Weekly Wrap Up - The Choice
08 Nov 2016
You’ve done your research. You’ve debated back and fourth, maybe even changed your mind a few times. Now the day has come and the moment of truth is finally upon you. You face the daunting task of choosing between two candidates worthy of your fandom: Ollie or Darkside?
You know the characteristics they tout: one is heroic and tenacious, the other is devious and defiant, but both look like a heck of a lot of fun. So, which to choose?
Maybe you had your heart set on one, but Uncle John—buying what he felt was the right choice for you—gifted you the other for your birthday. It may not have been the one you wanted, but it’s the thought that counts, right? John could have also checked your wish list, but he’s not that tech-savvy yet.
Whatever the outcome, we trust that you’ll be the best driver you can be; pushing Ollie or Darkside to the max by racing and tumbling your way around the house or outside in the skatepark. Chances are you’ll meet other rad Ollie and Darkside adrenaline junkies to have epic races with. You’re all here to have a blast, right? So, why not together?
After all, we built these bots for fun, and we’re counting on you to take them to new heights.
A Day In The Life: Deidre Casey
Q. Ohayoo gozaimasu! Would you please introduce yourself and your title here?
A. Hi, I'm Deidre! I'm currently a QA & Localization Analyst, basically I get to play with robots in 8 different languages all day.
Q. So what you’re saying is my initial greeting didn’t even make you blink. Noted. Can you elaborate on what your job entails?
A. It's my job to make sure our apps and robots work well on all types of devices and no unexpected bugs show up while you're having fun. Localization has been a recent focus for the QA team, so we're working to improve the quality of translations across French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
Q. Like the UN? Or the UB—United Bots? Never mind. What advice can you offer for those interested in doing what you do?
A. The little things matter. In both QA and localization analysis, perfection is the reason you exist. Taking the time to critically and carefully analyze all aspects of a product ensures that you're helping your team put out the best work possible. It's not always fun to tell people all the things that are broken during the development cycle, but ultimately it helps the team deliver a product they can all be proud of.
Q. In this case, every body likes a critic. Are you able to share what you’re currently analyzing?
A. At the moment I'm on a pretty secret project, but I've done various work on Force Band, BB-8 and SPRK.
Q. What aspect to you enjoy the most about working here?
A. I'm sure everyone else has said this and it may seem super cliche, but honestly my favorite part of working at Sphero is that I am constantly inspired by the extremely talented and passionate group of people I work with.
Q. Since you have a good amount of insight into each bot, I’m curious to know which is your fave.
A. I remember asking my mom as a little girl if I could have an R2-D2 for Christmas after watching Star Wars IV: A New Hope. I didn't understand why I couldn't have one at the time, so having gotten to work on and own a personal BB-8 is a dream come true! Nerdiness aside, I also love SPRK+ and may or may not program it to terrorize my dog on the weekend...
Q. Pet terrorism aside, what else do you like to do outside of work?
A. Two things: learn more languages and play lots of League of Legends. I also volunteer on Skype as an English conversation partner with a private high school in Japan.
Q. What can you say is your favourite part of living in Colorado?
A. The colors! Each season has such a unique array of colors, I love going on walks or hikes and taking pictures of all the rich nature we have here. Plus our sunsets are pretty incredible.
Q. Where are sunsets the best? Any place you recommend we check out?
A. Hands down Rocky Mountain National Park. Even if you don't like to hike much, there are a lot of great locations to go on low key walks in our beautiful mountains.
Q. Alright, last question—what can you share about yourself that most of us don’t know?
A. I interned with the internationally-renowned photographer Benjamin Von Wong for 6 months in Canada several years ago. We're still besties.