About this project
Big thanks to everyone who helped make BatteryBot real! If you missed our Kickstarter, you can order BatteryBot at Mimoco.com. Thank you!
Connect with Mimoco:
- Mimoco – MimoPower BatteryBot External Battery Pack - Freshness
- 5 Awesome Kickstarter Projects You Need To Know About - Thought Catalog
- Mimoco launches BatteryBot Kickstarter for portable power - Neowin
- Mimoco kickstarts adorable smartphone batteries - CNET Australia
- Kickstart some art: Cool projects that need our cash - USA Today
- Mimobot Gets Power Hungry - Cool Mom Tech
- BatteryBot Brings Geek To Boring Batteries - Matters of Grey
- Kickstart This Shizz - Albotas
- Mimoco BatteryBots are the cutest Mobile Chargers ever! - Gizmodiva
- BatteryBot Meshes Electronics with Adorable Anime - Trendhunter
- Mimoco launches BatteryBot Kickstarter - Tomopop
- Mimoco BatteryBot Now on Kickstarter - Blind Boxed
- Mimoco's MimoPower: BatteryBot Kickstarter! - Clutter
- BatteryBot hits Kickstarter with a personalized portable battery - TweakTown
- Fucking Cool: BatteryBot - The Drainage
- Mimoco Brings Fun to Batteries with MimoPower BatteryBots - Technology Tell
- Mimoco On Kickstarter - Bifuteki
- Mimoco BatteryBot Wants to Add Character to Your Mobile Device Charger - The Mac Observer
- Mimoco BatteryBot Launced On Kickstarter - Ubergizmo
- Mimoco Introduces New Line of Designer Mobile Device Chargers - GStyle
- BatteryBot: The Fun Mobile Device Charger With Personality!- Geek Dad
Check our updates for exciting news!
- UPDATE 1: It’s nice to meet you, Kickstarter. BatteryBot is 25% funded!
- UPDATE 2: Happy Halloween! A look at KS Exclusive, Terry Le Bat!
- UPDATE 3: We are 50% funded! Check out potential licensed stretch goal concept art!
- UPDATE 4 (for backers only): New Rewards, Holiday Split Shipping, and First Surveys!
- UPDATE 5: Announcing Adventure Time x BatteryBot Licensed Stretch Goals!
- UPDATE 6: MimoPower 2600, the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!
- UPDATE 7: 2nd BatteryBot Prototype Received. 75% funded and Closing the Gap
- UPDATE 8: Terry Le Bat Painted Prototype! 91% Funded & 4 Days to Go
- UPDATE 9: 100%+ Funded: Time to Unlock Stretch Goals!
- UPDATE 10 (for backers only): Adventure Time Stretch Goal Unlocked! More to Come
- UPDATE 11: Adventure Time Stretch Goal Winner & 27 Hours Left!
- UPDATE 12: 4th Licensed Stretch Goal Unlocked! Can We Make It A High 5?
Introducing...MimoPower BatteryBot by Mimoco and YOU!
Mimoco®, The Art Toy meets Consumer Electronics Design Studio based in Boston, MA (and makers of MIMOBOT® character-based USB flash drives!) is proud to introduce the new MimoPower line of mobile charging accessories.
Kicking off the MimoPower line is BatteryBot, and we’re bringing it to Kickstarter first...because, well, we can’t do it without YOU!
10 Initial BatteryBot Designs!: To start off, we are committing to ten primary designs from our Animal Critterz and Core Series collections. You can be sure that the styles below will be produced and available once we hit our primary Kickstarter goal!
Features & Technical Specs
- Capacity: 5200mAh (minimum, may increase with stretch goals!)
- Cell Type: Li-ion battery
- Input: DC 5V/1A [MicroUSB]
- Output: DC 5V/2.1A [USB]
- Cycle Life: 500 Full Charges
- DC Charging Time: ~5 hours
- Charging & Battery Indicator: LED light-up feet
- Dimensions: 3.5” x 2” x 1.5” [89 x 51 x 38mm]
- Weight: 5.1oz [145g]
- MSRP: $70-$80
Compatible with Most 5V Devices powered via USB
- Apple: iPhone, iPad Mini, iPad, iPod...
- Samsung: Galaxy, Note, Nexus...
- others including: HTC Droid, LG Nexus, Motorola Droid Razr, Sony Xperia, Blackberry Z10, Nokia Lumia, Amazon Kindle...
- and many more like: Nintendo DS, Pebble, Google Glass, Dropcam, GoPro, Boombotix, Jawbone, Jawbox, The Pill, TomTom GPS…
What is MimoPower™ BatteryBot™?
BatteryBot is form and function wrapped in pure personality.
⅓ Designer Toy Mimoco was founded on the notion that Designer Toys (aka Art Toys or Urban Vinyl Toys) -- the cool sculptural art pieces in the guise of often subversive characters; typically created by indie artists, collectives, and collaboratives; and produced in low runs, cross-overs, and as blank canvases -- can be more than collectable objects destined for glass display cases or cluttered desktops.
We’ve turned our love for Designer Toys into a passion of giving them digital souls through simple electronic functions -- ‘bots of sorts that can store and transport things, like data with MIMOBOT, and now power with BatteryBot!
⅓ Battery Charger We’ve all been there. Dead battery at the worst moment… no matter if you needed to make an important call, snap the perfect shot, catch the season finale, play the winning move, or just concede to that insistent wake up alarm!
We rely on our mobile devices (tablets, smart watches, bluetooth speakers, etc.), but without power they’re not much more than shiny useless objects. The solution to our always-on appetite is to perpetually have access to power on the go. And that’s where a rechargeable portable backup battery bank comes in extremely handy.
However, at Mimoco, we were left wondering where all the cool backup battery chargers were. Why does a simple functional device like a rechargeable power pack have to live in such a boring shell?
⅓ Character Character powers everything we do at Mimoco, as we’ve been breathing life and personality into sculptural ‘bots with electronic function ever since we started, with characters ranging from: original creations (our Core Series); designs by indie superstar toy artists (FriendsWithYou, tokidoki, Gary Baseman, Jon Burgerman, Tado, Shawnimal Smith...); crowd-sourced fan-art (Designed by YOU!); officially licensed iconic global franchises (Star Wars, Hello Kitty, Transformers, My Little Pony, Adventure Time, South Park, Star Trek...); and legendary icons of the human race (Einstein, Elvis, Bruce Lee...).
These are some of the many characters we love; their spirit reflects and inspires ours, and hopefully strikes you the same way.
Our Design Philosophy
As the pioneer in our niche, where pop-culture meets consumer electronics, we believe that when a device is wrapped in the guise of character, it takes on a digital soul and becomes your trusted friend that youwon’t want to everleave behind. Also,
We are fanatical about form and function working in unison, because plenty of products are designed without the user in mind… purely for the novelty factor (gasp!). That’s not Mimoco.
We obsess over the details -- about designing highly functional, purely practical, and extremely fun products that you will fancy...and the rest of the world will envy.
We have high standards because we produce designer goods that last. The quality of our electronics is tier one, and our quality control is top notch. As our own customer, we demand the best, and we exist to give that best to YOU!
Beautiful electronics can be more than simply designed geometric shapes -- minimal is good, but minimal with character is better!
Phase 1: Designing BatteryBot Form and Function
As we reimagined what a backup battery could be, we began by testing the waters with our first power product, MimoPower 2600 -- a simple single cell backup battery wrapped to resemble universally known and loved cylindrical-shaped items like candy rolls, crayons, spray paint, etc.
We brought these creations to San Diego Comic Con 2013, the epicenter of pop-culture that happens every year in California, and promptly sold out in just a few days. It was a resounding success!
You might say that MimoPower 2600 was the prototype for BatteryBot, but not quite...
Testing the market with MimoPower 2600 products at San Diego Comic Con 2013
Many months prior to Comic Con, we were knee deep iterating on what a character-based backup battery platform could be. Naturally we based it off our flagship MIMOBOT form to make these new power critters members of the same family. Amorphic yet humanoid-shaped, we sought a neutral canvas on which we could translate people, animals, robots, aliens, and other creatures in our arsenal of characters.
Phase 2: Breathing Life into BatteryBot through Character
“Form and function” is where most product design ends, but for us it is really just a beginning to explore character design and bring a new platform to life!
The Teamoco at Mimoco has been busy prepping BatteryBot character concepts running the gamut from original creations to co-branded licensed awesomeness. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed! But due to licensing restrictions, we can’t reveal all the styles we’ve prepared...just yet (sigh).
Once we’ve hit our primary Kickstarter target, we’ll peel back the curtain and share some of these amazing co-branded licensed characters in the form of stretch goals (yay!).
For starters, check some concept art of our first BatteryBot lines: The Core Series (aliens from Planet Blooh) and Animal Critterz (of land, air, and sea)! The images below feature a few of these characters and our design process that begins with pencil drawings, transitions to 2D vector art, and is ultimately translated into 3D form to explore how the art wraps around the object. Once we’re committed to producing a style, it’s time to manufacture the decoration tools and physical pre-production paintmaster based on the final 3D art. These steps will be realized with a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Phase 3: Developing and Manufacturing BatteryBot
Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to hone our craft manufacturing similar products like MIMOBOT USB drives and MimoMicro card readers. We have the technical, logistics, and manufacturing chops to bring BatteryBot swiftly to market, as well as solid ongoing relationships with already chosen best in class factory partners in China where BatteryBot will be manufactured using similar production processes.
For the past 7 months we have worked closely with our primary Original Design Manufacturer to develop our custom PCBA and source the high quality components necessary to mass produce BatteryBot. After refining our specs, we have honed in on the first functional prototype and are now making revisions to optimize the PCBA, IC, and overall function of our device.
Where are we now?
We are close to wrapping up the product development, PCB layout, and assembly mechanisms, but still have at least one more prototype round to complete before we will be satisfied to open the production tools. Before the Kickstarter campaign comes to a close in November, we expect to approve the final prototype and be ready to open the production tooling as soon as the campaign is successfully funded. We are aiming for an April 2014 break date, with finished product shipping to backers in June, and we will be updating you on the process every step of the way!
Phase 4: Kickstarting BatteryBot!
This is where YOU come in! We can’t manufacture BatteryBot without your support! Producing physical products and especially electronic devices comes with a large upfront investment. We’ve come to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds to produce the tooling and minimum order quantities for the first MimoPower BatteryBot products.
Our production timeline below shows the steps in the process to bring BatteryBot to market for a planned April 2014 completion date.
BatteryBot Features & Benefits
Nomadic & Compact: BatteryBot was designed first and foremost as a nomadic creature. It wants, no...needs, to be with you wherever you go. BatteryBot is compact to fit in your pocket, purse, backpack, briefcase, portfolio, suitcase, etc.
Colorful LED Indicators: BatteryBot has LED indicator lights on both feet behind a sneaker-like tread. The indicators glow blue, green, yellow, or red depending on the battery level available when depressing the button on the bottom of the device. The LEDs also flash to indicate when BatteryBot is charging.
Travel Pouch and Universal Cable: BatteryBot includes a velvet pouch and a universal charging cable with five various tips standard (Apple Lightning & 30 pin, MicroUSB, MiniUSB, and Nokia) to charge most common smartphones and 5V mobile devices. Keep the set together in the pouch when BatteryBot is not charging your devices.
Power, Value, Quality, and Style: BatteryBot aims to hit the sweet spot where style and utility is offered at the best price. At a bare minimum BatteryBot will be available in a high grade (Samsung 18650 cell) Lithium Ion dual battery configuration at 5200mAh capacity. For context, an iPhone 5 has a 1440mAh capacity battery. BatteryBot can fully charge most smartphones about 3 times on a single charge.
Fast Easy Charging: BatteryBot has a 1A MicroUSB input for easy recharging via any USB port or wall adapter. BatteryBot has a 2.1A USB output for universal device charging at fast speeds and has been tested to typically charge an iPhone at about 1 percent per minute, or a little less than 2 hours for a full charge.
Long Battery Life: BatteryBot has a 500 cycle life span which means that BatteryBot can be counted on to provide 500 full discharges before it will need to be replaced. And it can maintain a charge cycle for up to six months at a time. All told, BatteryBot will provide you with many many uses over its long lifetime.
Potential Stretch Goals
Help Us Choose What Characters and Licenses to Produce!
If we surpass our initial funding goal, we plan to produce additional designs from our arsenal of characters. These include not only more Animal Critterz and Core Series designs, but also a secret treasure trove of co-branded licensed designs. We can’t show these just yet, but are working with our licensing partners to reveal them as the campaign progresses. Once stretch goals come into focus, we’re going to need your help to vote on which new characters to produce!
Cable Management, Wraps, and More! Beyond the basics, we are exploring cable wraps and other cable management accessories that will make BatteryBot the smartest and most fun charging system on Planet Earth. We want to eliminate knotted and unruly charging cables to make charging a snap. We are going to need your help defining these accessories and possible cases and cable options!
Mimoco <3’s you and wants to thank each and every one of you for checking out our Kickstarter project, for pledging, and spreading the love!
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Risks and challenges
Our team has been developing and producing similar products since 2005, and we're confident in our ability to bring BatteryBot to market on time. We have working relationships with multiple factories where BatteryBot components will be manufactured and assembled to deliver a quality finished product.
However, even though we’ve optimized the supply chain and manufacturing process for similar products in the past, each new product line comes with its own set of challenges to overcome. For instance, debugging the tooling, fit, and finish of each new product requires time and problem solving by designers, engineers, and the factory. The safety testing and certification process for consumer electronics is another milestone to achieve, with elements of the unknown that could also delay the product delivery schedule.
Also, since our business entails licensed products, business, legal, and other dynamics may impact our ability to secure specific licenses and approvals from the proper rights holders. Therefore we can make no guarantees that any of the licensed products presented in this campaign will be manufactured as rewards for KS backers.
All told, we are experienced enough to navigate hiccups, and wise enough to know that snags and delays happen, which is why we’re managing the product development timeline in a reasonable and conservative manner. Rest assured, we will not sacrifice quality or safety, and we cannot wait to deliver an amazing product YOU are going to love!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Once the KS campaign ends, all backers will receive a "survey" (KS's term to confirm shipping address and other reward specifics), where backers will select which BatteryBot character (or other rewards) they want to receive.
Also, once the campaign is 100% funded, we will start announcing new designs via stretch goals! These additional designs will be voted on by all backers to determine which to produce beyond the initial ten designs called out in the rewards. Stretch goal designs voted for production can also be selected in your final KS survey if you wish to receive any of those styles!
Is it possible to get multiple quantities or rewards (ie, two Early Bot Specials, or both the Collector's Set and Key To The MimoVault rewards, etc)?
YES! If you wish to back multiple rewards, all you need to do is increase your pledge amount accordingly (in the box with the $ on the top left side of the manage pledge page). After the campaign ends, we will square up with each of you in a KS survey where you'll call out which rewards you wish to receive.
If one of the rewards you wish to receive is a limited item, then select that as your base reward, and add any of the unlimited rewards on top of that.
If more than one reward you wish to receive is a limited item, then select the higher priced reward level as your base and we will make sure that you can receive any of the other limited rewards you wish to receive.
Alternatively, you can also create a second KS account and link to the same Amazon account. This will allow you to choose two rewards using the radio buttons, one per KS account.
Both methods work to receive multiple rewards.
Thank you so much for your support!!
Due to the steep discount on the Early Bot Specials, these units have been limited for US shipping only. This is because even with the $25 international shipping surcharge, this shipping cost is subsidized and does not cover the full international shipping expense.
We might have addressed this discrepancy by increasing the shipping surcharge by $10 to $35, but then there would be no price benefit for international Early Bot backers.
What we've overlooked in this scenario are the hand-numbered limited editions that the Early Bot backers also receive. To address this oversight, we will be offering hand-numbered editions to international backers using the standard reward tiers while the Early Bot Special tiers are still accepting pledges.
Therefore, if you are an international backer and wish to receive a hand-numbered unit, back at the standard reward level while the Early Bot tier is still open, and we will make sure you get one of the first hand-numbered units. All hand-numbered units will be based on the time and date of the pledge, so we will do our best to be fair to all Early Bot backers and those international backers wishing for hand-numbered units.
Hopefully this solution works for all, as our intent was not to exclude international backers from any of the awesome reward levels.
Due to safety reasons, we have not designed BatteryBot to accept user replaceable batteries at this time. The product has a 500 charge/discharge life cycle, so hopefully BatteryBot will last you many years! When it's time to replace the little guy, we hope you will proudly display your retired BatteryBot alongside your other toys ;) and pick up another BatteryBot to keep you and your devices powered up!
That's easy - pledge for any reward level ($1 and up), and make your voice heard. ALL and only backers will get to vote on which new designs (Penguin, Cat, Frog, etc.) to produce beyond the primary ten designs. Once we hit our primary funding goal, that's when stretch goals will come into focus. If enough backers vote for the Penguin design, we will produce this style as one of the stretch goals and you can redeem it as your BatteryBot reward. Sound good? Now onward, upward, and Penguinward!
What is Split Shipping? If we get a bundled reward, will we have to wait until June to receive everything or will the MimoPower 2600 and/or MIMOBOT be shipped in December?
While we planned to only ship bundles once everything was ready to go in June, it's pretty clear there's demand to split ship already available rewards like MIMOBOT and MimoPower 2600 separately from BatteryBot. And since we want to make backing BatteryBot easy as pie for you, we're happy to offer a split shipping option. So, if you live in the Continental US, we can split ship bundles for $10 per extra shipment. If you live internationally, we are hopeful that $25 will cover most international locations. Keep in mind we ship all in stock items from our Boston HQ. Thanks for backing a bundle :)
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