Sphero

  • Star Wars BB-8 Designer Sphero Raises Another $45M From Mercato, Disney And More

    Star Wars BB-8 Designer Sphero Raises Another $45M From Mercato, Disney And More

    As anticipation continues to rise for the new Star Wars film to open at the end of this year, a hardware startup central to the making of one of the characters has raised a new round of funding. Sphero, makers of the eponymous spherical robots that you control with your smartphone — as well as the new BB-8 droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — has raised $45 million in a new… Read More

  • Make Your Own BB-8 Droid From A Sphero

    Make Your Own BB-8 Droid From A Sphero

    Word around the outer rim is Ortobix, the company behind the Sphero robotic ball, helped create the rolltastic BB-8 Droid from the upcoming Star Wars movie. And ever since BB-8 rolled across the stage at last week’s Star Wars convention, I’ve wanted one. Well, someone with a bit more gumption than I hacked together a tiny BB-8 from a Sphero and it’s fantastic. From the… Read More

  • 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

  • Orbotix Announces The $99 Sphero 2B, A New Super-Fast, Programmable Robot

    Orbotix Announces The $99 Sphero 2B, A New Super-Fast, Programmable Robot

    Sphero, as the name implies, was a robotic sphere. Now Orbotix, the makers of this beloved ball, have decided to elongate the it into a tube (a cylinder, really), drop the price to $99, and make one of the funnest little toys I’ve ever seen. Read More

  • Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground

    Amazon made waves with its Amazon Air drone delivery concept, and a video of a recent test flight really brought that concept to life. Now robotics startup and iPhone-enabled toy maker Sphero has a concept of its own to reveal, complete with a shot-for-shot remake of the original video by the online e-commerce giant – they call it Amazon Ground. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sphero 2.0 And Speculation

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Sphero 2.0 And Speculation

    Sometimes it’s summer, and instead of real news like the introduction of a new and improved Sphero robotic ball, we hear a lot of news prediction. Will Elon Musk’s high-speed train idea, Hyperloop, ever actually get built? How sure are we that the iPhone will be revealed at an event on September 10? And is Amazon really building a gaming/media console or is that just a… 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 Robotic Ball Gaming System at CES

    Sphero And Augmented Reality Are Made For Each Other

    Sphero had a big 2012, but it’s clear that 2013 will be even bigger for the company. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the makers of a phone-friendly robotic ball launched a handful of augmented reality games, expanding the breadth of the little sphere’s functionality. The first game is inspired by possibly the best meme of 2011, Nyan Cat. Nyan Cat Space… Read More

  • Four Perspectives On Augmented Reality And Its Future

    Four Perspectives On Augmented Reality And Its Future

    Augmented reality (AR) — the term does not exactly jump off the tongue. But the concepts behind the technology are beginning to change what we think of ourselves, objects and the people in the world that surrounds us. 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… Read More