The original Sphero was an interesting idea, but it was a bit delicate and underpowered. Sphero 2.0 might be worth some consideration, though. Orbotix has made the new Sphero twice as fast (about 7 ft per second) and packed in a bunch of LEDs to make it three times brighter than Sphero 1.0. The company is also dropping an updated driving app to go with the new ball.

To show off the increased speed and acceleration, Orbotix is including two ramps in the box so you can catch some air with Sphero 2.0. There is an optional "Nubby" accessory cover that gives the Sphero more grip and makes it waterproof for harsh environments. Sphero 2.0 still tethers to your device over Bluetooth, so it works up to roughly 50 feet away. It charges by wireless induction with the included stand.

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The Sphero 2.0 is available for pre-order at $129.99 now, and ships on September 3rd. US buyers can get the special bundle (for the same price) from Brookstone which includes a Nubby cover, travel bag, and glow-in-the-dark ramps. Otherwise, a Nubby cover is an additional $14.99.

[Sphero 2.0, Brookstone]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • xspirits

    I'm gonna fall this time... AP what are you doing? No Stahp!

  • Ivan Myring

    Any news of a UK release?

  • Ciaran

    Finally, some balls for my girlfriend to play with.

  • Cory_S

    I'm not going to buy it... but that was a damn cool commercial.

  • http://creativezane.sg Zane Lee

    That was a really great commercial I have to say, especially after watching HTC's awful commercial.. Stark comparison. Pun intended.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I can't be the only one who wants a movie made based on that commercial. Love it! That's almost got me reaching for a credit card.

    • http://creativezane.sg Zane Lee

      I reached out for my credit card (not literally since I used Amazon Payments) and bought one! I'm international, but went with Brookstone because of the included bonus pack worth $30, and their "SHIP99" free shipping promo. Pre-ordered and it will ship to my freight forwarder (additional shipping charges later on) but I think it's worth it with the bonus pack. :D

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  • tcgjr

    This is for folks that have to much time and money!!!

  • Patrick Bateman

    I wish my balls could do that :(

  • lensgrabber

    Got the original and it's fun, well, the dogs like chasing it. I would buy the Revealed version but I'm not giving money to the Apple Store to do it.

  • EH101

    So a little less than 5 mph?... Not bad! Especially for a self-propelled ball.

  • MeCampbell30

    Epic music time.

  • Michael

    Uk release date?!!!