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Technology Let a Sphero Mini robot ball roll into your life for just $31

04:55  11 december  2019
04:55  11 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Sphero makes its 'RVR' programmable tank robot available to all

  Sphero makes its 'RVR' programmable tank robot available to all Sphero, which you probably know for its spherical robots like the BB-8, launched a Kickstarter project for a customizable tank-style robot earlier this year. Now that robot called the RVR (pronounced "rover") is available for purchase. The company expects all backers to have received their units today, but you can now buy one from Sphero's website or Amazon if you weren't able to back the project a few months ago. The RVR is equipped with all-terrain treads, sensors, what Sphero describes as a powerful motor, as well as plenty of torque.

The ping-pong- ball -size robot is inexpensive enough to toss in a stocking, but is fun to play with and even teaches the rudiments of programming. But as cool as it is, it's a tad expensive, which is why the Sphero Mini -- a smaller version that costs just -- is so attractive. If even the price tag

Today we test out the all new Sphero Mini ! This fun little robot fits in your pocket and is packed with tons of fun! From bowling, mini games, to even face

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.

Sphero's hackable RVR robot is like an RC car you can add parts to

  Sphero's hackable RVR robot is like an RC car you can add parts to The education-focused robotics platform is now available. I gave it a test drive.Sphero RVR is mainly targeted at schools and educational programs, but the $250 robot could be used as a home robot if your kid was into programming. It pairs easily with a phone/tablet app and can work as a remote control car, but it also can be programmed using Scratch or Javascript.

Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball . Drive using the Sphero Mini app, or with your facial expressions in the wild new Face Drive™ feature. Use Mini as a controller to play different games, or program your robot with the Sphero Edu app. With almost an hour of play time

Sphero is a sophisticated robot . Whether you prefer office pranks or surprising the family dog, Sphero is the perfect companion for your jokester ways. Get out there, surprise and shock your friends, and be sure to record their responses (we suggest using SpheroCam or getting a buddy to videotape

a hand holding a cell phone: The Sphero Mini is a smaller version of the classic robot ball and is on sale right now. © CNET

The Sphero Mini is a smaller version of the classic robot ball and is on sale right now.

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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 the Sphero Mini could be the greatest $50 cat toy of all time. Whether for your kid, your cat or yourself, the Sphero Mini is waiting for you.

Spotify is giving away free Google Home Minis to all US Premium subscribers

  Spotify is giving away free Google Home Minis to all US Premium subscribers We've already told you about one great smart speaker deal today, but do you know what's better than cheap? Free! On Tuesday, Spotify announced that it is bringing back its free Google Home Mini offer, but is opening up the offer to far more customers than were able to take advantage of it last year. In 2018, only subscribers with Spotify Premium for Family subscriptions were able to snag the free Google Home Mini, but starting October 22nd, 2019, new and existing Premium Individual subscribers are eligible to pick up a free Home Mini as well. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The Sphero Mini is a robotic ball the size of a golf ball that is designed to make coding fun and accessible for the whole family. After programming the actions into their device the ball can then be moved at up to 1.5 metres per It is compatible with devices running iOS 10+ and Android 5.0 and above. It has a battery life of 60 Sphero Mini is a smart rolling robot the size of a ping-pong ball .

About the size of a ping pong ball , the all NEW Sphero Mini is a ton of fun. We had to get two of them so the boys could compete and each have their own.

Sphero Mini looks like a ping-pong ball, rolls like BB-8

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Don't ask Samsung to say more about its rolling robot assistant .
When we rolled (Ed note: groan) into Samsung's CES keynote address last night, we expected lots of platitudes about the power of AI and the experiences made possible by 5G. We got those, but also something else: Ballie, an adorable, rolling smart home control center that comes off like a mix between BB-8 and Haro from the Gundam series. Needless to say, I fell pretty hard for it. Even though CES has officially begun and Samsung's booth is packedEven though CES has officially begun and Samsung's booth is packed with curious onlookers now, concrete answers are hard to come by. Yes, it seems to roll around of its own accord and we briefly saw it interacting with a smart air purifier.

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