Ollie is a new ground-moving drone that you can control with your smartphone. Oh, and it's fast

Ollie is a new ground-moving drone that you can control with your smartphone. Oh, and it's fast
If you'd love to control a ground-moving drone with your smartphone, crash it into stuff and cause trouble, or race your buddies, your options have just grown a bit. We saw Parrot's Jumping Sumo released a month or so ago – a mischievous jumping runt that rolls on two wheels and has a mechanism that gives it the ability to jump up to 31.5” (80 cm) in the air, or to just kick stuff around. Now, we also have Sphero's Ollie.

Ollie is a cute little fellow that looks sort of like a jumbo-sized pill with wheels on each side. It is controlled via a dedicated app and can move at up to 14 MPH, which is an impressive feat for a smarphone-controlled drone. Furthermore, Ollie can last for 60 minutes on a single charge, claims Sphero, its maker. It connects to your smart device via Bluetooth LE and should be active at a range of up to 98.5 feet (30 m).

The drone has removable rubber tires (dubbed Nubby Tires) that can be used for better traction, or removed for better drifting. The center of Ollie's body houses LED lights that can glow in a large variety of colors. The Nubby Tires come in a choice of colors, as well, allowing users to customize the appearance of their Ollie.

The app allows users to control which direction Ollie goes in, of course, but also has a few one-touch-stunt controls that can have the little drone jumping, spinning, and flipping. It is currently available in both the Play Store and the App Store. Seeing as there is a remote control app in the Windows Phone store for the company's previous drone product – Sphero – we believe it is safe to assume that Ollie will also receive a WP app of its own at some point in the future.

The drone can be pre-ordered now for $99.99 and Sphero says shipping will start on the 15th of September. There is also a pitch-black limited Ollie model, which costs $149.99 and will start shipping on the 1st of November.

Any drone lovers out there? Speak the truth, would you get this just so you could drive your dog insane?

Download the Ollie app: (Android | iOS)


source: Sphero via Digital Trends

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10 Comments

1. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

What for?..

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cool but completely useless.

3. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Not if you own a doge :)

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, then not ;)

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yeah, my dog will be able to bite right through at toy in 20 second... no...

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

it's a toy. uses to have fun, get it?

6. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I'd love to have one of these, but $100 it's just too much for a toy

7. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Yeah bit pricy. . I say 60$ would be good

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

cool but can it send messages and bring me a pepsi from the fridge?..

10. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

its amazing to see on video , but i dont think to play with !!

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