Here’s the closest thing we have to a real life Wall-E. Or at least, the wheels of Wall-E. The Sphero 2B is a new robot toy from Orbotix that can move as fast as 426cm a second. That’s supposedly the equivalent of a 6 minute mile and twice as fast as the Sphero 2.0. The spinning tube has comically rugged tires that allows it to adorably jolt out at breakneck speeds and tackle any surface.
The Sphero 2B is controlled by your iOS or Android device, has a few accessories (like new wheels) and supposedly can be programmed so you can create your own robot army. It’s loads of fun to play with, in the demo on the show floor of CES Unveiled you could see it make sharp turns, make mini jumps and tumble every which way. The Sphero 2B will come out in a few months for $US100.