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I hope you’re ready to see a flurry of new products and accessories this week. The PR train known as the Consumer Electronics Show is now in full swing, and a number of companies have already made some big announcements.

The Colorado-based Orbotix got in on the early action. The makers of the popular Sphero ball unveiled its latest connected toy: the ‘Sphero 2B.’ This time it’s a cylinder, instead of a ball, and it’s twice as fast as the current Sphero…

The 2B is made of a durable polycarbonate material, and features interchangeable wheels. It connects via Bluetooth, is capable of speeds of up to 14 ft/s, and because it has only two points of contact, it can pull off some wild stunts.

Here’s the official promo video:

With its tubular design, the Sphero 2B can turn on a dime, launch off steep inclines, and tumble. And on the software side, it’s completely programmable, capable of advanced multiplayer, and it supports third-party apps and games.

The Sphero 2B is controllable via both iOS and Android devices, and is scheduled to launch in the fall of this year for $100. If you’re interested, you can reserve your place in line to be one of the first to own one at GoSphero.com/2B.

Stay tuned to iDB for more CES coverage.

  • Gus Clelland

    Is it waterproof?

    • Kartik Dhawan

      Doesn’t seem like, as it charges via USB unlike its predecessor which used wireless charging technology..

      • Gus Clelland

        That sucks

      • TheOneMax

        Well, Pebble is waterproof and it’s chargin via usb, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t?

      • Kartik Dhawan

        I see what you’re on about, it might be waterproof by putting a cover on the USB slot or a waterproof case of course. However it won’t be as good as sphero 2.0 as it’s design was sealed and hence waterproof.

  • Raashid

    Yet another of those things I used once and dumped in my closet…what is it doing in 2014?

  • Sicheng Xu

    WTF…2B in Chinese means “dumb ass”……. Brilliant positioning~

    • Raashid

      Hmm, so all the moments I asked “To be, or not to be” to my asian friends I was actually asking “Dumb ass, or not dumb ass” in partial chinese? Lesson learned…

      • Sicheng Xu

        Exactly~ That shall be the most famous English joke among Chinese~~~LOL, thx Shakespeare.