How Sphero Works

Author's Note

I had never heard of Sphero before writing this article, but when I saw it, I kind of wanted one. Then I saw the price -- it's $130! That would require writing quite a few extra words (very, very, very many extra words) to fit that into my writer's budget, and for what? To harass my cat? So I gave up on the dream. Then I interviewed Ian Bernstein to figure out what was inside Sphero, and my curiosity was again piqued. Shining colored lights and programming intricate dances are really only the beginning for this little ball. And so, because I am fickle like my cat, I want one again. Very, very, very much.

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