Press Release
03/22/17

BRUNO BONNELL ENTERS THE CAPITAL AND BECOMES CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD OF BLUE FROG ROBOTICS, INVENTOR OF BUDDY THE ROBOT COMPANION

BRUNO BONNELL, digital multi-entrepreneur and founder of the video game publishing company INFOGRAMES and robotics companies ROBOPOLIS and AWABOT, joins BLUE FROG ROBOTICS, founders and inventors of BUDDY the robot companion as an anchor investor and chairman of the supervisory board.

A BRILLIANT PRODUCT AND WORLD PREMIERE

The star product of the company: BUDDY is the first robot companion made accessible to the greatest number of people not only for playing, learning and interaction, but also for home monitoring and day-to- day assistance.
Entirely developed and manufactured in France by BLUE FROG ROBOTICS and its partners, 1500 robots have already been pre-ordered. BUDDY will be available by Christmas 2017 at a recommended retail price of € 1290, supported by a wide range of applications and accessories.
Through strategic partnerships, BUDDY also targets the professional market in the education, hospitality, handicap and smart home industries. Some 20 robots are currently being experimented in welcoming and entertaining iDTGV train passengers. A close collaboration has also been formed with the Institut Medico-Educatif (IME) « Papillons blancs ». BUDDY can now be integrated in a connected home thanks to a partnership with SOMFY, the smart home expert.

Bruno Bonnell will take part in BLUE FROG ROBOTICS’s strategic plan all while providing his expertise in the leisure and education software, consumer robotics service product, and innovative company financing fields. Both founders and inventors of the BUDDY robot, Rodolphe Hasselvander, CEO, and Franck de Visme, COO, will be maintaining their operational functions and overall control of the company.

A CAPITAL INCREASE

In order to ensure its development, and thanks to Bruno Bonnell’s participation, BLUE FROG ROBOTICS is launching a capital increase of €10 million euros. These additional financial funds will be used to provide BUDDY with a large software library, structure the company’s Research & Development, notably in the artificial intelligence and human-robot interface fields. This approach will not only allow the company to further finance BUDDY manufacturing to fulfill demand, but also work to preserve its current technological edge.

”I am excited to be a part of the adventure of the first, exclusively French designed and manufactured, robot companion. I am impressed with the quality of the BUDDY project, and by its positioning as the first leisure and assistance robot. BUDDY is the pioneer of a new generation of home leisure and services. The consistency of its design, the sophistication of its development system and the variety of its application possibilities are the three major assets for its commercial success », declares Bruno Bonnell.

« We are proud to welcome Bruno Bonnell, founder of Infogrames / Atari, who in addition to investing in the company will contribute many years of experience in the leisure interactivity field. His enthusiasm for BUDDY is a major recognition of our work, and his expertise will provide the company with fresh, new momentum. », shared Rodolphe Hasselvander, CEO of BLUE FROG ROBOTICS.

Co-founded in 2014 by Rodolphe Hasselvander (former Executive Director of CRIIF (robotics lab)), and Franck de Visme (Serial Entrepreneur), the start-up BLUE FROG develops BUDDY, a cute, mobile, sociable and emotionally intelligent robot designed to be the whole family’s companion. BLUE FROG designs and develops robots that are affordable for everyone and make life easier, safer and more fun. The France-based startup is focusing on the emerging market for personal service robots, which it believes offers as much potential as the market for personal computers in the 1980s and 90s.

Bruno BONNELL media contact

Esprit Des Sens : Christelle Carteron + 33 (0)4 79 37 17 50 –c.carteron@eds-groupe.com

BLUE FROG media contact

Porter Novelli: Julien Vermessen: +33 (0)1 47 42 91 17 – julien.vermessen@porternovelli.fr

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