Hottest new holiday toy for $30

BUFFALO, NY -- Have you ever called a ball brilliant? "TheO Ball" is actually worthy of that title, in my opinion. As you know by now, I make it my mission every day to hunt down the best deals and gadgets to save you time and money. With Christmas right around the corner, today I know why this app-enhanced smart ball is one of the most popular toys this season.

If you haven't yet heard of "TheO Ball" (pronounced The "O" Ball), this super smart app-enabled ball communicates with practically any generation of the iPhone and several generations of the iPod Touch.

For $30 today, this super-smart ball encourages players to toss around a ball that creates an interactive experience. The ball talks, teaches kids how to read, helps teens learn musical instruments, entertains adults with trivia, sensing acceleration, direction, motion, sound and voice recognition with bluetooth capabilities.

The ball is addictive. Since ordering a test unit, no one in our newsroom can put it down. I've played "Hot Potato" with my fellow producers, bowling around the newsroom (with great sound effects), and will be using it with my nephew to enjoy "Active ABC."

The ball is truly perfect for kids and people of all ages and I'm still trying to wrap my ahead around how much fun can be had for $30. "TheO Ball" has won "Best of Toy Fair" from Popular Science alongside "Best Of" awards from Good Housekeeping and Parenting Magazine.

It's compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and the iPod Touch 3rd Generation onward. Support is coming soon to Android.

Here's the best deal I could find:

TheO Smartball Junior + Free Shipping
Was: $36.90 (with shipping)
Now: $29.95 (with shipping)

Please keep in my mind neither myself nor this station make a dime recommending any product or company. The purpose of this segment is to save you money; that's it! Want more deals? Follow @MattGranite on Twitter.


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