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The Orbotix Sphero in Action

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Want to see a robotic ball controlled by a smartphone?  Take a look at the Orbotix Sphero Sneak Peek Video below.

Sphero Sneak Peek from Paul Berberian on Vimeo.

My friends at Orbortix will be at CES in Booth #5422 North Hall from January 6th to 9th showing off real working robotic balls.  So psyched.

  • Travis
  • Travis
    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Actually, this is a newer video with a much improved ball. BTW – I am
      an investor!

      • Travis

        fair enough, but I like the other video as it shows the phone controlling it. Anyway, pretty cool tech. Obviously more potential than just toys… I can see SWAT teams sending this thing into buildings, etc. armed with a camera to assess a dangerous situation.

      • Travis

        fair enough, but I like the other video as it shows the phone controlling it. Anyway, pretty cool tech. Obviously more potential than just toys… I can see SWAT teams sending this thing into buildings, etc. armed with a camera to assess a dangerous situation.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Actually, this is a newer video with a much improved ball. BTW – I am
      an investor!

  • http://sco.tt Scott Yates

    That video is much better of the ball, and the ball itself looks dramatically better, but without the phone as a controller it just looks kind of random if someone doesn’t know the back story.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Good point / suggestion. I’ll pass it on to Paul and the gang.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Good point / suggestion. I’ll pass it on to Paul and the gang.

  • http://sco.tt Scott Yates

    That video is much better of the ball, and the ball itself looks dramatically better, but without the phone as a controller it just looks kind of random if someone doesn’t know the back story.

  • http://pupeno.com J. Pablo Fernández

    Is that just a toy or is there some amazing future application where this is going to?

  • http://pupeno.com J. Pablo Fernández

    Is that just a toy or is there some amazing future application where this is going to?

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      It’s a robotic ball controlled by a smartphone (iPhone and Android).
      There’s an API and a software layer that lets you build all kinds of
      cool applications / games.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      It’s a robotic ball controlled by a smartphone (iPhone and Android).
      There’s an API and a software layer that lets you build all kinds of
      cool applications / games.

  • http://www.ronen82.com Ronen Mendezitsky

    Today, while I was skipping two steps at a time climbing up the stairs at work, I thought to myself: How hard it is to build a robot that can do that and how amazing it is that my brain so easily makes the calculation of how hard my foot has to push the ground in order to skip exactly two steps at a time. We are the machines!

  • http://www.ronen82.com Ronen Mendezitsky

    Today, while I was skipping two steps at a time climbing up the stairs at work, I thought to myself: How hard it is to build a robot that can do that and how amazing it is that my brain so easily makes the calculation of how hard my foot has to push the ground in order to skip exactly two steps at a time. We are the machines!

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