Sphero Is Better Than Your Flesh-and-Blood Pet

By on April 29, 2013

Sphero is a lot like a small pet.  They both roam around the house.  They both make your smile.  And they’re both terribly cute.  But it’s time to face facts: Fido doesn’t come with Bluetooth.

Point, Sphero!  The newest and most original gaming system to date sets itself apart by thinking outside the TV box.  Sphero is a robotic ball encasing a gyroscope, accelerator, and lots of other fun stuff that the player (or players) control with their Android or iOS devices.  Speeding around at up to 3 feet per second at a range of 50 feet, this gaming device is a huge leap forward from that stationary Nintendo robot from the 80s.

Sphero-Couch

With over 20 apps already available and more on the way, Sphero has much more sophisticated tastes than just “fetch.”  Some games utilize rolling the Sphero around the floor – the ground-breaking Sharky the Beaver incorporates your mobile device’s camera feed to replace the robot ball with a cartoon beaver, so you can see what your home would look like with a 3d cartoon waltzing around.  Other games use Sphero as a controller, placing in your hands a sort of multidimensional steering wheel.

So move over, Rover!  There’s a new ankle-biter in town, and this one doesn’t need you to clean up after it!

About Matt Ellis

Freelance web writer. I like science, comics, and long walks on the beach. I write and draw this webcomic in crayon.

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