things with it a drone-ball :P Now a change controlling a car to a BALLL!!!! Nice..
  • This is not a Hidden Gem, it's an obvious one! I created my own RC car at home but since I didn't have the components for multi channel radio transmitters and receivers (that was the Holy Grail of circuit hobbyinsts like me!) I used cables, connected to an Atari joystick (remember those?!) and it was literally WEEKS of fun! Now this thing with all the story and features being enabled and stuff...I REALLY want one!
  • Sphero reminds me of Cortana... Both keeps jumping and rolling when in use... Cortana integration with Sphero would be a good idea for the developers else its a fantastic orb to play with...
  • Phones these days, getting more and more awesome
  • Looks cool. And a nice way too keep your pets busy, although I would imagine it not lasting very long with my dogs. How strong did you say that protective cover was?
  • looks very cool and fun. The app looks good and adds more fun to the toy.
  • Holy balls batman, I want one!
  • Looks great fun, not sure the price leaves it with much of a market. Would love a version with a camera on it. How rugged is it? Would it survive a run down the stairs? What sort of impact can it take? Would it survive someone standing on it?
  • Concept of rolling ball controlled by windows phone might be cool but it does not worth $120 to me. I would rather buy a football of good quality which not only enhance my skills but also keeps me fit & fine.
  • This is just the start of the internet of things.Great to have cool stuff like this coming out open.And the thing that my windows phone can be used to play with it is more than awesome.
  • Well that's a pretty innovative thing! I know my niece would love it...she's 3 and loves running around chasing toys....in fact I'd love chasing sphero! It looks cool and is quite a thing to show off! :P btw i love how the app has a game-like UI and the functions are neat!
  • Wow, I think I'm in the future. I've never seen any of these new technologies in the windows phone. It's a great tool for playing. Everyone can play with this thing, even old men! But very expensive. Still worth it.
  • This would be good for my cats to chase around, no need for a laser pointer any more.
  • Looks cool.
  • I think my cat would absolutely love Sphero:) and then again, me too;))
     
  • Look cool. More implementation of augumented reality games would make it a plus. Price reductions would also help too. Would love to win one though...
  • If it would have interaction with other spheros it will be better.
  • This looks cool. I want one
  • I actually need one of those
  • I've know sphero ever since it came out!
  • Great, must have!!
  • It is cool. Just it price should be bit lower.it needs More missions.but it's a plenty of fun.
  • Sphero 2.0 is an amazing toy if you have pets. Also, it can be great for gaming. Being gyroscope stabilized, I can even use it to attach a little camera to it, and record videos from a completely different point of view. Plus, the most appealing aspect of this to me is the casual goofing around :P This is a great little toy, but here are the problems I see with it:
    1. Very short battery life,
    2. Price, and
    3. Bluetooth connectivity (instead of Wi-Fi direct, which has more range and is more reliable).
    The idea of controlling the ball through a supported phone or tablet is amazing, but then again, it connects to those devices via Bluetooth, which has a very limited range. Combine that with the occasional fuss with all things Bluetooth, and you get very limited experience in the connectivity department. But many phones do not support Wi-Fi direct, therefore both the options should be present. In future versions of this toy I would like to see the following improvements: Better battery life, cheaper price (or at least an included nubby cover for free), and both Wi-Fi direct and Bluetooth connectivity. PS. I would love it if they would allow me to customize the logo: I WOULD HAVE THE CORTANA LOGO ON IT.
  • It is a good toy and I agree with you that they are trying to make it better. But I still think it has more potential, like, how about Missions like take 10 rounds in under 30sec., Maybe they could connect it with same WiFi or something like that. Those would be wonderful. Also, they should keep 2 products. 1 could be this one as it is and the other a little cut-down version of it (like make it a bit smaller, use a little cheaper material, add some less lights, maybe). Otherwise, it is one of the vest toys out there.. :)
  • This little orb is a great idea, from the videos, specifications and reviews I think it's almost indestructible, and the software does all the fun, with the level up system and the missions makes harder to be bored after few days. Anyway, its too expensive, not many people can say 120$ isn't a problem to be spent in a toy which may be someday put in an angle and never touched again. And no, this orb doesn't attract girls like the spot shows, and I think it would be stupid and uncomfortable to drive Sphero while doing jogging.
  • i like the thinkinng of the sphero team that they have made technology that much bigger and enjoyble, that's not really a toy but very good time passing game too.. maybe when they launch this ball fully, all the kids will fall in love with it (I'm tottaly right now :P), i think the team can make it's reange better than current, as this is now depends on buletooth, why not GPS or senser tracker etc.? or with cam too... i know this could be a big risk too.. but alteast try it if they could make it, so user can use it from anywhere !!! (don't blame me if you got that theft lol). well i like the the way of controing game, developers don'e need to make remote control, they know everyone is today on smartphones and take this as advantage. i think they should advertise there ball in online ads like adsense etc and also on TV for making more production and profit. what i don't like is.... hey, they really charging much !!! :( for ball. anyways everything is fine for me :) Kartic,
  • I found it on the internet earlier but couldn't buy it, was too expensive for me, i bet i would be the first person in egypt to have one.
  • I have used it at Marbles. Love the darn thing. Just wish it wasn't $130. It's also one of the few toys that works with Windows Phone as far as I know...
  • I love remote controlled things, but my dog ​​likes to chase them forever. on amazon I found a kind of plastic cover I hope to win to play with my dog Battery is ok, led is amazing 
  • This looks really cool! We're moving into a new office at work which is very open plan with a lot of space, and something like Sphero would be a massive hit. I quite like the gamification aspect, as that's something I'm quite passionate about (I'm working on gamifying our software development process at work at the moment). I'm not quite sure about the sound. It was hard to tell from the video but it did sound quite noisy and plasticky as it rolled around. But I'd have to try it in person. One thing that would be awesome would be if you could transfer your progress to the next generation of Sphero. That way you could extend the storyline indefinitely rather than restarting every time you upgrade. If I got one I would see if I can automate it using the API and various Galileo boards around our office. Maybe it could be the first self-aware Sphero!
  • Seeing this, it comes to my mind when this device gets more and more developed, and maybe equiped with a camera, this could be very usefull in confined spaces in case of emergencies or disasters. This Sphere could easily reach places and look around. And of coarse it's a nifty thingy which everybody will love to play around, with or without kids or pets ! Really nice how they managed to put all the controls into that 'little ball'
  • This look like a very good idea to mess with my cats :')
  • I'd definitely have one if money was no issue. Looks like fun
  • Looks like a good product. I have a dog that is part blind and this would be good for him to play chase as it lights up when you move it round, and when he got close switch it off again and he would not see it(this may work, would have to try it first :D )    
  • Sounds like a great and awesome idea. I can have lots of fun with this, and the story seems engaging for a mixture of virtually and reality :)
  • This is just so cool. Really tempted to pick one up.
  • Seems like the price point is going to be the main issue. Hopefully it works out!