Learning New Tricks With Ollie


Ollie by Sphero

If you want to learn how to use a new piece of technology, give it to your kids.

I was trying to be sneaky by keeping Ollie to myself but then I was caught playing with this innovative robot by my five-year old, Little Man. I guess I had to relent and start sharing my new toy with the kids.

Ollie is an amazing and fun little app driven robot. Ollie is brought to you by the same company that created Sphero and they say that Ollie is “driven by adrenaline”, which is completely true. The more tricks you get Ollie to do, the more your adrenaline starts pumping!

First things first, putting Ollie together is super simple. Just follow the directions that are included. I had a wee bit of trouble at first but once I got the little hubs on and figured out the right way to put on the nubby tires (good for better traction on any surface you use), we were good to start learning how to drive Ollie.

Ollie by Sphero App

In order for Ollie to start moving, you need to download the Ollie app. The Ollie app is available for both Android and iOS devices. When you first open up the app, you select the drive option at the top of the screen. Then, you will be asked to touch your phone/tablet/etc. to your Ollie. This will connect the two devices together using Bluetooth technology. Now, you are ready to drive! All you need to do is use the joystick pad on your device and you are on your way.

Ollie by Sphero App Drift

I have never been much of a gamer. I mean, I used to play Super Mario Brothers, Tetris, and Sonic the Hedgehog on occasion but I do not claim to be an expert in them or anything. I haven’t even really played any games with a joystick, except maybe tabletop Pac-Man. Does Pac-Man require a joystick? See, I don’t even know! I just know that I am not the greatest when it comes to gaming or learning new games. When we got our Wii, I was completely lost. Needless to say, I don’t play it that often.

Here are a few of the tricks I was able to pull off with Ollie.

Ollie Sphero App Tricks Collage

Other tricks I was able to do were: Pinto Spin Steam Roll, Switch Sick Spin, Switch 180 Steam Roll, Switch 180, Switch 720, Switch Sick Spin Triple Steam Roll, Switch Spin Quad Spin Roll, etc. I have no idea the difference between any of these tricks but they were pretty cool. A neat feature to the Ollie app is that it tells you in real-time the trick you just completed.

Enter my five-year old. Once Little Man got a hold of my iPhone and Ollie, he was able to do more tricks with it then I thought was possible. I was in complete shock and awe with what he could do with Ollie.

Little Man was able to pull off some amazing tricks. A few of them included the Switch 720 Intergalactic Steam Roll Bit Flip, Crazy Flying 180 Intergalactic, Low Flying Intergalactic Steam Roll Flip and Low Flying Intergalactic Steam Roll Flip. I took a few videos to show you what the Ollie is capable of. However, every time I tried to capture the really good tricks, I missed them. My son and Ollie are definitely too quick for me.

Other facts about Ollie…

  • iOS & Android compatible
  • Goes over 14 mph (6m/s)
  • Durable polycarbonate body
  • Built-in LED glow (makes night driving extremely fun)
  • Bluetooth LE instant connection (100 foot range)
  • USB charging (over 1 hour of drive time on a full charge, because jet fuel is expensive!)
  • Driving apps: Ollie, Draw N’ Drive
  • Programming apps: MacroLab, OrbBasic
  • Hackable and programmable internal robot
  • App updates that introduce new features and gameplay
  • Automatic firmware updates

You can buy Ollie directly from the website and you can also choose from a wide range of accessories for your robot. I hope you have as much fun with Ollie as my family and I did!

Disclosure – Complimentary products were provided for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the review are honest and my own.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

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