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[Deal] Sphero is Amazon’s Goldbox Deal Today, Priced 35% Off at $85

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Sphero, the robotic ball that can be controlled with your Android device, is available today as Amazon’s Goldbox deal for $84.99, which is $45 cheaper than you will typically find it. The Sphero is one of those products we’ve often considered picking up, as we see their team at every trade show and often find it to be a cool toy, however, we could never justify the $130 price tag that was attached to a ball that’s mostly a niche product. But hey, drop 35% off the price, and we’re down. 

For those not familiar, Sphero is a waterproof, light-filled robotic ball that pairs with an Android or iOS device. Once paired, you can drive the ball around remotely, play a number of games that have been created for it (including some that use augmented reality), set up obstacle courses, etc. It really is a pretty cool product, but like I just said, the $130 price was always a bit of a turn-off. This $85 price may be the cheapest we see. And now my cats will forever hate me.

Amazon Link ($84.99)

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To see a bunch of uses and promo vids for the Sphero, you may always want to hit up the Sphero YouTube channel.

  • TylerChappell

    $85 should have been the starting price. To their credit though, they have put a great deal of work into the apps and games that they have made for it which are free, and since it can be played with in water and survive your dog’s mouth, that helps add to the neatness of it. I bit the bullet, I can’t wait for it to arrive tomorrow.

  • Sinistar83

    I actually won a Sphero last year from them. At the time they had a weekly contest for the best Sphero related idea and I submitted one for an Augmented Reality game idea and won it. :). Now they are doing similar contests to win Spheros, just follow them on Google+ or Facebook. I think they have a zombie themed contest going on now.

    Anyway It is great piece of tech and it’s awesome they released an SDK. I just wished I knew anything about programming to take advantage of it lol.

  • Luxferro

    Anyone know what it is made out of? Is it durable? Can it resist chewing by pets? I wonder if my rabbit would play with it or try to chew it…

    • Raven

      It is supposedly made out of polycarbonate and pretty tuff on the outside. It is the mechanical bits in the inside that I would worry about with any big drops.

      • Sinistar83

        I rolled mine off the kitchen countertop once onto the hard tile and it was fine. Supposedly they said it will survive a 6 ft drop onto concrete.

    • bboyairwreck

      There’s a video on youtube of it surviving a hit with a shotgun. Believe what you want

  • joejoe5709

    Pretty cool, but it’s 75% pet distraction, 20% mediocre party toy, and little else. Like most have said, $50 or under and I’d be much more interested.

    • WAldenIV

      5% else by my calculation.

      • joejoe5709

        Correct. Internet math skills abound within you. I suppose I could have said 5%, but I wanted to be more poetic – for lack of a better word. Anyway…

  • Raven

    I am actually really interested in something like this. Although they really push the fun aspect, I am more into the robot aspect. I see there is a macro app and a BASIC app as well as a full Android API. I would want to be able to program something autonomous. Anyone actually have one of these?

    • michael arazan

      I would rather have a iRobot vacuum that I can control with my device. For $80 it would get old quick, even chasing my dogs with it, and you know it won’t go up hills or can be used outside

  • chris420o

    i can think of a lot more to do with 80-90 bucks then buy this thing that will be cool for an hour or for another hour when people come over….but thats me

    • JoshGroff

      Same thing that stopped me from buying a Parrot AR Drone, as cool as they are.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Too bad it doesn’t have a camera attached to it for remote-viewing from your smartphone.

    Although, that would probably be a bad idea because you’d start getting dizzy from all the rolling around the ball would do. lmao

    • Priorities

      It would be super cool if the ball was transparent and could adjust the camera position dynamically to account for rolling. Exploration ball!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Hell yeah! That would totally be cool. But then that $85 price tag would probably bump up $50 I bet. lol.

        • joejoe5709

          Remove the mostly useless lights and add a camera in a transparent shell. Still probably more expensive, but it would help.

          • Priorities

            The lights are pretty though hehe

    • flosserelli

      Excellent idea. Maybe they could suspend the camera in its own housing, like a ball inside a ball, which would make Sphero much more appealing.

    • TylerChappell

      Because then you would have tons of college dudes maneuvering the ball to look under ladies’ skirts lmao. They would just think it was some cute little light-up ball!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Until they see the glaring eye(camera) of the ball. They would then pick up the ball and find the dude controlling it, and suffice it to say, it would not be pretty. hahahh

        • TylerChappell

          Well the girl probably wouldnt be that pretty either if she likes to find dudes just based on grabbing their balls.

          • EvanTheGamer

            lol

  • Brian Cohen

    hhhmmm…. sounds like something that might keep my dog entertained while I’m at work.

    • Priorities

      Could play with your dog remotely! :D

      • Brian Cohen

        Ya I know, I just ordered it. Pretty psyched. If my dog doesn’t like it, I’ll just return it. Amazon is awesome like that.

        Plus its an excuse to make an app that I can run that will set automated paths for it to take so my dog can play even if i am busy. if anyone is interested shoot me a message and I’ll send you the app when I’m done.

        • Sinistar83

          Download the Macrolab app from the Play Store. That might do similar what you are looking for. But if you end up making a better app, I’d love to try it out. :)

  • Ian

    Spendy for what it is.

    • JoshGroff

      Pricy*

      • Ian

        Got pulled over by the grammar police…let me off with a warning :p

        • JoshGroff

          Lol!

  • FAL_Fan

    Interesting…$50 and it would be more realistic, though the wireless charging is a neat feature…still $50 and I’d contemplate it.

  • Jeff Creemer

    I don’t know. that’s still pretty expensive. Drop it down to under $50 and maybe…