Vote to see Orbotix at SXSW 2012!

22 Aug 2011

We had an amazing time at South by Southwest (SXSW) last year and we've got plenty in store for our return to Austin in March. To start, we submitted two great panels for SXSWi and we need your help getting there as the 2012 SXSW PanelPicker voting period is now open!

First up, a talk from our CEO Paul that's focused on what makes Sphero tick - mixed reality gaming. The rise of smartphones, tablets and social gaming has led to an explosion of mobile gamers. Just as Angry Birds and Farmville took mainstream gaming away from the console, the rise of mixed and augmented reality – where virtual worlds interact with physical objects – is already forming the next epoch of play. As an emerging area of gaming, mixed reality finds a new load of challenges for both the creators and the user as a consumer. Falling within a spectrum between the real world and digital world, mixed reality has an undiscovered spot that will quickly find its way on the rise. Paul will discuss the possibilities with mixed reality, the challenges, and how mobile gaming is leading the charge.

Vote for Paul's panel "Creating your mixed reality: digital to physical" here!

Our founders Adam and Ian are teaming up for this next panel, diving into their daily challenges. There are major differences when developing for iOS and Android, that’s not a secret. But what happens when you are developing software that controls robotic hardware on both of these platforms? Challenges arise because the external hardware adds a level of complexity. This conversation is directed towards the biggest differences between iOS and Android, the biggest headaches developers encounter when building for two operating systems, and best practices for both.

Vote for Ian & Adam's panel "Great divide: Robot development with iOS & Android" here!

There are tons of other great suggestions to choose from, so no matter which panels are chosen there's bound to be awesome discussions and insight.  Just like last year, it'll be a little bit of business and a whole lot of party...Can't wait till March!

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