Apple is selling its first ever ‘gaming robot’ that can carry out augmented reality warfare and is controlled by a smartphone.
The fearsome-looking mechanical spider is called MekaMon and relies on four infrared sensors to measure distance, location and wage attacks on its opponent.
This fighter, which launches today on the Apple store for £300 ($300), simultaneously has bot-on-bot brawls in real life and on the screen.
Created by Bristol-based company Reach Robotics, this customised robot has detachable legs, shields and weapons.
Using four infrared sensors it can navigate itself around the real-world, and can be controlled on a smartphone.
It can also flip onto its back in order to stabilise.
The toy connects to the app via Bluetooth and can sense other robots in the vicinity, writes the Verge.
It is used to play a game is set in 2076 following an alien invasion on Earth where humans are using their MekaMon robots to fight back and recapture their territory.
The game has three modes – story mode, arcade mode, or battle with friends mode.
‘We’ve created an entirely new video gaming platform,’ said Silas Adekunle, CEO of Reach Robotics.
‘Players can whip out their smartphone to battle their multi-functional, connected battlebots in the physical and virtual worlds at the same time.’
Each robot weighs 2.2 pounds and is 11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inches. It comes in two models – black and white.
They are compatible with iOS and Android devices and are available in the EU and US online and in Apple stores in the UK and US.
The battery currently lasts for one hour before needing to be recharged.
‘At the root of everything we build is the premise that gaming is an experience that goes beyond a screen’, said Silas Adekunle, CEO and cofounder of Reach Robotics.
‘We imagine a world where things come to life in front of you’.
‘Our inspiration came from building robots in STEM classes with underprivileged students in the UK, and while we got our humble start there – we’re ready to introduce a new twist on hardware and video games and unleash our battling robots.’
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