Sphero rolls out interactive Spider-Man toy with expressive eyes


We recently showed you Sphero's new app-controlled Lightning McQueen toy, and now Spider-Man is joining in on the fun. Again, though, the idea is that Sphero will continuously add stories to Spider-Man's arsenal.

The interactive device looks different from anything else Sphero has created, in that it's stationary and made of a rubber material - all the company's other toys are designed to move.

At E3 2017 Sony and Insomniac Games presented a new Spider-Man gameplay trailer which featured a glimpse of Miles Morales. Though we still don't know the objective behind the white spider on the chest of Spider-Man's costume in the game, it definitely isn't borrowed Stark tech.

The toy itself is unique because it guides kids through comic book storylines, as if Spider-Man were a camp counselor at a bonfire. Unlike Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, which share voice commands with the cloud to process what's being asked, all of Spider-Man's voice recognition is handled by a dedicated chip inside the toy. The toy is able to recognize phrases like "tell a joke", "let's hang out" and "tell me a story", CNET reported.

The Spider-Man toy pairs with phones over Bluetooth, although you don't need a device to control it.

Since this new Spider-Man toy uses voice commands, it's understandable that parents might worry about privacy.

When it comes to tech specs, Spider-Man Sphero is compatible with Android or iOS. The toy's microphone is also only turned on when the spider logo is glowing, so it's incapable of always listening. There's even an infrared sensor, allowing Spider-Man to go into "guard mode", warning off any intruders who enter his owner's bedroom. Nothing is shared or stored online, and while the toy does connect to your home's Wi-Fi network, that connection is only used for downloading software updates, and additional content.