Sphero Is Making A BB8 Droid That You Can Buy For $150 consumer

The rumors were true. Sphero, the Colorado-based company behind the Sphero robotic ball, is developing a toy version of the Star Wars BB8 droid. On a side note, Sphero actually teamed up with Disney to develop the real BB8 used in the upcoming Star Wars. Update: Sphero has confirmed that the the image previously leaked was an innacurate render and does not represent the real...

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That Rolling Ball Robot From The New Star Wars Is Real robots related / video

Image source: YouTube He’s not CGI! BB8, aka the little rolling ball robot from the new Star Wars trailer, was demoed on stage at the Star Wars Celebration panel. Though not acting on its own, BB8 is actually puppeteered by crew behind the scenes. J.J. Abrams explained on stage that a CGI version of BB8 would be much easier for shooting, but that it would...

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3DR Reveals New “Solo” Drone And It’s Crazy Smart consumer / consumer robots / domestic / drone

Image source: 3DR Capturing stunning aerial footage with a camera-equipped drone is not an easy task. Luckily, however, there’s the 3DR Solo. 3DR’s Solo drone is a crazy smart quadcopter that takes the difficulty of drone piloting out of the equation. With two onboard 1 GHz computers, a 3-axis GoPro gimbal, electronic GoPro controls, and HD video streaming, the Solo offers unprecedented intuitive flying that...

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DJI’s New Phantom 3 Offers 4K Video, Better Indoor Control, And Improved FPV At A Lower Price consumer / drones

Image courtesy of DJI DJI is at the top in the drone industry. They’ve brought what was once a small hobby into the mainstream. With their most popular lineup of consumer drones, the Phantom series, DJI has transformed the once complicated quadcopter into a consumer-ready drone that anyone can pilot. Today, DJI revealed the next drone in the Phantom series. Meet the Phantom 3. The...

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mBot Is A $49 Robot That Teaches Kids About Programming, Electronics,And Robotics consumer / consumer robots / crowdfunding / Kickstarter / startups / STEM

Image source: Makeblock Makeblock, a Shenzen-based startup, just launched their solution to teaching kids about programming, electronics, and robotics. It’s called “mBot” and it’s a small, affordable, and all-in-one robot platform that does just that. With most of the beginner robots on today’s market being too pricey and too complicated for kids, MakeBlock has designed a solution that provides just the opposite. mBot is designed...

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This Week’s Top Stories In Robotics robots related / TL;DR

Image source: Codie With April Fools’ drones buzzing around, Codie launching on Indiegogo, and Festo robot bugs crawling to life, it was a great week for robotics! Here’s all the stories we covered throughout the week. 1. Codie Launches On Indiegogo – Codie is a small, programmable robot made out of durable, laser-cut wood. It drives around on tiny rubber treads and is equipped with...

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OnePlus DR-1 Drone Is An April Fools’ Joke You Can Actually Buy consumer / consumer robots / drone / startups

Image source: OnePlus The rumors were true. OnePlus has just revealed their DR-1 quadcopter and it’s no April Fools’ joke! The DR-1, which OnePlus states is the worlds tiniest drone, spans 7cm across and 3cm from top to bottom. Similar to the Cheerson CX-10, the OnePlus DR-1 has a tiny controller that matches the size of the drone itself. The DR-1 has an 8-minute flight...

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OnePlus Just Teased Their New Consumer Drone And It’s Coming Out Next Month consumer / consumer robots / drone / startups

We’re pretty confident about this one. OnePlus has just tweeted out that they’re entering the drone industry next month. The “DR-1,” as it’s called, is said to fly to OnePlus stores next month. Feeling adventurous? The DR-1 is flying to our store next month. #OneGameChanger https://t.co/0EzjG03kei— OnePlus (@oneplus) March 31, 2015 The most recent teaser is pretty scant on details, but DroidLife has pointed out...

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Codie Is A Playful Robot That Kids Can Program Through Smart Devices consumer / consumer robots / crowdfunding / STEM

We covered a story on Codie and the startup behind this little, kid-friendly robot back in November. Today, Codie has launched on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo and is looking to raise $70,000. Many startups have been developing fun, smartphone-connected robot toys aimed at teaching kids how to code. Codie is just that, but with more features and a more affordable price tag. Codie is a small,...

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Festo Reveals Life-Like Robotic Ants And Butterflies nature / robots related

Image source: Festo The Germany-based robotics company, Festo, has revealed two new robots to add to their collection of nature-mimicking robots. To add to their Bionic Learning Network, Festo has designed fully working swarms of smart robotic ants and butterflies. The ant robots, called BionicANTs, look, move, and swarm like real ants. Festo has developed a “cooperative behavior” system for the BionicANTs, and this allows...

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