Sphero launches mini robotic ball

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This looks fun – a tiny app-driven robotic ball from Sphero which is about the size of a ping pong ball.

What’s clever about it is that it features Sphero’s FaceDrive technology so you can use facial expressions, such as smiles, frowns, winks, and head tilts to control it.

Derived from the company’s £120 robotic sphere, Sphero 2.0, which launched in 2013, the hi-tech ball is available now at Sphero.com and from October 2nd, 2017 at Amazon.co.uk (RRP £49.99).

Offering a 10m range with connection via Bluetooth, it also comes with miniature bowling pins and cones.

Says CEO, Paul Berberian:

“Sphero Mini encapsulates the technology our team has developed and perfected over the years into a smaller scale, while increasing the play experience.

“This latest addition to the Sphero product lineup is a testament to our commitment to continue to advance the world of Connected Play.”

Features include

  • 10M Range, connect via Bluetooth
  • Charge with the included micro USB
  • LED lights glow in any color
  • Gyroscope & Accelerometer
  • Charge an hour, play for 45 minutes
  • iOS 10+ & Android 5.0+ compatible
  • Height: 42mm / Width: 42mm / Weight 46g
  • Top speed 1m/s
  • Accessories – miniature bowling pins and cones – included
Driving Drive Mini using different modes with the Sphero Mini app – Joystick, Tilt,
Slingshot, or Face Drive. 
Gaming Sphero Mini can be used with the app as a video game controller. Play three games, with more updates on the way: 1. Exile II: Use Mini as a controller to move and shoot spaceships. 2. Lightspeed Drifter: Control a futuristic ship racing inside a tunnel with Mini.3. Round Trip: Rotate Mini to destroy a polygon of “bricks”.
Coding Download the Sphero Edu app and program Sphero Mini by drawing, dragging blocks, or text coding, all with Javascript (available in the Sphero Edu app October 2017).
Shells Colourful, interchangeable shells available in five colours; blue, green, pink, orange and white.

 

 

 

Chris Price