Sphero makes its 'RVR' programmable tank robot available to all

It will set you back $250.

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Mariella Moon
October 22nd, 2019
In this article: gear, robots, rvr, sphero
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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. What truly makes it great for tinkerers, though, is its expansion plate that's designed to work with most third-party components, including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:bit and Sphero's littleBits. You can, say, install a robotic arm, a camera or any other hardware and then program it to do what you want using the Sphero Edu app.

Sphero had education in mind when it designed the RVR and even offered multiples in packs for the classroom. It can be a great tool for teachers hoping to get their students interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and math subjects. You can get one even if you're not an educator or a student, though -- each unit will set you back $250.

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