Sphero’s New Hackable RVR Robot for the Tech Savvy

Sphero, the makers of these awesome Star Wars R2-D2 and BB 9 droids has taken to Kickstarter to fund its latest robot RVR – a fully programmable robot with endless coding possibilities.

RVR is drivable right out of the box, making it accessible to coders of all levels, even beginners. Plus, the advanced features are geared specifically for those looking for more complex coding experiences.

This robot is fast, exceptionally nimble and fun to drive. It sports a fine-tuned, high-resolution motor encoder, allowing it to be operated with extreme agility, accuracy and enough torque to easily scale a 45-degree angle.

programmable robot on kickstarter

RVR is fitted with a colour sensor, light sensor, infrared, magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscope. The only limits for their use is your imagination. RVR also has a roll cage and clear protective plate that are both removable.

Beyond its out-of-the-box base, RVR’s universal expansion port allows connection to third-party hardware like Raspberry Pi, Micro: Bit or Arduino, for advanced users to customise the robot however they want.

RVR’s ambient light, colour and 9-axis IMU can send and receive signals to interact with other Sphero robots. The large battery is also removable, making charging more accessible and faster.

programmable robot on kickstarter

“RVR is the kind of robot I wish I had growing up,” said Adam Wilson, Sphero Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer.

“For makers, developers and anyone who loves to build things, RVR’s advanced capabilities bring to life everything that makes coding exciting. That creative experience is at the core of why we first started Sphero.”

Sphero has raised over $790,000 AUD to fund RVR, meaning it’s only a matter of time before this little robot takes over desks and living rooms across the globe. Prices start at around $279 AUD, and the first shipment is expected to roll out in September 2019.

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programmable robot on kickstarter

programmable robot on kickstarter

programmable robot on kickstarter