Sphero: the classic ball, evolved

Stumped about what to give the Dad in your life for Father's Day?  How about a classic ball to play with?  Okay, maybe not just any ball: the ball of the future, Sphero.  Sphero is a programmable robot ball that can roll, spin, turn, bounce, dance, even flash like a strobe light -- and you can drive all its actions from your smartphone or tablet!  We received a Sphero to review, and I can definitely confirm that it's the perfect toy for all boys, young and old :)

Here's some information about Sphero
• Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids age 8+ can control from their smartphone or tablet. Sphero can drive in any direction, turn on a dime, flip in the air, change colors and more!

• Sphero melds the virtual world with reality, letting kids engage with technology like never before. Sphero provides hands-on, open-ended play for hours of fun and learning. 

 • Sphero rolls a speedy 7 feet per second and pairs to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Sphero is pet proof, waterproof, and ready for any adventure yourr kids can dream of. 

• With over 30 free apps, kids can play independently or with friends and family. Steer Sphero through homemade obstacle courses, turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality, or upgrade family game night with action-packed, multiplayer entertainment.

Accessories included with Sphero 2.0 are the quick start guide, charger, stand, and two ramps.  The blue rubber cover -- the Nubby -- is sold separately. I highly recommend getting a Nubby ($14.95 at gosphero.com) to protect your Sphero from scuffs and scratches.  The rubber nubs also provide great traction on rough ground and in the water.

Water, did you say?  YES!  Believe it or not, the Sphero is completely waterproof.  You can dunk it in a tub of water and it's not going to short out!  Don't believe me?  Check out the video we made:

Special Father's Day Deal
Sphero is regularly $129.99 at GoSphero.com, but it's on sale for $99 until June 15 -- which makes Father's Day the perfect occasion to get a Sphero for Dad!

Disclosure:  I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. he views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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