Sphero started out making products that were toys first and foremost, but its tiny personal robots have slowly become more education-oriented, and the new Bolt is the most bookish of them all. The Bolt is a transparent spherical robot with a raft of sensors and a programmable LED matrix display.
Sphero included several new sensors in this device. There’s a compass, which means better orientation control when programming tasks. There’s also an ambient light sensor and four internal infrared sensors. The IR capability theoretically allows multiple robots to communicate with each other. This is the first Sphero product that includes an option for multiple robots to interact. The company says as many as five robots can link up to work together within a radius of five meters, but it’s vague on the supported functionality. The demo video shows the robots recognizing each other with LED animations and rolling along as a single unit.
The Bolt is on sale right now on the Sphero website for $150. It will come to select retailers later this month.
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