Sphero, a new type of gaming system that uses a robotic ball you control from your smartphone or tablet, announced this month’s release of new apps for iOS and Android devices.

Sphero Drive allows users to choose from touchscreen interfaces, such as joystick, old-school RC control, and tilt mode, to test their skills and race against friends and family. In a mixed-reality version of Golf, users create their own courses then swing their phones to putt Sphero toward the hole. Users can challenge their coordination and memory by holding Sphero, starting up Chromo, and moving Sphero to match colors and patterns as they appear on the screen.

Created by Orbotix, a company dedicated to reinventing fun and gaming through consumer-facing robotics and phone-controlled open devices, Sphero can be purchased online or at Brookstone.

Check out this video for more info: Sphero Launches New Gaming Apps.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.