Sphero http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/news en-GB Fully Charged: Sphero’s off-road Ollie launched, Samsung’s 105in curved 4K TV is bendable, and new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer footage http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End this IFA week strong by filling your brain with quick-hit tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-ollie.jpg?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero&#039;s Ollie robot on sale </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We were quite taken with the Sphero 2B when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">we saw it at CES</a> back in January, as it rebooted the original smartphone-controlled ball with a tubular design, a massive speed boost, and an off-road friendly design. Rightly so, it&rsquo;s been given its own branding for release, and now the Ollie is on sale.</p> <p>The Ollie is still controlled via an app, but this little wonder can reach speeds of up to 14mph, and it&rsquo;s designed to be tossed around - so really, take it outside to somewhere jagged and bumpy and let it rip. Hitting an obstacle at the right angle will send it flying and spinning gloriously until it lands safely and continues rolling along.</p> <p>Sphero&rsquo;s latest connected toy can be purchased now for &pound;79.99 the company&rsquo;s website and will begin shipping on 15 September, and there&rsquo;s more fun on the horizon in the form of swappable tyres and even a Bluetooth-connected ramp coming soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">Meet the rugged Sphero 2B</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Zi-5hbaGmuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s curved 105in 4K TV is now bendable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Back in July, we scratched our collective heads at word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung 105in curved 4K UHD set</a> that was planned to retail for US$120,000 - that&rsquo;s about &pound;73,500. Who might be buying such a thing? Is there no end to such extravagance?</p> <p>Apparently not. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a> spotted a surprising thing at IFA this week: a newly bendable version of that same 105in set, which means users can watch it either curved or flat. Samsung apparently hasn&#39;t pinned down a price point just yet, but surely such a convenience won&rsquo;t be a free addition to the existing value proposition.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a>, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&amp;page=1&amp;news_seq=23687">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung&rsquo;s curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="898" title="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" alt="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curvedtv-bendable.png?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scope out seven minutes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>November&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> looks to represent the big shake-up that the shooter series has needed for at least a couple of years now (even if it does seem curiously similar to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review"><em>Titanfall</em></a> in spots), and multiplayer is always a huge component of the experience - so we&rsquo;re extra excited to see this far-future take on it.</p> <p>Check out seven fresh minutes of official footage, which digs deep into the various perks of the exoskeleton, details the ample customization and Pick 13 system, and shows off some of the maps and modes you can expect to explore later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnoeg_WOko">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TCnoeg_WOko" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal#comments 4K Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gaming IFA 2014 Robots Samsung Sphero TVs Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446653 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on video review: Sphero 2B – next-gen robot toy doubles speed, rocks new form-factor http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/hands-video-review-sphero-2b-next-gen-robot-toy-doubles-speed-rocks-new-form-factor/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One of our favourite robotic tech toys gets a next-gen makeover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands-on video review: Sphero 2B – next-gen robot toy doubles speed, rocks new form-factor" alt="Hands-on video review: Sphero 2B – next-gen robot toy doubles speed, rocks new f" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-01-06%20at%2007.47.51_0.png?1389002559" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3016489155001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3016489155001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/hands-video-review-sphero-2b-next-gen-robot-toy-doubles-speed-rocks-new-form-factor/video#comments CES 2014 Sphero Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:27:03 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1430723 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the rugged Sphero 2B http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The upgraded smartphone-controlled toy was let out to play at CES Unveiled [updated with video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="514" height="385" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sphero2B.jpg?1389490528" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The prototype that was shown off at CES Unveiled proved itself to be quite a different animal. You might even call it a beast.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3016489155001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3016489155001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news#comments Android CES 2014 iOS Sphero Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:07:35 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430711 at http://www.stuff.tv Sphero 2.0 is better, smarter, faster, brighter http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/sphero-20-better-smarter-faster-brighter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smartphone-controlled ball gets a new sibling, and it&#039;s got plenty of tricks to keep the fun rolling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero 2.0 is better, smarter, faster, brighter" alt="Sphero 2.0 is better, smarter, faster, brighter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-2.jpg?1381215235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The original smartphone-controlled Sphero <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/review" target="_blank">won Stuff over</a> with its multicoloured rolling shenanigans.</p> <p>It's a gadget that firmly falls into the 'this doesn't need to exists but we're glad it does' category, which is why we're happy to see that Sphero 2.0 has been announced.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep Rollin&#039; Rollin&#039; Rollin&#039; Rollin&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sphero 2.0 comes with a host of improvements – it can now roll along at a blistering seven feet per second, which, we're told, is only slightly slower than a Lamborghini. Yikes.</p> <p>Not only that, but its coloured LEDs (which serve up 16.9 million hues) are now three times brighter than the original's. Squirrels will be hypnotised in broad daylight before they'll have a chance to know what flattened them.</p> <p>Sphero 2.0 has more than 25 games on the App Store and Google Play, and comes with an inductive charging base and pop-out ramps for catching some sweet spherical air.</p> <p>Bumpy plastic Nubby covers are also available if you want to take the fun off-road without scratching the Sphero 2.0 to shreds. Roll on.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sphero 2.0 is better, smarter, faster, brighter" alt="Sphero 2.0 is better, smarter, faster, brighter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-cases.jpg?1381215235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/sphero-20-better-smarter-faster-brighter/news#comments Geek accessories Sphero Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:40:55 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1425545 at http://www.stuff.tv Sphero video review http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/sphero-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the outside it’s a ball – but on the inside it’s a sophisticated, app-controlled robot and the most futuristic, most spherical toy in town… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="378" height="278" title="Sphero" alt="Sphero" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sphero.png?1370357840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-1823557199001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1823557199001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/sphero-video-review/video#comments Geek accessories Sphero Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:44:13 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1423748 at http://www.stuff.tv Sphero http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the outside it&#039;s a ball – but on the inside it&#039;s a sophisticated app-controlled robot. We spend one month with Sphero </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-review-press-1_5.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-review-press-1_1_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-review-box_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £105.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff spent four weeks straight up ballin' with Sphero, the most futuristic, most spherical toy in town. With a max speed of 2mph, a high impact polycarbonate shell and an Orbotix Smart Robot inside, will this beat the <a href="/review/parrot-ardrone-20">Parrot AR.Drone 2.0</a> to become our favourite next-gen toy?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Spheros-review-LEDs-glowing_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – intro  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite appearances this isn’t just a ball – it’s a polycarbonate-clad robot, controlled via iOS and Android app. That translucent shell takes plenty of punishment and surface swirls give it grip on land and water alike (yes, it floats) – though it struggles with thick rugs and bumpy terrain.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-rolling-photo_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – tough robot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LEDs shine out from the Sphero’s translucent shell to help you pick&nbsp;it out in a crowd. Apps allow you to choose from any one of 16.8 million hues, making night-time rolling seriously impressive. It’s also a feedback mechanism: the ball will glow red when it’s time to put it back into the inductive charging cradle.</p> <p>Setting up multiple balls with separate colours makes night races great fun,&nbsp;and long exposure photo fans will get hours of fun from swooping coloured balls around in the dark.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-water_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – LEDs  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It takes a little while to get used to driving (or rolling?) the Sphero. Tight turns and sharp stops are off the menu; wide corners and lots of anticipation are the key. The driving app allows you to change speed,&nbsp;or hit the boost button for a sprint. The balls will reach up to just over&nbsp;2 mph – faster than it sounds.</p> <p>Rotate two fingers on the screen and you’ll see a blue light moving around inside the Sphero – simply point it in your direction to calibrate it.&nbsp;The Sphero does a surprisingly good job of keeping itself on course, but it needs resetting fairly often – after a while it begins to wander off, like a forgetful spherical granny.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-macrolab_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-obstacle-race_1.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – rolling  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Switch your Sphero on by giving it a good old shake. The Bluetooth connection is easy to set up, using a clever flashing colour code for pairing (if it’s flashing green-yellow-blue, it’ll show up on your smartphone as ‘Sphero–GYB’) means you won’t confuse it with anyone else’s translucent glowing robot-ball.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-last-fish-app_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – Bluetooth  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not many of our gadgets are waterproof, but Sphero’s sealed shell means it floats beautifully. Shock friends as you ‘accidentally’ roll it into the pool, then amaze them as you blast it through the 100m like a ball-shaped Michael Phelps.&nbsp;Pro tip: a strategically placed rubber band gives it more purchase on the water, helping it paddle faster.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-sphero-drive-app_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"></p> <p class="p1">Beginner tinkerers can set Sphero to run through a list of basic actions with the <a href="http://forum.gosphero.com/archive/index.php/f-22.html">free MacroLab app</a>. Power programmers can use the software development kit (SDK) to make it do all sorts of things – flashing Twitter alerts, motion-controlling <a href="/review/parrot-ardrone-20">Parrot AR.Drones</a> or synchronised dance routines with other Spheros are all just the beginning.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-sphero-chromo-app_2.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="333" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sphero-review-sphero-cam-app_1.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – Sphero SDK  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"></p> <p class="p1">While it won’t manage big hill climbs or scale any surface that’s too lumpy, there’s plenty of amusement to be had with two Spheros, a mate, and an obstacle course&nbsp; you’ve jury-rigged out of empty bottles, packs of cereal and used toilet roll. Once you’re done dodging the toaster you can mark out a circle and play Sphero sumo too.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – multiplayer mode  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1"></p> <p class="p1">As well as being controlled by your smartphone, Sphero can be a controller itself. The number of compatible apps is small but growing, but games like <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.pyrosphere.lastfish&amp;hl=en">Last Fish (69p)</a> allow you to use the ball’s accelerometer and gryometer to move. Throw in AirPlay and you can control games on your TV with a magic ball. Who needs a Wii, anyway?</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – smartphone controller  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=orbotix.drive&amp;hl=en"> Sphero Drive for iOS and Android</a> you can use driving controls, draw a route for Sphero to follow and mess around with its colour. It's the starting point for a whole load of spherical fun.</p> <p>Next up download <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sphero-chromo/id519909937?mt=8">Sphero Chromo (only on iOS)</a> a game that uses the Sphero as a physical controller – tilt or spin your ball around in search of the right hue. Impressive but limited – this is more of a demo app than a long-lasting game.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then there's <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.orbotix.spherocam&amp;hl=en">Sphero Cam, free for iOS and Android</a>, which combines driving mode with camera controls, allowing you to film your Sphero as you fling it around the world. Cue thousands of Sphero Vs Cat videos on YouTube.&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally there's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/shapesynth/id431097161?mt=8">Shapesynth -</a> which you'll have to fork out £1.49 for and is also only on iOS. This polyphonic synthesizer app is a bit light on instructions but lets you tilt and lift Sphero to adjust frequency modulation, delay and more in your bleepy compositions.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sphero review – best Sphero apps  </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazing tech, hardy package. Bags of programming potential but for the average user the novelty soon wears off&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sphero </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sphero/review#comments Geek accessories Sphero Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:33:34 +0000 Sophie Charara 423080 at http://www.stuff.tv