Orbotix

  • Sphero Finally Gets A Friend With Ollie, The Tubular Smartphone-Controlled Robot

    Sphero Finally Gets A Friend With Ollie, The Tubular Smartphone-Controlled Robot

    Today, Orbotix (the makers behind Sphero) is introducing its second robot alongside the circular Sphero to go faster and jump higher. Folks, meet the Ollie by Sphero. Originally called the 2B, the Ollie can go about 2x faster than the Sphero, which is shaped like a ball. The Ollie has a 30-meter range, and alongside the ability to go much faster than the Sphero, users are also able to… Read More

  • Sphero And Ollie Robotic Toy Maker Orbotix Has Raised Another $20M, Say Sources

    Sphero And Ollie Robotic Toy Maker Orbotix Has Raised Another $20M, Say Sources

    Orbotix, the company that makes fast-moving, robotic toys that you control with smartphone apps, has raised another $20 million in funding, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed with a reliable source. This brings the total raised by maker of the popular Sphero ball to $35 million, as it gears up to start selling its next product, the cylindrical Ollie (originally called the 2B), later this… Read More

  • Sphero 2.0 Launches

    Sphero 2.0 Is Twice As Fast, Agile, And Awesome

    Get ready for the next generation of playing with your balls. Sphero, the robotic ball out of Orbotix that can be controlled with just a smartphone, has now grown up a bit, with the company launching Sphero 2.0 today. Sphero 2.0 is twice as fast, hauling about seven feet per second, and it’s three times as bright as the first generation ball. According to co-founder Chief Software… Read More

  • Sphero’s New Augmented Reality App Allows You To Walk A Beaver Around Your House

    Sphero’s New Augmented Reality App Allows You To Walk A Beaver Around Your House

    Meet Sharky the Beaver, Sphero‘s first augmented reality character for their little robotic spheres. Over the past few months, Orbotix has been developing many new ways to use the toy. With this new app, the company is making its first step into the world of augmented reality. As a reminder, Sphero is a ball with an internal motor. You can control it using a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone… Read More

  • Review: The Sphero, A Ball With Personality

    Review: The Sphero, A Ball With Personality

    The first time I was chased around a room by a glowing, buzzing ball I was in college and I had just come home from a rave. The last time was when I opened the Sphero and set it loose on my rug. The Sphero is a ball with a brain. Designed by Orbotix, this 3-inch toy has an internal motor and a set of LEDs that can make it flash nearly any color of the rainbow. It’s run by iOS or Android… Read More

  • Orbotix Wants Sphero Beta Testers Before The Holidays Hit

    Orbotix Wants Sphero Beta Testers Before The Holidays Hit

    Everyone’s favorite smartphone-controlled robotic ball got a minor facelift when we saw it last, but it may need just a bit more polish before it officially gets pushed out the door. That’s why Orbotix has quietly put out a call for private beta testers to play with the Sphero ahead of its launch later this year. Read More

  • Sphero Sports New Body, Rolls Closer To Official Release

    Sphero Sports New Body, Rolls Closer To Official Release

    Orbotix has spent the last few months hustling, and it shows: they landed a $5 million dollar Series B investment in April, and now they have made it known that fans won’t have to wait much longer to purchase their robotic balls. That’s right, robotic balls. For the unfamiliar, the Colorado-based company has been hard at work on the Sphero, a small robotic ball that can be… Read More

  • Orbotix Scores $5 Million. Because You All Want Smartphone-Controlled Robotic Balls

    Exclusive - Boulder-based smart toy company Orbotix has raised $5 million in Series B financing from Foundry Group and Highway 12 Ventures as it prepares for a Fall launch of its Sphero, a robotic ball that can be controlled by iOS and Android smartphones. Sphero is billed by the company as a new kind of entertainment device that combines play in the real world with games in the virtual… Read More