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Sphero is our favorite robotic ball gaming system! It's also the first ever robotic ball gaming system! This is one seriously cool robotic toy. Simply pair it with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and you'll be driving this little illuminated sphere all over your home, office, busy street... okay maybe not a busy street.
Not only is the Sphero an awesome remote-control robot, it's also a controller. By picking up the Sphero and tilting, turning and pointing it, you can control on-screen gameplay! Besides its obvious spherical awesomeness, the real magic behind Sphero is the ever growing library of Apps that let you do everything from just driving the ball around (plenty of fun) to multiplayer games, mixed-reality games, and on-screen gaming using the sphero as a controller.
But the Sphero isn't limited by its current collection of Apps, if you're tech-savvy then why not download the Sphero SDK and create your own Sphero Apps? Even if you're not a master programmer, apps like MacroLab make programming the Sphero fun and simple. If you're more of a hands-on hacker, why not make some sweet Sphero accessories: ramps, obstacle courses, Sphero-based vehicles, there are a ton of possibilities.
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Mostly working ROS drivers here: https://github.com/mmwise/sphero_ros and better docs soon to come: http://mmwise.github.com/sphero_ros/
If anyone's interested, I've been working on an Arduino library for the Sphero over Roving Network's bluetooth module.
For the moment, it only works with the Arduino Mega, but I'm working on making it SoftwareSerial compatibly as well. The HardwareSerial makes things so much easier though.
If you'd like to try iy out, it's located here: https://github.com/cmonr/Arduino-Sphero-Library
So it looks like only the iOS and Android API's are documented and supported? Is it possible to talk to it directly over Bluetooth? It would be interesting to try building a ROS driver for this, but having to go through an Android intermediary would be a giant pain.
Ha... answered my own question. A sticky in their dev forums points to the Bluetooth API docs: https://s3.amazonaws.com/docs.gosphero.com/api/Sphero_API_1.20.pdf
Mind = Blown......AGAIN
I really wish you could take this apart.
Yeah, unfortunately it's really more of a software development platform than a hardware development platform. Getting it apart is a challenge and getting it back together is... well, it won't go back together.
How would you point the camera and I don't think GPS is needed rolling it around on the floor. Its not like its going to go off roading. :-)