I was excited when I had the opportunity to try out the new Ollie Darkside.
Sphero has recently launched Darkside: an app-enabled robot more devious and defiant than the original Ollie. Darkside rolls at a speed of up to 14 mph and instantly connects to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, with a range of up to 100 feet.
Darkside lets users customize their robot more than ever by providing two sets of removable tires and hubcaps, along with built-in LED lights with customizable settings. The app controls the robot, letting the player use the joystick to practice tricks, spins, flips, and just about anything.
Darkside is a quite a few steps up from the original Sphero (which I also reviewed) - it looks cool and includes some extra accessories so you can customize it the way you want! Darkside is easy to connect to your device via Bluetooth and within the app, steering is simple and the app-powered tricks are endless. On the other hand, I found it difficult to change the tires at times and found Darkside was slightly more complicated in a lot of ways than the original Sphero.
Overall, Ollie Darkside is a fun toy with lots of neat features but I do prefer the original Sphero.
MSRP: $169 CAD
Retail Availability: Best Buy Canada, Amazon.ca, sphero.com