This tiny robot is for play & hacking.
When I saw these robots, I thought they were creepy. Then, I touched one and found that I wanted to scratch behind its ears and pet it. It’s small movements and moving eyes tricked my subconscious into thinking it was real. Weird.
I love Sphero, but I had no clue that they were developing ways to use it to help kids learn to program. Two new apps allow kids of all ages to program their ball to roll and react!
Sphero Macrolab App
Orb Basic App
If I saw this online, I would have thought it was such a needless toy. But this device actually made me feel like I was talking to a human — much more than a FaceTime call on a handheld device. There is a strong benefit in having a life-size life-height display to see the other person, and the agility of their movement and UI was simply enjoyable.
These robots are designed for children as young as 8 to learn about robotics.
… Me getting sucked into the giant suction display!