Xiaomi and Hasbro are collaborating for the first time crowdfunding a kickass robot model named Soundwave in China. Instead of a vehicle transforming into a robot, this time, it’s Mi Pad 2 that gets the Transformers treatment. How cool is that?
What Hugo Barra, Xiaomi VP has to add to this
R&D worked really hard to ensure that the color, details and feel are exactly the same as Mi Pad 2. They were challenged at turning such a slim 7mm tablet into a 3D robot, but they managed to do so with a 30-step folding assembly.
It’s being produced with Hasbro China to celebrate Xiaomi’s sixth anniversary, in the most awesome way possible. Details are slim at the moment, but it’s reported the toy (that obviously doesn’t work as a tablet) will be part of a crowdfunding campaign, while others state it’ll cost about $26. At first we were wary this was a slightly late April Fools gag, but Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra has posted about the ‘bot on his Facebook page, showing it’s authenticity.
The detail looks amazing. Rather than the substandard Transformers toys of today, the Mi Pad Transformer looks more like a toy from the 1980s. Both suitably robotic, and a faithful reproduction of the tablet itself, there are parts of the tablet that become his gun and shield. Based on the Mi Pad 2, Barra says the R&D department worked hard to get the details right, and the tablet mode is just 7mm thick, just like the real thing. It’s a 30-step process to transform it into the 3D robot mode.
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