Sphero RVR

SKU: RV01ROW

RVR is made for makers, hackers, coders – and you. Sphero’s revolutionary take on what it means to be programmable, this all-terrain robot is built for customization. Code with it, build on it and hack the robot of your dreams. With RVR, you can go anywhere and do anything.  

  • Drive anywhere with RVR’s powerful motor, all-terrain treads, and high torque 
  • A customizable expansion plate lets you connect third-party hardware and change the mobile robot’s look and feel  
  • Packed with tons of advanced robot sensors that you can code and hack  
  • Play educational games, create your own and learn how to program through play-based learning

Level up with RVR! Recommended for ages 8+.  

SpheroCare Warranty
1 year: $13.99
2 year: $18.99
3 year: $27.99

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Price:
$249.99

Tech Specs

COVID-19 Resources

Sphero is committed to helping teachers adapt to new ways of teaching and kids learning no matter where that is or what it looks like. Check out our COVID-19 resources on how to return to school safely with Sphero in a socially distanced learning environment.

Coding for all levels

Boy playing with Sphero RVR on smart phone.

RVR is a mobile robot that you can drive right out of the box. Connect your smartphone, tablet, or computer to RVR using Bluetooth Smart and drive it anywhere! When you’re ready to start coding, download Sphero Edu and program your RVR.

Teacher and students working together with Sphero RVR.

Beginners can start out with Draw & Drive before diving into Scratch Blocks. Ready for more? Integrate RVR's powerful on-board sensors into your programming projects and coding creations, then share them with the world.

Man playing with Sphero RVR robot with anemometer science activity.

Take your programming to the next level and hack RVR. Code RVR with JavaScript, expand its capabilities with third-party hardware or go even further using Sphero’s public SDK library. RVR is the most complex, expandable robot on the market – with approachable features and capabilities for coders of all skill levels.

Sphero RVR robot at school.

Meet RVR

You asked for an all-terrain, highly programmable, infinitely-expandable robot — well, here it is. Meet RVR, the robot built by us but inspired by educators, students, hackers, and makers like you.

What will you build?

Individual working on programming Sphero RVR.
Build the robot of your dreams and then program it three ways with the Sphero Edu app — Draw & Drive, Scratch Blocks and JavaScript.
Students working together with Sphero RVR on STEM activity.
RVR's on-board sensors include a color sensor, light sensor, IR, magnetometer, accelerometer, and gyroscope. Navigate RVR through a color maze or tap into IR to play with bot-to-bot communication.
Hacker working on programming Sphero RVR using 3D model.

Hack RVR and transform your robot into almost anything

With RVR’s 4-pin UART expansion port and on-board power, you can attach and run third-party hardware like a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:bit, or Sphero littleBits. Want RVR to be your home security sentry, an autonomous metal detector or an environmental sensor you can control over the internet? Chances are, if you can hack it, RVR can do it. 

 

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OVERVIEW

RVR takes coding and learning to the next level through its hackable mobile platform.

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate-Advanced

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  • Javascript
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    • Block-based coding
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    • Javascript
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Computer Science Foundations is a standards-aligned, supplemental curriculum built on the K12 Computer Science Framework Principles. Scaffolded across three courses and 72 lessons, teachers and students build Draw, Block, and Text coding skills. They then integrate these concepts into curricular content: everything from polygons and poetry to logic-puzzlers and compliment-givers.

RVR can be used with Courses 2 and 3 with a selection of lessons. When using RVR, the recommended adjustments are in the app only, not in the book.

Sphero SDK

We've opened up our SDK library so you can unlock the full potential of your RVR. Want to be the first to know about SDK updates? Sign up for our SDK newsletter.
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Sphero Edu App

Sphero Edu is your hub to create, contribute, and learn with Sphero robots.

Sphero RVR and other included accessories.

What’s in the RVR robot box?

  • RVR mobile robot 
  • Removable cover plate and developer plate with quick-release button 
  • Removable, protective roll cage 
  • Removable and rechargeable battery 
  • Universal, 4-Pin UART expansion port for connecting 3rd party hardware like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or micro:bit (products sold separately) 
  • 5V 2.1A USB-A onboard connectivity to power your projects using RVR’s battery
  • Sphero Edu app (available for download on iOS, Android, and Chrome OS)