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Sphero the Smartphone Controlled Robotic Ball Will Make Debut at CES 2011

Sphero

Earlier this year, Gizmodo and Fast Company reported about a startup developing a ball you could control with your smartphone. Well, that prototype has finally gotten a name and it’s called Sphero. Measuring 74 mm in diameter, the Bluetooth-connected ball is stocked with plenty of cool features that should be revealed at CES in January.

In a nutshell, Sphero will turn your smartphone into a robot controller. The ball in your living room will become the center of a number of games accessed from your iOS or Android device. Some unique interactivity could be solving a maze by rolling Sphero around on the floor or controlling a device in your buddy’s apartment, from your apartment.

Their API will be open to all, so game developers can go crazy trying to make applications that will work with Sphero. Sphero could do for the smartphone what Kinect did for the Xbox.

All in all, it looks like a lot of ‘hardware apps’ might be making their debut at CES this year. The i-dration is another example of a hardware app controlled by your smartphone that is set to be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can check out the latest updates on developer Orbotix’s blog (formerly known as GearBox) about the soon-to-be-revealed Sphero device.