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You may be able to buy a real BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BB-8, the super-cute droid from the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, could be a real robot that you could buy, if a hint from the Sphero company website is any indication. Sphero, which has sold electronic balls that can roll and be guided by a human with a smartphone app, helped...
Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

Orbotix gets kids into robots with Ollie and SPRK

We've jokingly referred to the robotic toys made by Orbotix as the world's best cat toys, but the truth is there's a ton that can be done with these little rolling robots. Sphero has a huge third party following with dozens of apps that let you do everything from roll your ball in an augmented...

Ollie is like a Sphero on steroids and it's now available for pre-order

If you're a fan of rolling around your house with Sphero, then it may be time to kick things up a bit with the new kid in town, Ollie. Think of Ollie as a bigger, bolder Sphero. Ready to roll faster, jump higher, and do much cooler tricks. The $99 Ollie is available now for preorder and begins...

Orbotix releases official Sphero apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1

This last weekend we discovered the official Sphero app in the Windows Phone Store. Turns out the app had not 'officially' launched yet, but it is today. In addition to the app for Windows Phone, the team at Sphero has put out an official Windows 8.1 app. Details, feature set and download link...
Five of the coolest connected toys you can buy right now

Five of the coolest connected toys you can buy right now

Since diving full-on into the connected space, I've started making things somewhat of a family affair, and having kids, that means I get to play with some awesome connected toys "for work". There are plenty of toys that I've been scoping out lately, but I have a short list of some of the...

Sphero 2.0 robot ball is $30 off to celebrate National Robotics Week

Today is the last day of Sphero's National Robotics Week sale, where you can get a Sphero 2.0 for $30 off. Normally $129.99, the discount brings the robotic ball that you can control with your iPhone or Android device down to $99.99. That's still a little pricey for what is essentially a toy, but...