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Sphero: The Robotic Ball Controlled By an iPhone

In the same "fun, but impractical" vein as the AR.Drone quadricopter, the Sphero is a robotic ball remotely controlled by an app on the iPhone.

Approximately the size of a baseball, the Sphero connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth and recharges via an induction-charging stand. Orbotix, the company behind Sphero, has written a number of iPhone apps and games to use with the ball, including Sphero golf and a KittyCam app that let's users share the Sphero experience with their feline friends -- and capture the whole thing with the iPhone's video camera:


The Sphero will be available later this year for $129.99. It's currently available for pre-order from GoSphero.com.


Hat tip to Business Insider.

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Posted: 39 months ago
I'm going to have to buy a cat just so I can try that..
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Pretty cool until the novelty wears off and you're left asking yourself "I paid $130 for this?"
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
My cat would love this.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Wow, that's cool. I'm loving all these remotely controlled iDevice products coming out.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Cool. Kinda pricey. Under $60 maybe but $130 wow. My dog would go nuts chasing this around.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

Cool. Kinda pricey. Under $60 maybe but $130 wow. My dog would go nuts chasing this around.


And if your dog is any bigger than a chihuahua, he/she will probably chew the s*** out of it,leaving $130 worth of detritus. :p ;) :D

BTW: $130 to roll a ball around the room?? Oh, yeah, I forgot, we get to use our iPhone to control it. Definitely an exciting prospect. :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
I was trying to sell a similar idea (minus using an iPhone as the remote) to toy companies about 5 years ago. No interest from them at all.

I even invented a game so that you had something to do with it. In handball you use your hands to control the ball. In football (except the American sport of the same name) you use your feet to control the ball. So I introduce Ballball... Control the ball with your ball on a small ice hockey shaped pitch (it needs barriers or you'd lose the ball all the time).
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

I'll wait. Give it some time and the price should drop dramatically.


Good idea. Call me when it's $0.99.;)
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
It would be better if the price is $40 :D
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Now all we need is a scale-sized labyrinth to play Marble Madness in the real physical world.
Rating: 1 Votes

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