The Ollie Smartphone-Controlled Robot is Willing to be Smashed into Stuff

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 6, 2014
References: gosphero & theguardian
The Ollie is a smartphone-connected robot, developed by connected-toy manufacturer Sphero, that can perform skateboarding tricks at 14 mph. The Ollie is the follow-up to the Sphero robotic ball, and is equipped with precision gyroscopic control inspired by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater-style tricks.

The robot can jump, spin, flup and drift, with players being awarded points on a companion smartphone app -- compatible with iOS and Android -- based on the difficulty and execution of the trick, as is the case with skateboarding video games.

This smartphone-controlled robot comes with different tyre options that each have an impact on the handling of the robot, either providing strengthened grip or power sliding abilities. The robot can race and skate for about an hour on a full charge.

It's also designed to be robust, able to survive 100 1.5-meter drops on concrete.