Sphero 2.0 Is a More Heroic Robotic Ball



Sphero 2.0
Harry McCracken / TIME

Orbotix’s Sphero — a small robotic ball you remote-control with a smartphone or tablet — is one of those gizmos that runs the risk of being something you love for half an afternoon and then stick in the back of a drawer forever. But the company, which released the product in 2011, has been working hard to prove its brainchild is no one-trick pony. A growing range of iOS and Android apps, from both Orbotix and third-party developers, let it perform more and more tricks.

And now the Sphero hardware itself is getting better. Or, more specifically, faster, brighter and more agile. Sphero 2.0 arrives late this month. Orbotix is taking pre-orders now, and provided me with a couple of units to try out.

A lot hasn’t changed: Sphero is still a $130 white orb made of sturdy plastic. (Running into walls and flying off tables…

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