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When Yaara reviewed the Sphero 2.0 Orbotrix Sphero 2.0 Review and Giveaway Orbotrix Sphero 2.0 Review and Giveaway The Sphero 2.0 is an all-terrain plastic ball that rolls around at your command. And as usual, we're giving it away to one lucky reader! Read More , she found it to be a really fun toy but was reluctant to spend $130 on it. Manufacturer Orbotix apparently heard her loud and clear as it has released the Sphero 2b, a follow-up to the popular toy robot, for $99.

Unlike the original Sphero, this one isn’t a ball. Instead, Orbotix has used a cylindrical shape for the device, with two rubber-gripped “tyres” at the side to move it along. In fact, the tyres can be removed and are available in three different sizes. The result is that it’s twice as fast as its spherical brother!

Like the Sphero, the 2b can be operated with an iOS or Android device. It will also have several games to play, including using the built-in infrared sensor to play tag or race with other Sphero 2b devices. TechCrunch reports that Orbotix will be creating accessories for 2b including nubby tires for outdoor play. We’ve seen how Angry Birds used the Sphero Angry Birds Updates With 30 New Levels, ‘Shock Fuse’ Bomb Bird & Pig Potions Angry Birds Updates With 30 New Levels, ‘Shock Fuse’ Bomb Bird & Pig Potions Read More for its gameplay, so it’ll be cool if other companies manage to use the Sphero 2b as well.

The Sphero 2b is not yet available for purchase and there’s no release date either, but Orbotix has set up a page where you can reserve a unit. For all we know, this might just be featured the next time we write about cool smartphone-controlled toys 8 Cool Smartphone-Controlled Toys You Secretly Desire! 8 Cool Smartphone-Controlled Toys You Secretly Desire! Who says toys are just for kids? As someone who grew up on remote-controlled cars, the prospect of a smartphone-controlled gadget is tantalizing to me even well into adulthood. And with the kind of cool... Read More .

Source: Orbotix via TechCrunch

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