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This robotic racing cylinder, controlled by your phone, changes the way you will think about remote-controlled tech toys.
The Bottom Line
Intriguing robot in cylinder form that makes you feel like Tony Hawk is hiding inside.


A speedy little app-controlled robot, Ollie takes remote-controlled racing to the next level. The little cylinder, which is about the size of a can of soup, comes with nubby tires for traction and glows with LED lights for nighttime driving. With a max speed of 14 mph, this free roller can spin, drift, and flip on your command by using your smart device as the remote controller. When fully charged (via a USB connector), Ollie zips around for about 1 hour.

Best For

Ollie is the perfect "wrap the app" gift for kids who love racing, skateboarding, and skiing. The Ollie App (free for Android and iOS) allows racers to earn street cred as they push their robots to do spinning tricks and combos that would make a skateboarder proud. With the Ollie toy and app combo, kids can take their need for speed to new digital heights.

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Released: 9/1/2014
Company: Sphero
Price: 99.99
Available: Apple App Store

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