Sphero, the consumer robotics company known for its Disney BB-8 toys and STEM-based educational tools, is launching a startup focused on making robots and AI-based software for first responders, law enforcement and the military.
Sphero on Wednesday said it had completed the spin-off of Company Six, an independent startup that will be adapting technology from Sphero's Public Safety Division to make products fit for the demands of first responders. The startup will make robots that are more durable and offer more professional-grade features than their toy counterparts, Sphero said.
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"This is an opportunity to continue to bring revolutionary robotics technology to new markets to improve the lives of more people, our future leaders, and people with essential and sometimes dangerous job functions," said Paul Berberian, former Sphero CEO, in a press release.
Berberian will become chairman of both Sphero and Company Six, while former COO Jim Booth will become Company Six's new CEO. Both men have backgrounds in the military.