Sphero BOLT, a new educational robotic ball, is the latest offering from Boulder-based robotics builder Sphero.
Sphero BOLT, a new educational robotic ball, is the latest offering from Boulder-based robotics builder Sphero. (Courtesy of Sphero Inc. / Courtesy of Sphero Inc.)

Boulder-based robotics builder Sphero Inc. announced Monday the launch of a new robotic ball called Sphero BOLT.

The device, which is accompanied by the Sphero Edu application, includes animated and programmable real-time data and graphics display and infrared sensors, according to a company news release.

"Sphero BOLT's capabilities empower users to dive deeper into the world of (science, teachnology, engineering, art and math) learning," the release said.

Sphero, known as the maker of the BB-8 droid and other "Star Wars" toys, has pivoted in recent months from building robotic toys to building educational products and content. That shift in focus came around the same time 45 employees — many in Boulder, but also in the company's Hong Kong and the United Kingdom operations — were laid off in January.

"With BOLT, we've created an experience scaleable for all ages that embraces the knowledge that play is a powerful teacher," Sphero CEO Paul Berberian said in a statement. "Our goal for this product, as well as all future Sphero products, is to provide consumers with an opportunity to learn while having fun."

Sphero BOLT retails for $149.99 and is available now on the company's website and at select retailers later this month.

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