【iRobot收购Root Robotics:机器人将进入教室】

【iRobot收购Root Robotics:机器人将进入教室】以家用机器人闻名的iRobot公司宣布已收购Root Robotics——该公司销售机器人和帮助儿童学习如何编码的平台。Root Robotics研发的机器人是一个使用两个轮子行驶的小型圆形机器人,该公司同时提供一款应用程序来教孩子们如何编程机器人执行各种任务,如绘图、创建音乐或游戏等。iRobot表示,此次收购将有助于实现教育机器人产品多样化,进一步证明其致力于让教育工作者,学生和家长更容易获得机器人技术。

iRobot acquired education-focused company Root Robotics

iRobot enters the education marketplace

Image: iRobot

iRobot is best known for its robots used in the home, and now it’s looking to enter the classroom with a new acquisition. The company has announced that it has acquired Root Robotics, which sells a robot and platform that helps children learn how to code.

Root Robotics originated as a research project at Harvard University a couple of years ago, and its Robot already looks considerably like a Roomba — it’s a small, circular device that uses two wheels to drive around on a flat surface. It’s accompanied by an app that teaches children how to program the robot to do a variety of tasks, like drawing (the robot has a hold to place a marker in), creating music or games, and more.

iRobot says that the acquisition will help it “diversify its educational robot product offerings, further demonstrating its commitment to make robotic technology more accessible to educators, students and parents.” In doing so, it’s joining the space occupied by other similar companies, like Wonder Workshop, which manufactures Dash and Dot, and Learning Resource’s Botley, all of which teach coding and programming through their own apps.

Presumably, as Root allows iRobot to enter the education marketplace, it’ll be able to utilize its existing platforms for future products. Root Robot is now for sale on iRobot’s website, and retails for $199 for an individual robot, while a 30-pack for classrooms goes for just under $6,000. The company also sells an academic app ($60), and a whiteboard surface ($30) for it to operate on.

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