Sphero, computing and gamifying learning

If you haven’t come across the Sphero ball, it’s a tidy little thing. Ever since I first saw one I wanted one thinking of its potential for learning. After speaking with @rlj1981 about them and how she’d got one, I thought I should too…

It’s about the size of a tennis ball (perhaps slightly bigger) and advertised as waterproof and pet proof (the dog hasn’t managed to bite in to it yet – I’m too scared to put it in the bath!) and is controlled through Apps on either Android or iOS devices. There are any number of different things you can do with it. You can play augmented reality games with it, you can simply control it, do tricks, make it change colour… it works via Bluetooth (30 metre range) with your mobile device, charges through conductive charging (simply pop it on its docking station to charge) and has a 60 minute battery life when driving it about.

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