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Old Aug 14, 2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Sphero Version 2.0 Announced: Twice as Fast, Three Times as Bright




Orbotix has announced Version 2.0 of its robotic iOS-controlled ball Sphero. The upgraded Sphero is reportedly twice as fast -- capable of rolling at 7 feet per second -- and three times as bright, with more LEDs and colors.

The device also includes two ramps in the box for greater trickery, as well as an optional 'Nubby' cover ($15) for outdoor use.

The first Sphero was originally released back in 2011, and more than 25 different apps have been released to interact with the device.

Sphero 2.0 is available for pre-order for $130.

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Old Aug 14, 2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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That thing is seriously fast now!
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Apparently I don't get it...???
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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Apparently I don't get it...???
Well at least I'm not alone.

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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:05 PM   #5
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Good to see they got the ball rolling on a nice update.

But seriously what is this thing and why is it a thing?
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:07 PM   #6
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But seriously what is this thing and why is it a thing?
It looks like a gimmick, but much like you, I have no idea what it is.

The only thing I do know is that Samsung will be using it in their next phone.
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Good to see they got the ball rolling on a nice update.

But seriously what is this thing and why is it a thing?
Very expensive cat toy.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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uhhh.... what???
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:20 PM   #9
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All we need now

Is an island filled with "retired" spies.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:23 PM   #10
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There must be a military application for this. Something this good just has to be used to kill people
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Simply the most dramatic "toy" commercial I've ever seen. I was laughing the whole time and awaiting the ninja sword to come out and slice it in two.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 12:38 PM   #12
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Sphero 2.0... Twice as Fast, Three Times as Bright... Just wait until we find out what it is good for....
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 02:14 PM   #14
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They probably didn't aim for this ad to be funny.
But it is.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 02:22 PM   #15
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Why would someone spend money on a toy for mere novelty and entertainment?

I'll let you know after I get one Eventually. It's on my radar.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 03:03 PM   #16
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Is an island filled with "retired" spies.
You are number six.

...actually, your post is number nine but who's counting.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 03:29 PM   #17
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At first glance, it's easy to ask "What is this thing good for?", but after you think about it for a while... it's no different than remote-controlled cars, plains, trains... it's a real-life video game, if you will. Imagine setting up challenge courses and multiple people racing their Spheros around the course. It could get seriously fun!
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 04:01 PM   #19
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Sort of silly, but man, do I want one anyway.
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Old Aug 14, 2013, 07:31 PM   #20
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They should totally add explosives and militarize this...

edit: course, soldiers would probably end up playing with them
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Sort of silly, but man, do I want one anyway.
Me too. Add a camera to it, and consider it sold (just how the heck can a camera be implemented in it?)
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I'm glad I can't afford one. It's one of those things you impulse buy then put in your garage after a week and never play with again.

I can't decide if the drama in the ad is tongue-in-cheek or not.
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Old Aug 15, 2013, 09:26 PM   #24
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What an awful video.

Normal speed, slow motion, normal speed, slow motion, repeat ten times.

Wobble bass.

Over-the-top melodrama action movie music blasting.

Bleh.

Looks like a cat toy to me, too. But if it were only $50 and sold at pet supply stores, I'd get one for my bored cats. They haven't really cared for the remote controlled mouse because it's too noisy. I wonder how much noise this thing makes. Probably lots, which is why the soundtrack is so damned loud.

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This is the kind of thing that needs physical tactile controls, not a touch screen you have to keep looking at to make sure your fingers haven't drifted out of place.
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This is the kind of thing that needs physical tactile controls, not a touch screen you have to keep looking at to make sure your fingers haven't drifted out of place.
Hopefully they will support iOS physical game controls when the hardware is out.
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