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Sphero RVR - Programmable Robot

The Sphero RVR is the Go-Anywhere-Do-Anything Programmable Robot. Fully capable out of the box yet able to be expanded upon easily, the RVR (pronounced rover) is a robotics platform that is to begin learning all about robotics! With tank treads and powerful, durable motors, the RVR can travel over most surfaces with ease using a highly advanced control system. In addition, on-board sensors such as encoders, an IMU, and a color sensor make building a more advanced robot incredibly easy. A USB and UART port on the RVR allow for expanding the platform using popular development systems like Arduino, the BBC micro:bit, and Raspberry Pi among others. IR sensors on the RVR allow it to communicate with other Sphero products like the Bolt. The RVR is a great way to introduce and further robotics in the classroom.

With the expandability of the RVR, adding the ability for inputs and sensing from things like cameras, distance sensors, and receiving GPS information creates the potential to build incredibly sophisticated autonomous vehicles at an incredible price. Check out our expansion kits for the RVR in the related products section.

  • Interchangeable Cover Plate and Roll Cage
  • Replaceable/Interchangeable All-Terrain Treads
  • 4 Pin UART Port
  • Current Draw Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 9 Axis IMU
    • 5V 2.1A available power
  • 2 High-power Motors
  • 20 Pole Magnetic Encoders
  • IR sensors
  • Controllable RGB sensors
  • On-Board RGB LEDs
  • Removable Rechargeable Battery with USB C Port
  • Compatible with the Sphero Edu App

Sphero RVR - Programmable Robot Product Help and Resources

Getting Started with the Autonomous Kit for the Sphero RVR

December 13, 2019

Want to get started in robotics? Look no further than the SparkFun autonomous kit for the Sphero RVR! Whether you purchased the Basic or Advanced kit, this tutorial will get you rolling...

Basic Autonomous Kit for Sphero RVR Assembly Guide

December 12, 2019

Get your Basic Autonomous Kit for Sphero RVR all hooked up with this guide!

Advanced Autonomous Kit for Sphero RVR Assembly Guide

December 12, 2019

Get your Advanced Autonomous Kit for the Sphero RVR built up with this hookup guide!

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

2 Robotics

Skill Level: Rookie - You will be required to know some basics about motors, basic motor drivers and how simple robotic motion can be accomplished.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • RubenFixit / about 4 years ago / 1

    Really great product. It is well designed and easy to work with. It is fun to drive and is my kids favorite Sphero product by far. My only complaint is that the battery takes far too long to charge through USB, and there is no option to charge the battery using a external balancing charger.

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