CREATED BY A TEAM OF IVY-LEAGUE CHINESE ROBOT GEEKS TO SHARE THEIR LOVE OF ROBOTS.
CellRobot is the world's first smart modular robot. Assemble it into various forms and control complex movements that no other robot does. Cell Robot is both entertaining and educational.
Modular robotics is one of the most complex areas of robotics. Each added element allows new movements. Normally such robot stays in research labs, in places like MIT (link to video). We decided to give access to such cutting edge technology to non-specialists.
Of course it has limitations: it's not cheap and it's not fast, you won't fly it around like a drone, it's not yet quite like the microbots ™ in Big Hero 6 ™. Did you know that robots in the movie were inspired by research conducted at MIT on modular robotics and at Carnegie Mellon on soft robotics? Our robots are learning tools: we truly believe they can help learn complex cinematic / combinatory movement, aspects of programming and possibly put their future owners on a path to dive deep into robotics, like we did.
If you consider this project like a "Macintosh moment" in the field of consumer robotics, you might understand our excitement at bringing it to you. And it's no coincidence our "CELLs" look like alien eggs. Because they are ;)
Get a glimpse of the future with CellRobot!
We will keep improving the robot, its modules and software until they can not only teach and entertain but also do useful things. We tried to get them to play music, pour a drink, butter a toast and even paint art, but it's still a bit hard for them. They'll need a bit more time to learn how to do that.
Just like the cells in our bodies work together to create life and functions, our robotic cells serve as the essential building blocks. Once connected, they can perform various functions, and be manipulated into an endless variety of interesting shapes.
The HEART is the epicenter of CellRobot-Supply the power to all the other modules, and is responsible for CellRobot’s connection to your smartphone or tablet.
The CELL is the frame and muscle of CellRobot. Inside each CELL is a servo motor, a sensor and an independent MCU (Microprogrammed Control Unit). Once connected to HEART, each cell can be directed to move in any direction and angle you wish.
X-CELLs give the robot its full potential. They act as add-ons to normal cells, allowing the robot to evolve and accomplish any task with the invention of new X-CELLs. Also, we open CellRobot platform for you to create your own X-CELLs.
We use a scientific way to make the control of CellRobot simpler. The delicate design of the snap joint makes the connection more convenient and interesting. What you need to do is to make the two surfaces face each other. At this time, you twist them gently and they can be connected firmly. As for the App, we supply two modes, GUIDE mode and CUSTOM mode. Under the GUIDE mode, we guide you to make the shapes listed and help to check whether it’s correct; under the CUSTOM mode, you can create the shape you want and make your own movements. Whatever the mode is, the app can timely recognize the shape and state of your robot, which used to only happen in science fiction until now. This information will be shown through the app in 3D.
We are trying to make the control mode of CellRobot to be as simple as possible so that customers of all ages can build and control their own robots. Everyone can share their ideas and be inspired by others’ creations. We hope that CellRobot can offer a new robot every day through the contributions from users. Every day, you’ll have a new robot to make or try out.
We’ll open CellRobot platform to hackers and creators from all over the world. You are welcomed to create more X-CELLs with practical functions through the CellRobot platform.
In the Shape Library inside the APP, there are preexisting shapes for you to choose from. Each shape is designed carefully by our engineers, to make sure it has a good user experience. You can share your own robot shape with others as well, and also get inspired by what they are making. Since the Shape Library is often updated, you can potentially meet a new robot on a daily basis.
Besides, we endow each CellRobot its own characteristics. There are different colors on the joints of CELLs. In the process of connection, the color shows in different positions randomly. Two robots may share the same shape but the positions of the chromatic circles will be different.
You can add extra X-CELLs to your CellRobot kit, give your robot more functions and changes
Before we started working on the CellRobot, we had this dream of a robot that could change shape and adapt to its environment: roll under debris to enter a collapsed building, then climb with four legs onto obstacles, or ramp like a snake to explore passages hard to access. Not just a "Transformer" but a real shape-shifter. The technical challenges and cost of building modular robots make this vision still somewhat distant, but the Cell Robot is a first step in that direction. It is a fun and educative little robot that gives a first glimpse into the exciting future of modular robotics. We found Kickstarter to be the best platform to find support for this project and guide its evolution. We look forward to feedback and suggestions for the current project and future functions via X-Cells, API, SDK or other software elements. We can’t wait to work with you all on the future of CellRobot.
Risks and challenges
CellRobot is a type of modular robot. We brought it out of the lab and into the real world, giving it real practical usage, making it not only a toy, but more, an ever changing tool. We’ve spent four years overcoming many technical issues in modular robot, but some still remain.
1. Supply Chain
We realize that every project may have potential obstacles or production delays. The target dates for delivery for our reward tiers will give us ample time to quickly move into production once we receive the necessary funding. As a team in China, we have many advantages in the field of manufacturing. The funds will ensure that we can seek better materials for making CellRobot a truly high performing and reliable solution. We will work diligently to meet those target dates, and aim to get your rewards to you on schedule.
2. Customer Community
Backers will have the honor of being the first few to own CellRobot. Due to the multitude of applications that can be built using CellRobot, we will look forward to receiving ideas that can demonstrate the full potential of the product. Anything that you try out that really works for you, we would want to hear and know about - no matter how wacky it is. We are taking on the challenge of building a community where everybody can share their own ideas, discuss topics, and demonstrate new original configurations to add to our Shape Library; making CellRobot truly an ever changing robot. Only in this way can CellRobot achieve further advancement in other fields.
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