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Sphero SPRK-----LEARNING IS EVOLVING GET ON THE BALL

Edit: Swalle Technology Co.,Ltd    Date: Sep 14, 2016

From Cnet News From Internet


Sphero is back as a coding robot, with improved SPRK+ and Lightning Lab


Faster Bluetooth pairing and a better app come to Sphero's educational platform. From painting to swimming 

to maze-running, we put it through its paces.



Sphero SPRK and Lightning Lab have a lot of fun challenges and projects that feel like interactive lesson plans, 

mostly because they are. Some activities involve actual step-by-step coding that's drag-and-drop simple, while 

others involve thinking how to creatively use the Sphero's motions. They also show how much this $129 (equivalent

 to £90 UK, or AU$175) robot can do: Painting, maze-running and precise turning. And this little ball is waterproof 

and shockproof too.


Sphero has LED lights and inductive charging, and its motors can make it spin at various speeds and directions, 

using Android, iOS or Amazon Fire tablets and phones to remote-control it. Sphero makes a number of accessories 

that snap onto this or other, older Sphero models. A snap-on chariot accessory, for instance, has a Lego-friendly 

top to build on. My son used it to add a bunch of minifigures.



Sphero SPRK+ costs a little more than last year's SPRK, but adds a scratch-resistant coating and a better tap-to-pair 

Bluetooth Smart connection to the rolling robot. Like 2015's SPRK, it's transparent. You can see the motor, circuits, 

and other cool tech guts inside. It functions the exact same way as older Sphero robots, but that better Bluetooth 

can come in handy for the market SPRK is targetting: Educators who have to set up multiple Sphero robots at once.


Much like Sphero's BB-8 toy, the SPRK+ is mostly silent. But the updated Lightning Lab app adds programmable 

sounds to make it feel like your little coding buddy is beeping and booping. There are hundreds of free activities to 

browse -- some made by Sphero, others from the community. Some use coding, or building and completing tasks 

like chariot or boat enclosures to win races, or designing and completing a maze. Others model systems like planetary 

motion, or using the Spheros to make art, or just having them dance. 

A number of activities are designed as STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) challenges, and the included 

course instructions can organized into classes in-app.


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