14:18 17 June 2017
Robotic toy manufacturer Sphero has designed a Spider-Man toy that features oversized head and squat body. It has moveable arms and expressive eyes, which use LCD screens to shift and change to show Spidey’s changing mood.
Built on a custom fork of Android, Sphero’s Spider-Man can hold a basic conversation with its owner using interactive script from a Marvel comics scribe. Owners can pick from a selection of superhero names with which Spidey will identify them and play a number of voice-enhanced games with the character. With its IR sensors and motion detectors, the toy reacts convincingly to how he’s being played with.
The toy is secured and won’t start listening until the button on his chest is pressed. Also, there is no cloud processing being done in order for Spidey to deliver his one-liners. Sphero will be able to update Spider-Man to take into account the events of new Marvel storylines and expand his repertoire of voice commands.
The toy, which is clearly aimed at young pre-teen kids, goes on sale at £149.99 this summer.
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