MIND KIT: Maker Kit Exclusively for Robotics
Make a robot with the most comprehensive, easy-to-use developer kit. Built exclusively for robotics. It's time to start building.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, March 21 2019 3:32 PM UTC +00:00.
Robots Are the Next Big Platform
MIND KIT is the fastest, easiest way to get started with robotics. We provide you with a robotics-optimized single-board computer, a software system built entirely for programming robots (MIND OS), all the robots accessories you could dream up and a community forum with tutorials, help and like-minded robot lovers. With MIND KIT, we give you all the tools to build your own robot.
Vincross is the company that’s behind MIND KIT. We believe that robots are the next big platform and we’ve created an ecosystem, including the software and hardware, to help accelerate this reality. Vincross launched HEXA, a 6-legged programmable robot, last year on Kickstarter, delivering on-time a high-quality product to happy fans. The company is backed by GGV Capital, Lenovo and ZhenFund, and has won various awards including Wired Gear of the Year, IEEE Spectrum Robot Gift of the Year and IF Design Award.
Build More Robots
At some point, everyone has had a cool idea for the robot that they want to build. With MIND KIT we give you all the tools you need to create the robot of your imagination. MIND Kit is entirely modular, meaning the different robot tanks, computer boards, rovers, sensors and battery easily fit together for easy customization. All that’s missing is your good idea.
What Will You Create?
Unlike other developer kits, MIND KIT is purpose-built for robotics. That means we give you everything you need to build a robot right out the gate. All you need is a bit of imagination.
We thought it would be fun to create a robot that would sit on your kitchen table and respond to voice controls for things like 'Pass the salt and pepper.' Using MIND KIT, we were able to easily achieve this vision.
Robotics don't need to be scary: make a companion robot. So he was inspired by the idea of a robot that keeps hugging you and won't leave you alone.
Go outside! Our team at Vincross needed a break from long hours in the office building MIND KIT. So we built a kite-flying robot to take outside. This robot makes use of the tank base and a kite rod with servomotors.
In June 2018 we visited Maker Faire Tokyo and brought a version of MIND KIT playing soccer. It was great to see the crowd's enthusiasm for MIND KIT on the soccer field and to see them trying to control the robots on their own.
What's Included: All You Need to Robot
Cerebrum, Servo Controller and Robot Battery are the core modules of MIND KIT, and then you can easily stack different modules on top of each other. All the modules easily click together with the closing of the robot 'arms'. We've also added MIND KIT Ports into the different modules.
Robotics-optimized single-board computer where you control the robots' sensing, thinking, decision-making and language processing. Powerful ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-Core 1.2GHz for strong computing power and 2GB DDR3 RAM. Includes comprehensive interfaces and ports, including 54 programmable pins and USB-C accessories, for easy customization and creativity. Less wiring and configuration, more seamless plug & play creation.
Robotics-optimized single board computer where you control and create your robots' movements. Even the most powerful CPUs aren't designed for controlling motion components, that's why other developer kits require you to pair with different kits to control servos. MIND KIT includes a servo controller, which can supply power and send signals to up to 20 servos simultaneously. This is important when you're building a robot that has multiple moving parts.
MIND KIT comes with a battery so you don't need to worry about power supply. The high capacity Lithium-ion battery with high discharge current of 40A max allows you to run various servomotors and robot functionalities without having to add special batteries.
The Body Shop
We've developed the following plug & play add-on bases and modules for you to easily kit-out your robot creation:
The LiDAR module is a 2D laser scanning sensor designed for use with SLAM algorithms that enables a robot to map and navigate autonomously. The sensor boasts a 360° field of view, 14400 points per second and a resolution of <1 mm. Plug and play with MIND KIT port.
Mic Array module has a voice recognition chip, six microphones array and a speaker. It's ideal for building AI and voice applications including smart speakers, voice interacting robot and car voice assistant. Plug and play with MIND KIT port.
As the names suggest, these sensors are designed for measuring distance and intensity of infrared light. Plug and play with USB type-C.
Highly durable, metal gear servomotor with a torque of 10kg·cm. Plug and play with servo port of the Servo Controller.
Rover Base runs on two wheels, designed for building a standard robot rover in no time. It's heavy duty, capable of fast speeds and provides a MIND Kit port for stacking modules onto it.
Soccer Base is a modification of Rover Base. It has additional sensors and an ejection device, designed for playing a game of robot soccer. It provides a MIND KIT port for stacking modules onto it, so that you can create your own soccer tactics.
Tank Base runs on tank treads, designed for building a standard robot tank in no time. It is super heavy duty with a high payload capacity, and provides two MIND KIT port for stacking extra modules onto it.
We will continually develop more modules and we welcome your suggestions.
MIND OS 2.0 : Robotics-optimized Operating System
Use our MIND Operating System (MIND OS) to create robot functionality. MIND OS is based on Linux kernel and is purpose-built for coding and programming robotics. With MIND OS, we’ve made it simple to create complex robotic applications and remote IoT applications.
MIND OS powers your robot creations. For example, with the built-in SLAM algorithm and MIND KIT's Rover base + LiDAR module, you could easily build an indoor navigation experiment with MIND KIT drawing a map of the environment. You can focus on what you want to do directly, instead of spending three weeks building a rover with PVC and wires.
MIND OS can also be integrated with OpenCV, ROS and other AI libraries. Developers can take full advantage of the built-in libraries, third party libraries and the hardware resources to seamlessly build AI & robotics applications.
MIND OS comes with SDK and IDE. The SDK provides high level APIs so you can focus on what you want to build. The IDE (MIND Studio) is a complete environment where you code, pack and test your robot program. We provide comprehensive tutorials and sample applications.
MIND OS is also a robotics ecosystem including Skills Store, where you can share your creatives and test out the Skills with your fellow robot-enthusiasts and other MIND OS users.
Vincross' Robotics Ecosystem: HEXA, MIND KIT and more to come
Vincross is building the go-to robotics ecosystem, combining comprehensive robot hardware and software that make it possible for people to benefit from robots in their everyday lives and explore the future of robots.
Last year, Vincross launched HEXA on Kickstater, a 6-legged robot that is highly maneuverable, versatile and compact. With HEXA, people use MIND OS to build their own robotics skills. Here's what HEXA users had to say:
HEXA user Dustin Auger: "I was looking to jump into learning about robotics. With learning, I wanted to create my own robot. HEXA already had everything that I wanted in a robot! "
HEXA user Jason Dowden: "I bought the HEXA for my daughter that is in 8th grade. I love that the HEXA allows a platform for my daughter’s imagination to run wild. "
HEXA user Dominic Byrne: "We used our HEXA for our company demos with great success! The HEXA currently has the best OS platform in the robotics industry. HEXA is the best and continues to be the best 6-legged robot on the market. "
HEXA user: "I loved the simulation software provided with the HEXA. The simulation software is a great introduction to the world of robotics. Loved that the HEXA provided the OS to create whatever you wanted. It was a great move for Vincross to allow the user to modify their HEXA in any way that the user desires. "
Kickstarter Backer Hologau: "HEXA robot landed at 10.40am this-morning (Seattle, WA). Wife is actively unboxing, charging and reading. She's bubbling with excitement. Thank you, Vincross!"
Part of the fun of building robots is experimenting with all the cool bits and pieces you can add on. So we present you a menu of different bases, motors, servos, sensors and more to choose from in order to truly kit out your robot!
To purchase these add-ons, first choose one of the three reward packages, then select your preferred add-ons from the table above, add their prices to your total pledge amount. We will confirm your manifest and collect changes of delivery fees by a survey later.
Risks and challenges
We launched our first product HEXA in 2017, selling and shipping right on schedule. We are now confident that we have done everything possible to minimize risks and challenges to Vincross' Kickstarter backers.
Vincross' MIND KIT 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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