Here's the problem with Sphero, the smartphone-controlled ball: It's really cool, but once the novelty wears off, well, now it's just a ball sitting idly in the corner.
Ah, but if you make like Make magazine's Christian Paulsen and hack your Sphero to become an adorable "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" , now you've got something cooler than cool. And if you've seen even a second of the , you know that nobody puts BB-8 in a corner. (Sorry, had to.)
Of course, if you're getting a Sphero, you might as well get the refurbished Sphero 2.0 for $68, plus $5 for shipping. That price includes a Nubby cover, which makes the Sphero much more all-terrain friendly. Price for this pair at Amazon: $114.. Which you can do on the cheap if you hurry: Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the
If you haven't heard of Sphero or just don't know much about it, I'll refer you to. Spoiler alert: It's "amaze-balls."
I think the real appeal here is the aforementioned Make project, which would be perfect for a kid already bored with summer. Or an adult who needs a "Star Wars" fix before December.
Granted $68 is still a little steep for what amounts to a toy, but it's certainly better than the $129.99 list price. Your thoughts?
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