Here at Orbotix, we love to support entrepreneurs like ourselves. This includes everyone from fellow makers and roboticists to businessmen and women making their mark in the retail world. Orbotix and Fat Brain Toys have recently teamed up to sell Sphero, and partnerships like these get to the heart of what we’re all about.
What’s the big deal? Well, Fat Brain founders, Mark & Karen Olson, have created a very special online and retail experience for their customers. They’ve worked hard to both make and curate the very best toys and pair them with incredible product knowledge and service. As a start up founded in a basement, Fat Brain Toys is successfully accomplishing what all family-owned, private businesses strive for – a thriving business and fiercely loyal customers. Cheers to you, Fat Brain Toys! Find Sphero online and check out their other awesome products to see just what we mean.
Prepare to add another explorer to the history books. With fans like you at the controls, Sphero has officially rolled around the entire circumference of the Earth! Since day one, we’ve been tracking his movements on Spheroverse and keeping an eye on your stats (like collisions and color changes). For a robot that fits in the palm of your hand, we think rolling the Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference is a milestone worth celebrating.
Circumnavigating the globe isn’t the first momentous achievement we’ve marked down in the Orbotix history books. Since his release in December 2011, Sphero has memorably rolled in a straight line, launched the first augmented reality app of its kind, and grown into a 150lb behemoth that played with a pride of lions. We are extremely proud parents, but we couldn’t have done it without all of you. Get the stats below on your combined Sphero accomplishments to date.
Worldwide Sphero Statistics to Date
Rolled the length of 950 marathons or 12.45 Oregon Trails
Summited Mt. Everest 4527 times
Swam to the deepest part of the ocean 3557 times
Fallen from the stratosphere 1037 times
Swam the length of 25% of all swimming pools in the USA
Circumnavigated the moon 4 times
Swam the length of the Nile over 6 times
Gone over Niagara Falls 825,000 times
Fallen from the tallest building in the world over 50,000 times
Sphero has gone great distances on Earth, but he’s not done yet. With only 213,954 more miles to cover, Sphero’s just getting warmed up for a journey to the moon. Drivers, take your mark. Get set – GO!
We’re incredibly excited that Sphero is now available in Target locations nationwide (or Tar-zhay, according to devoted guests). Target has done a spectacular job making its stores the hip, cool and affordable place for everyday families to shop. A walk down the aisle in Target is not a chore, but an adventure. As part of that adventure, Target guests can now find Sphero in the App Accessories section in Electronics or online.
One of the other things we love about Target is their passion for telling their brand story in a different, fun and very memorable way. Here at Orbotix, we share the same passion. Just take a look at the videos we created to announce Sphero’s availability at Target. They’re sure to make you laugh!
We simply couldn’t help ourselves with Sphero and the Target Dog, Bullseye, serving as an incredibly rich canvas to have some fun with. Swing by a Target near you to check Sphero out in person or purchase online today.
Target, the Bullseye Design and Dog are trademarks of Target Brands, Inc.
Sphero and Target make a perfect pair. Just think about it. Sphero is round. The Target logo is round. Bullseye, the adorable Target dog, would undoubtedly love Sphero. And in case you didn’t know, Sphero’s favorite color to glow is red. For all these reasons and more, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that you can now purchase Sphero in over 1,200 Target locations nationwide!
To prep for Halloween, Sphero will be rolling through Target in search of ghostly ghouls, colorful pumpkins and handfuls of candy. Follow his adventures on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to check him out in person at a Target location near you or swing by online.
Every city has a special store. You know, that one. The spot you visit with your friends when you’re walking by, just to check out the newest games and gadgets. It’s the store you stop in to find the perfect gift for your tech-loving coworker. The one where you’d really, really like to have a limitless gift-card. For the Orbotix team here in Boulder, that store is called Into the Wind. It’s independently owned and absolutely filled to the brim with the coolest toys and games. And guess who enjoys a spot on the shelf? That’s right – Sphero.
Help Sphero become a part of your tight-knit community. Tell us your favorite, go-to local gadget or toy stores across the nation, and we’ll do our best to get Sphero on the shelf. Know a quirky tech-shop down the street, or a ginormous warehouse packed with gadgets? Respond in the Facebook comments below or tweet to @GoSphero, and we’ll check out your recommendation. We can’t wait to get rolling in your hometown!
Photo © Luis Argerich