Sphero acquires educational music tech firm Specdrums

Sphero has acquired the educational music tech startup, Specdrums as part of its on going mission to ‘inspire the creators of tomorrow.’

Specdrums is the team behind a line of app-controlled rings that when worn on a user’s finger can turn colour into sound through tapping.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Sphero will launch a new version of the already sold-out Specdrums in late 2018/early 2019 and will continue to work alongside the firm’s founders to develop a raft of additional products.

“We firmly believe that play is a powerful teacher,” said Sphero CEO Paul Berberian.

“With the addition of Specdrums, we are strengthening the A in STEAM in our product roadmap. 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.”

Specdrums CEO Steven Dourmashkin, added: “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.”

Specdrums originated from a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 that, having successfully raised nearly $200,000 in funding, shipped its products to more than 1,900 backers.

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