2013 CES Report: Zombies, Cupcakes, and Augmented Reality

23 Jan 2013

Each year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sphero and the Orbotix team go bigger (and rounder). The first time we made an appearance in 2010, Sphero was an early prototype held together with rubber bands. The next time, we had a larger than life Sphero replica floating in the sky in the South Hall. And this year? We went all in with augmented reality zombies, beach balls, and cupcakes a-blazin’.

Attendees stopped by our booth to meet the team, play new augmented reality apps like The Rolling Dead and Sharky the Beaver, and take Sphero for a race around the track. They also had the opportunity to demo upcoming multiplayer and arcade-style apps like Pass the Sphero, Blot, and Zombie Rollers. The creator of Nyan Cat hung out at the Sphero booth to sign autographs and meet fans, and our co-founder even hacked a blender with a circuit board from a Sphero to be controlled by a smartphone. SpheroMan strolled the halls, and our team rolled around the convention chatting with fans and press like TechCrunch (see the video here).

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to meet Sphero, play the latest and greatest games, and take a photo with Sharky. If you missed out be sure to catch the hits at Inc.com and Mashable, and check out the numbers round up below.

CES 2013 by the Numbers

4 : Days at CES
150,000 : CES attendees
600 : Square feet in our booth
36 : Beach balls blown up under the racetrack
31 : Orbotix team members who attended
128 : Balls in the armory
39 : Devices
2,091,000 : Feet rolled by Sphero
150,000 : Color changes
3,300 : Recharge cycles during the week
875 : App installs on the mobile devices
50 : Burritos consumed
244 : Photos taken with Sharky
1 : Blender hacked with a Sphero
12 : Packets of gum chewed
9 : Sick Orbotix employees post-CES

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