Improved Robotic Ball
At first glance, it would appear to be a pretty silly
concept, but Sphero ( www.gosphero.com) is more than
just a Bluetooth-controllable toy. By interfacing with your
iOS or Android smartphone or tablet, it opens up a whole
new range of ways to spend your time. Sure, you can
make it roll down a flat sidewalk and annoy strangers, but
you can also fit it with a Sphero Nubby Cover that allows
it to navigate through gravel, water, and other difficult
environments. You can choose from 35 game apps,
including a few that use augmented reality to superimpose
the game on your own living room.
An example is the Rolling Dead game — based on the
TV show, The Walking Dead — that lets you blast zombies
to smithereens all over your carpet.
The latest version is Sphero 2.0 which rolls at speeds
up to 7 fps ( 2.1 mps) and can be controlled at distances
up to 100 ft ( 30 m). It also glows in millions of colors and
is three times brighter than the original version. If the
$129.99 price is beyond your budget, stay tuned for a
special offer coming via email to SERVO readers during
National Robotics Week. You can still get Sphero 1.0 for
$79.99, but it only rolls at 3 fps (1 mps) and loses contact
with you beyond 50 ft ( 15 m). Either way, you don't have
to worry about batteries, because both come with an
induction charger. There are, of course, plenty of You Tube
videos; all you have to do is search. SV
A Sphero owner pretends to be admiring the robotic ball.
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