Looking back on 2017, the Sphero Lightning McQueen stood out immediately as an Award worthy release.

Not just a toy though, this combination of robotics, interaction and movie merchandising is one hell of a gadget.

For that reason, it was a shoe-in for the EFTM Best Gadget award for 2017.

Here’s my first hands-on look at Lightning in action:

What Sphero are doing with their robotics for fun is great. What they are doing with that same technology in STEM education has great potential for our future generations.

Combine all that with their movie merchandise deals and robotics comes mainstream.

Ultimate Lightning McQueen is the best thing they’ve done, and it has to be seen to be believed.

It’s an easy choice for EFTM Best Gadget 2017.