Top 10 Sphero Moments of 2012

27 Dec 2012

2012 was an incredible year for Sphero. He meet all his goals, traveled the world, made 57,000 new friends, and discovered a newfound love of bacon. Below is our list of the Top 10 Sphero Moments of 2012, carefully hand-picked from an incredible number of amazing events from the last twelve months. Enjoy!

1. Obama driving Sphero.

President Obama visited Boulder in April, and thanks to two ambitious Orbotix team members, took Sphero for a spin. We weren't sure who was more excited – but amidst the chaos we were able to capture the moment on video to re-live well into next year.

2. Augmented Reality for Sphero.

Our most anticipated app launch of 2012 was easily Sharky the Beaver, the first augmented reality app for Sphero. If you haven’t checked out the awesome tech behind the app or met Sharky yourself, get over to the post.

3. Partnering with Nyan Cat.

The Show Us Your Balls video contest promo definitely captured the attention of Nyan Cat's creator when we initially launched the contest with a “secret” app including this famous meme. We’ve come a long way since then and have partnered with Nyan Cat to release the official app, Sphero Nyan Cat SpaceParty.

4. Going into over 3,000 retail locations around the world.

2012 will forever be the year Sphero launched successfully into retail locations nationwide. Sphero rolled into Apple, Brookstone, Target, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers around the U.S. , Europe, South Africa, Australia, and The Middle East. We look forward to continuing to expand even farther around the globe next year.

5. When NPH tweeted and crashed our site.

Neil Patrick Harris, the star of the TV series How I Met Your Mother and the original Doogie Howser M.D.tweeted about Sphero in February. His mention promptly crashed our website.

6. SpheroMan & Sphero Party at Google I/O.

Sphero threw a party with his alter ego SpheroMan at Google I/O in June this past summer. Held in downtown San Francisco in sponsorship with HTC, DJ Sphero was the life of the party. Devs and techies danced the night away and won some awesome prizes. Our favorite part? The tag line – Party Your Balls Off. Relive the fun here.

7. Getting on the Big Bang Theory.

This summer, Sphero made an appearance on Sheldon’s table in The Big Bang Theory. Our team gathered around the office wearing onesies (ok, only a few of us) and ate pizza to celebrate. Bazinga!

8. Show Us Your Balls video contest.

If nothing else, the Show Us Your Balls video contest was meant to grab your attention. This fall, over 25 fans submitted videos in four categories for the chance to win some serious Sphero Swag. The winners blew us away with their creativity –you can check them out here.

9. Our marketing manager eating a snake’s head.

Sometimes, you’ve got to liven up a workday with a little snake liquor. In an attempt to make a random viral video and win a bet with our CEO, our marketing manager devoured the head of a dead snake on video. Yes, seriously. Since 2013 is the Year of the Snake, you can kick it off with the grossness here.

10. Our Co-Founder, Adam, dropping an iPad at LeWeb.

As we continued to roll around the globe, a few of our team members attended LeWeb conference in France this past month. While giving a presentation on stage, our co-founder Adam dropped an iPad smack on its face. Great recovery, Adam!

Thank you to all the Sphero fans who made 2012 an overwhelming success for Sphero. It’s been a real pleasure having you along for the rollercoaster ride. Happy New Year from the Orbotix team and Sphero, and we'll see you in 2013!

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