About this project
Can You Robot?
Robots are the next big platform. We've all dreamed of a world where robots interact with and help humans in their daily lives. But the reality is, robots have a long way to go. Limited access, due to robots being either too expensive and complex or too simplistic, has kept innovators, explorers and the masses at bay.
Enter HEXA, the first of a new generation of accessible, programmable robots. HEXA is a 6-legged, highly maneuverable, compact robot that comes complete with all the necessary sensors. Along with HEXA, we deliver MIND, a robotics OS and SDK, where for the first time individuals don't need to know underlying hardware and complex mechanics to learn and create interesting robotics functionality.
HEXA in the press
- Wired "Expect big things from this robot."
- Inc. "A startup built an app store for its insect-like robot and opened its software platform in hopes that it will become the iPhone of robots."
- ZDNet "I have a sense we're going to see some novel stuff built on this platform in 2018."
HEXA is agile, smart and compact enough to fit in your backpack. HEXA has a high degree of maneuverability, to deliver versatility of movements and actions, and can nimbly handle different environments and terrains. This is the ideal robotic body to start creating on.
HEXA’s optical and spatial sensors allow it to watch and learn from the world around it, and allow you to create interesting and intelligent functionality. Sensors include: 720P camera with night vision; 3-axis accelerometer; distance measuring sensor; infrared transmitter.
MIND: OS + SDK
MIND is based on the Linux kernel and is optimized for robots. It integrates various libraries and drivers to easily control the robot hardware and network. With MIND, you create movements and applications that bring your robotic ideas to life.
With MIND, you choose how you want to develop and build, using either a Golang-powered SDK or a sandbox-style 3D Simulator.
MIND is a complete robotics ecosystem, including a user-generated Skills Store, where you can share your latest Skill or play around, testing out the Skills of your fellow robot-enthusiasts and HEXA owners.
Your Pathway into Robotics
For the first time, people have the ability to create, explore and invent on robotics. This is your stepping stone into the fast growing field of robotics.
Will you be a pioneer in robotics? Will you build new robot functionality that helps to advance the future of robots?
What Can I Create & Do?
To accelerate progress with robotics, we need more innovators. Today, HEXA is still young. But the possibilities are endless for what you can create and do with this mighty platform and robot. Here are a few ideas and creations from our early HEXA users, whom we call "Human Mentors":
- “I created a palm control App, where the robot senses the location of my hand and responds by moving towards and against my hand gestures.”
- “I’m part of the HI-SEAS simulation for Mars experiments and will be using HEXA for dual purposes: first, companionship on the spacecraft and second with exploration with the Mars Analog crew and mission.”
- “Much like I use a drone to survey buildings from above, I want to use HEXA as my eyes and ears in hard to access areas near or below the ground.”
Introducing Stretch Goal Giveaway
Help us get to $300,000 and everyone who backs a HEXA receives this cool little Infrared Code Reader.
How it works: Plug our code reader into your HEXA and it can learn the code of your other remote controls (i.e. TV remote, AC remote, stereo remote, etc.). HEXA will then learn to transmit the same code from these remotes.
Here's a use case: Point your TV remote at HEXA, pressing 'power off' on the remote. HEXA will learn this code and then be able to shut down the TV. Make it more interesting and program HEXA, teaching it things like 'shut down TV if owner is found asleep.'
You can help us by sharing our KS page with friends and community.
We Are Robotic
For the past three years, we’ve been building the hardware and software for HEXA and MIND. We’ve gone through countless iterations. We’ve built from scratch our own motors for HEXA, our own joints for the legs. The list goes on. And now, we’re ready to take it mainstream!
During the development of HEXA, we launched a program called '2048 Human Mentors' getting our robot in the hands of our first batch of owners. While we had a limited number of HEXAs, we were pleased at the response, with thousands of people applying to purchase. We thank you, our first Human Mentors, for all of the work you've put into teaching and growing our little robot and helping to start our community!
Now, we are crowdfunding in order to mass produce HEXA, bringing down the cost and making it more accessible to the masses.
We’re a hardworking, robot-loving, big-dreaming team of roboticists, industrial designers, neuroscientists, data crunchers and builders. We hope you’ll back our Kickstarter in order to help take HEXA mainstream and fuel the next wave of robot inventors!
Please note: After crowdfunding, we expect that HEXA will be back to its earlier price of $999.
Back Us. Get Robotic.
HEXA comes with the following:
- HEXA, the robot
- MIND, the SDK + simulator + tutorials
- Comprehensive user's manual
- Wireless charging dock (optional)
- Corded charger
- Cool box!
As well as the following extras:
- Cool t-shirt
- Robot stickers
- Both while supplies last!
HEXA Also Comes with an App
Use our App to control your robot remotely. In the Explore mode (right image), see what your robot sees and control how it moves. The App is also a great way to test out new Skills created every day by your fellow HEXA owners (left image).
App available on iOS and Android.
Full product details included below:
Recognized for excellence in product design & innovation
Want to see more?
Watch HEXA make its way through an obstacle course and display its impressive movements and maneuverability:
Take a look at robot-enthusiast Khan doing an unboxing with HEXA:
And visit our website for even more information: https://www.vincross.com
Currently, we ship to the following countries and territories: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, European Union, Switzerland, Israel, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Also, please let us know if your country is not included on the list of areas in the world where we're shipping and we'll see what we can do!
We use UPS service to make sure HEXA arrives quickly and safely. This does add a bit of additional cost. We will also try our best to find a way to decrease the cost after the campaign, according to the amount of each country.
Risks and challenges
We launched our first product to beta testers in 2017, selling and shipping ahead of schedule. We are now confident that we have done everything possible to minimize risks and challenges to Vincross' Kickstarter backers.
Vincross' HEXA and MIND are complete. We’re currently ramping up at our factory and are ready to meet the estimated delivery times. We do not expect any changes to shipment, product or availability.
With our previous comprehensive product and production testing, we are confident to deliver our backers a low-risk, high-quality product on time.
Backers will be responsible for paying customs and duties, which rarely occur, depending on where you live.
You can check out all the details on warranty here: https://www.vincross.com/support/service-policies/hexa-after-sales-policyLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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