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There’s something weirdly compelling about a remote-controlled ball — whether you’re racing it around the house, harassing the cat or playing a real-life arcade game with it. Maybe that’s why I’ve always had such a fondness for Sphero, the now-iconic app-controlled robot ball. Sphero has been around since 2011, and I’ve played with and written about it extensively since that time. But as cool as it is, it’s a tad expensive, which is why the Sphero Mini — a smaller version that costs just $50 — is so attractive. If even the $50 price tag has held you back, now you have no excuse. Amazon is selling the blue Sphero Mini for $30.69, which is $19.30 off the usual price.
The Sphero Mini is about the size of a ping pong ball and comes in an assortment of colors, but only the blue is priced at $30.69. For a few dollars more, you can also get the Sphero Mini in black, green, orange or red for $32.49 – $34.99. The good news is regardless of color, they’re all at least $15 off.
The Sphero Mini comes with a variety of driving modes, games and even a coding tool that teaches kids the rudiments of programming with drag-and-drop scripts to automate the ball’s actions. But perhaps CNET’s Scott Stein put it best when he said that. Whether for your kid, your cat or yourself, the Sphero Mini is waiting for you.
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