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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

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Prototype Gallery

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About

 

What is Plezmo?

Plezmo provides kids and makers a platform to build creations inspired by the world we see around us today. Plezmo eliminates the gap between the tools available for kids and makers to create with technology and those available to professionals. It is a platform of building blocks of wireless sensor and actuator devices along with easy to use visual programming apps that teach creators, young and old, to learn, play and innovate with technology.

Plezmo empowers kids and adults alike to bring their innovative and exciting ideas to life! Using Plezmo’s platform you’ll be developing critical thinking and coding skills all while having fun!

Take a look at how you can get started with Plezmo in one minute!

How was Plezmo born?

We are parents ourselves and wanted to introduce our children to the wonderful world of computer science. But when we looked around for the tools that were available, we discovered that the tools were outdated and complex.

Kids in their formative age have immense creativity and imagination. They also have the ability to learn very quickly. We also believe that every new generation is smarter than the previous one. The combination of these qualities makes the formative age the best time to introduce them to latest possible technologies because they can create things with it that are beyond our imagination!

We created our first generation of Functional prototypes and tried them out with more than 70 children with different age groups and interests. The feedback from children was very positive. Check out some of the coolest projects created by kids!

Is any prior electronics or coding knowledge required to use Plezmo?

Plezmo is designed to be self explanatory out of the box. The Plezmo Apps walk you through every necessary step with various examples. The Plezmo Apps and Elements also have interactive help feature which allows you to understand how to use and program every element. No prior knowledge of electronics or coding is necessary. Take a look at our interactive help video!

 

 

 

 

  

Plezmo at CES 2017

We announced Plezmo during CES 2017. Take a tour of Plezmo's CES booth in Eureka Park with the founders!

 

 

Create projects in arts, science, music, robotics or even build your very own game. Use Plezmo elements to keep your child’s dollhouse safe from intruders (or pesky siblings) with burglar alarms and automatic opening doors, or develop your very own smart wearables, from a fitness tracker to a smartwatch. The Plezmo possibilities are endless!

Need a little inspiration to get your imagination going? Check out some of our awesome ideas!

 

  

 

 

Plezmo Apps allow you to program any Plezmo element wirelessly! With an easy-to-use drag and drop Visual Programming interface, simple and complex logic can be programmed effortlessly. Try out Plezmo’s built-in simulator and test your programs on screen before using physical elements!

 

Building Blocks of Logic
Building Blocks of Logic

 

 

With Plezmo, the possibilities are endless! Create projects using Plezmo Elements, LEGO® Mindstorms®, LEGO® Wedo®, Sphero® and more all in one easy-to-use program. 

 

 

Don’t let your creativity be confined by walls. Every Plezmo element provides unique capabilities and inter-element communication that span across space and walls.

 

Plezmo elements are tiny, but mighty. These elements are lightweight and smaller than a golf ball, making them discreet and dynamic. Attach them to anything, from craft models to skateboards, robots to doll houses, and anything in between!

 

 

Your mind doesn’t stop and neither should your devices. Plezmo elements are designed for hours of constant usage and are easy to recharge with the charging adapter or charging pad.

 

The Plezmo Elements and Apps will regularly keep bringing you more things to do through wireless upgrades. You will get new features and capabilities on Plezmo Elements through a click of a button! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plezmo designs are created by an experienced and talented team of designers who have more than 20 years of experience in this field. The design philosophy ensures ease of use and simplicity at all levels. Our design enables a wide range of use cases, from play sets to science projects and real world application!

While the elements are simple and elegant on the outside, they are sophisticated and powerful from within. They are capable of the most complex tasks thrown at them. They can grow with you and help you bring more complex ideas to life.

We have gone through multiple iterations of prototypes before coming up with our current design. We have tested our prototypes with more than 60 children of all ages, groups and interests and they have helped us develop Plezmo to what it is today!

We now have production ready prototypes which have been manufactured using processes similar to what will be used for mass production. 

See inside Plezmo Display element
See inside Plezmo Display element

 

See inside the Plezmo Button element
See inside the Plezmo Button element

 

You can personalize Plezmo Elements to match your personality by changing the colors of their halo. You can also transfer your own sounds and images to the Speaker & Display elements and use them in your programs! Make your elements one in a million!

Check out more of our early version Prototype photos in the Prototype gallery at the top of the page! 

We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Plezmo a success.

We know not everyone will be able to support us with a pledge. Even if you cannot purchase your own Plezmo, don't let that stop you from coding with Plezmo. The Plezmo App is now available for download in the App Store & Android Play Store (in Beta version) for FREE. Download the iOS version HERE and the Android version HERE! It supports programming through Simulator and works with LEGO® Mindstorms® & Sphero® as well. Get started with coding through Plezmo and give us your valuable feedback! 

If you’re a supporter of Plezmo, you can help us spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and anywhere else you can think of. Thank you!

 

 

                

When will the Plezmo elements be available? 

Plezmo Elements will become available starting September 2017.

When will Plezmo app be available? How do I get it? 

The Beta version of the app is now available through the App Store and Android Play Store. You can download the iOS version here: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/plezmo-lab/id1178941194?mt=8 and download the Android version here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gunakar.plezmo. The Chromebook app will be released later.

How safe is it to use Plezmo elements? 

Plezmo Elements are manufactured to be safe for kids. The materials used are non-toxic and the elements contain no sharp edges.

How many Plezmo elements can I connect at the same time? 

When using an iPad you can connect 12 elements, and when using a Samsung Tablet you can connect between 8 to 10 elements. 

How will I update firmware on Plezmo elements? 

New features will be added to elements through firmware updates. These will be pushed from iPad or Android Tablets using over-the-air updates.

How long does the Plezmo element battery last and how is it recharged? 

Once fully charged, the battery will last for 4 hours of continuous usage e.g. running the motor continuously for 4 hours. The battery will be recharged fully in 4-6 hours.

Do I need internet to use Plezmo? 

No, the Plezmo App and Elements connect using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Internet is only required in order to access the Plezmo community or download updates.

What other toy and kits can be programmed through Plezmo App? 

The Plezmo App allows you to program Lego® Mindstorm® EV3, Lego® WeDo 2.0, and Sphero® SPRK+. This list will continue to grow with new updates to the App.

What is the use of simulator in Plezmo app? 

The simulator is a way to create programs using in-screen avatars of Plezmo Elements. The actions of physical elements can be simulated on the screen to test logic. Once this is done, you can swap on-screen elements with physical elements to get the program working with physical elements.

Can I write a program which uses both simulator and Plezmo elements? 

Yes. A program can use both in-screen avatars and physical elements. For example, a button click simulated on-screen can turn on the bulb element.

Can I use Plezmo elements and Lego® Mindstorm® sensors in the same program? 

Yes. You can use both Plezmo and Lego® sensor in the same program. For example, a Plezmo motion sensor can trigger actions on a Lego® motor.

What is the range of Plezmo elements? 

Plezmo elements will work in a radius of 10-15 meters of the iPad or Tablet.

What devices will Plezmo App work on? 

Plezmo App can be installed on iPads with iOS 9 (or later) and tablets with Android 4.4 (or later). Chrome Book support will be added soon.

How many elements can be charged simultaneously on a Charging pad?

You can charge 8 elements simultaneously on one Charging pad.

Can elements be used while they are being charged?

Yes.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Plezmo team would like to send out a big thank you to our families, friends and well-wishers. We would like to especially acknowledge the teams at Elephant Design  for working with us closely on the design aspects, and The Tale Smith  for their video production. We would also like to extend our gratitude towards the teams at Thuse Elektronics, Shape Prototype, and AEPL for helping us with the prototyping activities. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

As with any hardware/technology project, there are always schedule risks associated with manufacturing and supply chain logistics. At this point in our project, we feel the risks are very low because of the careful planning we have done to ensure all portions of our product are ready to be delivered by September 2017. Our team is experienced in software and hardware development, so we understand the unique challenges of technology and can mitigate any issues that arise. If anything does happen to come up during our Kickstarter journey, our backers will be the first to know!

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