Sphero has gotten a lot of mileage out of its rolling robot ball, making everything from the orb-like Sphero to the BB-8 droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now it is taking the ball and running with it (sorry about the cliché) with the new Sphero Mini.
If Sphero Mini looks like a Ping-Pong ball, that’s because cofounder Adam Wilson instructed one of his engineers to create a version of the larger Sphero Sprk+ robot that could fit inside a table tennis ball. They succeeded, and Sphero Mini is going on sale today for $50.
That’s quite an achievement, and it means people who couldn’t afford Sphero’s more expensive toys — which cost $100 or more — can now get in on the fun, Wilson said.
“We wanted to make it smaller and more affordable so that everybody could play,” Wilson said.