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BUDDY goes into final hours of crowdfunding at +500% of goal; announces new US offices

September 4, 2015

Buddy-WelcomeBUDDY, the world’s first affordable companion robot, has reached a crowdfunding milestone. With just hours to go on the BUDDY crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, backers have contributed over $501,638 – that’s 502% of the initial goal!

The campaign has also unlocked 12 stretch goals including:

    • Kids programming environment
    • Special Kids pack (i.e Autism)
    • Side tray accessory with USB charging
    • Expressions pack
    • Elder pack
    • Hackathon
    • Black color
    • Memory extension to 32 GB
    • Air quality sensing module
    • Easypath application to create your own smart applications
    • IBM Watson integration

And Blue Frog Robotics has also announced some accessories including:

  • Standard motorized arms
  • Pico Projector Arm
  • Docking station for charging

Developed by the French company Blue Frog Robotics, BUDDY beat his crowdfunding goal ($100,000) in a day, and has been filmed and written about across the world.

BUDDY has a new (second) home

BUDDY enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome on his first visit to the US in August to meet press, investors and fans. He’ll be a regular visitor as Blue Frog Robotics announced the opening of its North American offices in Boston and San Francisco .

Videos

“Buddy is a really, really, ridiculously cute family robot” – Lucas Matney, TechCrunch

“Buddy the robot protector looks like R2-D2’s first cousin” – Stephen Beacham, CNET TV

“With Jibo and now Buddy, Boston is becoming a social-robot mecca”  – David Harris, Boston Business Journal

“Meet Buddy: the Stars Wars-Inspired Robot”< – CRN

“Robot pet-sitters?”  – Scott Kirsner, The Boston Globe

“Buddy robot snubs creator” – Dan Simmons, BBC news

“Buddy the robot is ‘more useful than an iPhone’”
– Anthony Cuthbertson, International Business Times

Articles

“BUDDY, A Crowdfunded Robot And Platform” – Hubert Nguyen – Ubergizmo

“Buddy whisks around on wheels and casters while JIBO, another social robot option, swivels harmlessly on your desk or floor” – Dominic Basulto, The Washington Post

“Buddy marks an advance in the progression of agents from Siri to Amazon Echo, as it moves and interacts proactively” – Ross Rubin, Venture Beat

“Downloading apps on your own personal robot may become as common as downloading apps on your smartphone”  – Cadie Thompson, Business Insider

“Rolling Buddy robot may just kill you with cuteness”  – Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

Rodolphe Hasselvander, creator of BUDDY, says: “We are incredibly overwhelmed and thankful for the love and support BUDDY has received over the past month. The reaction from people is beyond even my wildest of expectations.”

Blue Frog Robotics
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Blue Frog Robotics is a French start-up that has developed Buddy, "The Companion Robot Accessible to Everyone", co-founded by former CRIIF (Robotics lab) Executive Director Rodolphe Hasselvander.

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