iRobot acquired education-focused company Root Robotics

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

Root Robotics originated as a research project at Harvard University a couple of years ago, and its Robot already looks a lot like a Roomba: it's a small circular device that uses two wheels to drive on a flat surface. It is accompanied by an application that teaches children how to program the robot to perform a variety of tasks, such as drawing (the robot has a position to place a marker), creating music or games, and more.

iRobot says the acquisition will help it "diversify its educational robot product offering, further demonstrating its commitment to making robotics technology more accessible to educators, students and parents." So, it is joining the space occupied by other similar companies, such as Wonder Workshop, which makes Dash and Dot, and Learning Resource & # 39; s Botley, which teach coding and programming through their own applications.

Presumably, since Root allows iRobot to enter the education market, it will be able to use its existing platforms for future products. Root Robot is already on sale on the iRobot website and sells for $ 199 for an individual robot, while a package of 30 for classrooms costs less than $ 6,000. The company also sells an academic application ($ 60) and a blackboard surface ($ 30) to make it work.

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