When it comes to amazing and delighting young family members, it's hard to top an electronic toy. With holiday shopping in full swing, we picked seven cool gifts that feature some surprisingly sophisticated technologythe kind thats transforming our worldand yet, each one somehow manages to make that tech instructional, easy to master, and, yes, fun. Of course, many of these tech gifts require apps, which means you should be prepared to hand over your tablet and smartphone for the holidays.
Sphero BB-8, $150 (age 8+)
Based on the heroic droid in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, this app-controlled tech gift was the big hit at our annual party for pint-sized testers. I