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Sphero is a remote-controlled ball that's been making the rounds in both the toy and tech worlds for the last few years. With omni-directional motion and a gyroscopic sensor, it's a combination of remote-controlled toy and Bluetooth game controller, with the requisite smartphone control via Bluetooth. Today Amazon has the Sphero toy for $84.99, $45 off the retail price of $129.99. Like all of Amazon's Gold Box deals, this price is good for one day only. Amazon Prime members can get free domestic 2-day shipping as well.

So what can Sphero do? Well the most obvious application is as a remote controlled toy, zipping around carpets and tile like a possessed polycarbonate ball. It's waterproof, at least somewhat "pet proof," and can speed away at 3 feet per second. It's controlled by the Sphero Android app (there's an iOS version as well), which can operate with a conventional digital joystick or tilt mode. The app is also the means by which the toy's software is updated. But wait, that's not all!

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Sphero creator Orbotix has released more than a dozen Android apps supporting the toy, with games ranging from golf to driving to (of course) zombies. Some games use Sphero as an augmented-reality player character, some have you holding Sphero in your hand and controlling a character or cursor on the screen. An open API and SDK means that anybody can join in the fun, and indeed, there are a handful of third-party apps and games that do just that.

Again, the nature of Amazon's Gold Box program means that this deal is valid for today only, and may also be limited by the online retailer's allotted stock. If you want to pick a Sphero up, there's no better time to do so than right now.

Source: Amazon Gold Box - Sphero

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Couldn't resist and finally picked one up. The kid (7 months) and the pets are going to love it.

    • Cory_S

      My Shepherds would crunch that thing in half the first time they caught it. I've seen one of them snap sticks as big around as my wrist in a single bite...no way i'm letting him play with a 85 dollar ball haha.

      However, the yorkie would probably love to chase it around.

  • ProductFRED

    I was going to buy one, but then I asked myself a legitimate question:

    What will I do with it a day later? A week later? A month, a year, etc? It'll just sit there collecting dust.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I suppose we'll see, but I can see myself coming back to it from time to time. I dismissed Sphero as a gimmick back in the day, but some people swear by the fun, and the team keeps coming out with new apps all the time.

  • lensgrabber

    I was going to get one when it first came out but just couldn't do it at the $130 (crazy) sticker. $85 shipped... ehhhh what the frak... sure. If I can get some fun out of it and watch the cats and dogs play it's worth it.

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      • Cherokee4Life

        again? Isabel you are persistent...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Bant the spammer.

          • Cherokee4Life

            yeah!!

  • http://www.bfolkers.com Brian Folkers

    My kids and dogs love it. I purchased one with a coupon they gave me at SXSW this year. It does have long spells of sitting around and not being fooled with, and is sometimes quite cumbersome to steer, but some of the apps are fantastic!

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