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TechnologySphero acquires LittleBits and eyes international growth

20:35  23 august  2019
20:35  23 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Combined, Sphero and LittleBits have sold more than 0 million in robots and electronics. They've reached over six million students globally. New numbers out of Canalys show strong continued growth for the North America wearables market for Q2. The market hit billion value for the quarter

Sphero and littleBits have long been kindred spirits in the world of entertaining STEM toys, and soon they’ll be one and the same. Sphero this morning announced plans to buy the New York-based electronic building block company. Founded in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Sphero (nee Orbotix)

The popular STEAM education company Sphero announced today that it has acquired LittleBits. You may remember LittleBits as the company behind toys that teach kids about electronics, and Sphero has made a name for itself creating educational coding robots. Together, the companies plan to bring STEAM and coding products to more classrooms, homes and educational programs.

Combined, Sphero and LittleBits have sold more than $500 million in robots and electronics. They've reached over six million students globally. And with this acquisition, Sphero now has over 140 patents in robotics, electronics, software and IoT.

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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. “ Sphero and littleBits are on a mission to make hands-on learning fun and memorable,” said Paul Berberian, Sphero ’s CEO.

The popular STEAM education company Sphero announced today that it has acquired LittleBits . You may remember LittleBits as the company behind toys that Now, Sphero says it plans to accelerate international growth . Though, it may have to compete with the likes of iRobot, which recently made

This isn't the first time Sphero has branched out beyond robotics. Last year, it acquired Specdrums, and it went on to produce an updated version of Specdrums' signature music-centric wearable ring. The company seems to have passed the rocky point at which it laid off 45 employees and re-focussed on educational products. Now, Sphero says it plans to accelerate international growth. Though, it may have to compete with the likes of iRobot, which recently made its own push into the classroom.

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Sphero, which you probably know for its spherical robots like the BB-8, launched a Kickstarter project for a customizable tank-style robot earlier this year. Now that robot called the RVR (pronounced "rover") is available for purchase. The company expects all backers to have received their units today, but you can now buy one from Sphero's website or Amazon if you weren't able to back the project a few months ago. The RVR is equipped with all-terrain treads, sensors, what Sphero describes as a powerful motor, as well as plenty of torque.

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