Get Rolling: Sphero 2.0 Giveaway

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Get Rolling: Sphero 2.0 Giveaway


The folks from Orbotix stopped by the MAKE office a few weeks ago to show off the new Sphero 2.0, part video game, part rolling robot. Watching folks drive the brightly colored balls around the MAKE lab brought a smile to everyone’s face, especially the ones who were doing the driving.

Sphero 2.0 rolls 7 feet per second and pairs to handheld devices via Bluetooth. It works with Android and iOS devices and is supported by more than 25 apps. The orbs are powered by induction charging and an internal smart robot. It’s made for gameplay, be it solitary or multiple player. The balls glow in a wide range of colors and they’re designed to be pet proof and waterproof.

Orbotix is offering a Sphero 2.0 giveaway that will let one lucky winner get in on the fun. To be eligible to win a Sphero 2.0, simply leave a comment below, telling us what you would do with your very own robotic ball, by 11:59am PT on Tuesday, Nov. 26th. We will randomly select the winner. The deal includes a Nubby cover, a slip-on cover that gives Sphero off-road traction and extra protection.

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Orbotix is also offering MAKE readers a free Nubby cover with purchase of a Sphero 2.0. Use the code MAKENUBBY at checkout after adding a Sphero 2.0 and a Nubby cover to your cart. The cost of the Nubby will be subtracted from the total. Click here to check it out.

493 thoughts on “Get Rolling: Sphero 2.0 Giveaway

  1. zak says:

    I have both a cat and a 5 year old grandson…not sure which I would torment first with a Sphero. Good fun either way!

  2. Nate Curde says:

    Would be used to drive my dogs nuts. Assuming that this can withstand them.

  3. crow says:

    I would use it to take over the world. Or at least my house while my cat is distracted.

  4. Bill Griffith says:

    I would most definitely use it to chase my dog around the house.

  5. Ian Lee, Sr. (@ianlee74) says:

    6 & 7 year olds. Nuff said???

  6. Ross Radford says:

    Yes, the obvious answer would be to drive your pets nuts. As a parent, perhaps this could be used as a tool for learning in some kind of game… aha, get two Sphero 2.0’s and two paddles and play two-person live-action pong on the floor!

  7. Eric Slack says:

    I have 3 girls and 3 cats. I can see it getting taken away from the girls either for chasing the cats or arguing over who’s turn it is. Then it would be my turn. :-)

  8. Dante says:

    With this, I would become a cat terrorist… I would lie lurking in the shadows of night for my opportunity to strike, and the cats of the world would be suddenly aware, and be suddenly afraid, as mine would be a nameless terror, because cats do not speak, but if they did, they would cry “WHAAAAAA?!?!”

  9. Mickey Mossey says:

    Oooh, my wife would love it if I got one of these. She enjoys it when I roll my balls around the house!

  10. Brian Wagner says:

    I teach middle school robotics. Kids love robots! I would love to have another robot to show the kids!

  11. Blagojce Kolicoski says:

    Endless fun for me and my boy.

  12. Josh says:

    Funny how a robot immediately makes you think of tormenting pets and kids. Times have changed. Not complaining, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

  13. Sean says:

    I’ve already built two robots, one with Arduino, one using EZ-Robot and hacked a brookstone rover to chase my son. I’ve been slowly working on getting them to communicate. Given the open nature of the Sphero API and SDK, I suspect it wouldn’t take me long to get it in the herd. I also have a Great Dane / Mastiff mutt who is terrified of my robot creations, so I suppose I would also make some video of the ensuing chaos to share with the Sphero team. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Glade Mellor says:

    I would see if it’s possible to make it into an aqua-sphero. Maybe with a paddle cover?

  15. nightsmusic says:

    This might just prove to be faster than my dogs! If Mr. Red Dot can’t drive them nuts, this can.

  16. Jeremy George says:

    I would drive this around with my nephews.

  17. Darren Gibson says:

    I have 2 cats and my son is 11 months old… A sphero would be extremely fun.

  18. Jeff says:

    I would chase around my 1 year old son with it!

  19. gemno says:

    NOTHING short of ruling all basketballs, baseballs, golfballs, tennisballs, etc worldwide.

  20. Clayton Kimber says:

    I would drive it around my campus while video recording from afar to see how many people were caught off guard. Like a dollar bill on a fishing pole gag.

  21. Louis Minsky says:

    Playing with cats of course

  22. Carfin33 says:

    World Domination!

  23. chuck says:

    The first thing I’d do with the Sphero is attempt to open it to see how it works and assess its hackability. I’d want to use the sphero to develop my own games, perhaps with added sensors or features. There would also be the required amount of dog and cat chasing which could lead to game development for dogs and cats and their people.

  24. Kevin says:

    I could set the Sphero to play with my dog while I’m at work.

  25. Don Pancoe says:

    First, torment the cat. Then a father/son development project. Could be fun.

  26. Steve Z. says:

    Scare my girlfriend!

  27. Brian LeFevre says:

    Sphero would be endless fun for my kids aged 1 – 12.

  28. Justin says:

    RasPi web server… Home webcams… Sphero… Endless hours wasted at work playing with the cats and dog at home….

  29. Ed says:

    Might be fun for my 11yr old son and I to program our Mindstorms robot to play tag with the Sphero.

  30. Dougal Campbell (@dougal) says:

    We have two dogs, two cats, and three kids. We’d be able to freak them *all* out!

    I mean, get them to exercise. Yeah, that’s it.

  31. German T. says:

    Mess with my dog.

  32. trkemp says:

    I’d love a Sphero to play with my cats.

  33. Mike Meyer says:

    Gee, they updated it. Now I need a new one. Save me the cost? Please?

  34. Dave says:

    I would drive my kids nuts with it…by letting them watch me play with it

  35. Andrian Al Islam says:

    I’ll beat every cat in my campus with this hilarious ball

  36. Darryl says:

    I’d program it to play with my daughters and cat. I’d have it run away from them….

  37. Sean says:

    My son is obsessed with robots. I’d love to play with this robot ball with him.

  38. Rob says:

    Yes, please.

  39. ghstridr says:

    I would use it to learn more about robotics and to ‘exercise’ my dogs when it’s raining outside.

  40. Tze Haung says:

    Sending it ahead as an imaginary pathfinder. Who knows what danger lurks ahead?

  41. Charles Haase says:

    My son would love a reverse (uphill) marble run!

  42. Brett says:

    I would revel in the thought that I could have created a successful company like Orbotix did. In college for my senior project I invented a remote controlled 12″ diameter sphere. It was quite a feat for it’s time, but the pendulum mechanism was already patented as I later found out so I didn’t pursue it as a product.

  43. Mark says:

    My daughter and her cat will have endless fun with a Sphero. Wonder what the chickens in the yard would think, especially with the added traction of the nubby cover?

  44. Tom Llewellyn says:

    I think this would find use pestering dogs and coworkers, as well as some inside fun during the cold season.


  45. Nick says:

    Use it to create a custom 3d printed obstetrical course!! I’m thinking Mouse Trap theme :)

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  46. Dan Pollack says:

    Chase play hide and seek with the kids.

  47. GCF says:

    I would definitely use this for some new bowling style games.

  48. Anna says:

    Kid likes robots and tormenting the cat. So does spouse. ‘Nuff said.

  49. Christopher Gosnell says:

    Cat torturing seems to be the most likely response. I would try to pair it to a Rasberry Pi and a camera to see if the Pi could drive it around and avoid obstacles / chase cats. This would be a good task for our Robotics group!

  50. Benoit says:

    Me and my kids would play with it.. taking turns.

  51. Tain says:

    id put it inside the discarded skin of an orange; and upset the local grocers!!

  52. Jake Huggart says:

    These things are cool. Send me one!

  53. Jay says:

    No Cats, No Dogs, No Kids. I’d use it to entertain myself.

  54. Xavier Marshall says:

    I would roll it around my office getting the dogs in the office to try to chase it.

  55. kilbasar says:

    Cat toy! Cat toy! Cat toy!

  56. corgimas says:

    oh. i would be chasing the corgi and the baby around with it of course!

  57. sevin straus says:

    We have a dog at the office that likes to chase a laser dot and a R/C rat, this would be a HUGE upgrade for her!

  58. Wayne Verish says:

    I would roll it in the morning, roll it in the evening, roll it at supper time, I’d roll that little Sphero and be happy all the time. Come on sing along now!

  59. Qtechknow says:

    I’d use it to make my FuzzBot better. :D

  60. Cristian says:

    I would use it do get distract myself while doing my thesis :)
    And my bunny would love it!

  61. Barb Bodley says:

    This would be a great addition to our middle school STEM classes.

  62. Kristen says:

    I would give it to my teenager!

  63. B. Patten says:

    I would use it to make my own Indiana Jones sequence with lego characters where the huge ball of death rolls after you no matter where you run – even around corners!

  64. sam says:

    I would use it to torture the cats & delight me!

  65. craig handjian says:

    The excitement of watching my 4 yr old and 2 yr old in amazement would be awesome.

  66. alexfranke says:

    Awesome — I’d use it to help inspire the kids on our grade school maker team.

  67. Grease says:

    i would teach it to tattoo!

  68. Marci says:

    Sounds like hours of fun with the kids and dog!

  69. Lindsay Beal says:

    I would likely give it to my science geek husband or mother-in-law

  70. George Zhou says:

    Drive it down the stairs

  71. says:

    team up wiht my cabnet maker friend and make mazes to drive it thru.

  72. Kelly says:

    Great robotics platform for my son to have fun with!

  73. Michiel says:

    3 kids, 1 ball. Should be fun :)

  74. Dave Collins says:

    Our dog is blind, so no more tormenting her…my kids would have a blast with it, though!

  75. Luis Leao says:

    I would use to keep cats away from the garden in the night.

  76. Adler says:

    I wonder if I could use this to somehow present a ring to my ladyfriend….

  77. Don says:

    I would use it to make the guys at the Makerspace jealous and/or perhaps play around with the API.

  78. MichaelH says:

    Use it to play with the cat — she’s 15 and could use the exercise.

  79. Ben says:

    I would probably freak out my siblings with this… lol
    i want one!

  80. Tim Slagle says:

    I have to say, I’m also torn between using it with my 6 & 7 year olds, or playing with our cats. Seems to be the popular choice!

  81. tim mckenzie says:

    I would try to use it for an alternative game of pool instead of using the cue and white ball.

  82. zapnap says:

    If only it had a built-in laser pointer with which to torment cats….

  83. Sara Mooney (@Sara_Mooney) says:

    Twofold: Show my nephew what you can do with programming and robotics since he loves all things mechanical. And then torment the cats with it.

  84. Juli says:

    Ah, what a way to get the three cats and two dogs all playing together in peace, love and Sphero happiness!

  85. Michael schaw says:

    It will pull me across the tundra while I whip it from the comfort of my dog sled.

  86. Kristopher Baily says:

    I would test its off road capabilities (I have a mile long dirt road) and Hack it to be controlled by Wii remote.

  87. Ross Larson says:

    I’m sure we could use a Sphero at the Appleton Makerspace……

  88. Douglas says:

    I would use Sphero to solve world hunger, create world peace and reverse global warming.
    But before that I would just use Sphero to chase people around in the mall.

  89. Jon Lazar says:

    I would be rockin’ and a rollin’ and a whatnot

  90. Nathan says:

    Roll it through paint and then steer it around to make pictures.

  91. Laura Henderson says:

    I would use it in the children’s room at the Mark Skinner Library and then hope to add more once I convince my library director. :)

  92. Travis Will says:

    I really need this for my daughter she is three now and loves robots. This might be enough to keep the passion going.

  93. Bryan says:

    I would use it to scare ghosts, and I would also use it to scare my non-existent cat. Or, I’d use it to scare away the ghosts-of-cats-from-previous-owners-of-my-apartment.

  94. rtr52nd says:

    At seven feet per second, I would use is as the starting point for my in home, cold-temperature, table top particle accelerator.

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  96. Bil says:

    I would wrap it in yarn and use it as a semi autonomous ball of yarn once that became tiresome i would naturally use it to create strange robot sphere paintings, failing that the addition of electro magnets would allow for some interesting fridge climbing. Perhaps as a tweet indicator bar graph stylus?

  97. Aaron Esham (@a5modeu5) says:

    Would definitely need at least two so that we can can have races through obstacle courses we would build.

  98. loudergood says:

    I want to use one to write things in the snow!

  99. Joel says:

    We’ll use it as an excuse to play outside.

  100. Mark says:

    I have no doubt that if I had a sphero, I’d either terrorize my cats or my coworkers. Probably the coworkers.

  101. B Pearce says:

    I’d leave my cts and my 11-year-old to decide amongst themselves!

  102. Pierre-Yves says:

    I would test its child entertainment capabilities with my little boy.

  103. Tom says:

    I wouldn’t tell my wife about it and then have it continually move just outside of her peripheral vision. Can you link these things to make a mini-armada?

  104. Get Rolling: Sphero 2.0 Giveaway Rachel says:

    Play with it with family members – both humans and cats!

  105. reedweiziyang says:

    I’d use it to make some sort of rolling robot camera so I can take beautiful pictures during chicago winter while comfortably sitting in my car:) as u all may know, the winter in chicago is quite harsh, very VERY cold!!!! And slippery from the snow/ice. So the extra traction would totally pay off! I want one, thanks! Plus it may help pass around beer bottles on a flat surface?:)

  106. Omar says:

    I’d make a Sphero race track in my backyard

  107. Lori says:

    I’d love to play with this and show my kids how fun making can be!

  108. Jennifer Westmoreland says:

    Both of my kids would ADORE this! i have a 2 year old and a 10 year old, talk about some good fun!

  109. Greg says:

    I would scare the begeebies out of my dogs and film it!

  110. Pete W. says:

    Paired with a computer vision library object tracking becomes possible. It would be fun to use object tracking on multiple computers competing in a computer driven physical race course each Sphero computer operator running its own implementation of Artificial Intelligence to win the race.

  111. Forrest Yeh says:

    I would use it to distract myself from studying for finals!

  112. Gwenn says:

    I’d call him Hermes and have him follow me around all day like the duck I had imprint on me once…

  113. Richard Callender says:

    That thing looks like a blast! I’d truck that little thing all over NYC.

  114. Chachi says:

    I would drive a dogs crazy with it!

  115. Mike Thorn says:

    Beginning robotics workshop at my local Makerspace!

  116. Thomas Fletcher says:

    Pair it with a micro controller and make a maze solving program.

  117. Darrell Brooks says:

    I’ve got 3 small dogs, and my daughter that would chase and play with the ball, and I would enjoy driving them crazy with it. Or, toss it on a golf course and drive the holders crazy.

  118. Kirsten Elson says:

    The practical joke possibilities are endless! I really want one!…

  119. itavan says:

    I’d roll it under the dinner table and drive everyone nuts.

  120. Chris says:

    First I’d play with my crazy cats…

  121. Aidan Fox-Tierney says:

    I think I would likely use it more to show off to my friends than to play with regularly.

  122. Kenia Taylor says:

    I would play pranks on my 5 and 7 year old kids, build a mini ramp and rail system for it and have heaps of fun!.

  123. John says:

    I’d have my boys build a lego minecraft scene and make them learn how to drive through it.

  124. Dan says:

    It’s like this was designed for people with cats. Or terriers. :-)

  125. matthew says:

    I’m pretty sure my dog would destroy it but assuming i could keep that from happening it would be a blast to cruise around the house for my son and cat.

  126. Deana says:

    Chase the dog!

  127. Jen Yonit Metz says:

    I’d love to try all of the games paired with Sphero. I think it would be a great next step for my kids’ education in technology, hacking the game!

  128. Lauren Dragone says:

    It’s not about what I would do with it but rather my six year old son.

  129. Garrett Van Zee says:

    My cat would love it. He needs the exercise.

  130. Hamilton Davies says:

    When my dog tries to run away I’ll throw Sphero out in frot of him and watch him chase it back into the house.

  131. Chris says:

    My kids (and I) would love to have one of these!

  132. Bryan Kamtsios says:

    I would demo the games for Sphero at work to keep kids entertained while parents are shopping.

  133. Michele Browning says:

    I would use it in our STEAM Lab at my daughters preschool. Yes, we have a STEAM lab for 2-5 year olds and they LOVE it. They work on Raspberry Pi’s, conduct experiments and LOVE to watch things move! This would be a hue hit with the kids!! Please !?!?!?!?!

  134. gljoiner says:

    Play with my cats, all sixteen off them!

  135. Jody Shanabrook says:

    I would use it to make a soccer like game with other Spheros.

  136. Stephen Grow says:

    Work with my kids to help drive the cats nuts…

  137. Kevin Coram says:

    I’d chase people around the office with it.

  138. Robin Gingerich says:

    Could be fun to build a snowman with!

  139. Davin V. Jones says:

    I would play with it! :)

  140. Peter Pugliese says:

    This is so cool! I would use this to wow my friends and coworkers as the ball magically roams around the office and apartment. Love the lighting effects!

  141. The Catt (@TheCatt) says:

    See what my kids can come up with.

  142. Roque López says:

    I wonder if I could use it to move something that usually doesn’t move (e.g. a trashcan, floor lamp, plush toy) and scare the hell out of passerby. hehehehe…

  143. Josh Houser says:

    I would love to experiment with accessories for a spheroid, maybe a paddle wheel, propeller, etc.

  144. Travis says:

    I would show my daughter, and drive it around the house together.

  145. Frank says:

    I would control it remotely to follow my wife all day long, when I work from abroad.

  146. Cruz Monrreal II says:

    Y’know, I still want to know how the new Sphero jumps…

  147. Sven says:

    I would scare my colleagues at work.

  148. Will Ross says:

    I’ll use it with a geocaching game. Let the fun begin!



  149. taperw says:

    Most of my maker activity is focused on music making, so I would build a circular glockenspeil for it to roll around in.

  150. Jason Diaz says:

    I would simply give it to my 6 Year old and let him conquer the world with it! :)

  151. Mitchell Feigley says:

    I would use it to play with my pets!

  152. Dan says:

    Teach a four year old about electronics, and to run him around so he’ll nap!

  153. kelson erece says:

    My 3year old daughter will go crazy over this.

  154. Michael Harrison says:

    I would use it to herd dancers during one of our dance events.
    I might also use it to scare the musicians when they play too fast.

  155. technologicalmayhem says:

    I’d play with my niece’s.

  156. Chris Murray says:

    I don’t have any sons so I miss out on a lot of the cool toys. I would make a marble run track and amaze people, who don’t know about sphero, by seemingly breaking the laws of physics.

  157. jaxpaboo says:

    I’ll play a little pong with my cat

  158. Chris Lueking says:

    I would use this for pretty much everything. I’ve been waiting for the perfect little robot buddy, and this looks like it! I really like how Sphero has multiple applications like being a controller, RC toy, light, etc.

  159. heckyeah! says:

    this is obviously for messing with my doggie

  160. Workinonit! says:

    I would take it apart and figure out how it works!

  161. Chris Combs says:

    It seems ideal for sifting flour, washing salad greens, frothing milk for lattés, and countless other thankless kitchen tasks. With some upgrades it could also be useful for mixing pancake batter or grinding spices (in large quantities, as for pickling). I look forward to introducing Sphero into my cooking! (Sphero-sous? Souspho?)

  162. Keri Schaefer Roth says:

    Okay, first my kids and I would play/invent/explore…then my students would get to be creative with it…and then for sure it would end up in my husband’s middle school science classroom. It would definitely be enjoyed by many children!

  163. Mags says:

    I live on a farm with 4 cats, 5 dogs and a teenager. It would be sooooo much fun to watch!!

  164. Scott says:

    As a device to connect our hackerspace with the community, I’d build a contest around it challenging our members to build elements of a Sphero obstacle course. Then, during next year’s Fresno Mini Maker Faire, turn the public loose on it.

  165. Brian Edmisten says:

    I would drive my 4 year old daughter crazy. Like a cat chasing a laser pointer.

  166. Jeff Crown says:

    And I thought the dog tormenting my three cats was entertaining!

  167. Zeke Sebastian says:

    Use it to push office supplies to me using a rig or something, sort of like a pack mule. Also find its capabilities in parkour, mid air, and on a trampoline.

  168. Brian Cunnane says:

    I’d put it on display as part of my robotics club in college. We could always use something good to show off to a crowd!

  169. Davide Gavagnin says:

    I should teach my dog to swim. Or buy another one and play with my son.

  170. edrock84 says:

    Chase my dog and cat with it. Bug coworkers.

  171. Jamey says:

    Greatest pool table trick ever!

  172. Daniel says:

    i would be racing them on my kids hot wheel track, and i really would like to see them going in a oval bowl of some sorts.

  173. Jan Murphy says:

    Entertain the cats, of course.

  174. melluap says:

    I have two kids, 5 and 7 who are getting into robotics and programming. Would love to see what kind of control we could hack onto this.
    Plus, torture the cats of course.

  175. Wiersing says:

    First: annoy the girlfriend then use the long floors at the university :)

  176. Stacy Karle says:

    We would use it to tease our puppy and have some fun with it!

  177. Travis Wheatley says:

    I would definitely use it for some great fun and games with both the kids and family pets!

  178. Nicolas Duarte says:

    Giant real world pong.

  179. Mike Hurst says:

    I would love a Sphero! And not to just torture animals. He would be my sidekick and go with me everywhere. I’d try to figure out a way to implement voice recognition so I could talk to him like Siri and he could reply with answers.

  180. therafescv says:

    I would use it to play with my pets!

  181. Michael Stern says:

    My 8 year old just spent 45 minutes at the game store LOVING this. And it was right next to the Sifteo cubes that he used to want… now he has a new favorite. He had already visited Santa but insisted on going back so he could ask Santa for a Sphero.
    I love that there are both high-level macros and a BASIC-like interface for programming. He does Scratch but wants to get into robotics and other programming. This completely fun platform will give him every incentive to just keep fooling around with different kinds of code — perfect for the young kids out there. Plus, dear old dad just loves programming up some fancy stuff too. I didn’t glean from the store demo that there were multi-player modes, but playing with game development would be great fun for us older kids as well.

  182. Noah says:

    I would give to my 11-year old daughter to get her interested on robots and programming!

  183. Irene Sun says:

    I’m a graduate student and this will definitely help me deal with my anxieties. :) I’d love to play with it.

  184. TomSix404 (@TomSix404) says:

    I love this, It would allow play time for myself and son who is into technology, great way for merging tech and outdoors, not mention fun!

  185. John G says:

    I’d wait patiently for the kids to let me have a turn.

  186. Lars Fuchs says:

    Definitely amuse my dogs… but maybe also my coworkers! Looks awesome.

  187. Mike Kelley says:

    I would teach it to sing and find it a job as a roving troubadour.

  188. John McColley says:

    4 cats and a 4mo old…

  189. countjoe says:

    Not sure yet. They look like fun.

  190. Mark Petz says:

    Roll it!

  191. gt2scale says:

    I will use it to torment my wife’s cat. As far as I can tell, as a grown man, a cat’s only purpose in life is torment, either giving or receiving.

  192. Idan says:

    i will drive my roomates dog crazy therefor will make my roomate crazy then he will be taken to the asylum and i will have the place for my own to make a party!

  193. Edgar Oliva says:

    This would be the best Christmas gift for my cat meow ..she would love it

  194. Nico B says:

    I would torment my younger brothers and dog. And my friends. And everyone else, too.

  195. Allan Araiza says:

    It would be awesome to have one of these!!!!!!

  196. David Doqdney says:

    My disabled 4 yr old son, Brayden, could use this during therapy to help develop fine motor skills and would be so fun to watch his face light up with excitement!

  197. Diana says:

    I would give it to my husband as a gift. he is a remote control wizard, and would find endless uses! Then I would have to get my own, so we could play together, try every app, and endlessly entertain our kitties.

  198. andytanguay says:

    I’ll be honest…I will torment my friend’s cats. 8-)

  199. Travis Bradburn says:

    I would use it with my son’s robotic team and Cub Scout Den.
    They love anything robotic – especially when you can play games with it.

  200. Perla Serrato says:

    My children would love, love love these!

  201. Nelson G. says:

    Saw the earlier versions of this on – looks like a lot of fun!

  202. Chris Tracy says:

    My 5yo daughter loves my Sphero 1 and I’d love to add the Sphero 2 to our collection so we can race!

  203. Michael Perkins says:

    I would walk it across the Bay Bridge.

  204. Chandra says:

    I’m a tech-promoting teen services librarian and I know my Tweens would LOVE playing with this!

  205. katie lukas says:

    My two sons would love this.

  206. Alfredo G. says:

    This would be so awesome for my eight year old daughter to play with. She is really into robotics and loves science, with this I think it will spur her on to learn more about it and make for some great memories in the future.

  207. twoodar2 says:

    I would donate this to my students in St. Louis. I’m sure they would have a blast programming it!

  208. Ruben Mur Monclús says:

    Just having fun!

  209. Jonathan says:

    Re-enact the NES video game Marble Madness

  210. Jim says:

    I would love to get my hands on one. My daughter has become fascinated with robotics, and I need to play “catch up” on the technology.

  211. Ed Nadler says:

    I will use to to save the world. How? uh uh uh Spoilers.

  212. Flying Frogs says:

    I would certainly give it to my 9 year old grandson (and his father). I’m trying to get my grandson excited about MAKE.

  213. Brandi Weed says:

    I don’t know if my cat would like it (she might), but my 2-year old niece sure the heck would. As would my young cousins.

  214. eugaet says:

    I would hope that exposing my kids to a Sphero would generate an interest in robotics and they would learn something that will help them in the future. But who am I kidding? We just got a new puppy. That pups going to be chasing Sphero for days.

  215. Salvo says:

    I would roll it around on the floor for my dogs to chase.

  216. Gerald Sears says:

    We have 5 spaniels and a kitten. It would be a robot pet toy. I am also interested in how it might be modified and what sensors can be used.

  217. Bryan Hover says:

    This would be great with my youngest son. Also to introduce him to this sort of robotics would be great. i think that you could also use this stuff in your holiday seasons for stuff.

  218. dvanbeever says:

    I would use it as a teaching tool in my physics class……nah, probably would just play with it with my own kids at home!

  219. Samuel Wolkoff says:

    I would see how well it can stand up to the outdoors and multiple animals! Fun stuff!!

  220. Kevin Lanni says:

    I would use the Sphero 2.0 to help me work on my Sphero Web API. I am currently developing an API for browsers (Chrome Apps, specifically) that allows any Sphero to be controlled via JavaScript using Chrome’s Bluetooth API.

  221. Zander says:

    I’ll drive it around the world annoying animals and people alike everywhere I go!

  222. ciikucliBen says:

    I’d play with it, then take it apart and then take it apart to see how it works

  223. Gary Davis says:

    I’d like to put a cover over it like cup or cone and attach a rat-like tail sticking out of the cover bottom like a rat trapped inside and put it on the floor at the mall and freak out people – they’d be afraid to uncover it.

  224. Patrick R. says:

    I would love to use this thing! It looks almost like the mechanical pool ball from get smart

  225. 0xfred says:

    Strange how this has so many more comments than most.

    I *might* let my 2 year old play with it. Nah – probably not.

  226. Edwin Busby says:

    I would show it off to all my friends and talk them into buying one too!

  227. Leah Read says:

    I’m wanting to build and obstacle course to try this out on. And I think the kids and dog would love it as well.

  228. Matt Jahnke says:

    I would probably give it to one of my nephews… after I play with it all month before christmas.

  229. Sarah Miura Spindler says:

    My 6YO would love it!

  230. Randy says:

    Kids would love to chase it around!

  231. Nicholas Saint Gabriel says:

    My son would think this is the coolest thing in the world. I think I’d agree…

  232. Ryan says:

    I would use it to teach my students about randomly generated abstract art. We would dip it in paint and then make paintings with it.

  233. Nirmal Intwala says:

    I would love to have this for my twin niece and nephew!

  234. David says:

    I’d run it through the rat maze a work, use it as a cat toy, and play with it with my kids.

  235. Daryll says:

    I’d use it to torment the cats, dogs, and rabbits that run around the house.

  236. Craig Dunn says:

    I would love to teach robotics and coding to my grandson using the updated version of the Sphero. A great way to bond and educate while having fun!

  237. Lee Ratliff says:

    I’d build a series of ramps connecting my upstairs to my downstairs using PVC downspout with the face cut off. Then I’d play with it as much as possible before inevitably handing it over to my kids.

  238. joshuahecker says:

    Mine will go to my 2 year old daughter. She loves dancing with her Keepon, and I think she’d love Sphero even more!

  239. Sharon Wheeler says:

    My wonderful grandson would love this!! Thank you for the chance.

  240. Lars says:

    Although my cats would really enjoy playing with it, I think I would also put something like a rag around and use it to clean under the couch and shelves.
    It will also be send through some kinds of labyrinths. Even perhaps with some kind of ECG/EKG device on the Android phone to pilot it via mind control…. there are so many possibilities :D

  241. Chris Makler says:

    What better way to teach your kids to code than letting the result torment the cats?

  242. Will baggott says:

    Terrify my enemies.

  243. Dillon Loupe says:

    I would take it “off-roading” and test the limits of the Nubby cover!

  244. Sgtmackenzie says:

    I would like to see how my boys interact with it and help make it easier and better by offering up feedback. My thought is that the application of this technology is amazing and would also just like to play with it because its like a cool toy and im a 34 year old geek being young at heart.

  245. kjunkins says:

    I have neither cat, nor dog, nor child at home. So I have to find a way to amuse myself!

    Actually, I am thinking some sort of Twitter interface that would roll the Sphero in certain directions based on the tweet. It could get a workout on my pool table.

    Another cool idea would be for it to go to certain offices based on Tweets. @Carl tweets #ComeHere, and it would roll of to Carl’s office.

  246. Tom Sommerville says:

    I would love to give one to my 4 year old niece, to get her interested in robotics! I’ve loved my Sphero 1.0, so I know she’d get a kick out of the faster model :)

  247. Joe says:

    I’d write an app to use its collision detection to map the floors of my house.

  248. Joshua Lyon says:

    They had a number of these at Microsoft Build 2013. I completed 5+ of the developer challenges, but they were already out of Sphero’s and a number of the other goodies so I ended up with a Clocky. I would use the Sphero to test out my original ideas like dropping it in a body of water and driving it around… as well as creating a Spark Core (WiFi Arduino) powered custom remote control.

  249. Brian Givens says:

    Definitely have to chase the dog and the 2 yr old around. Then the 2 yr old would probably chase me around.

  250. pja says:

    I’d use it to help teach my pup flyball!

  251. John youmans says:

    give it to my neice and nephew for Christmas

  252. Heather says:

    I’d use it to get kids excited about computer science at the University of Victoria’s SPARCS after school club!

  253. Brad says:

    Is there an API for it? Line following via remote control from a laptop running some image processing software (Processing)? Or… Ya know… Play with it.

  254. Tracy McDonnell says:

    Playing with!

  255. Soma Sendi says:

    Gonna Have some fun with the little cute cats around my house :)

  256. Scott Picton says:

    Obviously the only thing I can do with this is to freak out my conspiracy theorist neighbours!

  257. ssimkins says:

    I would play different games with my three year old daughter! Looks like it has some potential to be a great learning tool!

  258. Thomas Nord says:

    After watching the video, the first thing I think my boys and I would do is build a monster obstacle course and see who can finish with the best time.

  259. Ley Hathcock says:

    My high school robotics and engineering classes attract the techno-geeks. THIS is just the kind of thing that will attract and engage that demographic who says “robotics isn’t my thing”. Perfect for introducing a broader spectrum of high school girls and non-techie types to the fun side of engineering.

  260. Clinton Mukai says:

    My dog would love this thing, and I could control it from the comfort of my sofa without having to get up.

  261. Jason Ball says:

    I want to play with this! I bet my cat would love it!

  262. Christopher Lavery says:

    Hopefully I would be able to use Spheroid 2.0 to help kids learn interactivity and physical coordination. Looks like a wonderful tool to develop real time coordination skills that are impacted with true physics!

  263. Kevin Bolling says:

    I would give it to my 14 year old niece. She has the aptitude to be a maker and I would like to encourage that.

  264. Thomas J says:

    I would hack the app, control with an arduino or raspberry pi and most of all, show of my awesome awesomeness! :)

  265. Robert Leonard says:

    i want to roll one , cat would love it too

  266. Avri Rutledge says:

    I would give it to my 7 year old, who is in a Robotics class through his school. He made his first robot out of VCR parts. He would LOVE this!!!

  267. collinearskies says:

    I want to put a Sphero into a beach ball and run it across a lake!

  268. Aaron says:

    I would really like to make my own board games which would include sphero!

  269. natell says:

    I teach middle school and would love to be able to show this to my Exploring Technolgy classes!

  270. V says:

    This sounds great! Maybe you could 3D print or mold some bearings for them and put them on a chassis. , maybe mount a video camera or a small toolbox or a drinks dispenser or a down-facing vacuum. And then of course right an iPhone script for it and there you have it a completely omnidirectional self maneuvering and useful servant, the first of many which you will use to make your own private army.

  271. Dan Costello says:

    Well, honestly, I’d give it to one of my kids for Christmas. And then, almost certainly, I would trip over it a few days later.

  272. Kristi S says:

    I have a robotics team and would love to see the kids investigate with it.

  273. Brian Berry says:

    I will start an all-ages sphero hockey league in my town.

  274. Jay says:

    I would love to see if I could find a way to mount a camera inside a clear shell and use it as the perfect tossable camera for Law Enforcement.

  275. jane says:

    I would attach speakers and LED’s and boom… instant party. Cause really, once you have a loud, brightly colored, remote controlled sphere, ANYTHING can happen.

    1. jane says:

      Psst…. It’s jane again…. Clarification of previous comment: When I say anything can happen, I mean ANYTHING can happen, take any idea, and add rainbow lights and speakers…. Think about it……………………

  276. jan says:

    I’d use it in so many different ways: inspire the kids in robotics, play with the baby, find a way to awe students using it in a visual illustration … or just play with it myself (and perhaps annoy my wife with it)

  277. Elaine Campbell says:

    I would love a toy such as this. Haven’t had anything new like this in years. Oh please let me win…I promise to share the fun with my cats!

  278. R potter says:

    This would be the perfect thing with which to annoy my coworkers. Screwing with people’s minds is the only job perk I get and dammit I refuse to give that up!

  279. Dave says:

    My boys have had a lot of fun with their sphero, but they have fought over it a lot. Another would settle it.

  280. JLA says:

    I would definitely show it off to all my friends via FB and in person. Possibly, get a YouTube video series going. Then perhaps a short movie?

  281. Kimberly Kihega says:

    I would use it to pester our dog. Heck, it would probably terrify her, but it would make the kids laugh so it would be worth it :)

  282. David Nutty says:

    Start Phase II of my World Domination Plan …

  283. Madhur Parihar says:

    I love the idea of tele-control. Shpero is supercool to begin with. I have more evil plans.

  284. Sara says:

    I want to just explore this thing and find out more about it! My 4yo would LOVE the techie part of it, my 4mo old and kitties would just be entertained and my husband and I would just nerd over it. Love!

  285. John Waters says:

    I would take it and mess with my cat or take with me, when I fish, to the water

  286. Bennett Sanderson says:

    I would use it to form real world relationships instead of just pretending to live on the internet.

  287. Paul Meeks says:

    I would take it to my friends cat and dog shelter so all 4 legged little friend’s can have some real fun in there day’s spent there!!

  288. Michael Funk says:

    I would love to work on AI aspects with the Sphero 2.0.

  289. Isabel Cureux says:

    Total. Global. Domination.

  290. Mat Nightingale says:

    I’d let the kids have at it and tell them to use their imagination.

  291. Adam Enggasser says:

    If I had a Sphero 2.0, I would have loads of fun. I could bring it to school, use it to scare friends, and much more. If only I had one…

  292. Robert Former says:

    I would give it to my son, who askd for one for Chrstmas. Then MAYBE he’d let me play with it… :)

  293. Nate Quillin says:

    I would catch some air at the skatepark!

  294. Tony White says:

    I would use it to open a whole new world to my 7th grade science students here at Lange Middle School in Columbia, MO.

  295. Ann Schmidt says:

    I am a library media specialist – I would use it in my library & keep students on their toes!

  296. Kevin says:

    Would be utilized for scientific demonstrations of physics (and a little zipping around the office)

  297. XLT_Frank says:

    I would interface it with a rasberrypi, camera, and pythons to have it move on command – approaching cat, human, etc. A sphere that doesn’t want to be caught!

  298. David Allen says:

    I would like to play music by driving it across the organ keyboard in a geometric series of steps, rolling over our drum set, perhaps driving back and forth over guitar strings… The possibilities are endless.

  299. Amer Mallah says:

    Would definitely be used to keep my kids loving technology.

  300. aeronpotato says:

    I’d play around with it, and maybe bring it with me on walks. It’s be interesting to see how it worked, too.

  301. Lindsey says:

    I’d use it to help with robotics outreach and let kids play with it!

  302. Keith says:

    This would be fun to play with my cat

  303. James Y says:

    Chicks, man. I’d use it to pick up chicks. ‘Cause nothing says “I’m available” like a grown man sitting in a bar controlling a glowing orb with his iPhone. Seriously… that’s what I’d do.

  304. SunnySh says:

    I would love this! For my own entertainment and for the kids! And I would really try to find a real world use of this gadget! Ah would be perfect

  305. Aaron Shaw says:

    Probably end up as cat toy. Would also get the kids into robots.

  306. Sebastian I-S says:

    I would probably try and mount the sphero in a model ship, with propellers attached somehow. The sphero would act as the motor. Love Sphero!!

  307. George Murray says:

    play play play

    What else is there in life?

  308. Hannah says:

    I would prank my friends and play with the cat.

  309. Ferry Djaja says:

    I will use it to to build a robot package together with Raspberry Pi and compile it as a education package for kids.

  310. Isaac doubek says:

    drive it through mazes.

  311. Maria says:

    I would use it in Robotics club

  312. Taylor Gregory says:

    I would use it around my school to scare/help people.

  313. David Bo Mathews says:

    I would give it to my 10year old daughter Eavan! She lives with her mother and gets NO exposure there to STEM. Whenever she is with me, I do my best to work with her imagination, creativity and get her interested in STEM. I have help from the engineers I work with, (esp the female engineer I work with – THANKS AC!) to get her interested. This might just be the thing that gets her interested. Legos and Mindstorm are a start, but something like this would be super cool!

  314. J.Talley Brown says:

    I would make it my minion and together we would rule the universe! Or maybe I’d just play with it.

  315. Rob says:

    I would use it to take over the world.

  316. Mike says:

    I’ve just moved into a new house. With one I can:
    Test the pipes
    Torture the cats by rolling around the wall cavity
    Simulate ghosts in the attic and freak out guests
    Find gaps in the fence
    Use it as a measure to know when I need to mow the lawn
    Attach a tail and see if I can attract some local birds of prey
    Chase the cats through their cat run
    Race it to the nearby beach
    Then at the beach use it as a night time fishing lure
    Then build a giant Rube Goldberg machine out of all the left over building materials to keep it busy while I’m sleeping…

  317. Corey M says:

    I would make it do trick around the house. Set up a course of pots and pans and have it climb and move around kitchen supply and make loops and twists. Then I would make a course around my whole house.

  318. cole says:

    Walk it to school :)

  319. Ira Locke says:

    Hmmm try it out in a hamster wheel to see how fast you can spin it?

  320. Tim Massaro says:

    A new way to play labyrinth ! Happy Thanksgiving everyone

  321. mayt531 says:

    I would put a sheet over it and make people think it was a tiny ghost in my house.

  322. Kent Torell says:

    Raspberrypi and bluetooth module paired up to guard the christmas presents under the tree

  323. Hayden McCarthy says:

    I would hack it to see what’s inside and then I might hook it up to an Arduino to see what would happen then.

  324. akismet-1d533972367b1e939689ba05dcc13b99 says:

    Have it direct guests to the bathroom whenever they come over.

  325. Kelly Lofgreen says:

    I would use it to bug my wife, and entertain my 1 year old puppy!

  326. matt says:

    i’m going to have to go with torment the dog.

  327. Brent says:

    I would teach my son to chase our cats with it.

  328. Cory Mitchell says:

    Try out my programming skills I learned from my AP Computer Science class and make cool apps for it!

  329. Laurie says:

    I’m sure my ferrets would love to chase it around!

  330. McCormickd says:

    I’d probably launch it off a catapult.

  331. John Dewey says:

    I would print out all these comments, and make a race course and drove back and fourth over everyone else’s comments. Then I would fold some into cubes and others into walls and ramps and tunells, and drive around the obstacle course. Then I would tape them together and make hanging bridges from the table to the counter and drive the sphere 2.0 over the bridges. The whole time admiring everyone else’s equally yearning comments. I would make vines and post beautiful loops of the sphere 2.0 dodging everyone else’s aspirations as it came to me.

  332. mzmacky says:

    I would use it in my physics classroom! Or maybe computer science class?

  333. mneaton43 says:

    I have a high energy cat, and even higher energy siblings! Many circles would be made!

  334. Melissa Kirk says:

    A gift for the brother who has everything (except this)!

  335. TK says:

    i would definitely mess with my dog and just play with it myself!

  336. Scott Webb says:

    I would take it to the pool hall and freak out some of the more inebriated patrons with my trick shots.

  337. Renee Olague says:

    I would have fun with my grandkids, new puppy and older dog.

  338. Darren Thompson says:

    I would use it to inspire and excite preschoolers with developmental disabilities.

  339. gabegonzalez2013 says:

    I have wanted sphero since it came out, it really looks like endless fun. I would use it the way it’s intended, for pure fun! Seems like a lot of fun if your playing around with it or playing a game with a group of friends. Both myself, my family, and friends would love this!

  340. gabegonzalez2013 says:

    I’m sure my dog would get a kick out of it too;)

  341. o says:

    I would have students play with it while learning how to program.

  342. mom says:

    Make my kids’ Christmas!

  343. guy says:

    I would have a pet that wouldn’t have to been fed and be let out to go to the bathroom.

  344. leeze says:

    I would scare my kids when they sneak out of bed at night.

  345. Ryan Olson says:

    Drive the pets crazy, and play with upcoming baby. I’m sure more interesting things will come once I have it in my hands to see what it can do..

  346. retha says:

    Would love to hack it so can be used in occupational therapy with some of the wounded warriors.

  347. Andy P. says:

    This would make the perfect sibling and pet companion/harasser.

  348. Sindy says:

    I would give it to my Dad as a holiday gift. Last year my brother-in-law gave him an RC helicopter, which he loved. I think he would love a Sphero even more.

  349. orbit138 says:

    I have a house full of kids that would love this.

  350. terry says:

    I have a dog and a cat, enough said!

  351. Kenneth Vogt says:

    These will become the cornerstone of my court jester act once DARPA’s Atlas bots attain sentience and enslave us all.

  352. Brian Jones says:

    I would use in in my begining arduino and Raspberry Pi class I’m going to teach.

  353. Maria says:

    I will use it in my STEAM Up library program at the Guadalupe Library.

  354. Jena says:

    These would keep my toddler busy for a good bit!

  355. Rob reeves says:

    Wake up the 4yr old

  356. oriharaChipsa says:

    Cat toy, of course.

  357. fasmith0229 says:

    I have a one year old and two Tweens. Need I say more?

    Oh yeah. Kittehz!

  358. Anthony Babington says:

    obviously it’s ideal use is tormenting and taunting pets and/or small children… and that’s just what I would do

  359. Chris says:

    Like everyone else, torment the kids/pets :)

  360. gboypalodia (@gboypalodia) says:

    i am a 9 year old boy and am very into computers and gizmos. if i get one of these, i could learn more about programming and robots.

  361. Lindsay Balfour says:

    Work with a team of kids to design the most epic Rube Goldberg maze machine and try to direct Sphero out through an assortment of traps, trails, and turns!

  362. Shannon Wells says:

    Definitely will use it for cat torture, I mean, er, play. I’m guessing also that my 5 year old niece would be absolutely delighted to play with me and teh kitteh.

  363. Tina Michaelides says:

    i would teach it how to swim race

  364. Ganesh .s.p says:

    i would probably play “The Rolling Dead” or “Dark Nebula” ;) :D

  365. omiah says:

    I would sooooo have precision races! Maybe integrate a jet module and perhaps make it fly. Turn it into a personailty core from Portal. Maybe even turn it into a personally rolli polli olli!

  366. Lior Shneor says:

    Two kids, one tech savvy dad – I imagine lots of ‘daddy plz’ and ‘let them play!’. But we can’t wait :)

  367. jonathan hirschman says:

    I will use it to pace myself as I roll away from the Thanksgiving dinner table.

  368. John Ploucha says:

    I would play games with my nieces and nephews. And, I can think of a few lessons to teach where this could be used too. I wish I had this a few years ago. My late girl friend had a monkey for a service animal. We would have had so much fun.

  369. James Wimsett says:

    Duh! I would take it off some sweet jumps! Then I would amaze my two dogs with my awesome driving skills.

  370. Eric Thompson says:

    I’m thinking I’d have to use this to terrorize the cats and amuse the toddler. Oh, and um.. education, you know for the children.

  371. George says:

    I’d program it and make cool creative videos in water and on land with my sister’s camera. I don’t mean to be sadistic or anything but my cousins’ cats wouldn’t mind being terrorised…

  372. Jonas Butvila says:

    See if I can get my two cats to fight over it. If its waterproof, see what it would do out on the water. maybe I can stop casting and use this as a bobber to send my line anywhere I want.

  373. Benjamin Enos says:

    I’d love to have one of these to amuse my kids and torment my wife. I think it would drive her nuts, LMAO.

  374. Theodor Jacobsen Sandaker says:

    I’m a teacher at elementary school, and a cat owner. I see lots of possibilities! ;)

  375. p2d2 says:

    I would simply LOVE a sphero and I would show it to all of my friends. I also have a puppie Yorkshire and I’m shire he would also like playing with it. I hope I’m lucky this time :)

  376. Benjamin Deliege says:

    I hope my wife will stop playing with boring ipad’s game for playing with this amazing ball ;-)

  377. Samuel says:


  378. Kyle Hamilton says:

    Like I don’t already torment the cat already…….. 3:)

  379. Fabrice says:

    Thank you very much for the challenge …
    I have to admit that i would really like playing keels with my children … and also , more personnaly i would like to try to take long exposure photography (light graffity).
    Thank you very much
    Have a nice day

  380. Basile says:

    I would use it to cyber-play with my cats and kids.

  381. Peppe says:

    I’ll give this as a present to my little cousin. He have the left arm nerves damaged from birth. He is clever, curious and I found myself surprised thinking how young is. He never act like a child with one useful arm, never asking for help, he make everything on his way. Also he love playing videogame with his sister and have two cats.
    I think it’s a gift that he will like a lot… and I never see any Sphero here in Italy, so my cousin will be original and trandy (because I think he never have to hide himself, but surely I know he don’t). So he don’t deserve pity, he need to discover how clever he is and teach himself to be more creative, that’s all I hope.

  382. Nuttawat says:

    I would love to use it with my favourite synth app, Shape Synth.

  383. Evie says:

    I would love a Sphero!

  384. Osvaldo says:

    I will definitly figure something out to use it differently than what the marketing department suggests!

  385. John says:

    I would go to my local lawn bowls & replace the jack with sphero. I think it would be fun to see what happens when the jack suddenly moves. (I know people who do lawn bowls, I wouldn’t do it to some random people)

  386. Martin says:

    I would automate it to follow me around the house like my little minion!

  387. Bryan Gaynor says:

    My wife just LOVES when I bounce Sphero 1.0 off her feet and harrass her when she comes home from work, is making something to eat, or is just trying to get some peace and quiet. Sphero 2.0 — you will bring joy and happiness to my marriage! ;-)

  388. Aaron Maurer says:

    I am an educator, robotics coach, and boundary pusher to get more coding, robotics, and hackerspace into our middle school. With Sphero I would have students develop an obstacle course in our classroom, host competitions and then have them try to develop a robot to beat Sphero on the same course. So many possibilities when you combine nerdiness, students, and coffee!

  389. Justin Pierson says:

    I think it would be awesome to show this technology to my kids!

  390. Kevin Tierney says:

    I would torment my dogs

  391. Darrin Baird says:

    I would follow my wife around just to tease her. It’d be like having a tiny, round, robotic kitten. Perfect since she’s allergic to cats.

  392. Jeff Easter says:

    I would love to say all the things I would do with it, but I have three kids, so the chances of me getting time with it are slim to none.

  393. ngoline says:

    I would definetily drive my cats crazy with this toy!

  394. Warren says:

    I’d plan to use it in dark hallways so that I can walk to the washroom during the night without turning on all the lights! Maybe a pre-programmed guidance route? Overkill, I know…

  395. Kuhen Elan says:

    I would stare at it in amazement just like that guy in the video. Then I would find a way to test just how pet proof it is.

  396. esbowman says:

    I would exercise (torment) my newly adopted dog, two cats and 2 year old son. This would be quite the step up from the laser pointer.

  397. George Kinney says:

    I’d love to chase the cat around the house with one. :)

  398. Jeff says:

    My cats would be simultaneously riveted and repulsed, bored and fascinated, obsessed and revolted by this ‘thing’.

  399. Jacob says:

    Yes please.

  400. Betty says:

    Play with our two kitties, my guinea pigs would probably like to chace it around. Our puppy would LOVE to play with this awesome ball! And I would build a race track for it!!

  401. JamesP says:

    I’ll use it to teach my kids about programming and motion control which is both stimulating and educational.

  402. Valentino (@TheAwesomeVibe) says:

    I would teach my Sphero tricks, and it would perform the different ones based on how much traffic my website gets.

  403. Andrew says:

    I would build a huge obstacle course and race it with my friends, and show it off so they would have to get one.

    1. Andrew says:

      Even if i don’t win(which Is very likley I wont) I will save up so i can buy one for myself so I can teach my six year old sister, and play around with my three year old brother. I would also buy one for my autistic cousin so I can teach him and help inprove his problem solving when he is in a tough situations.

  404. says:

    Inspire my students to get involved with robots.

  405. Joshua Cameron says:

    I would probably look at its hackability. However, I also have a pet bird who loves anything that lights up or moves. I figure this would be the best thing ever in his opinion.

    1. Joshua Cameron says:

      I also have a cousin who’s just getting into electronics, who would probably find this pretty cool.

  406. Ian Aguilar says:

    I’d drive it in the snow and chase my chickens with it, and then see how well it does on ice!

  407. Michael C. says:

    I would drive my cat and my brother crazy!

  408. Michael Scott says:

    I’d play with it while walking the dog.. He’s a very small dog, and has gotten a pretty good local following. There are a lot of kids around here on the 1/2 mile of each of the 3 walks he get’s per night,.. There’s also local cats galore, on a road that doesn’t have much vehicular traffic. I’d love to take it over sweet jumps in the late evening, with the lights going.. Just get it outside and see how various things, like cats, dogs, kids, etc, react to it, and see what kind of cool stuff I can program/control it to do.

    I’m sure at least one of my own two cats would play with it; he’s attracted to toys like balls, especially if they roll oddly, or change direction on the edge of the rug or something, but he never actually plays with them.. just likes to ambush it, runs up to sniff it and then wanders off unless you keep nudging it for him.. This would actually be ideal for him. The other one goes after anything that moves, so I know they’d get some play out of it too.

  409. glassgiant says:

    I would write an app where my kids could build a castle out of blocks in 2 end zones. Place Sphero in the centre, then each kid could take turns inputting a direction (0-360 or maybe “17 degrees NNW”) and distance (or maybe running time). If Sphero went out of bounds, the kid would miss a turn. If Sphero knocked down the opposing tower, the kid wins.

  410. jtr says:

    Would be great to have it tag along with me on runs at night! I run barefoot, it might help avoid obstacles!

  411. GutterFMA says:

    I would use it to “torment” the dog.

  412. Steve says:

    I would use it to play with the dog. She loves stuff like this rc cars, flashlights, laser pointers and because I have arthritis I can’t play tug of war (her favorite game)
    with her,

  413. jawzt says:

    I would definitely scare the crap out of my brothers… I have 3.

  414. RAUL RENDON says:


  415. Andrea Massa says:

    im sure my 3 young kids love this amazing ball :D, i hope to win one!!

  416. Jon Matthies says:

    Not sure who would have more fun with this, me or my 4-year old… But I do know we’d have a great time finding out!

  417. Philip says:

    Play with my dog.

  418. Dutchfreak says:

    scare my brother’s rabbit :P and have fun in general

  419. davidwanat says:

    I would love to have two, then do Sphero races around my house with my kids.

  420. Russel says:

    You can put it in water??!?? that’s awesome. What wouldn’t I do with a sphero? I’d line up some minifig and do some awesome jumps. Bath time for my toddler would be much more fun. include it in an elaborate rube goldberg set up.

  421. Marc says:

    I would gladly entertain my 3 boys with it!

  422. Cody says:

    My very own splinter cell technology.

  423. mvealey says:

    I’d drive my dogs CRAZY.

  424. Travis Denny says:

    Have a ball with my 2.75-year-old son. (No pun intended, but serendipitous-ly accepted with a smile nonetheless.)

  425. Joshua Newsome says:

    Not sure exactly how the sphero works. If I cover it in double-sided tape, could I run it on the ceiling to get the pesky webs and dust from the upper corners? :-)

  426. Jason Lassourreille (@Jason13L) says:

    Torment my dog/kids. They love chasing balls, especially ones that light up. I can see this blowing my 1-year-old’s mind.

  427. Ed says:

    I would definitely use it to play with my dogs.

  428. Andrew S. says:

    I would try to integrate it into campus orientation for new students by using it as a stand-in for a student during a recorded walkthrough of the Library. We’re always looking for ways to provide informative and also fun-to-watch video clips to use in orientation and like Library Instruction. And then I would take it home and play a bunch of goofy time-wasting games with it on my own. :-)

    1. Andrew S. says:

      Oops, the end of that second sentence should have been, “…orientation and EVENTS like Library Instruction”.

  429. Greg S says:

    I would teach my daughter’s hamster to run on it like a circus bear. :)

  430. Ryan N says:

    Best described by the Dr. Suess book title, “Oh the places you’ll go”

  431. Kate Adams says:

    I’d give it to my husband to use to chase his UAV (quadcopter) as it flies around until it gets lost at the edge of the park :-)

  432. Gregory Vinyard says:

    My four year old daughter has taken an interest in robots recently, and I would use it to inspire her to continue her explorations.

  433. Bob Drake says:

    I would program it for use as a controller my ArduCopter (rotating the ball spatially would control the motion of the ‘copter). And like everyone else said, I’d scare my cats and annoy my spouse.

  434. Larry Walewski says:

    OMG. What would I do? What wouldn’t I do would be easier to answer. This has so much potential I don’t know where to start. Kids, dogs, cats, friends at bar and me after everyone has gone to sleep.

  435. Pablo Rodenas says:

    because @sphero is the best and most playable, hackable toy, robot for my iOS devices!, and i want it!!!!

  436. Federico Tbn says:

    play with cats, naturally. and make a cover with brush hairs to paint on a big canvas.

  437. wubr says:

    Mark up another cat that’d love this.

  438. Binoy Xavier Joy (@binoyxj) says:

    Would like to own one so that I can scare the crap outta my neighbors ;)

  439. Fernando Costa says:

    First I would play around and explore a little bit and then open it up to learn how it’s made and what’s inside…as any maker would do! xD

  440. tbfonck says:

    I would make Christmas special for my 11 year-old inventor.

  441. Mitch says:

    I would track it with a Kinect and let it follow / avoid people.

  442. Scott MacHaffie says:

    My twin 8 year old boys would use it to entertain our dogs.

  443. Shawn Halli says:

    I would have my son and cat entertained by one toy, which would make for an awesome holiday

  444. Johannes says:

    Robots everywhere ;)

  445. Andrew german says:

    i would use it to entertain my familey on thanksgiving

  446. Mike D says:


  447. Stephanie says:

    3 boys – I need a break!

  448. Ed Catlett says:

    Oh no did I see this too late? Would use it to help teach Robotics and computing to Boy Scouts in my town.

  449. janet Schrock says:

    Fun! Fun! Fun! for me and my grandson.

  450. Annette says:

    I’d use it to entertain my cats and to freak out my guests.

  451. Wendy Howes says:

    I have 2 boys 6 & 9 and my 9 year old especially is excited about science and technology and I hope to help him keep that excitement going for him so he will strive to accomplish big things in his life. Fun and learning together is always the best! Thanks for the chance to win!

  452. Christopher Weigel says:

    Chase my cat around with it.

  453. james butcher says:

    take it camping!all terrain robot

  454. someone epic says:

    I would make a little goat toy or hack it to fallow me.

  455. Joey Diamond says:

    I would freak out my dog and use it at my robotics team’s demos as entertainment for guests.

  456. Anne says:

    I would use it to annoy the cat or show it to my friends at school

  457. Danielle Worden says:

    I would build a Rube Goldberg machine with it or play a classic mouse in the fridge prank recorded for eternal enjoyment

  458. Blackright says:

    A lot of my friends and I want to write our own apps for Sphero. We want to make an app that is like soccer. (You take many Spheros and choose a position like goalie or forward, etc. You take a red small ball and try to get it in to the other goal.) Just an idea.
    We are in a group called GeekSchool that my Dad started to teach young kids how to code. (
    We want to try our code on a robot and we all think Sphero is awesome.
    (Plus it would be fun to use it to mess with my cat.)
    Thank you for inventing this robot :).

  459. DougS says:

    I can imagine controlling the sphero directly to my three boys on Christmas morning from beneath the tree – only to be attacked by our cat.

  460. Martin Charles says:

    I would try to use the Sphero API to make it follow my quad copter around and run into stuff!

  461. Belinda says:

    I would use it to show our teachers (and students!) the fun side of STEM!

  462. Jason says:

    I think my dog would love chasing this around the lounge! It would certainly give him exercise on those stormy days when we can’t go outside.

  463. seamustt1 says:

    It moves. It’s connected. It’s electronic. It’s hackin’ time!

  464. Felino tano says:

    I would unbore myself. Or scare the people in my house. Or most likely take it apart to make a sturdier shell

  465. Clay Roe says:

    I will hide it carefully, until the children’s inevitable Christmas vacation “I’M BORED” lines begin.

    They will not be bored for long.

    Hallway slalom with Solo cups…..go!

  466. Darryl says:

    Create a party package for social mixing in which people in a group are selected by one or more Spheros to do something, such as interacting with each other.

    One example is a rental package of a few Spheros and a SW download that is run by the DJ/Emcee and contains several games for weddings, class reunions, parties, etc.
    Here’s are a few ideas:
    1) Men form a line, women form another line. A Spheros (blue or pink) rolls back and forth along each line and stops at a random person in the line. The man and woman Spheros selected have to dance to the next song, or tell a funny story about the bride or groom, or …

    2) Similar to (1), but the dance is called the “Ball Dance” and the man and woman place each other’s Sphero in the middle of the dance floor. When the music starts, the Spheros shimmy and shake in unison, and the man and woman have to mimic its dance moves.

    3) Similar to (2) but only the single guys are on the floor and the bride operates the software.

    I have several more really good games but you get the idea.
    I really need the Sphero so I can develop the software package and try it out at a Xmas or New Year’s party next month.

  467. txxmachine says:

    I will literally play with this every single day.

  468. Nicole marie says:

    I would add this to my procrastination repertoire. Which, thinking about it now, would be terrible since finals are approaching. It’ll be fun over winter break still :)

  469. CJ says:

    Now two words. Sphero Parkour.

  470. Anatidae says:

    Very cool!

  471. Rob Young says:

    I would try to implement an application compatible with the Raspberry Pi for use in schools in the less fortunate areas of third-world countries. And play with it, too! :)

  472. Bradley says:

    I would find a way to communicate with my dog.

  473. Andrian Al Islam says:

    just askin’ who’s the winner?

  474. Marie Velde says:

    I use it in a Goldberg contraption, rolling over a carefully arranged array of dominoes.

  475. Marie Velde says:

    I would use it in a Goldberg contraption, making it roll over carefully arranged dominoes.

  476. jimday says:

    I would like to play with it in a maze, and confuse my lab mouse in the maze too, so who could finish faster the puzzle.

  477. Fred Ting says:

    Program it to make light drawings!

  478. Nikolas says:


  479. zack says:

    I would just not put it down, games, races, all the uses of this awesome device would be at my fingertips and oh boy I would use them all, and probably a bunch of new ones too.

  480. Jim Chamberlain says:

    I would use it to teach math. Think LOGO

  481. Eli says:

    This is awesome! Sphero 2.0 looks like a great deal of fun and an even more promising educational tool! I love seeing and hearing about new innovations and cool iDeas to further student’s interest in STEM education. I work for a summer technology program that uses LEGO robotics, programming, etc. to engage and teach through hands on learning. The valuable skills students can learn through a tool like Sphero will pave the way towards success! Keep up the great work!

  482. Jonathan Munoz says:

    Id love to win a sphero!

  483. ziggy says:

    I would use to tier dog and little sister :D

  484. Jesse Gray says:

    I would do everything with it! Race it around, do stunts, terrorize the cat, and so much more! It is awesome!

  485. Anonymous user says:

    I have a great idea for my life with sphero. Trips, walks, the beach and much more!

  486. luis barron says:

    I will make a ramp that goes from the roof to the yard below and into my house and other courses inside my home

  487. Gage Beckstead says:

    I would use my sphero to get a little more exercise, play with my dogs, entertain family and friends, make courses, and many other things.

  488. Eli says:

    if i had a sphero i would make an obstacle course and have a contest to see who in my family could do it the fastest with the least amount of errors.

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Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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