Last week in Boulder, Colorado, we saw a ton of cool startups but many of them didn’t make products consumers can go into a store and buy. GearBox, though, is selling robotic balls that will cost about $50.
Now, what’s cool about a robotic ball beyond their opening pitch of “play with our balls?”
Well, you use a smart phone to tell the ball where to roll, watch the video I shot to see how the ball works. That alone is fun, but is sheer delight for cats or babies.
But they went further than just the obvious use cases. The robot inside the ball is actually a pretty open platform that you can use to build other kinds of devices. You can also program it to do different things with a couple of lines of code thanks to its API. They’ve already held hack days to see what developers might want to do with their balls.
Anyway, the video is fun to watch as they demo it to a bunch of venture capitalists (Jason Calacanis is seen in the background checking out this startup’s balls). They were all in town to see demos from Techstars companies. More on Techstars later this week as I get more of the cool startup videos I shot in Boulder.
I’m buying one. I think they’ll be the hot Christmas toy for geeks this Christmas.
6 thoughts on “This startup wants you to play with its balls”
I don't see the point of this startup.
even just a smarter cat-toy could be a winner if volume can drive the price down
it's more than the ball, watch it all!
Training your cat to use an iPhone would be much more challenging than building a robotic ball.
Oh, so how do you play with their balls? what’s that thing doing inside that ball anyway?
yes really it's more than the ball. I really like your article. it provide some useful information.
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