Sphero has added a new robotic toy to its lineup, the Bolt, an app-enabled robotic ball.
The Sphero Bolt helps kids (and adults) learn more in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields through experimentation with different features, programming, and coding. It works with the Sphero Edu app, which provides educators, parents, and kids with an ecosystem to share curriculum, projects, and learnings.
There are five new features for creative learning and gameplay. An animated and programmable 8x8 LED matrix displays real-time data and graphics. Infrared sensors allow for Bolt-to-Bolt communication, new games, and advanced movements. The new Auto-Aim feature makes it easier for users to ready their BOLT through a built-in compass. An ambient light sensor offers new learning opportunities through light and brightness. The Bolt also boasts extended battery life, enabling more than two hours of continuous play.
"With Bolt, we've created an experience scaleable for all ages that embraces the knowledge that play is a powerful teacher," says Paul Berberian, CEO of Sphero. "Our goal for this product, as well as all future Sphero products, is to provide consumers with an opportunity to learn while having fun."
Sphero Bolt retails for US$150 online, and will be available at select retailers later this month. It is also available in two classroom packs: a charging case called the "Bolt Power Pack" for US$2,500, and the "Bolt 15 Pack" for US$1,950, both of which include 15 robots and accessories for using the robot in a school or maker environment.
The Sphero Edu app is available for learning and coding on iOS, Android, Kindle, Mac, Windows, and Chrome; while the new Sphero Play app offers unique drive modes and games on iOS and Android.