The Robots are Coming… to Your Home!
apple begins selling the AR-powered fighting robot spider 'MekaMon'
starting today, apple will begin exclusively selling the fighting AR-robot spider, ‘MekaMon’, created by reach robotics. the model, which received $7.5 million in funding after its’ intial run of 500 sold out, connects to your smartphone to play in both solo and multiplayer games, either in real world or augmented reality.
the MekaMon is controlable via an apple or android smartphone, images courtesy of MekaMon
the MekaMon is upgradable and customizable with detachable legs, shields, and weapons, and feature four IR sensors, allowing it to measure distance and location. this allows the robot to track and attack opponents as well as neatly flip on its back and stabilize itself. the mekamon measures in at 11.8in x 11.8in x 5.9in and weighs 2.2lb and is powered by a rechargeable battery pack that delivers at least one hour of non-stop operation.
players can use the robot in solo mode or multiplayer
the robots are controlled via the ios or android app, using virtual thumbsticks and pre-programmed commands. in solo mode, players must fight off virtual on-screen enemies whilst in multiplayer, two robots must disable one another’s units.
the partnership with apple to market these robots has seen the model become completely compatible with apple’s swift playgrounds app, allowing users to learn how to code whilst using the robot, creating custom moves and animations. reach robotics says more add-ons will also be available via mekamon.com in the future and is currently available in white and black models from apple and mekamon.com for £299.95.