Remember the movie Transformers? I really liked the movie. It had everything you wish for in a movie: the action, the plot, gun blazing robots. But you know what captured my imagination? It was the hiding capabilities of Autobots and Decepticons in plain sight. The ability to suddenly transform from being a simple running car or a truck to a big powerful robots. I loved the concept of something you normally use and it turning into something totally unimaginable and has the power to overtake you and your world.
For those of you who have not watched the movie or the cartoon series I would just give a brief intro for the Transformers. Transformers are sentient robots from the planet Cybertron, the Autobots are the protagonists of the movie and friends with humans while the Decepticons are the Evil one. This is all I have to tell, rest you should watch the movie and have fun.
You must be thinking now what all this Transformer talk has to do with the Xiaomi’s new Mi Pad 2 tablet but it does. The original Mi Pad 2 was instant hit in the market and was sold out within a minutes of its sale starting. This has been the case with most Xiaomi products as they get sold out due to huge demand and better than other pricing model. I have been trying to get my hands on Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5 for sometime but every flash sale I remain empty handed but soon I’ll get lucky and get the phones for me.
Now back to the story Xiaomi in partnership with Hasbro are crowdfunding a new product and this is a Mi Pad2 tablet toy which transforms into robot like Transformers. The toy is priced at $26 and will first start shipping from 13th May. This Mi tablet toy is named ‘Soundwave’, which is a real Decepticon.
Soundwave transforms into a microcassette, now microcassettes are thing of past and a modern Decepticon should be a tablet. The tablet will transform into robot via folding process and in 30 steps you’ll have your own Deception. The Transformer is being released in celebration of 6 years anniversary of Xiaomi, the company has in these past years have created a huge fan base and in 2014 was valued as the most valuable tech startup.
The new Mi tablet toy is just similar to the original Mi Pad 2 and is 7mm thick. To create(transform) something like a robot from a tablet is pretty amazing. Watch this video where details about creation of this amazing toy comes out.
The folding process was used so as to make the hands, legs and head of the robot look and feel real. Owners of Mi Pad 2 can definitely show off this Transformer pad to their unsuspecting friends 😉 . I am not sure when this cool Mi tablet toy will be available outside of China market but believe me it already became a hit as the crowdfunding for this new product has crossed three times the target value. I am definitely getting one for myself when it comes to India and who knows may be one day we can have actual Transformers working for us to make our future better.