when a cute little robotic ball called Sphero rolled into the market almost two years ago, it literally takes gaming out of your mobile device and into the real world, signifying a new era for augmented reality gaming, but we will be honest with you: we didn’t think remotely rolling a ball around would be fun. our stand kind of remain unchanged – until now – with the new generation Sphero, aptly dubbed as Sphero 2.0. from between 2011 and now, Orbotix has made several tweaks and the new Sphero 2.0 now promised to faster, brighter, and smarter. aesthetically, nothing has changed; it is still the white plastic ball marked with Sphero branding (well, it is ball, isn’t it?), along with the usual regulatory informations. however, under the hood, things have changed quite a bit since – it is now 2x faster then its predecessor, capable of rolling at speeds up to 7 feet per second, and it is now equipped with new multicolor LEDs and glows with 3x the brightness over the original.
the Sphero works on both iOS (4.0 and up) and Android (2.2 and up), and now has over 25 apps dedicated to Sphero – including a new augmented reality zombie-busting game by Sphero, aptly known as The Rolling Dead. well, it sure sounds like fun, don’t it? additionally, the new Sphero 2.0 comes packaged with a pair of ramps out-of-the-box which allows your Sphero to do some air time. speaking of which, another thing remains unchanged is its rugged built which means it is waterproof and shockproof, so you can pretty much drive this little guy on just about any terrain. however, for the paranoia or for those simply wish to gain a little more traction, Orbotix is offering a silicone “Nubby Cover” that slips over the ball that would have those concern/need covered. the Sphero 2.0 is up for pre-order now for $129.99 with expected delivery on or before August 30, 2013. go ahead and check out some awesome images in the gallery below and while you are there, do also check a cool promo video that has only one goal: makes you goes “i want one!”