Three months after the updated version of the Sphero robotic ball – the Sphero 2.0 – was launched in Australia, its maker, Orbotix, has released a new addition to the line-up of app-controlled gadgets and toys.
The Sphero 2B was unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this week. Like the earlier Sphero, the 2B can be controlled by your iPhone or iPad, but is a decidedly different design. Tubular in shape, it can travel at four metres per second (14 feet per second), but it can also tumble and jump up to a metre in the air.
It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Orbotix promises one hour of play off a full battery charge.
Made of durable polycarbonate, it has LED lights, interchangeable wheels, tyres and hubcaps, and comes in black or white.
Like its sibling toy, it is customisable and programmable, connects via Bluetooth and can be charged by USB cable. There will be new multiplayer games available and it’s due to be available worldwide this Autumn, with a US$100 price tag. Pre-orders can be placed at GoSphero.com/2B.