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Snap reportedly close to acquiring Chinese drone maker Zero Zero Robotics

  • Snapchat owner Snap Inc is close to acquiring Chinese drone maker Zero Zero Robotics.
  • Zero Zero Robotics makes a $500 drone that can follow you and record video.
  • Snap has been making a big push into hardware since the release of its video recording sunglasses called Spectacles.
Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat
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Evan Spiegel, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat

Snapchat owner Snap Inc is in talks to buy Chinese drone maker Zero Zero Robotics to boost its hardware push, according to media reports.

The deal, which was first reported by The Information, will be between $150 million to $200 million, TechCrunch reported citing a source.

Snap and Zero Zero Robotics have not responded to a request for comment.

Zero Zero Robotics makes a $500 foldable hovering drone that follows you and records video. If the acquisition goes through it would mark the latest move by Snap to double down on hardware after the launch of its video recording sunglasses called Spectacles.

The company, which went public in March to much excitement, has struggled to grow its user base amid stiff competition from Facebook's copycat product Instagram Stories. Shares of the company closed at $13.10 on Tuesday, below the company's $17 initial public offer price.

Snap will be hoping the purchase can help differentiate its product, boost users, and grow a new revenue stream beyond advertising.

Read the full TechCrunch report here.