With the holidays quickly approaching it looks like Drones will continue being one of the hottest gifts of the year. While typical RC cars may not be as desired as they once were, the folks at GJS are looking to breath some new life into ground-based remote controlled vehicles. Launching via Kickstarter, the Geio Battle Bot packs first person remote viewing and visual recognition into a rugged futuristic design.

Geio is the culmination of everyone’s fascination with fighting robots from the big screen. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never thought about owning my own batting robot and now it looks like that dream may become a reality. Realized in the form of pretty sweet looking 4-legged mecha straight out of a futuristic film, Geio is said to be the world’s first real battle bot.

Controlling the battle bot falls back onto your smartphone, which lets you pilot the device in a similar fashion to man iPhone-enabled drones and RC vehicles. But where Geio has mixed things up is that the bot also packs first person shooter-esque viewing as well. This is thanks to a built-in camera which offers what GJS claims is an immersive experience and is the closest thing to being a hero on the big screen.

Aside from just piloting your new little battle bot around the house, Geio also packs a few different modes for going at it with friends. These include pretty standard one-on-one duels, attack and defense matches or capture the flag rounds; the latter of these are unique to Geio compared to other RC battle bots on the market. Of course the only downside here is that it does require you and your buddies to all pick up one of the bots to take full advantage of the game modes.

The battle bot also boasts visual recognition alongside an advanced AI system to help it locate targets. This is said to help during battles and other gameplay, but also results in smoother driving and more efficient movement.

Geio is currently seeking funding over on Kickstarter and has already raised almost $54,000, nearly doubling its campaign goal. A single battle robot will run you $109 with an estimated delivery in February 2018 assuming all goes well. The Geio bots pack a pretty awesome design and assuming the tech holds up, could be a huge hit once it fully comes to market. As a lover of robots and smartphone-connected devices like this, I’ll be keeping my eye on Geio over the next year.

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