BUDDY, 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:
And Blue Frog Robotics has also announced some accessories including:
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 .
“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
“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
“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
“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.”