The Sphero 2.0 robotic ball has finally made its way to Australia from the development lab of Orbotix in Colorado.
A robotic ball that is controlled wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet, Orbotix cofounder, Ian Bernstein, describes Sphero 2.0 as the result of “Einstein and C-3PO had a baby.”
“It has been re-engineered from the ground up to give the user an entirely new gaming experience,” he said.
Improvements over the original Sphero include double the speed from one metre per second to over two metres per second, twice the brightness of illumination, better sensors, quieter movement, and improved driving precision.
Over 25 apps are now available for Sphero 2.0 on iTunes and GooglePlay, some of them updated from the original robotic ball and the rest are brand new.
The improved sensors of Sphero 2.0 has enabled augmented reality apps to be developed, such as The Rolling Dead and Sharky the Beaver, the latter which Orbotix has been heavily involved in developing.
While the original Sphero was available for purchase online, the debut of Sphero 2.0 marks the first time the robotic ball widely available at retailers in Australia.
Sphero 2.0 is available now for $179.95 at Myer, Apple Stores and Tech2Go.
Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.