Sphero 2, Orbotix’s second generation robotic ball, arrives on the FCC and gets torn down


Sphero is a robotic ball that you can control with your iOS or Android device.  The device was first introduced back in 2011, and, for $100, allowed users to guide the robotic ball along a variety of surfaces with their mobile device.

Yesterday, the second generation of Sphero, aptly named Sphero 2, arrived on the FCC.  Faster and brighter than the original Sphero, the Sphero 2 costs $130 and can chug along at 7 feet per second.

FCC filings for the Sphero 2 show the device getting torn down.  You can see the device’s induction charger above right, and its motors below.

The Sphero 2 won approval for its Bluetooth capabilities, which enable it to connect to iOS and Android devices.

You can check out the Sphero 2 FCC filing here.


Three New Amazon Tablets Pass Through the FCC


Three new Amazon tablets passed through the FCC on Friday, joining the Kindle Fire HDX which appeared on the FCC on September 24, 2013.  As usual, Amazon’s FCC filings were made through third party – this time Amazon chose Kilpatrick LLC.  Kilpatrick LLC, which is likely just a shell company that Amazon will use for this round of FCC filings, was responsible for the FCC filings of the Kindle Fire HDX, which has the FCC ID S2F-8560 – you can see the filings for the Fire HDX here.

Amazon’s new FCC filings show four tablets with the FCC IDs S2F-5830, S2F-6740 and S2F-7650.  Predictably, Amazon doesn’t give many details about the tablets, other than required band usage and simple label location pictures.  Based on Amazon’s FCC filings it looks like the new tablets are just different versions of the Fire HDX.  For example the S2F-6740 features LTE connectivity while the S2F-8560 is a WiFi only device.

In any case, Friday’s FCC filings are a good indication that the 4G versions of the HDX will be shipping soon.

Links to Amazon’s FCC filings are below:




ASUS’ FonePad HD 7 Arrives on the FCC


ASUS’ FonePad HD 7, made an appearance on the FCC yesterday, as the K00E.  While no pictures of the device were available, we do get a look at the FonePad HD 7’s label, above, as well as test reports that confirm GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA Band II, IV and V.

Last month FonePad HD 7 leaks confirmed that the device will sport an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail processor and a 7-inch 1280×800 display.

Check out ASUS’ FCC filing here.

FCC filings reveal 24-inch Android All-in-one PC from Acer


FCC filings published from Acer today reveal a large, All-in-one Android PC from Acer.  Label photos of the device, above, show a large device that measures approximately 17-inches tall and 24 inches wide.  The model number of the device, DA241HL, suggests that the PC will feature a 24-inch screen.  Also visible in FCC filings is a Gateway version of the device, which will likely be sold in non-US regions.

Acer hasn’t formally unveiled the DA241HL yet, but so far it appears that the device will feature an all-in-one table top form factor, which is somewhat rare for Android devices.

Check out Acer’s FCC filings here.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z hits the FCC with LTE on its way to T-Mobile


We’ve seen Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z at the FCC before – a WiFi version of the device won approval back in March.  Today the Xperia Tablet Z made another appearance on the FCC, this time with LTE.  According to FCC filings, the Xperia Tablet Z will support LTE band 4.  Both T-Mobile and AT&T use LTE band 4 in the United States.  However, AT&T also uses LTE band 17, which suggests that this version of the Xperia Tablet Z is headed to T-Mobile USA.

T-Mobile hasn’t yet announced plans for the Tablet Z.  The WiFi-only version of the Tablet Z is schedule for release in May.

Take a look at Sony’s FCC filing here.

The Pebble Watch wins FCC approval, gets torn down, shipping soon?


Better late than never?  Today, the Kickstarter-funded Pebble watch made an appearance on the FCC – a good sign that the device is close to launching.  The Pebble has faced several delays since the device completed its Kickstarter funding in May 2012.  The Pebble was originally scheduled to launch in September, but earlier this month Pebble Technology, the maker of the Pebble, announced that the device will not ship until 2013.

FCC filings from Pebble include a host of internal and external photos, as well as a partial manual for the device.  According to the manual, the Pebble with feature a 32-bit Cortex-M3 CPU from ST Microelectronics, a 1.26” TLT LCD display from SHARP, and a Panasonic Bluetooth processor.

Check out Pebble’s FCC filings here.

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