Gadgeteer Sphero launches RVR – its most ambitious product yet

This programmable robot from the Colorado firm can be driven right out of the box – and has endless potential for fun with coding

Sphero RVR, £250
Sphero RVR, £250

Gadgeteer Sphero, from Boulder, Colorado, has been wowing fans of robotics and playful electronics for more than a decade. I made a Technopolis TV video earlier this year on its Specdrums colour-sensitive finger rings for music making.

Now it has launched its most ambitious product yet – a programmable Mars rover-style robot, RVR, which even an adult can drive out of the box and be programming within minutes using its intuitive app.

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The beginner’s level involves sliding instructions on coloured blocks into a sequence on your phone, which a six-year‑old could do, and even I managed. Watching the machine dashing around on your orders is weirdly gratifying. Onboard sensors include colour and light detectors, infrared, a magnetometer, an accelerometer and a gyroscope.

Later, you can graduate to real coding and start customising machines with accessories such as robot arms to create almost whatever you want, from a device to play with the cat to a robot that will roll around the house while you’re away and report on how things are looking.

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