VEXplorer Robotics System Now Widely Available
Northbrook, IL (September 19, 2007) – Revell today announced the national availability of its highly anticipated VEXplorer robotics system that provides endless opportunities for novice inventors and robotics fanatics to build and operate robots to do what they want. This follows online pre-order sales that underscore the growth of consumer interest in robotics.
"Early reviews of VEXplorer demonstrated that both kids and adults want to create and innovate," said Mike Brezette, Revell marketing vice president. "We saw tweens using VEXplorer to help clean their rooms and guard against room intruders, while college students created VEXplorer configurations we could only dream about."
VEXplorer provides versatility and ease of construction so that inventors can be controlling and exploring with their robot in less than an hour. VEXplorer will also challenge those inventors with more experience, offering additional parts for individualized design. The SolidWorks Student Design Kit included with VEXplorer provides opportunities for endless robot design as users download parts from the Internet and use the same photo, animation and drawing software tools used by engineering professionals.
VEXplorer is now available at toy and discount merchandise retailers including Toys "R" Us, Fred Meyer and Hobby Lobby, as well as at hobby stores across the nation. Online toy, hobby, discount merchandise and consumer electronic retailers include amazon.com, target.com, toysrus.com, fredmeyer.com, walmart.com, hobbytownusa.com, towerhobby.com, greatplanes.com, compusa.com, discoverthis.com, etoys.com, museumtour.com and hammackerschlemmer.com. The suggested retail price for VEXplorer is $199 (USD).*
VEXplorer is an extension of the popular Innovation First, Inc. VEX system already embedded in the education system across the country. For more information on VEX curriculum, visit http://www.VEXRobotics.com.
* VEXplorer Plus with additional accessories is sold at MuseumTour.com and HammackerSchlemmer.com at a suggested retail price of $299.
Revell VEXplorer Features:
- 27 MHz Control System
- 2.4GHz Video Camera System
- "Spycam" color camera with sound lets you control action from a TV screen
- A claw precise and strong enough to pick up a feather or grip a filled, 12-ounce soda can
- All-terrain wheels
- Modular construction adding up to over 300 parts allowing for individualized design
- SolidWorks Student Design Kit software to create various configurations on a computer before building unit
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Revell has been leading the model kit building industry for more than 60 years with products that provide interactivity, authenticity and fun. Revell's product lines are consumer and hobby robotics, model kits including cars, trucks, ships and planes, R/C vehicles, and slot cars.
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software for design, analysis and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information or a live online demonstration, visit http://www.SolidWorks.com or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).
About Innovation First, Inc.
Innovation First, http://www.InnovationFirst.com, was incorporated in 1996 and is a privately held S corporation. The company was founded on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant product designs. Developer of the Vex Robotics Design System, Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots and is an industry leader in the hobby, competition and education markets.