Yes this robot is very hackable ... so much so that the user can change the electronics, the program and even add mechanical devices.
The BallBot1 robot is targeted towards young children (pre-Scribbler) ... I think the BallBot1 is much more fun than the Scribbler robot too ... definitely much easier for them to use and learn from. But with all the "hackable" adaptions I'm hoping to see these things become contestants in the Table Bot challenges (visit the HBRC - Home Brew Robotics Club) even as well as other competitions. It's all up to the users to figure out how to add the improvements onto the robot to perform other tasks ... those secrets won't be revealed until after the BallBot1 robot is in production though.
ITMT, those lucky enough to get in on the "Hacking the BallBot1P" secrets will have the advantage.
pledged of $60,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 30, 2012.
Mar 1, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012 (60 days)
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Today's children are important to our future, and having the edge in education is key to finding themselves on the career path they desire. The BallBot1P is an affordable robot that gives children an edge for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I want to make these robots affordable to children of all economic levels ... to help them gain access advanced education. Thank you for helping out ... every $1 counts! Your name will be on the online donors list here.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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You will receive all the rewards of the lower Pledges. You will be at the top of the pre-order list with your pledge as a down payment towards purchasing the BallBot1P before any new orders when they are available.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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This level will get a BallBot1 Body and two wheels to begin building your own BallBot1 Robot using your chosen µController ... e.g., BS2, OEMBS2, Arduino Tiny ...Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Donors here will get the BallBot1 robot Plastic Body and Wheel Parts ... AND ... an official RoboToons T-Shirt (ROBOTS R 2 B ... NOT 2 NOT B) ... this level parts and shirts go out before lower levels.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Everybody here will get a BallBot1P robot.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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The first 100 people who donate will get a "signature" BallBot1P robot that depicts them as a KickStarter donor. This level and above will also get the "Hackers Guide" to the BallBot1P robot.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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All of those that meet or exceed this remarkable pledge will be honored with signature BallBot1P robot and a second BallBot1P robot will be donated to a hospitalized child. Those that pledge $1,000 or more will get to vote on the second body design to be released and will also receive one of the 2nd style robots when they become available. Find the link in the UpDates (tab at top) to the other potential robot designs.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012