On Tuesday, drone manufacturer 3D Robotics announced it had acquired Sifteo, the consumer electronics developer best known for their Sifteo Cubes Interactive Games System.
3D Robotics hopes to leverage Sifeto’s expertise in high-performance embedded computation, low-latency wireless communication, virtualization, and sensor fusion to expand the company’s B2B market strategy and develop increasingly user-friendly drones for the mass market.
“When we first engaged with the Sifteo team, and saw their skillset, experience, and IP portfolio, we immediately recognized the impact they would have working with us to transform and grow the consumer drone market,” said 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson in the press release. “Their consumer electronics experience and deep product skills complement our technology perfectly. We are thrilled to have the resources of both groups together to lead what we believe will be a billion dollar market over the next few years.”
3D Robotics is one of the leading consumer drones manufacturers in the world. Its IRIS quadcopter and Pixhawk autopilot system are extremely popular in the commercial drones industry due to the high level of customization and open-source software the platforms support.
With that in mind, check out this video of Sifteo’s most well known product and let the speculation about what this acquisition will yield, begin.
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