Sphero RVR is the brand new Sphero educational robot that can be controlled and programmed. It is currently only in pre-order on the brand's website but has already been very successful on the Kickstarter platform, raising no less than €1 million from 3,450 individuals.
The Sphero RVR robot is available now as a pre-order on Robot-Advance. Click on the image below to view the product sheet:
In addition to the educational and programmable robot side, Sphero wanted the Sphero RVR to go further in the game and entertainment aspect by offering a robot that is off-road and remotely controllable. This robot can cover all surfaces without any problem thanks to two tracks that surround the front and rear wheels and a technically very well worked balance.
The Sphero RVR programmable robot goes further in programming and customization since it can be transformed by anyone into anything you want. Sphero wanted the programming to be done via the Sphero Edu platform, adapted for professors, scientists, researchers, engineers or even hackers.
Programming around the Sphero RVR has no limits and combines the Sphero Edu application, a suite of embedded sensors and a highly sophisticated control system with a truly piratable platform. The only limit seems to be everyone's imagination and skills, which will make it possible to transform the Sphero robot into different things like:
The RVR robot is equipped with a "Universal Extension Port", which will allow you to go much further in the projects you want to set up with the robot. A 4-pin UART connection allows you to connect hardware such as Arduino or RaspberryPi directly to the robot and the USB 5V 2.1A interface ensures that you will not run out of power for your projects. Elements that open the voice to all types of projects such as these few examples below:
The Sphero RVR control system is far superior to standard control systems. It is a professional level control system at an entry-level price: the navigation is ultra precise, an important point for advanced programming or problem solving in robotics.
For the more experienced, you will find below some features of the Sphero RVR robot control system to get an overview of its level of professionalism and capabilities:
Driving in a power line is quite simple, but it takes serious science and complex technology to drive perfectly in a straight line, in an arc and stop with a precision comparable to that of a scalpel.
The Sphero RVR robot control system is simply the most efficient on the market: it is precisely designed so that obstacles, disturbances and uneven surfaces do not affect the driving experience.
This new Sphero RVR robot will also aim to be installed in schools to teach the youngest children about programming in a simple and intuitive way as any Sphero robot would: involve more students and teachers through practical and fun technology that harnesses the power of the game.
Students can use the joystick integrated into the Sphero Edu application to control the RVR robot like any other Sphero robot. You can also adjust the speed or customize the RVR lights with a few tapping.
Each component of the Sphero RVR has been carefully crafted: control system, weight, centre of gravity, clearance, wheel size, gear ratio, power delivery, industrial design, colour, lights, steps, etc....
The RVR robot is available as a pre-order at a price of $249.99 but would cost much more if you had to build it yourself by buying the parts separately.
You will find in the box of the Sphero RVR robot all the following elements: