Sphero Robotic Ball is hottest Holiday 2011 Gadget?

Aug 17 2011, 2:58pm CDT | by , in News | Hot Gadgets

Sphero Robotic Ball is hottest Holiday 2011 Gadget?

The Sphero rolls around controlled by your smartphone.

I just stumbled over the Sphero robotic ball. It was introduced at the CES 2011, but for some reason we have missed it in our CES coverage. The Sphero is supposed to ship late 2011 and you can pre-order the $129.99 smartphone controlled ball now.

So what is this? Sphero is a product of a company called Orbotix. Sphero is about the size of a baseball and can change colors via its built in LED light system. It works like remote controlled car, but it is much more flexible. The control software runs on smartphones and there is even an SDK. This means developers can implement special Sphero apps to play games or come up with other creative uses for the robotic ball.

Sphero communicates via Bluetooth with your iOS or Android smartphone. Also neat is that the Sphero can be charged without wires. Watch the video below to see the Sphero in action. The Sphero has what it takes to become the hottest gadget for the 2011 Holiday Shopping season.

Sphero Robotic Ball and its Driving App from GoSphero on Vimeo.

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