TWO GEEKS AND JUNK FOOD: Sphero, creator of playable robots and the SPRK Education Program, just got a big write-up in the New Yorker. Why? Writer D.T. Max describes the "milky white orb" robot as a "crossover product" between a toy and an educational tool to teach students about coding, both individually and in groups. "Sphero and similar toys like Lego Mindstorms—simple robots that you build and then code—have come to be seen as stops on the road to the well-salaried position of programmer," he writes.