On a sprawling play-field full of exciting ramps and interesting obstacles, Sphero put its newest product, the 2B, on display at CES 2014.
Compared to the previous incarnations of the Sphero, the 2B is tubular, rather than spherical. With two large, textured, wheel-like protrusions on either side of the device acting as wheels, the 2B was able to put on impressive bursts of speed that were notably quicker than the regular Spheros. This was especially fun when combined with the various ramps on the course at the Sphero booth, as talented 2B pilots were able to get impressive amounts of air.
One possible drawback of the 2B, however, comes from the same tubular design that allows it to go so fast. Since it isn’t capable of the same omni-directional movement as the spherical model, the 2B can become stuck more easily, as I witnessed a couple of times at the booth.
Still, trading a bit of mobility for pure speed is something that people are usually willing to do — and the regular Spheros aren’t leaving the market anytime soon either, so you’ll be able to pick whichever one you think is right for you. The Sphero 2B will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2014. The traditional Sphero 2.0 is available now.