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.
Those chosen few should also be willing to play with the thing on pretty consistent basis (Orbotix suggests a few minutes every day) to see how well it holds up to real world use. Beta testers will be able to spend a month with a near-final Sphero, but fret not in case you aren’t chosen: Orbotix is looking at adding new users on a rolling basis between October and November.
While it’s a great way to reward those who already pre-ordered, Orbotix seems to be cutting it just a little close with their timing. By the time their beta program finishes, the holiday launch window will be right on top of them. It won’t pose much of a problem if the feedback is unanimously good, but Orbotix could be caught in a dicey position if something unfortunate is unearthed during their pre-holiday trial period.