Meet Darkside – Devious. Defiant. Diabolical. Dangerous. This is Darkside – an electrical beast that draws its energy from unrestrained competition and reckless abandonment. Command this app-enabled robot with these forces to unleash its unrivaled power. But take heed – the Darkside will overpower anything standing in the way of victory – including its master. You have been warned.
Command Darkside from your smartphone or tablet at speeds of up to 14mph. Darkside’s durable shell means you don’t have to worry about crashing and built-in LED’s with customizable settings mean you can drive at night.
The Darkside app is built to mean you can pull off amazing tricks. Command Darkside with the joystick even as you use the trick pad to spin, flip and discover hundreds of combinations.
Darkside comes with two sets of removable tires and hubcaps so you’ll customize its look and performance. Put Darkside’s tires on for extra traction and off-road driving or take them off for drifting on smooth surfaces.
Describe your product in 3 words.
App-enabled, Robot, Personality
Where did you get the inspiration for your product?
Data from the Sphero experience showed users were frequently driving at max speed and enjoying tricks and jumps. With Ollie we’ve thrust forward the core experience of Sphero 2.0, steering focus from varied game play to pure driving.
What differentiates your product from similar products in the market?
We’ve reached a point in technology where robots will have to be more than plastic, metals, and energy that we regulate, drive or manipulate. They are able to learn. They will have to have a point of view. They will have to play back with us. We are giving our customers a glimpse into the future with Darkside.
Tell us about the best and most challenging parts of the creation process.
The best thing about Darkside was once pushing the limit of what we thought imaginable with speed and durability. The biggest challenge was once getting a Bluetooth system to function consistently at far distances, which was once solved by changing the antenna in the production process. It was once also difficult to make something so durable.
Sphero 1B01BFC Ollie Dark side
Ollie’s had a dynamite makeover. Roll over to the dark side
Unleash a futuristic, app-controlled adrenaline junkie
Travels at a blistering 6.3 metres per second (14mph!)
Bluetooth connectivity up to a searing 30 metres
60 minutes of manic driving time on a single charge