Sphero Version 2.0 Announced: Twice as Fast, Three Times as Bright

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    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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    That thing is seriously fast now!
     
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    Apparently I don't get it...???:eek:
     
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    Well at least I'm not alone.

    D.
     
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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? :confused:
     
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    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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    Very expensive cat toy.
     
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    uhhh.... what???
     
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    All we need now

    Is an island filled with "retired" spies.
     
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    There must be a military application for this. Something this good just has to be used to kill people :rolleyes:
     
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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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    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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    Lame.
     
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    They probably didn't aim for this ad to be funny.
    But it is.
     
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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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    You are number six.

    ...actually, your post is number nine but who's counting. :)
     
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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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    C00l:)
     
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    Sort of silly, but man, do I want one anyway.
     
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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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    Me too. Add a camera to it, and consider it sold (just how the heck can a camera be implemented in it?):confused:
     
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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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    I love it.
     
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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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    Hopefully they will support iOS physical game controls when the hardware is out.
     

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