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Robotic Ball Sphero Gets a New Look Ahead of Launch

Sphero, the smartphone-controlled robotic ball due out later this year, is getting a makeover.

The futuristic sphere now sports a semi-opaque white look and can be reenergized using an inductive charger, according to its maker, Boulder, Colo.-based Orbotix. The toy, which can be controlled by either an iPhone or Android device, is still targeted to sell for around $130 when it goes on sale in December.

In the meantime, the company has been working on several apps for the ball, including this kittycam program.

Orbotix showed off a prototype of Sphero at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and AllThingsD got to take one for a spin at Google’s I/O event in May.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik