Sphero - Spider-Man - Red
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- Level Of DifficultyIntermediate
- Control TypeApp-controlled
- Robotic Function(s)Motion detection, Emotive Eyes,
- EffectsLights, Sounds
- Product NameSpider-Man
- Recommended Minimum Age8 years
- Number Of Pieces Included1
- Assembly RequiredNo
- Model NumberSP001ROW
- Color CategoryRed
- Control Range33 feet
- Directional ControlsBackward, Down, Forward, Left, Right, Stop
- DesignSpiderman Robot
- Assembled Height8.25 inches
- Assembled Length4 inches
- Assembled Width5.5 inches
- Assembled Weight1.55 pounds
- Battery PoweredYes
- Battery TypeLithium-polymer
- Battery pack
- 40 minutes
- Charging Time60 minutes
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 Year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 Year
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 245 reviews(245 Reviews)
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
A bit of a let down, but could be cool for kidsPosted .
It wasn’t too long ago that I saw my first Sphero robot. It was fun to play with although a little tough to get used to movement-wise. That experience was with the first generation Sphero and since that time, the company has branched out into licensed devices like the droids from Star Wars. When I had the opportunity to try out Spider-man by Sphero I thought, “How cool! My very own superhero!” Unfortunately, the experience was less exciting than my anticipation. The packaging is quite impressive and I have to say that it is adorned in the red/blue branding of Spider-man. It’s very classy looking and has a lot of great graphics on the outside of it. Spider-man himself is one solid piece. Other than plugging in his charging base with the Micro USB cable that is provided (no power adapter included), there is no other assembly required. Getting started with Spider-man is very easy, too. Once you have him plugged into power and charging, you download the app from the App Store (iTunes or Android) and power him on. The first thing you will go through is a short warm-up to get you familiar with interacting with the hero. This is where the experience sort of fell flat with me. Spider-man does not move. Other than his eyes, which are small LED panels, there is no animation whatsoever. The app is very well-developed and gives users several ways to interact with the statue, but I personally would have liked to see some additional moving parts. I didn’t expect him to swing around the room with a web, but I did think that maybe his head would turn and his arms would be controllable. Spider-man does sense when you move him around, for example, if you pick him up and swing him around the room, but other than that, he’s basically just a free-standing statue. All that said, Spider-man does look really cool. I was amazed with the detailing on the device and the soft silicone feel of the device. His voice rings through loud and clear and he did understand me pretty well when I talked back to him. The main part of this experience happens in the app. Spider-man can stand guard in a room (he will just report to you that there was motion/activity), act as an alarm, tell you jokes, and even watch TV with you (Spider-man animated series only). For an adult, it’s a little cheesy especially for the price you pay for it, but for, but for a kid, I could see this being a good experience for learning how to interact with an artificial intelligence-driven device. Spider-man by Sphero is a unique version of ‘create your own adventure’ for the next generation. He looks cool and does work as he should. I just expected a bit more on interactivity from the device itself.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Echo for Kids!Posted .
My son loves asking Alexa to “tell him a joke”, even though he doesn’t quite understand the humor (he is seven). So I immediately thought of him when I discovered this toy. It doesn’t hurt that he also happens to adore Spider-Man! The Sphero Spider-Man provides more than just jokes, he can tell interactive stories, play games, and even ‘watch’ Spider-Man with you. The device itself is a voice controlled computer that has various activities that can be operated without a constant internet connection. Though you need a smart phone to configure him initially, he can operate standalone after first set up. Though having a phone or tablet to interface with him does provide visual interaction and content updates, I found it wasn’t needed. Everything can be accomplished via voice commands, a huge plus considering the primary audience. Spider-Man has a soft rubber texture, movable arms, and animated eyes that are surprisingly expressive. I am impressed how Sphero was able to achieve the feel of Spider-Man using only voice and eye animations. In addition, Spider-Man has an infrared sensor and gyro meaning he can respond to both movement and motion, adding to the feel of him being ‘aware’. Speaking of aware, I applaud Sphero for not eavesdropping on our children, all voice recognition is processed on the device and not sent to the ‘cloud’. My only negatives about Sphero Spider-Man are the short two hour battery life and the occasional delay in voice response. An occasional delay is acceptable versus requiring external processing to speed things and the battery life is mitigated by the included charging stand. Overall, Sphero did a fantastic job bringing the Spider-Man character to life without sacrificing privacy in the process. If you have any young (or old!) Spider-Man fans they are sure to love Sphero Spider-Man.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Interactive toy with an Alarm clock!Posted .
this review is for Sphero Spider-Man toy This Sphero toy is very nice looking especially with the spiderman logo illuminating on it and the interactive LCD like eyes doing eye movements while the toy is talking to you or telling you a story or a joke. Here is a list of the cons and pros: Pros: - there is a good amount of content built in the app and the toy, it will take your kid months to get to know and play all of them. - the toy looks really good, and it stands out. - there are a few modes in which you can use the toy with, like teaming up to practice skills (requires movement with the toy), or asking for a joke or chatting or even asking the toy to tell you a story, or even fight villains. - a really impressive feature is the guard mode, when activated it would alert you if a movement happened around it. - I like the alarm clock, as simple as it is, its still a useful feature. Cons: - the speaker is positioned under the spiderman logo and its only protected by the rubber which makes the spiderman suit, it is very fragile, and if a kid held the toy the wrong way or squeezed it due to excitement while holding it the speaker might actually break. - this toy requires a somewhat a tech savvy user (parent or an adult to install the app, connect the toy to wifi, install the updates the first time). It also requires a seperate devise like a smart phone or a tablet to access the full features of the toy, which I find disappointing. - there is serious security issues as this toy can respond to your words (IE its listening to everything is said around it).No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great device for kidsPosted .
This Sphero Spider-Man product is amazing and my 10-year-old son loves his spidey (that is what he calls him). The device is kinda of the concept of Alexa but it doesn't activate by voice command, you have to press the spider on Spidey's chest. Pressing the spider button activates the device. He tells many jokes and asks questions to know you. For playing, he features a story where he walks your through a spiderman crime scene and he requests the player's assistance. He can guard your room when someone enters and keeps track of the time and gives out an alert. The sound is incredible and the Light eyes change with Spidey's emotions and conversation. The first day he kept my son entertained for hours. Easy to set up with a smartphone app and you may set up an alarm to wake up your little ones in the morning. I love the features that come with its own charger and rechargeable batteries; no more using disposable batteries. I hope Sphero company can create a device for girls. To summarize, my son loves his new toy/friend.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fun fun fun!!Posted .
This device is pretty fun my entire famile liked it. Don’t expect this toy to be acting like any other voice-assistant device out there but it does simple task like; tell me a joke, has a story mode, but the most feature that I liked is the alarm that you can set to remisn you and the Guard mode that alerts you when someone walks in front of it and keeps track of the time and gives a short berief after you saying stand down by pressing the spider button. High quality and rubber finish makes it soft in touch. Happy with it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Sphero SpidermanPosted .
This sphero spiderman looks great with its oversized head and expressive LCD screen eyes. The eyes are the best features of the toy and they can move, squint and also wink based on the conversation you are having. It also flashes in different colors when using spidersense. The toy with the stubby legs does not move and the arms are posable only. The rubbery texture is silicone like a rubbery basketball and feels pretty durable. The toy turns on and off by pressing the glowing spider logo on the chest and is the only physical button. It comes with a webbed charging base and a microusb cable. It works a couple of hours on a single charge when away from the base. The toy is controlled by an app and is required to setup. Once setup you do not need the app an can just use the button. The app however provides a plethora of activities to have fun with including cracking a joke and going on adventures. It can also be used as an alarm and in guard mode where it can register movement and asking intruders to go away providing a movement report at the end of the day. A very nice and fun toy from sphero.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Won't stick with youPosted .
I opened this up and jumped into it blindly. After some updates (Takes a while) This is a cool little toy for a 10+ yr old. I played around with it myself (I'm older than 10....a little) The system does have a few bugs that need fixing. It has syncing issues. You also need to download and app on your android or IOS devise. And the interaction aspect [ voice controls] are hit and miss. Some of the adventures require picking up Spidey and physically playing with him. I have to say, this costs way to much to risk the damage incurred by dropping or rough housing. It is a cool companion when it does work. My favorite feature is the alarm. Spidey is creative with his style of waking you. The variety is nice. make sure that your WiFi connection is up to par as you will need that to fully enjoy this toy. He learns from your interaction, So get involved. Finally , while there are a few neat features in this can of spiders, I just believe it is too much money for something so fragile aimed at kids. I don't recommend this to families on a budget. If you've got the cash to burn, give it a go. Side note: Some of the jokes are pretty Lame/Funny. But in all, it is a forgettable product. Only for the BIG Spidey fans.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Mehhhhh!Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I'm still trying to figure out what this is supposed to be. Outward appearances have the device being a whimsical representation of the much beloved superhero Spiderman. The only "moving" part on the figure are the LCD eyes that change shape to mimic expressions. This Spiderman seems to be geared to the pre-teen. I can't see anyone older giving this much time. You must download the companion app to be able to actually use Spidey. The app will allow you to select interactive modes, set volume. Personalization is limited, you can select from two lists to create your character name which Spidey will address you as. You can also select two parts to create his super power. It does have a few amusing games that you can activate via the app but I found they get old quickly. Spidey tells corny jokes and stories and will enlist your help to fight villians. What it isn't... an interactive assistant in the vein of Google Home or Amazon Echo. It can't play music, it can't tell you the weather, it can't do Google searches or provide the seemingly unlimited information that a home assistant can. What it is... a limited interactive toy. The limitation comes from not being connected to the internet and only can interact with what is programmed in memory. There is also limited customization using the app. I'm unsure if app updates will add features or stories or jokes. It does have a couple of somewhat useful features. The first being a motion detector of sorts. You can put Spidey "On Guard" and if anything moves in the area Spidey will alert you. The second feature is being able to use Spidey as an alarm clock but again you must use the app. The most annoying thing for me is that you have to push the spider on Spidey's chest for him to listen to commands or responses. So no just setting him on the desk or shelf. He has to be in hand. In closing I'm a bit confused of the purpose of this device. The price of just under $150 puts me at a quandry of its actual usefulness. Is it cute, yeah. Does it do some cool stuff, yeah but only with the app. Is it worth $150, mehhhhh! I think your money would be better spent on an interactive home assistant however if you are a die-hard Spidey fan then maybe so, that's what attracted me to this guy.
Asked by windyx.
- A:Answer Alerting when someone is in your room is only one of the features. It's main feature is a story mode where the user can take part. It will take you into a story about finding a villain but it will ask for your help to swing him through something, to punch, kick, hide, and so forth, to accomplish the mission. It will also ask questions about you such as, your favorite color your favorite hobby etc. the more you talk with it the more it learns you and can respond sarcastically to your commands.
Answered by Jesse
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer No, the product does not give information such as weather.
Answered by CommunityAnswer
Q: QuestionWhen I turn on my Sphero Spiderman, the eyes stay dark without lighting up. Is this common? Or is there any button or command to light up the eyes?
Asked by Zoey.
- A:Answer I had similar problem because I did not do set up the right way. Called Sphero and they helped me through it all. I highly recommend you call them.
Answered by txlamb
Q: QuestionHi. Our cat chewed through my son's Spiderman's power cord. What is the replacement part that I need to order? Thanks!
Asked by BethM.
- A:Answer If it just the charging cord you mean? If so then all you need is to get a new USB to Micro-USB cord from Best Buy.
Answered by PROonTOP
Q: QuestionSo for $149 you get a colored Spere that makes noise and lights up.... is it really THAT cool?
Asked by Trouble.
- A:Answer Actually... Yes... It is a just a fun toy/gadget to have on your desk. Setup up some alarms, goof around with.
Answered by Ebonovic