CES 2012 Re-Cap and Press Challenge Results

03 Feb 2012

CES holds a special place in everyone’s heart at Orbotix. At last year's CES, we debuted our Sphero prototype to the world and the response was overwhelming. This year we showed our market-ready Sphero and demoed two new mixed-reality apps. The reaction was incredible!

We love CES because it’s a four-day extravaganza of playtime – for both our team and attendees. The highlight was showing off the new mixed-reality apps that use Sphero as a controller (Space Fighter and Chromo), and putting Sphero’s endurance to the test on ramps at our booth, down concrete stairs, and through crowded hallways. Our little gaming robot survived techy VIP parties, all-nighters, and played through the day with hundreds of fans. In a word, CES 2012 was magical. Take a look at this year’s record-setting Consumer Electronics Show from Sphero’s point of view. You can also view our Facebook album for more shots of the event.


One of the most exciting events at our booth this year was the Space Fighter Press Challenge. Press competed for top score with the chance to donate up to $1,500 to the charity of their choice. Using Sphero as a controller for the first time, press dodged fireballs, attacked alien ships, and had an absolute blast playing Space Fighter. At long last, the results have been tallied! Here are our winners.

In third place with 80,350 points, we have Geoff Hathaway, co-host at the B Team Podcast donating to the Humane Society. Second place is Willem De Moor, writer for Tweakers with 113,650 points and donating to Toys for Tots. Drumroll, please”¦

The reigning champion with 126,800 points is Dave Hamilton, President and CEO at MacObserver. Dave is donating to the Oyster River Youth Association. Congratulations to our winners! And a big thank you to all who participated. Your energy and enthusiasm fighting alien space invaders was infectious.

The year ahead is cram-packed with events and contests, and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for little white robots rolling around, and if you see us at an event, come say hi. We’d love to introduce you to Sphero and all of his new gaming apps.

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