Sphero purchased a crowdfunded music tech firm to develop its unlicensed toys

Sphero, the maker of related toys like BB-Eight, introduced this week that it’s acquired Specdrums, an organization that makes rings that produce music by faucets on totally different colours. We don’t know the way a lot Sphero spent to accumulate the corporate’s expertise, however Specdrums raised over $175,000 on Kickstarter final yr and simply completed transport to all its backers. It’s clear that Sphero plans on integrating the ring and shade system into its proprietary toys.

Sphero CEO Paul Berberian tells The Verge that the corporate needs to “get again to its roots,” by toys that received’t have as a lot branded, character-focused play.

We are able to already get an thought of what these future toys may do as a result of Specdrums built-in its expertise with Sphero’s open SDK earlier this yr. You possibly can see beneath how the rings can management a Sphero’s actions.

None of Sphero’s merchandise at the moment permit for music playback, however it appears apparent that the corporate would attempt to incorporate it now that it has Specdrums’ IP. Berberian’s quote is attention-grabbing as a result of, up till just lately, Sphero had largely focused on releasing toys beneath different corporations’ branding, like its BB-Eight, R2-D2, and Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Automobiles franchise. The corporate’s clearly gotten in on that Disney cash and now is able to transfer past it.

Final yr, it launched the Sphero Mini — slightly ball that works equally to the unique Sphero — and it has plans to announce further merchandise this yr and subsequent. The corporate says it’ll additionally launch a second model of Specdrums in late 2018 or early 2019.

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