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Sphero Mini Blue : The App-Controlled Robot Ball

Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robot about the size of a ping pong ball.

Mini’s games are just as addicting – use the ball as a controller to shoot your way through space, race a ship through a tunnel, or rotate your ball to destroy a polygon of bricks.

If you’re feeling extra clever, download the Sphero Edu app and program your robot using JavaScript.

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This app controls Sphero Mini – the world’s smallest app-enabled robotic ball.Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball.

First in the world to use facial emotion to drive a robot.GAMESUse the ball as a controller to shoot your way through space, race a vehicle through a tunnel, or rotate your ball to destroy a polygon of bricks.

Sphero Mini: Adorable, cheap, and you can control it with your face

Sphero Mini is not only the tiniest robot ball we’ve ever seen, it’s also the first one you can control with a smile or a frown.

Born out of an internal company accelerator program and the desire to deliver Sphero’s first $50 robot, Sphero Mini is the robot you’d get if you looked at an original Sphero 2 ball robot through the wrong side of a telescope.

Instead, you open the hard-plastic case by gently squeezing both sides, pulling them apart, and plugging the robot skeleton into a micro-USB charger for 45 minutes, which gives you 45 minutes of play time.

There’s also a new control called “Slingshot” that lets you pull back on the onscreen control, release it, and send Sphero Mini rocketing toward a target, which the Sphero Mini kit also provides;

it ships with a small set of tiny, robber bowling pins and orange traffic cones.  Those will come in handy when you start programming Sphero Mini using the Sphero EDU program — yes, the same STEM-based system that the full-sized Sphero uses.

Driving the Sphero Mini still requires you to orient the ball bot first, moving the onscreen control until the robot’s internal blue light is pointed right at you.

Fortunately, no damage was done and Sphero Mini’s two halves snapped right back together, but it’s worth remembering that, unlike the full-sized Sphero, this one is not indestructible or waterproof.

To improve my driving skill, I took the six rubber bowling pins and two orange cones and set them on my desk (the pins wouldn’t stand up on the rug) so I could practice carefully driving around them.

The Sphero packaging doubles as a smartphone holder so you can prop up your phone and just watch the game unfold onscreen while you hold the Sphero Mini (however, when I tapped the iPhone screen, it almost tipped over). 

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Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robot about the size of a ping pong ball.

Mini’s games are just as addicting – use the ball as a controller to shoot your way through space, race a ship through a tunnel, or rotate your ball to destroy a polygon of bricks.

If you’re feeling extra clever, download the Sphero Edu app and program your robot using JavaScript.

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