Orbotix, the makers of Sphero, today announced the reinvention of the ball. Again. Sphero 2.0 is the worldâ€™s first app-controlled robotic ball and game system, and now itâ€™s faster, brighter and smarter than ever before. Included in the rollout are brand new accessories, including ramps and protective Nubby covers to pimp your ride.
â€œThe first time I drove Sphero 2.0, I passed out,â€ said Ian Bernstein, cofounder of Orbotix. Itâ€™s true â€“Â Sphero 2.0 has been re-engineered from the ground up to give the user an entirely new gaming experience. Itâ€™s kind of like Einstein and C-3PO had a baby.
Powered with new AI Superdrive capabilities, Sphero 2.0 is unreasonably fast, reaching speeds of up to 7 feet per second. Thatâ€™s only slightly slower than a Lamborghini. And just like a racecar, every aspect of the internal robot has been re-configured for optimal performance, including a more efficient drivetrain and lowered center of gravity. With new multicolor LEDs, Sphero 2.0 is 3x brighter than before. Youâ€™ll need sunglasses to make sure the brilliance doesnâ€™t blind you. Powered by induction charging, Bluetooth connection, and upgraded firmware, Sphero 2.0 will change the way you play.
All Tricked Out
Thatâ€™s not all. Sphero 2.0 now comes with accessories. Featuring two ramps that pop directly out of the packaging, users can now catch big air that gives Felix Baumgartner a run for his money (parachute not included). Also available to up your awesome are Sphero Nubby covers. Offered in three unique hues, these all-terrain covers protect Sphero against the elements while providing unbeatable traction for enhanced performance. If Sphero was shock-resistant before, itâ€™s invincible now.
Choose from over 25 apps and launch a whole new world of mobile gampelay. Drive circles around your friends and build custom racecourses. The only thing missing is the tire squeal. Turn your living room into a video game with augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead and Sharky. The cupcakes are so real you can almost taste them. Letâ€™s not forget family game night, upgraded with multiplayer apps like ColorGrab. Sphero is even making moves in the classroom with crash courses in programming Sphero with MacroLab.
How to Get One
Pre-orders for Sphero 2.0 open today on GoSphero.com. Anyone who signs up will automatically be entered to win a bonus pack, complete with even more drool-worthy tech. Sphero 2.0 will be available worldwide starting August 30th, 2013 for Â£99.99. For a full list of retailers, visit GoSphero.com/retail-partners. Game on.