September 30, 2002: Apple introduces iSync, a tool that lets Mac users synchronize their address books and calendars with their cellphones, iPods and Palm OS-compatible handheld organizers via Bluetooth. It represents a big leap forward in the ability of computers and mobile devices to talk with one another. And it hints at some of Apple’s later […]
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Robot maker Sphero on Friday released the Mini, a smaller version of its signature robot that can be controlled via a Bluetooth-connected iPhone or iPad.
Sphero Mini measures in at about 1.25 inches, making it similar in size to a ping pong ball. It’s essentially a tiny version of the original Sphero robotic ball, and it’s controlled the same way — through an app on your iPhone.
The Sphero Mini connects to an iPhone using Bluetooth and can be used for playing games, learning to code, playing with pets, and more, thanks to a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, and LED light.
Sphero has designed a series of games that use the Mini as a controller mechanism, and with a future update, it will be programmable using the Sphero Edu app. Unique to the Mini is a Face Drive app feature that lets it be controlled via head movements and facial expressions.
Sphero Mini can glow in millions of colors with the LED lights, and it has a range of 10 meters. The battery in the Sphero Mini lasts for 45 minutes before needing to be recharged, and charging takes an hour. There are also interchangeable shells in a range of colors that can be purchased for the Mini, as well as a pins and cones accessory pack.
Sphero Mini can be purchased from the Sphero website for $49.99.
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