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Sphero Robot Ball: A Father's Day Gift To End All Father's Day Gifts

While covering E3 last week for HelloGiggles, I saw a little robot ball zoom past me on the convention floor — changing colors faster than that crazy horse in The Wizard of Oz.

And a horse of a different color it was.

Quite simply, Sphero is a robotic, glowing plastic ball, remotely controlled with your phone or tablet – specifically Android and iOS devices via Bluetooth.  Completely waterproof and about the size of a baseball, you can take this little guy anywhere.

Not only is Sphero an amazing gift for Father’s Day this Sunday, but it will provide plenty of fun for anyone in your life.

Sphero hooked up our HelloGiggles readers!  They gave me TWO SPHEROS for a GIVEAWAY on HelloGiggles!  They also sent one along for our very own Zooey Deschanel!

What makes Sphero really awesome is that they’re truly delving into “mixed reality” — where our real lives meet our digital lives.  This is what brands like Nintendo have done with the Wii, but at a fraction of the cost.  Not to mention, THIS IS A ROBOT AND BY DEFINITION IS EXTREMELY COOL.

Even the Leader of the Free World has a Sphero.  Check out this video where President Obama enthusiastically orders, “Let me drive this thing around!  Excuse me, give me some space to drive my ball!”:

One of the best things about Sphero is the Gaming element.  Allowing third party developers to make fun apps, Sphero allows its customers to download mobile games that go from golf to beer pong to memory games and more.  It can even be used as a game controller!

And if your Dad is a prankster, he may find some innovative ways to have fun with friends… and others:

Currently available online for orders all over the world, you can also find them at your local Brookstone.  I heard a rumor that they may be popping up in Apple stores, as well as some of your favorite TV shows very soon – so keep an eye out.

Both myself and my Dad have been playing Sphero this week, and we’ve been fully entertained.   The price point is worth it for a robot, especially one with so many possibilities.

And if for some reason you aren’t amused, the cats are having a ball:

Our Sphero for HelloGiggles’ Father’s Day Giveaway ends Thursday, June 14th 2012.

Click here for details!


Featured Image via: Sphero & Think Geek


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