This Spider-Man does whatever a spider-companion can do

Sphero's new Spider-Man toy is like an overly chatty camp counselor

In a way, it feels as though the Sphero Spider-Man is a little like an extension of the Force Band released for Star Wars' remote control BB-8 a year ago, which not only allowed people to control the Sphero BB-8 with gestures, but also acted as a walk-around augmented reality game, much like Pokemon Go except with Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a physical controller.

Note: This Spider-Man is not an item specifically based on this summer's Spider-Man Homecoming but it's licensed and timed with it certainly, and absolutely is using Tom Holland's Stark-made Spidey costume as the inspiration for its visual design. But unlike those two, Sphero's Spider-Man toy focuses more on interacting with kids through actually speaking to them.

Super Smarts - Spider-Man listens & adapts to your unique personality.

The voice interactive Spider-Man is Wi-fi and app connected. Sphero packed it with over 100 comic books' worth of stories and adventures, and Spider-Man keeps track of what he's told you and where in the action you left off. Sphero representatives told me the toy won't be repeating itself. You know, standard friendly neighborhood hero stuff.

Ultimate Experience - Spidey's web connection allows you to get content updates.

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

Sony released an extensive gameplay demo at the end of Sony's E3 2017 press conference, and in it, a veteran Spider-Man battles with Mister Negative and his gang of Demons.

The toy also connects to a free accompanying app on iOS and Android devices, unlocking additional features like a Guard Mode for detecting intruders in a room, or tracking how many missions or adventures kids have completed.

We've come a long way when it comes to interactive toys. He's only listening when the spider on his chest lights up, and conversations are never retained or shared.

In general, though, this could be the ideal companion for a Spider-Man-obsessed 8 year-old (or older) who wants wants to live the Spidey lifestyle with all the entertainment and activity value, but none of the real-world risks.

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