Sphero Buys Specdrums App Connected Music Ring

Posted: Jun 22 2018, 9:10am CDT | by , in Toys


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Sphero Buys Specdrums App Connected Music Ring

Robotic toy maker Sphero picks up a Kickstarter startup.

Sphero announced today its acquisition of Specdrums, a Boulder-based music tech startup founded in 2016 by Steven Dourmashkin and Matthew Skeels.

Specdrums offers app-controlled rings worn on a user’s fingers that turn color into sound with a simple tap. Sphero’s team of developers and engineers will work alongside the Specdrums founders to develop additional products that support Sphero's mission of inspiring the creators of tomorrow. As a result of this acquisition, Sphero will launch a second version of the already sold-out Specdrums in late 2018 or early 2019.

“We firmly believe that play is a powerful teacher. With the addition of Specdrums, we are strengthening the ‘A’ in STEAM in our product roadmap,” said Paul Berberian, CEO of Sphero. “With Sphero’s infrastructure and the groundwork that the Specdrums founders have already completed, we believe there’s a huge opportunity to continue to inspire curiosity in classrooms and beyond.”

"By partnering with Sphero, Specdrums will be able to reach even more classrooms and young musicians across the world. We'll now have some of the best resources needed to make a strong impact on education, creativity, and play," said Specdrums CEO Steven Dourmashkin.

In 2017, Specdrums launched a Kickstarter campaign and shipped its products to more than 1,900 backers. In total, Specdrums raised nearly $200,000 in funding through its crowdsourcing campaign.

To get started with Specdrums, you connect multiple rings to a mobile app and start tapping colors to trigger sounds. You then assign new colors from your clothes, printed keyboards and drum pads, colored drawings, or any other colors you find around you. Then you associate the colors you tap to sounds like drum kits, keyboards, and synths. You can sample your own sounds, as well as create and share musical loops. Connect to music-making software like GarageBand or Ableton Live via Bluetooth MIDI to create advanced musical creations using high-quality sounds and features.

You can see the interesting Specdrums ring in action in the video below.

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