Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi is launching a new crowd-funded toy version of their Mi Pad which can transform into a robot. The company is partnering with toy maker Hasbro for this cool experiment. The project is codenamed Soundwave.
A report from Gizmo China suggests that this robot will be up for grabs for 169 Yuans (Approx. $20) and it will ship to the backers from 13 May.
"R&D worked really hard to ensure that the colour, 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", said Hugo Barra, global vice president of Xiaomi in a Facebook post.
Xiaomi ventured into a non-smartphone ecosystem with a sub-brand called "Mi Ecosystem' a few weeks ago. Under this, they launched their first product, a rice cooker. The product is just for the Chinese market as of now.
In India, Xiaomi is having a fan festival where they are having multiple flash sales and deals. The company is selling older phones and accessories at slashed prices. They recently launched their flagship phone Mi 5 at ₹24999.
While we are talking about transformative gadgets, reportedly Samsung is building a foldable phone which will come out in 2017. Reports say that this 5-inch phone will turn into a 7-inch tablet when unfolded.