Sphero, the company behind the vastly popular spherical robotic ball that you can control with a smartphone has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a development platform that they named as the “RVR”. This new fully programmable robot has wheels instead of gyro-motors, is packed with a rich set of sensors, and sports enough torque to reach almost anywhere. The fact that this platform allows for so many programming possibilities make it so much more than just a toy, so hackers, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone who likes robotics can see something interesting into the RVR. That is why the Kickstarter goal has been reached since the first day that the crowdfunding campaign was launched, and there is still a full month left to go.
Sphero says this is an “expert” robot at an “entry-level” price, and if you pick it up through Kickstarter’s pre-ordering you can get your hands on a brand new RVR for as low as $199! Of course, these early birds are flying off quickly, but thankfully the MSRP price isn’t much higher, at just $249. Sphero isn’t the first company to introduce such an exciting robotics development platform, but considering their decade of experience in making especially robust orb-like toys, we really have something that is worth our consideration here.