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Sphero's Adorable Spider-Man Toy Has AI Smarts (That Aren't Creepy)

18 June 2017, 01:47 | Sue Hudson

Spidey's Wi-Fi capabilities allow for new missions, villains, and other automatic updates. The cute and amusing looking Spider-Man toy has animated eyes. 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". But the app isn't optional, and is the only way to actually set up the toy out of the box, so parents will need to factor in the cost of a mobile device a kid can use, in addition to Spidey's $150 price tag.

Exactly what these surprises will be remains to be seen, but the title is certainly gaining a lot of positivity from video game fans and fans of the Spider-Man franchise in general.

Even though he's a superhero, this Spider-Man has a decidedly Funko-like figure (giant head, squat physique) and a rubberized body. Spider-Man doesn't just represent power and responsibility: He's a hero who protects a city and pledges that every time he dons his mask that nobody will die under his watch. You can also ask him what his favorite color is or what he's up to, and his responses will be just as quirky and playful as you'd expect from Spider-Man himself. Through a downloadable app (iOS or Android), Spidey is capable of telling jokes, asking trivia questions, guarding a room, and can team up with kids to "battle" classic Spider-Man villains.

One thing parents will like about the toy, is Sphero's dedication to privacy.

Spider-Man only listens to your commands while his logo is glowing. You know, standard friendly neighborhood hero stuff.

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You can pick it up and move it around and, because of the accelerometer, it will react.

Ultimate Experience - Spidey's web connection allows you to get content updates. He said Spider-Man is only listening when the spider on his chest lights up, and the user's voice is never stored or shared.

We've come a long way when it comes to interactive toys.

If you saw Insomniac Games' Marvel's Spider-Man either in gameplay footage or in screenshots, you might have noticed that Spidey is rocking a different kind of suit.



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