Vulnerability Disclosure Program
Enabling Location Permissions on Android
Sphero's Unsolicited Ideas Policy
Airplane Travel with Sphero
Can the Batteries be Replaced?
Where Did the Sphero Mini App Go?
Sphero Mini Disconnects when Plugged In
Sphero Mini FAQ
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Sphero Mini's Lights
Sphero Mini Connection Troubleshooting
Sphero Mini Soccer FAQ
Sphero Mini EDU 16 Pack FAQ
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Condensation Inside Sphero BOLT
Prolonging BOLT Battery Life (Deep Sleep)
BOLT at Home Guide
Sphero RVR Warnings
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Missing UART Cable
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RVR Battery FAQ
Getting Started with RVR
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Cleaning RVR's Wheels
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Ollie Dies Quickly After a Full Charge
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Specdrums MIX Device Compatibility
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Number of Colors Specdrums can Play
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Specdrums MIX Tutorial: Customizing Packs
What Colors can Specdrums Play?
Specdrums MIX Tutorial: Recording and Sharing a Song
What objects can be played with Specdrums?
Specdrums EDU 12 Pack FAQ
Specdrums Edu App not Making Noise
Replacement Ring FAQ
Spedrums MIX "Share" Feature not Available
Sphero 1.0 + 2.0
Pairing Sphero with a Device
Sphero Quick Start Guide
Sphero Light not Working
Sphero's Bluetooth Range
Sphero Firmware Updates
Is Sphero Waterproof?
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Sphero isn't Charging
What is Boost Mode?
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Sphero not Following Driving Instructions
Sphero is Glowing Blue + White - Not Connecting
Sphero SPRK Edition
SPRK+ Power Pack
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Can I charge other Sphero robots in the Power Pack?
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One of the SPRK+ robots in my Power Pack won't connect.
How can I purchase a Power Pack?
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Using the Protractor + Maze Tape
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Getting SPRK+ in my Classroom
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Connecting SPRK+ to a Device
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How many Students can use the Code Mat?
Can I Buy Additional Activity Cards?
Hall of Fame Kits
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Empty Compartment upon Opening
Sound Trigger not Holding a Sound for 3 Seconds
Can I Combine Kits to Make Extra Inventions?
Education Starter Kit
STEAM Student Set
How Many Students can use the STEAM Student Set?
I've Finished all the Projects. What's Next?
What Standards can I Meet with the STEAM Student Set?
Cross Axle vs D-Shaft DC Motor
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General littleBits Questions
Disinfect littleBits with UV Light
Taking Care of Bits in the Classroom
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littleBits Inventor Kits
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littleBits Code Kit
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o28 LED Matrix vs o29 Round LED Matrix
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Will this Work with the Bits I Already Have?
Code Kit Device Compatibility
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Code Kit Debugging Checklist
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I'm not a Teacher - Can I Buy This?
What Kind of Code Does this Teach?
Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition
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Sphero + littleBits Apps
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Sphero Edu: Important Notifications
Changing Support for iOS 10 and 11 with Sphero Edu 6.3.0
Changing support for iOS 9 in the Fall of 2020
Update: Sphero Compatibility with Chrome OS
Sphero Q&A: Chrome OS Update
Sphero Virtual Robot Beta
Robot Keeps Disconnecting (iOS)
Important RVR Firmware Update
Major Sphero Edu Windows App Update
iOS Sphero Edu Video Playback Issues
Major Sphero Edu macOS App Update
Google Sign-In Changes for the macOS and Windows Versions of Sphero Edu (Legacy Issue)
Which Robot is Best for my Needs?
Sphero EDU Device Compatibility
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Programming with Sphero Edu
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Change My Language
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Sphero Edu Android App on Chromebooks
Sphero Edu app (Windows vs. Chrome)
Getting Started with Sphero Edu
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Sphero Edu + Google Classrooms
Sphero Edu Webinars
Archiving Sphero Edu Classes
-999 Error Code
Making my Programs Public
Sphero Edu IT Guide for Schools
Changing Text-To-Speech Settings for The "Speak" Block
Downloading the Sphero Play App
Using Scream Drive
Sphero Play Device Compatibility
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Downloading Sphero Play
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Privacy + Security
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Updated by Brian Kellner
Sphero Virtual Robot Beta
On the latest releases of the iOS and Android Sphero Edu apps (version 6.3.0), there is now a capability to create simple block programs which control a graphical robot displayed on the screen of your app. NOTE: The Android Sphero Edu app works on most recent Chromebooks. Learn more here
The goal of this feature is to let users create programs for Sphero robots even if they don't physically have a robot. The feature is being released in beta to gather feedback. You can send us feedback in two ways:
Email us with feedback or any errors you find at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete our 2-question feedback survey.
How to Use the Virtual Robot
When creating a new program, you will see the "Virtual Bot - BETA" option under program types at the top right.
When you select this option, all of the robot choices are disabled. Just enter a title and tap the "Create" button.
All programs for the virtual robot are block programs in the beta release. If you've used block programming in Sphero Edu before, you will notice that the programming screen for has only a few blocks. The goal of the beta is to keep the experience as simple as possible, so Draw and Text programming are not supported.
You create programs just like you would for any Sphero robot. The "roll" block moves the robot, the "main LED" block changes color, etc. The sound block has fewer options than the standard one in Sphero Edu, and the LED block works best if you set the colors to either 255 or 0.
When you're done with your program, you can tap the "Start" button on the left to run it on your virtual robot. NOTE: You can run the same program on a physical Sphero robot as well. To do that, tap the Connect to Robot button.
When you tap the Start button, you should see a white screen with a loading animation circling in the middle. The virtual world is being downloaded during this time to display on your device. Note: You must have an active internet connection to use the virtual robot. Also, not all devices can display the virtual world. You may see a message saying your device does not support it or you may see a "script error" message. If you see this, you'll have to try testing out the virtual robot on another device.
When the virtual world successfully loads, your screen should look like the image below (these screenshots are from the Android Sphero Edu app - iOS is slightly different). The green button in the middle will start the program. The "reload" symbol will load the world again, so you can run the program again. The "X" will exit the world and get you back to your program.
You can change the view by pinching to fingers together or spreading them apart on the screen to zoom out or in, and you can rotate the view by moving one finger horizontally. Below is an example of what this might look like.
- Each square on the virtual world grid correlates to roughly 10cm in the real world if the program was run on a Sphero Mini. So, if your roll command caused the virtual robot to move four squares on the grid, a real Mini should move roughly 40cm running the same command. This is designed to be generally accurate, but many things can affect both the virtual robot and a real Mini.
- Within the virtual world, running the same program can produce slightly different results. The virtual robot may move a slightly different distances for the same roll command.
- The virtual robot can knock over the pins and cones with ease. It can also have some varying results going over the ramps. The beta release is not designed to be a high-fidelity physics simulation - but hopefully it's fun!
- Programs created with the virtual bot type can only be seen on the iOS and Android version 6.3 clients. You can save these programs in your account, but if you login via the web, use a Mac or Windows Sphero Edu app, use the old (non-Android) Sphero Edu app on a Chromebook, or a version before 6.3.0 on iOS and Android, you won't see the virtual robot programs. This is because we don't want to show you those programs somewhere that they cannot run.
- You should never be able to use more than the limited set of block programming commands for the virtual robot. If you make a normal block program, you will have all the block choices, but you can't run it on the virtual robot.
- Sharing of virtual robot programs is not supported in this beta release.
- The virtual robot beta is only in English.
- The restriction on only supporting iOS 14 and later has been removed as of May 24. If you got an error trying to use an older version of iOS in the initial release, you may still experience an error now because your iPhone may have stored copies of the problem files locally.
- If you experience errors, we would prefer to have them reported to our feedback email address email@example.com versus reporting them to our customer support team. When you do, it is very helpful if you tell us the type of device (iOS, Android, Chromebook) and the operating system. One of the goals of the beta is to understand how the virtual world runs on different devices.