The robotic ball known as Sphero would make a fun Christmas present for the tech lover on your list if you have an extra $129 to spend (or $99, its current sale price at Brookstone).
While it’s an expensive toy for a remote-controlled ball — the control is your smart phone or tablet, the technology developed by the people at Orbotix to make it work is pretty remarkable. There are many ways to use it for entertainment, both as a device you control and as a controller for other games.
The Sphero works with iPhones, iPads, iPod touches and Android devices.
There are enough of those to keep you entertained, but start with the main Sphero one. This is the starting point for new Sphero users. It explains the basics and then lets you drive. You can change its colors and update it, all from this app.
Also, if you have a minute, check out the technology packed inside the Sphero ball by reading/viewing these blog posts about its history here and here. After viewing these posts, I understand the price of the ball.
It is available at the Go Sphero website (http://www.gosphero.com/) and, among other places, in stores at Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/), Target (http://www.target.com/) and Brookstone (www.brookstone.com), where it is currently on sale for $99. You can also get it from Toys R Us online and other websites.
Do you plan to get a Sphero? Give one as a gift? Which apps do you like?
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~ Lillie-Beth Brinkman (firstname.lastname@example.org)