by Brent Dirks
January 6, 2014
The original Sphero robotic toy is getting a huge makeover. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Orbotix has officially introduced Sphero 2B. As you can see, the new app-controlled accessory is sporting a totally revamped form factor. Instead of the usual ball shape, Sphero 2B adds a set of interchangeable parts, like tires and hubcaps, into the mix. Here’s a quick video of the new Sphero. Click here if you can’t see it. Sphero 2B can go up to 14 feet per second, twice as fast as Sphero 2.0, and will connect to an iOS device with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Thanks to built-in infrared technology, owners can battle each other in interactive multiplayer games. Arriving sometime this fall, the Sphero 2B will retail for less than $100. Other accessories and customizable parts will be announced later. Buyers can select from a black or white body. You can reserve your spot in line by heading over to Sphero’s site. Orbotix is also planning to announce seven new apps for the current Sphero ball, bringing the total to more than 35 for iOS users to select from. I’m really excited to see Sphero 2B hit the market. It looks like a major upgrade to the already amazingly fun toy. For other CES news, see: Withings Takes The Covers Off Its New Smart Sleep System At CES, Belkin Adds Lights, Maker Kit And Crock-Pot To Its Line Of WeMo Devices, and CES 2014: iHeartRadio Is Arriving On Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo And Kia Vehicles.