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Cambridge start-up returns to Kickstarter to fund $99 robot for kids

With 12-year-old Karina Heinold of Westford looking on, Joe Schlesinger enters a program for Sparki the robot. ArcBotics of Cambridge is using Kickstarter to raise money to fund production of the device.
With 12-year-old Karina Heinold of Westford looking on, Joe Schlesinger enters a program for Sparki the robot. ArcBotics of Cambridge is using Kickstarter to raise money to fund production of the device.Credit: Mark Wilson for the Boston Globe

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Forget about getting a dog. This Sparki will fetch, play ball, and it never barks.

Sparki is a small, boxy robot that with a bit of programming know-how will even play a game of chase-the-flashlight-beam.

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