Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Sphero's new toy is a chatty Spider-Man

Sphero's new toy is a chatty Spider-Man

Spider-Man will be released sometime in 2018. It doesn't more around like the droid or the racing auto, the new Sphero Spider-Man toy has actually been described as a "storyteller". Unlike the company's previous toys, this interactive Spider-Man toy is stationary and controlled through voice commands.

Spider-Man also features a pair of animated eyes that are actually LCD screens inside. All of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers indicate that Peter still has a lot of growing to do. The app lets you manually select a mode, but you can also trigger storytelling or conversation with phrases like, "tell me a story", or "make me laugh".

In a way, it feels as though the Sphero Spider-Man is a little like an extension of the Force Band released for Star Wars' remote control BB-8 past year, which not only allowed people to control the Sphero BB-8 with gestures, but also acted as a walk-around augmented reality game, much like Pokemon Go except with Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a physical controller.

Hello Barbie worked essentially the same way as online assistants like Siri and Alexa do, but because it was designed for kids, parents were (rightfully) concerned about the privacy risks, and the toy was never able to shake the controversy.

You can find out more details about the new Sphero Spider Man toy at the link below, it certainly looks like a fun toy.

Although the toy can mostly be used through voice commands, it requires the free companion app for iOS and Android devices. The toy's microphone is also only turned on when the spider logo is glowing, so it's incapable of always listening. On the contrary, Spider-Man's villain has been a part of the comics for a decade now, and his name is Mister Negative. The toy can connect to a Wi-Fi network, but that is only for software updates and downloading additional content.

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