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Sphero keeps rolling along

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sphero keeps rolling along.   I’m Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear.    Combining physical toys with apps is getting to be a pretty hot category.  But a little ball called Sphero from Orbotix takes the experience to a  higher level altogether.   It comes with a charger base and Sphero easily pairs with iOS or Android mobile devices and tablets via Bluetooth.   Downloadable apps let you control the movement of the ball and play a variety of games.   And while about a hundred thirty dollars seems like a lot to pay for a ball that rolls around the floor, Chief technology officer and founder Ian Bernstein points out…

“So think like a Segway inside of a ball.   We have sensors, gyros, accelerometers in it, very complex control system to make this self-balancing robot that’s in this sphere.”

It’s cool, it’s fun and there’s a lot more to come.  Orbotix has opened the door for other developers too.   You can find more info at Sphero.com.  You can find us at BootCamp.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.

Categories: Mobile Devices | Gadgets