See what press are saying about ArcBotics, Sparki, and Hexy the Hexapod.

Sparki the Easy Robot for Everyone

Fast Co
“‘We don’t want a kid to look at a Sparki and run out of things to do.’ Even for those who’ve never programmed before, the interface can get kids interacting with Sparki ‘in minutes’.” -May 31, 2013

“Sparki’s ‘arms’ may be a mere inch long, but his reach is worldwide.” -Oct 4, 2013

The Boston Globe
“Sparki isn’t just a toy. Its builders hope the small bot will inspire a new generation of robot makers­ and computer whizzes. ‘There aren’t many things out there that can engage kids like a robot’.” -May 3, 2013

MAKE this one
“Sparki’s quite an accomplishment—Arcbotics has selected some fantastic stepper motors for Sparki, and they’ve evolved their design to create a rugged enclosure that still manages to expose all the electronics you want to play with. ” -May 3, 2013

Ars Technica
“Sparki is an Arduino-based robot for people who don’t know how to build robots.” May 3, 2013

“For the person who wants an Arduino robot, but doesn’t know where to begin with programming, Sparki promises to offer an affordable, easy introduction to electronics and robot programming.” May 19, 2013

Kickstarter Staff Pick: May 2013


Hexy the Hexapod

“One of the most impressive things about the little hexapod is just how affordable he is.” -June 14, 2012

“Most college graduates celebrate by buying a new car or a computer; Joe Schlesinger bought a giant laser cutter. He used the tool to design a low-cost robot named ‘Hexy’ with the aim of making robotics education more affordable.” -August 23, 2012

The New York Times
“Since setting up ArcBotics, Mr. Schlesinger has built a backlog of more than 1,000 orders [for Hexy]. His goal is to become ‘the Ikea of robotics’.” -December 9, 2012

MAKE this one
“With full documentation and online tutorials, Hexy makes learning advanced robotic concepts like inverse kinematics straightforward and fun.” -May 12, 2013

The Boston Globe
“[Hexy] is among the most successful Massachusetts-based campaigns on Kickstarter.” -September 10, 2012

“Hexy can walk, dance, bang some keyboard keys, and do whatever else you can imagine.” -May 29, 2012

ABC news
“The perfect gift for the nerd on your list, Hexy is aimed at anyone wanting a low-cost, entry-level hexapod.” -Dec 11, 2012

“Mit dem knuffigen Namen Hexy sammelt ein kleines Unternehmen aus den USA via Kickstarter Geld für die Produktion eines kostengünstigen Roboters mit sechs Beinen.” -May 21, 2012

Kickstarter Staff Pick: Technology, May 2012

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