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



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



Earlier this year Gizmodo and Fast Company reported about a start-up up company that was developing a ball you could control with your cellphone. Well that prototype has finally gotten a name and it’s called Sphero, the smartphone-controlled robotic ball. Measuring 74mm in diameter, featuring inductive charging, controlled via bluetooth, and other cool features are not yet disclosed but they will be revealed at CES this year. In a nutshell, Sphero will turn your smartphone into a robot controller. The ball in your living room will become the object in the game on your iOS or Android device. Some unique interactivity could be solving a maze by rolling Sphero around on the floor  or control a device in your buddies 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 cellphone 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 at CES.  In the meantime you can check out the latest updates on developer Orbotix’s blog (the start-up formerly known as GearBox) from the soon to be revealed Sphero device…