Our friends and neighbors at Sphero launched a successful KickStarter last week for their newest robot: the RVR. SparkFun is partnering with Sphero to 1) donate 50 RVRs to schools or organizations and 2) to design kits to extend its capabilities.
We have always enjoyed Sphero's technology (who doesn't love BB-8?). With the release of the RVR via Kickstarter, SparkFun and Sphero saw a great opportunity for collaboration.
The RVR (pronounced /ˈroʊvər/) is a robot that is drivable, programmable and customizable out of the box. Although it is great for coders of all levels, it offers advanced features that, until now, we have not seen from Sphero. The onboard sensors and control system are cool, but the expansion port allows the RVR to connect to third-party hardware like Raspberry Pi, micro:bit or Arduino, which means users can make the RVR into anything they want. Here is a look at the RVR:
Sphero and SparkFun are friends and neighbors, and we have been looking for ways to partner for years. The RVR presented the perfect opportunity.
SparkFun has always been involved in the community and has a standing commitment to STEM education. With Sphero's launch of the RVR (check it out and back it!), we were able to sponsor a reward tier where, for every RVR purchased, we would match it by donating one to a school or organization. This sold out on day two! Awesome.
We obviously could not resist playing with RVR and encouraging others to do the same. So, in addition, we are developing kits to support customization with the expansion port, empowering users to take the RVR to the next level. This means anything from adding camera vision and GPS, to building an autonomous vehicle. More to come on this...some engineers are already having fun with the RVR...
We're curious about how you would modify the RVR - leave your ideas in the comments below!