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Meet Ollie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meet Ollie by Sphero - packaging

There has been a recent addition to our family. Friends, meet Ollie. You may have seen his cousin causing up quite a stir last year. His name is Sphero. Both Ollie and Sphero are a remarkable breed of robot. Like Sphero, Ollie is controlled remotely using an app you can download onto your smart phone or tablet. While Spero is a fairly well-rounded robot and can swim in water, Ollie puts him to shame on the racetrack. Engineered for speed, programmed for tricks and driven by adrenaline, nothing quite compares to Ollie the speed-demon.

Meet Ollie by Sphero

So how fast are we talking here? Over three times as fast as Spero! Reaching speeds of over 14 MPH, Ollie leaves the average toy in the dust. You would think it would roll out of control given the speed but it is actually quite agile thanks to its totally tubular design. The best part? You can easily customize the tires and hubcaps using a variety of combinations and colours. Each Ollie comes with a base bot, fixed wheel rims, a set of removable tires and removable hubs. It also comes with a USB charging cord. The tires provide ultra grip for hard cornering but you could easily remove them and turn Ollie into a super drift machine.

Meet Ollie by Sphero - assembly

Within a matter of minutes, I had assembled our robot and downloaded the app onto my new LG G3 smart phone. Communicating via Bluetooth, the phone or tablet connects instantly with Ollie and acts as a remote, kind of like a joystick. Turn your device sideways to enter tricks mode and enjoy the light show courtesy of the built-in LED's.

Meet Ollie by Sphero - trick mode LG G3

Ollie's durable shell has been designed to withstand crashing so it is a great toy for kids and adults alike to enjoy outdoors. You can adjust the type of terrain as well as the speed limit using the settings on the app. With these adjustments, we have been playing with Ollie indoors on our main floor and use furniture as obstacles to steer around. We particularly enjoy turning off the lights and watching Ollie glow in the dark. It can get a little loud but it's good to know it has an hour of drive time before requiring a charge.

On a side note, our family recently watched Big Hero 6 in which the main character loves to build robots. I have a feeling that this movie will be very popular among kids and robots will be making the top of holiday wish lists this year. Just sayin'.

Ollie retails for $99.99 and is available for purchase on gosphero.com. While you're there, be sure to check out the video featuring some impressive tricks.

Win an Ollie Robot!

One lucky reader will win an Ollie robot by Sphero valued at $100! Complete the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win. Open to Canadian residents only.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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91 COMMENTS

  1. I like that your smart phone works as the remote.

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  2. I love that it is controlled by an app and it can do tricks.

    Florence C

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  3. I love that it can go anywhere!! My son loves to take Sphero to the park!! It would be so cool to get Ollie outside in the snow!

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    1. Ollie would make a great companion for Sphero! Just remember though that, unlike Sphero, Ollie is not waterproof.

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    2. Oh no! That is one of the best features!! It's often how I convince my son to take a bath! He can take Sphero with him. They are both so cool though! He is only 3 and has completely mastered it!

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  4. I like that he is durable enough to use outdoors.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G

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  5. I like the speed and you can set it for different terrain

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  6. forget the kids I think my husband would love this for Christmas :)

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  7. I commented on the Transat Holidays - Cuban Taxi Surprise in Toronto post.
    Julie G

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  8. I love that it can be remotely controlled by a smart phone and I love that I can drive my cats nutsy with it!

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  9. I love that it's connected to your phone

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  10. I love it's durable construction, and that it is ran by an app.

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  11. I love that it is run by an app on your phone and that it sounds like the entire family would love playing with it! (Judy Cowan)

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  12. I love that it is tough and durable! Thanks!

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  13. I love that it moves so quick and is app controlled, lots of fun to be had.

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  14. I like that it's controlled by an app :)
    Marla

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  15. Love that your smart phone is the controller!

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  16. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win an Ollie robot by Sphero.
    In response to your question of What do you love most about Ollie?
    I love that Ollie's durable shell has been designed to withstand crashing
    so it is a great toy for kids and adults alike to enjoy outdoors.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. I love that it;s made with a hard shell so you can really play with it and not worry so much about breaking it. I don't how many toys we've bought that broke all too soon. It feels like a waste of money when that happens

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  18. I love that you can take the tire shells off to change the color.

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  19. It is easy to assemble and it changes colours with the changing up the tires and rims

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  20. It's pretty cool that it can do tricks. My eldest son would love this.

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  21. Takes a beating and keeps on working!

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  22. I like the fact that Ollie is sturdy enough to withstand crashes and keep working!

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  23. I love that this robot could take all the punishment that my kids could dole out and keep on trucking!

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  24. It looks durable and easily controlled with the app.
    (Debbie W)

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  25. I like that its controlled by an app :)

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  26. Love that it is controlled with an app and a new generation of toys.

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  27. i like that you can use it indoor or outdoor

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  28. Loving the total fun factor of this, and particularly appreciating its durability.

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  29. It's fast and it glows! Can't get better than that.

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  30. that's one cool looking robot indeed...cool tricks? it's a bonus.

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  31. I love that it is controlled by an app on your phone - indestructible is awesome too but I'd have to see it to believe that.

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  32. I like that it's fast, and has tires for durability.

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  33. I love that it can be remotely controlled by an app

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  34. I love how fast it goes and that it lights up

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  35. I love that it is App controlled! :-)

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  36. I like that it goes fast and does tricks.

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  37. I would love this for my son! It goes fast, does tricks and he can control through his phone!

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  38. I love that it would keep my boys busy for hours!

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  39. Wow... it's awesome!

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  40. Just amazing. I love that it can be controlled with your smart phone

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  41. I love that this toy appeals to multiple age groups.

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  42. He looks durable and my kids need that.

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  43. I love that ollie comes with so many accessories to amp up the fun

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  44. I love that I can remotely control it with my smart phone

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  45. I love that it is tough and durable. A must in this household!!!

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  46. love that it is so durable and fast.. speeds of over 14 MPH..wow

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  47. I love that it is recommended by educators and that there are resources which help move it away from being "just a fun toy."

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  48. I love that it can be remotely controlled by a smart phone

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  49. I like how fast it goes and its really durable

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  50. I like Ollie is controlled remotely using an app.

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  51. Love that it is app driven....my teen will have a blast!

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  52. I love that it can be used on all types of terrain and is controlled my an app on an ipod, iphone, etc

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  53. I love so much that you can run it from your phone. My husband would love this so much.

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  54. I love that it can be controlled by my phone and it's also fast... looks like fun for the kids

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  55. I love that it has the cool treds and can go up hills and around things An extreme Ollie and or cause that I can control it with my phone

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  56. Pretty cool! I like that you can use your phone to control it

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  57. I love the tricks, & the durability of Ollie!

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  58. That you can program your own tricks!

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  59. I have never owned a remote control toy, so this would be so neat to try.
    jan

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  60. I love that you can operate this with your smartphone! - so neat!

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  61. I like its speed & durability but also because it is controlled by the app on your device. Fun!

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  62. I love how durable Ollie is, kids can be rough on toys

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  63. I love that Adults and kids will have so much fun playing with it. Thank you for the great giveaway. Happy Holidays!

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  64. i love how there are many, many games for iphone that can work with the ollie and it really makes playing with your fun phone on so many new levels

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  65. Anything about remote control toys has my vote!

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  66. It looks like adults will have fun along with the kids with Ollie!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  67. I like that Ollie works with my smartphone.

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  68. I love how interactive Ollie is and that he does tricks!

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  69. I love that the Ollie is great for kids and adults and fast it zooms!

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  70. i love that it is controlled by an app! pretty cool

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  71. LOVE that its smart phone controlled.. SO cool

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  72. I love that you can use your smartphone or tablet to control him! My son would love this

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  73. i love that i can use my smartphone to control it

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  74. One of these is on it's way to my house....looking forward to using it!

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