Do you know what I would have given when I was a young kid for a cool little robot that I could control with a smartphone? Sphero, the same company that makes the awesome little smartphone-controlled BB-8 droid toy, also makes another cute little robot named Ollie and I want one ASAP. It’s far more affordable than the BB-8 but it’s just as fun to play with, and it’s high time you checked it out.

Here are some highlights:

  • Launch the app, then touch your Bluetooth Smart enabled Device to your Ollie. Follow the on-screen tutorials and Learn the basics of how to aim and drive your Ollie. Driving like a Pro takes a little patience, but so does anything else worth doing.
  • Tackle the toughest terrain with total confidence. Ollie’s polycarbonate shell protects the Electric motor, while the cutting-edge design repels water. This rough-and-tumble robot is built to take on anything that Stands in the way.
  • Ollie is an electrically propelled computer with Onboard intelligence that gives you real-time feedback on tricks. You can also program Ollie using the Sphero Macro lab app. If you leave this robot Idle for too long, it may get a mind of its own.
  • Swipe, tap, or hold the gesture pad to make Ollie perform different tricks. With hundreds of trick combos to Discover and master, you’ll constantly be challenged to push your skills.
  • You have the power to adjust Ollie’s speed, handling and acceleration. With the option to use drift wheels or grip Tires, you control your driving experience from start to finish.

Sphero Ollie App-Enabled, App-Controlled Driving Robot for iOS and Android: $83.75 with free Prime shipping

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