Sphero Begins Shipping and Rolls into the Real World
19 Dec 2011
This is an exciting day for us at Orbotix. After much anticipation, we are shipping the first round of Spheros out into the real world. In the short span of 17 months, Sphero has been transformed from a complex idea into a wonderful reality – and we couldn’t be more excited to share him with you.
Today we are not only shipping Sphero, but also releasing five apps. Find them on the iTunes App Store, the Android Market and the Amazon App Store for Android. These apps form the foundation for future apps and demonstrate many of the core functions of Sphero.
Sphero is the main app and has the important function of allowing you to update Sphero's firmware automatically as new updates become available. It has basic driving functionality, basic draw n' drive functionality and other cool commands. You can also track your driving stats and achievements with Sphero World - an online gaming community for Sphero fans that is still in the works. Expect a lot more from Sphero World in the near future!
Sphero Drive is the app that gives you total control of driving with customizable features. Three speeds and driving methods are available – joystick, tilt, and RC.
Sphero Draw N' Drive allows you to draw on your screen and watch Sphero trace out your drawing on the floor. Simply shake your phone to erase!
Sphero Golf brings out a whole new side of Sphero. Swing your phone or flick your finger to move Sphero down the course you create in your living room or office.
SpheroCam allows you to record Sphero while you drive so that you never miss a moment.
We have also released our SDK for both iOS and Android. All of our apps are built on top of our SDK – and we even included sample code to help developers get rolling.
While this is an exciting day for some of our fans, we realize others are still waiting for their Spheros to arrive. Our team is hard at work and will deliver your Spheros to you the second we are able. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.
In other news, we have also made it into the semi-finalists for Last Gadget Standing 2012! Cast your vote for your favorite robotic ball here.
Happy Holidays from Sphero and the Orbotix Team!
Our Co-founder Ian with the first two Spheros boxed for customers