INNFOS Announces the Launch of the Modular Desktop Collaborative Robotic Arm by SCA

BEIJING, November 26, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Industry experts INNFOS recently launched an advanced smart and compliant robotic arm that brings precision to the desktop and provides human-like flexibility for applications in prototyping, production, STEM and maker tasks. Their new product is available now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1383636492/the-smallest-servomotor-robotic-arm.

Desktop robot arms are growing in popularity due to the wide variety of applications they can be applied to, from education to assembly and automated tasks. Until now, these smaller desktop robots were limited by the performance of the stepper motors that drive them. Now, INNFOS Gluon has created an advanced desktop robot arm that is built around its industry-leading, self-developed SCA smart compliant actuator that provides the highest possible level of performance for precise control of position, velocity, and torque.

“Most desktop robotic arms are built for hobbyists and use a stepper or hobby servos motor that can only perform simple actions, thereby limiting their usability. Our goal was to bring the high performance of industrial-grade servo systems and compliant control to the desktop at an affordable price, allowing greater precision and the ability to perform more complex tasks. INNFOS Gluon is the most advanced robotic arm of its type and can perform virtually any task,” said David Yan, CEO, INNFOS.

As the world’s first desktop robotic arm with compliant control, INNFOS Gluon can handle multiple tasks with human-like flexibility and suppleness and includes safety features such as an advanced algorithm to stop the arm in the event of a collision with a person or object.

In addition to outstanding precision and load capacity, the arm features a wide range of different swappable end effectors, such as suction cup, universal ball gripper, micro servo gripper, electromagnet head and others. By simply changing the end effectors, the robot arm is capable of virtually any task, including pick and place, assembly, drawing and writing, and games.

INNFOS offers SDK, IAS and IRS for users. SDK offers APIs for various programming languages as well as logging tools for developers to control INNFOS SCA in different environments and the robot is compatible with MAC, Linux, Raspberry pi and Windows operating systems.

The INNFOS R&D team was founded in 2011 and is made up of a group of robotics experts that has been focusing on the development of intelligent compliant actuators for high-performance robots for many years. This latest release puts high performance on the desktop and makes robotics easy and affordable for anyone.  

INNFOS Gluon is available now via Kickstarter campaign with special deals and discounts for early adopters. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1383636492/the-smallest-servomotor-robotic-arm

Introducing RoboSoccer: the world’s first table soccer game with robot players.

The next evolution in the industry of tabletop games – now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. 

It’s time to play soccer with robots

Rzeszow, Poland (October 29, 2019) – RoboSoccer announces the next innovation in a table soccer game by introducing real robot players. With its array of wheels and autonomous maneuverability, RoboSoccer bridges the gap between a standard table soccer game and new technology. The project goes live today on Kickstarter. 

The game is the answer to the growing demand for high tech toys and since its conception, was designed to be used by everyone, from adults to kids. RoboSoccer meets the demands of not just gamers, but technology geeks, sports enthusiasts, and robotics experts.

And it all started with a meeting at the pub 

Vadym Melnyk, Founder at RoboSoccer, explains: “I have been sitting at a bar with my friend and observing people playing a soccer game on the console and watching a soccer match on TV. At some point, we have been started thinking of how we can put both these groups together, in the sense of their passions for games and sports competitions. And so that is how we came up with RoboSoccer. We have designed the game to be easily accessible with a portable size that can be carried anywhere. After two years of development, we can’t wait to share it with the Kickstarter community and inspire them with this unique technology.”

A game you will be taking around with you

Robots are small in size, but powerful in functionalities. RoboSoccer offers the option of robot personalization where players can choose the favorite color to contrast with opposing players. Thanks to a folding pitch and pocket-sized robots, the game can by carrying anywhere. Easy to pick up and fun to play application makes any matches simple but unique and exciting in every inch of the game. 

RoboSoccer’s team has been worked for two years perfecting the robot size, reinventing mechanics, and shaping the pitch’s design. The objective was to transform human-size robots for pocked sized players so the game can be adopted at home. 

RoboSoccer boasts a number of breakthrough features:

  • Portable. Its lightweight and compact size allow anyone to carry them in a custom reusable box. 
  • Omni wheels allowing to move on every direction
  • Two (Li-Ion) batteries impact a very long working time. 1200 mAh capacity allows long hours of play
  • The shooting attribute can kick the ball flat or a tan angle. 
  • Interactive gates flash in different ways when the goal is scored

You can back The RoboSoccer on their Kickstarter page now; starting at $99 for the Super Early Bird adopters. Link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robosoccer/robosoccer-table-soccer-game-with-robot-players

Your Cat’s New Best Friend is a Robot: Introducing Ebo, the Cat Toy Taking Kickstarter By Storm

Ebo is a robotic companion for your cat which features advanced AI, a 1080p camera, and tons of adorable features. It just surpassed 2000% of its funding goal on kickstarter.com.

Welcome to the future. You’ll need to keep waiting for that robot butler you were promised in the Sci-Fi books—but your cat won’t.

Ebo is the latest tech advancement from Enabot, an innovator in the field of pet products—and now, artificial intelligence.

The little robot (about the size of a softball) may look like an average cat toy, but it comes packed with loads of techy features like a 1080p camera, a microphone, WiFi connectivity, automatic docking/charging, self-learning AI, and activity and mood trackers.

Ebo launched last week on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter. It was met with a surge of positivity from backers and the media and quickly met its funding goal. The robotic cat companion has since soared to over $100,000 and the campaign still has weeks to go, leading many to expect that this will be the most successful crowdfunding campaign of all time for a pet product.

Ebo was conceived as a way for cat owners to keep their pets happy and entertained when out of the house. While cats are seen as independent animals, studies have shown that they are actually very social and depend on interaction with their humans. Neglect can lead to mental and physical decline.

Ebo offers a solution. Not only does it serve as a companion to keep your pet happy and active but it also allows owners to interact with their pets from anywhere on the globe.

Ebo is WiFi ready and equipped with an HD camera and mic. Owners can access live video and audio feed via the Ebo app and interact with their fluffball while at work or on vacation. They can even record their voice to the bot so their cats never have to feel far from those loving belly rubs.

When owners are busy, Ebo comes to life on its own and keeps cats company. It has multiple functions like rolling, spinning, dancing, and even flashing a built-in laser pointer. Ebo knows how to interact with each cat differently, as it’s able to analyze behavior and react to different moods. It then mimics real-life actions so cats feel like they’re playing with a living friend.

You and Ebo can understand more about your pet thanks to the activity collar. Put it on your cat and check the app to monitor activity much like you would a Fitbit. This also gives Ebo valuable information such as when to leave your cat alone (if its sleeping or being lazy).

When Ebo needs a charge, it returns to its dock automatically. It’s completely independent, so all owners need to do is plug in the dock and let Ebo get to know its new furry friend. Ebo is extremely durable and resistant to the most rambunctious roughhousing from frisky felines.

Other notable features include:

• Obstacle avoidance: Ebo can “see” where it’s going so it doesn’t knock things over.
• Scheduling: Use the app to tell Ebo when to come to life and when to go to sleep every day (e.g. when you go to work and at night).
• Image and video capture: Use the app to take photos and videos of your cat from Ebo’s perspective.
• Adorable “facial” expressions: Ebo has digital eyes and a cute tail, making it feel like a part of the family.

About Enabot

Enabot is a leader in innovative pet products that go further than just chew toys and stuffed mice. The engineers and computer scientists that make up the team understand that pets are more than just animals—they’re members of our families that need to be nurtured and cared for.

Ebo is the first robotic playmate conceptualized by Enabot. Years of research into the psychological and physical needs of cats went into the design, and brand new artificial intelligence software was developed specifically for Ebo. A smart bot that keeps both cats and owners happy and healthy, Ebo is more than a cat toy; it’s a real-life companion for your feline friend and also a connecting medium for you and your pet.

Enabot is a team of techy pet lovers based in Hong Kong. They are hard at work designing more AI-inspired lifestyle gadgets for pets.

Learn more about Enabot and Ebo and become a backer today at kickstarter.com.

ROYBI to become a game changer for children learning languages

Interactive robot designed to teach new languages to young children to be produced after its successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com

November 6, 2019ROYBI today unveiled its plans to make its AI-powered robot—that teaches languages and skills to children—available to the general public, as well as put it into mass production.

All parents want a bright future for their children. However, with the growing requirements of the modern age, kindergartens and schools do not always succeed in this mission of giving them the specific skills needed in an uncertain future. 

The current education system treats all children the same way, often failing to take into account the abilities, skills and interests of an individual child. Children don’t always have the opportunity to practice the knowledge they learn at school. And when parents are busy, children often become addicted to screens to overcome their boredom. ROYBI has been designed with all these issues in mind. 

“As we prepare children to become leaders in a future far different from our own, we at ROYBI feel it is necessary to revise our current educational practices to meet children’s changing needs better,” says Elnaz Sarraf, CEO of ROYBI.

The robot uses over 70,000 words and 500 topics to teach children different languages at their own pace. Thanks to this personalized approach, the robot can also be used by children with speech delay to develop their speaking and give them plenty of practice. 

Besides language teaching, ROYBI also introduces children to STEM and primary skills. The AI-powered robot easily adjusts its interactive lessons, games, stories, songs and the rest of its engaging content to a child’s abilities, needs and interests. To make learning even more fun, ROYBI uses a tiny screen on its belly to visualize the taught content and give feedback.  

In addition, ROYBI is equipped with facial recognition, which means that it starts socializing with the child once it notices them around and offers them emotional support when needed. 

The intuitive app on iOS and Android allows parents to not only customize lessons for their children, but also track their progress.

The robot is powered by a huge digital library of educational materials, which can be constantly updated

With its long list of unique features, ROYBI is a game changer. It is indeed the next evolutionary step in the field of language learning and education. 
The robot can be pre-ordered on the campaign’s Indiegogo page with 40% off.

All the information on ROYBI can be found on the campaign page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/roybi-world-s-1st-smart-toy-to-teach-7-languages#/

SnappyXO Goes Live at Indiegogo!

Stony Brook, NY, USA 11790, October 22, 2019

Today Mechanismic Inc. launched a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo for its SnappyXO STEM/Robotics kits in several different tiers. The lowest priced kit starts at $39 called Mechanics Kit to help younger children engage with simple STEM activity while having fun. The highest priced Advanced Robot kit goes up to $169 at a discount of 26%.

SnappyXO is being developed from a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and several NY state agencies and organizations, which have supported it from conceptions to implementation. It is the world’s first design-driven, modular, most affordable, and intuitive robotics product meant for students all the way from elementary to college students, and makers and hobbyists.

SnappyXO consists of a patent-pending hardware, consisting of high-precision, laser-cut plastic beams, plates, connectors, gears, wheels, etc. and a mechatronics kit containing sensors, actuators, microcontroller, and misc. electronics. The mechatronics kit components are open source, inexpensive, and off-the-shelf, which means that users can rapidly move on to another programming platform or buy alternative electronic components as the need arises.

It also consists of two apps. One is called MotionGen, which is the only Android and iOS app of its kind in the world, developed on top of the state of the art research in Mechanisms and Robotics done at Stony Brook University. The app allows one to design and simulate robot motions. Users can design a robot motion in the app and can prototype it using the hardware and see it come to life! The second one is ArduinoBlue,  which allows users to control robot motions over Bluetooth. The app works with Arduino family of Micrcontroller boards and SnappyXO Robot kit.

SnappyXO was invented by Dr. Anurag Purwar, who is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors. In 2015, he began to teach a new Freshman Design Robotics class created with support from a Teaching Innovation grant from the NY state. It was then when he realized that to support his learning outcomes, he needed a robotics platform that would provide an authentic and affordable design-driven education. He wanted to ensure that the students had adequate exposure to design, coding and circuits through a project-based approach.

Mechanismic Inc., has been working with several K-12 schools, STEM camps, after-school STEM/Robotics programs, hackathons, and maker fairs to fine-tune the and beta test the hardware. “In the summer of 2019, we managed to create a unified hardware platform that would work with a range of children above age 7-8”, says the COO Agranya Jampala. The CTO Barry Chuang added, “we have been working tirelessly to decrease the cost of the kit to the lowest possible by working diligently with our partners and suppliers, and finally we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel”. The co-founder Dr. Anurag Purwar’s dream is to make robotics education extremely affordable so that every child can have a robot kit of their own, which would grow with them. He believes that this would lower the barriers between learning and playing and would enable our children to use it without fear or failure.

The estimated delivery date of the SnappyXO kits backed on Indiegogo is December 2019. Those wishing to claim a perk should visit the Indiegogo website at https://igg.me/at/snappyxo. Media wishing to contact Mechanismic should reach out at [email protected].

About Mechanismic Inc.

Mechanismic Inc. is designing and manufacturing an innovative DIY Robotics Education and Play product for K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, students, makers and hobbyists, and for industrial prototyping. Our products are also being sold to the informal STEM learning centers, such as museums, libraries, STEM programs and camps, hackathons, and robotics competitions. Mechanismic Inc. is a Stony Brook University spin off with technology invented in the Computer-Aided Design and Innovation Lab in the Mechanical Engineering department. It is a C-Corp registered and located in NY state.

Robotical launches new STEM robot with added features to help kids learn to code

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (PRWEB) OCTOBER 22, 2019

Today Robotical launched a crowdfunding campaign for their versatile STEM robot, Marty 2.0, a low cost, fully programmable walking, dancing, soccer-playing robot designed for kids, makers, and educators to learn coding and robotics skills. It is now available on Kickstarter for the starting price of $120.

Marty 2.0 is the updated version of Marty the Robot. Like its predecessor, the newest robot can be coded by users from ages 8-18 in languages including Scratch and Python. Marty is compatible with single board computers like Raspberry Pi, is expandable, and can be customized with 3D printed parts. Marty comes as a kit or pre-built, so users can either build from the ground up or jump straight into coding the robot to walk, turn, dance, kick a football and more.

“Building and creating the first Marty was a dream come true and we’re thrilled to launch the new and improved Marty 2.0,” said Founder and CEO Alexander Enoch. “Marty 2.0 was built with a passion to help kids learn how to code intuitively and easily progress into using coding programs like Scratch or Python. It’s also fun. You can even teach Marty to floss!”

Marty 2.0 is pose-able, mimics lifelike behaviors, speaks in short phrases, plays music and uses distance, position and other sensors to detect the world around him. Robotical has added a new modular expansion interface and a new learning platform and learning journey for students. The platform comes with nine all metal-geared smart servos with built-in position and force feedback, so users can teach Marty new moves by demonstrating them.

“With Marty 2.0, our hope is to continue making STEM education accessible to children of all ages across the globe. Marty already helps children across more than 50 countries, including the UK, US, Australia and in schools in Rwanda. With these newly added features, we’re hoping that Marty 2.0 will expand further with its unique fun and educational approach,” said Myles Bax.

The new Marty has been built based on feedback accumulated since 2016 when Marty 1.0 launched. The result is a second-generation robot with new features like sound and position sensing, and upgrades across the board to improve connectivity, usability, and buildability.

“We want to help continue to shape the future of education. Learning to code is a lifelong skill that helps teach kids not just employment-relevant skills of programming, but also life skills like
Problem-solving, patience, and creativity,” said Enoch.

Marty 2.0 is recommended for ages 10+. A simplified build variant is available for kids 7+. It connects with WiFi, Bluetooth or USB and is compatible with Scratch, Python, Javascript and ROS interfaces.

The estimated delivery date of Robotical is February 2020. For more information on pledge levels, please visit the Kickstarter campaign. Media wishing to interview their personnel should contact PR agent, Jessica Sanchez at [email protected]

About Robotical

Robotical Ltd is a startup based in Edinburgh, UK, owned and run by Alexander (Sandy) Enoch. Sandy started Robotical because he wanted a real robot to help his niece learn how to code, and also wanted to provide something real to the massive community of makers, educators, and hackers at a reasonable price.

iRobot Files for a Preliminary Injunction Against SharkNinja

iRobot’s motion seeks to halt U.S. sales of the Shark IQ Robot™ for patent infringement

BEDFORD, Mass., Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in consumer robots and maker of the Roomba® vacuuming robot, today filed a motion for a preliminary injunction ordering SharkNinja Operating LLC and its related entities („SharkNinja“) to halt its sales and distribution of its Shark IQ Robot™. iRobot filed its motion based on infringement of certain iRobot patents related to the Roomba® i7+ robot vacuum with Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal. The motion was filed today in the District of Massachusetts, with a hearing date to be scheduled.

iRobot logo. (PRNewsfoto/iRobot Corp.)

iRobot’s preliminary injunction identifies Shark’s IQ Robot™, released well over a year after the Roomba® i7+, for infringement of three iRobot patents: (1) U.S. Patent No. 9,921,586 (selected room cleaning); (2) U.S. Patent No. 9,550,294 (recharge and resume technology with mapping); and (3) U.S. Patent No. 9,492,048 (auto-evacuation technology). iRobot also filed a complaint for patent infringement involving three other iRobot patents, spanning core iRobot features such as the Roomba® i7+ robot’s roller technology and modularity.

„As demonstrated by our victory at the ITC last year, iRobot takes strong measures to protect our intellectual property and the hard work of our engineering teams,“ said Glen Weinstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of iRobot. „We will not stand by while our technology gets brazenly ripped off, and we will continue to vigorously defend our innovations both in the U.S. and abroad.“

The iRobot Roomba® i7+, voted one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2018, represents one of the most advanced robotic vacuums ever built. The i7+ brings a new level of intelligence and automation to robotic vacuum cleaners with the ability to learn, map, and adapt to a home’s floor plan, clean specific rooms by name, and automatically empty its own dust bin. iRobot spent years perfecting its auto-evacuation and smart mapping technology, which are covered by over a dozen patents to date.

Today’s lawsuit against SharkNinja follows iRobot’s win of an exclusion order against multiple respondents at the International Trade Commission.

About iRobot Corporation
iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Robot Vacuum in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 25 million robots worldwide. iRobot’s product line, including the Roomba and the Braava® family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and technologies to enable the smart home. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

For iRobot Investors
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Spin Master Introduces Owleez™,The First Ever Interactive Toy Pet That Kids Can Teach How to Fly

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Spin Master Corp. (TSX: TOY; www.spinmaster.com), a leading children’s entertainment company, announced today the launch of Owleez, the first ever interactive toy pet that kids can teach how to fly. The adorable baby owl combines the ultimate trifecta of coveted features; unique pet, interactive nurturing toy and the magic of flight, but it needs the help of a child to fly.

Addy & Maya, from YouTube family Tic Tac Toy (CNW Group/Spin Master)

With over 100 interactive sounds and movements, the baby owl responds to touch, love and care. By swinging her through the air, children can teach her how to fly.  Watch her soar or comfort her after a crash, Owleez is made of durable and lightweight materials so when she crashes it’s okay, it’s all part of the learning experience. 

„We are incredibly excited to introduce Owleez, our first ever interactive toy pet that can fly,“ says Kate Keller, VP Marketing RC. „The combination of an interactive toy pet that children can actually teach how to fly is truly innovative. It’s extremely satisfying for kids to see the result of the love and care they put into their own Owleez toy pet. They experience the delight and reward knowing it is something that they taught it to do.“

Spin Master is committed to uncovering the latest trends that push the boundaries of fun. The company’s research team did some digging to get to the bottom of what kids really want and Owleez delivers just that. Eighty-one per cent of kids surveyed said they wanted a pet that could fly while an overwhelming 91% chose flying as the super hero power they most desired*.

To introduce Owleez, Spin Master is teaming up with popular YouTube family Tic Tac Toy for the creation of commercials and how-to content. The kids, Addy and Maya, star in the commercial and reveal the Owleez baby owl in their own unboxing video on their channel. How-to content with Addy and Maya is also available on Spin Master Spark Club YouTube Channel.

Owleez is already taking off, being named a top holiday toy by Target, landing coveted spots on Walmart’s Top Rated by Kids List and UK retailer Argos as well as receiving the Toy of the Year Award from the Revue de Jouet in France.

Owleez will be available on October 4, 2019 at major retailers for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Recommend for children ages 6+. For more information on Owleez visit spinmaster.com or follow @SpinMasterSparkClub on Instagram.

About Spin Master
Spin Master (TSX:TOY; www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2000, Spin Master has received 103 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 30 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year.  To date, Spin Master has produced nine television series, including the relaunched Bakugan: Battle Planet and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally.  Spin Master employs over 1,800 people in countries around the world including Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

*Spin Master surveyed a group of 159 girls between the ages of 6-8 years old. Participants were selected from the Funovation Panel, a community of families from across the U.S. and Canada that provide their feedback about potential new toys, television shows, commercials, and much more.
Owleez takes flight on October 4 (CNW Group/Spin Master)

LittleBot Buddy 3D Printed Arduino Social Robot Launches on Kickstarter

LittleBot Buddy is the 9th robot to come from the Slant Concepts line of LittleBots STEM kits. This addition is the most personable of all. Buddy is an interactive robotics kit that is simple to build and designed to help kids get excited about creating a robotic companion.

Buddy is the culmination of nearly 2 years of work. LittleBots has been experimenting with variants of Buddy since the first LittleBots kits were released. They finally found a design that was both highly interactive and simple to build.

Buddy works by observing the world around him. When something changes he generates completely unique reactions, just as a living creature would do. He is completely spontaneous. This helps Buddy to maintain kid’s attention longer as they build and work with him.

The kit can be built in under an hour, does not require any soldering, and has fewer than 15 screws. This makes is simple to build even for the most inexperienced users. 

The main chip is arduino and can be reprogrammed using standard or graphical programming tools, such as the Arduino IDE or Makeblock.

Adding to the uniqueness of Buddy is the fact that he is 3D Printed. LittleBots made this choice to both create a cleaner design with fewer parts and to invite kids to edit and build on the robot. “When the robot is 3D printed kids know they are allowed to 3D print more parts using the printer in a classroom,” stated Gabe Bentz, lead designer of the LittleBots Project.

All together Buddy is a very interactive robotics kits that is simple to get started with but packs a good amount of complexity into a simple little package.

The kit is currently available for preorders on Kickstarter and was 25% funded within it first 12 hours of going live. Preorders are expected to start shipping in December 2019.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/slantrobotics/littlebot-buddy

Sphero + littleBits Join Forces!

SPHERO AND LITTLEBITS JOIN FORCES
TO BECOME THE EDTECH MARKET LEADER
AND ACCELERATE PLAY-BASED LEARNING FOR KIDS

Over the past nine years, Sphero and littleBits have each created entirely new categories of hands-on learning tools that enable invention and STEAM education through play and technology. Combined, the two companies have reached over six million students and 65,000 teachers across 35,000 schools globally — and have sold more than $500 million in Sphero robots and littleBits kits. Today, littleBits joins Sphero to advance their common mission — inspiring the creators and inventors of tomorrow.

Through this acquisition, Sphero becomes the largest player in its market. With a comprehensive offering of hardware, software, curriculum, and training, it is positioned to shape the $150 billion education technology industry.

Sphero, with the addition of the littleBits line, will now feature a portfolio of over 140 patents in robotics, electronics, software, and the Internet of Things. Teachers will have access to hundreds of thousands of community-generated inventions and activities, and over a thousand lessons tied to NGSS, CSTA and Common Core standards. Sphero and littleBits will also rally their enthusiastic and loyal networks of distinguished educators around the world that they’ve cultivated through their ambassador programs – with over 67 Sphero Heroes and 50 littleBits Bitstar Educators. 

„Sphero and littleBits are on a mission to make hands-on learning fun and memorable,“ said Paul Berberian, Sphero’s CEO. „Together, we’re able to make an even greater impact by delivering the best possible solution — whether it is programming a robot to solve a maze or building an electronic music synthesizer. There are infinite learning possibilities — and they’re all fun.“

According to a Harris poll1, 91% of teachers say they would like to integrate more hands-on learning in their classes, and research shows that students who enjoy weekly hands-on learning activities fare 40-70% better in science, math and other subjects2.

„When I studied engineering, it was top down, test-based,“ said Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits. „I hated it and wanted to quit every semester. Then I got exposed to the pedagogy of learning through play and my life changed; no one could peel me away from learning, inventing, creating. Together, littleBits and Sphero are now bringing this experience to kids everywhere.“

With this deal, Sphero plans to accelerate international growth and acquire other products and companies to further expand its portfolio of STEAM products and tools. The company will have offices in Boulder, New York, and Hong Kong with Paul Berberian as CEO. Ayah Bdeir will be moving on from littleBits to pursue her next adventure.

ABOUT SPHERO: 
Sphero has been inspiring the creators of tomorrow through creative learning and play since 2010. From its humble beginnings in Boulder, CO, Sphero has become the #1 robot in education, available in 40,000+ schools, clubs and institutions globally. With new offerings coming out all the time to help kids start, grow, and graduate with Sphero, our robots and products truly go #BeyondCode. Learn more atsphero.com.

ABOUT LITTLEBITS:
littleBits products have been transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers — no matter their age, gender, race, nationality, or ability. Millions of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) kits have been sold in over 70 countries. littleBits Electronics, Inc. was founded in 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, TED Senior Fellow, MIT Media Lab Alum and Inc Magazine Top 100 Female Founders. Learn more at littlebits.com.

1 https://theharrispoll.com/global-confidence-poll-executive-summary/

2 The National Assessment of Educational progress