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Sharky the Beaver for iPad

By Orbotix Inc.

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Turn Sphero into a cupcake-eating beaver.

Sharky the Beaver is the first app ever to let you take a virtual 3-dimensional character for a walk around your house. In this groundbreaking augmented reality app for Sphero, watch your robot come to life as a beaver named Sharky. Control Sharky from your iOS device as he stomps around to funky beats. You can even interact with the real world by launching virtual cupcakes into Sharky’s mouth. You’re sure to fall in love with Sharky as soon as he takes his first step.



° Turn your Sphero into an augmented reality character that interacts with the real world.
° In landscape mode, take Sharky for a walk. He works in virtually all environments.
° In portrait mode, launch virtual cupcakes into Sharky’s mouth to score points.
° Take photos of Sharky with the press of a button.
° Jam out to a funky soundtrack that matches Sharky’s quirky personality.
° Note: reflective floors may make it more difficult for your device to find Sharky

What's New in Version 1.5.3

-Fixed crashing at the spinning cupcake
-Misc bug fixes and tweaks

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Customer Reviews

how we fixed the crash problem...

Like other reviewers, we initially could not open this app, it would crash, we were disappointed... Then by accident we discovered that it will work great (and it is a lot fun!) if you do this first:

1. Double tap the Sphero to wake it up
2. Open the main Sphero app (called "Sphero")
3. It should connect (via bluetooth) automatically if you've connected it before.
4. Close the Sphero app
5. Open the Sharky app! (**Note: do NOT tap on the title screen when it is loading as it will always crash if you do that**) (This works most of the time, occasionally we have to close the Sharky app and open it yet another time.)

Also, like other reviewers, we hope there will be more augmented reality apps written that are decent --- no gross figures and shooting/killing :-)

Interesting idea, not there yet

The idea is to use augmented reality to track your sphero ball around the room. You drive it around an empty room, but in the camera view a the sphero image is replaced by an icon of Sharky the Beaver. Unfortunately, the algorithm needs work. The algo recognizes our white dog's head as the sphero more reliably than it recognizes the sphero itself -- so if the dog is in the fov, Sharky sits on the dog's head. Other spheros Also confuse the algorithm, so you can't play if there are other spheros in the room.


Augmented reality (AR) really bolsters Sphero 2.0 replay value. Might help to put "Sphero" in app title for clarification. I hope to see more AR apps for Sphero.

Sharky the Beaver for iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.3
  • Size: 592 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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