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Gearboxball Cc

Gearbox’s smartphone-controlled ball looks quite cool, offers much potential for creative game ideas -

So basically how HTC/Android/Apple make smart phones, we make smart toys. Our first smart toy is a robotic ball that you can move by tilting your phone in the direction you want the ball to roll. We are then leveraging the connectivity and computing power of the phone to create a fully interactive experience for the user. Our first app for the ball is Sumo. I throw my ball on a table, you throws yours on the table and then we can try and sumo each others ball off the table.
Aside from the games we produce we are also opening up the APIs for the ball so any app developer with no hardware knowledge can build their own games or applications and bring them to the real world.

Very cools – definitely a ball you’ll want to avoid getting stuck in a tree/roof/traffic. More info and more example app ideas on Gearbox’s site. [via TechCrunch]

Collin Cunningham

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!

  • Adam E

    I’d love to make one using some older stuff, since my cats probably would find it amusing.

  • JLTurner

    A a tiny camera and you have a wonderful snooping device.

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