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I love a tiny object, but I wasn’t fully prepared for how small and cute the new Sphero Mini would be. The company introduced and released the ping pong ball-sized device today along with a new Sphero Mini app. I actually squealed when I took it out of its shipping box at The Verge‘s office this week.

The Mini works similarly to the original Sphero in that users can drive it around, program it, and play games with it through its companion iOS / Android app. There are four options for driving the Mini: Face Drive, Tilt, Slingshot, and Joystick. Face Drive is the most unique, if not at all practical, option. It relies on facial recognition software to scan users’ faces and identify basic emotions, like a smile or frown. Those expressions…

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