Darkside Ollie

While most of the rolling robots made by Orbotix have a cute, harmless look to them, the Darkside version of their Ollie robot is all about attitude. The murdered-out design extends from the two sets of tires and glossy shell all the way out to the packaging, including a little card with glossy red letters letting you know just how serious this little toy is about being hardcore.

When we first tried out the Darkside Ollie, the one place you didn't get this goth teen vibe was the app. Since both versions of Ollie use the one app, and the theme for that app was designed to compliment the friendly blue and white Ollie, it was to be expected. An update to the Ollie app last night has changed things, and now when you pair a Darkside Ollie to the app you get a darker, redder experience to match the angry little robot you just removed from the box.

Darkside OllieFor the most part, Darkside Ollie has the same controls as regular Ollie. The app still has the horizontal and vertical control schemes with a guidance ring in case Ollie gets "dizzy" and a trick pad full of surprises. The settings panel for Darkside lets you apply one of three color schemes to the glowing panels on the robot, giving you choices between the flat red, a flickering police-like set, and a fireball mode with flickering oranges and yellows. Darkside Ollie is also throws a ton of attitude your way if you try to give it a normal name like Stephanie or Todd, and claims to refuse to function until you give it a more appropriate title.

This update to the Ollie app should be rolling out today. If you've already got a Darkside Ollie, you'll see the new UI as soon as the app pairs to the robot. If you're new to the Orbotix experience, you can pick up a Darkside for yourself for $130.

Download: Ollie by Sphero (free)

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