Bolt

Bolt

Review date: Oct. 23, 2019

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Mozilla says

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People voted: A little creepy
Meet the disco ball of programmable learning robot toys for kids. The little bot--about the size of a apple--comes with lots and lots of lights and sensors kids can program though an app on their phone, tablet, or computer. Bolt comes with an 8x8 light matrix, light sensors, infrared sensors, a magnetic compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, and even it's own protractor! It's enough to made the nerd in all of us happy.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

You should be able to feel pretty safe playing with the Bolt at home. It meets our Minimum Security Standards and doesn't share your data. However, if your youngster uses Sphero Edu in school, your child's data is shared with teachers and with parents. That's likely not that big of a deal. However, it is something to consider, as we're seeing school and educational setting become an area of growing concern for how they protect--or don't--children's data.
  • mobile

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: No

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: No

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: No

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

How can you control your data?

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Average

Can this product be used offline?

Can’t Determine

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Uses encryption in transit and at rest.

Strong password

N/A

The device pairs securely via Bluetooth, which does not require a password.

Security updates

Yes

Sphero pushes automatic updates to its devices and verifies the code to ensure it's authentic.

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Sphero has a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. The company also performs regular security audits.

Privacy policy

Yes

Does it have a privacy policy?

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

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