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A bluetooth-connected, brushless & gearless electric motor that makes rapid prototyping and robot-building easy.
A bluetooth-connected, brushless & gearless electric motor that makes rapid prototyping and robot-building easy.
46 backers pledged $23,191 to help bring this project to life.

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What is Keigan Motor ?

Keigan Motor is an all-in-one brushless gearless electric motor module, which is best for rapid prototyping. It has 3 good points. "Easy-to-Use", "High-Performance", and "Cooperatively Controllable" (2 or more Keigan Motors are able to work together simultaneously to perform more complex functions). These utilities of Keigan Motors make it possible to embody your ideas for robots and moving systems. We dream of a society where anyone can create robots which are convenient for their daily life or business easily and quickly by Keigan Motors.

 

 

 

Easy-to-Use

Keigan Motor is an all-in-one electric motor module. It includes a brushless motor, a control board with a motor driver, a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) chip, a rotary encoder, a flash memory and a 6-axis accelerometer-gyro sensor. You can use a portable USB battery as a power source. Also, we provide useful apps for iOS and Android. As soon as you unbox your Keigan Motor and plug it into your portable USB battery, you can control it from our app in your smartphone!

 

High-Performance

We also developed a high-performance brushless and gearless motor. As is well known, brushless motors have many strong points, which are preciseness, smoothness, quietness, and low-power consumption. Keigan Motor, whose maximal torque is over 2.6 lbf·in (0.3N·m) with less than 10W power consumption, rotates precisely, smoothly, and quietly. It can be controlled to any angle you like with accuracy of 0.05°.

 

Cooperatively Controllable

Even a single Keigan Motor is amazing, but it’s more amazing to combine multiple ones. As they don't require any wires other than power USB cables, you can design a robot with multiple motors relatively quickly. Also, we provide APIs and apps for smartphones to control them simultaneously to perform more complex functions. So you can enjoy designing and controlling your own robot.

Additional Features

Keigan Motor has a rotary encoder and a flash memory. You can record a motion by performing a movement by hand and playback it. Furthermore, you can use a Keigan Motor as an input device by relaying angles and torques while performing a movement. Also, Keigan Motor has a 6-axis accelerometer&gyro sensor to be useful for attitude control.

You can create an interesting robot or moving system by using Keigan Motors as sensors.

Direct teaching
Direct teaching

 You can see more motion recording demo here. 

Working as an input device
Working as an input device

Apps for Smartphones

We provide useful apps for smartphones(iOS and Android), which are "Keigan Core" and "Keigan Camera."

Keigan Core

Keigan Core is a basic app for Keigan Motors. Not only does it enable you to control your Keigan Motors as you like, but also it supports you to design and control a robot by providing robot templates. 

 

 

Assigning motors of a robot template to Keigan Motors
Assigning motors of a robot template to Keigan Motors

 

Keigan Camera 

Keigan Camera is specialized in controlling camera.

  • Stepless speed control (0-250rpm)
  • Scheduled playback of motions
  • Record and restoration or playback of angles and motions
  • Tracking human faces with smartphone camera

  

 

Keigan Motor for Hackers

We are planning to provide open-source SDKs and APIs to use the features of Keigan Motors to the full. You can use your various devices (smartphone, Windows PC, Raspberry Pi,...) as a controller.

Swift coding sample 

Developers can bring out the full performance of Keigan Motor easily and quickly.  Complicated motion control can be achieved with light-weight code by using our SDK. Especially, you can queue multiple tasks and call them at any time you like.

Keigan Motor SDK enables Method chaining
Keigan Motor SDK enables Method chaining

 

 

For hackers
For hackers

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Keigan Motor 

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Keigan Motor Camera adapter kit 

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Keigan Motor Robot Starter Kit  

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Are you a beginner in robotics? No problem! We will also release a robot starter kit for which you can create three or more kinds of useful robot without the need for special tools. It consists of two Keigan Motors, high graded black aluminum frames, adapters for cameras, and so on. 

Specification

 

Timeline

Keigan Motor is Made in Japan and we start shipping to you in July !! 

Our Dream

This is the 1st step of our dream. We dream of a society where anyone can create robots and moving systems easily and quickly. For our dream to come true, it is essential to release more and more kinds of Keigan Motor, for example, motors with large and small torque or tiny motors in size. Please support our dream!

Our Team

We Keigan Inc. are collaborated with Fuji Micro Co. Ltd. on developing and manufacturing Keigan Motors. They are an established motor company to have been creating motors for over 50 years in Japan.

Keigan Inc. and Fujimicro Co., Ltd.
Keigan Inc. and Fujimicro Co., Ltd.

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have started making production molds for Keigan Motors just now. So we are completely confident that we can deliver Keigan Motors to our dear backers. However, to arrange mass production is not easy at all. For our dream, we must make our products of higher quality and more cost-effectively than ever before. This campaign's success will accelerate and encourage us in arranging mass production.

Also, we need to develop many high-quality apps, SDKs, and APIs. We are doing our best, but we cannot deny some risks of your dissatisfaction with release dates or initial qualities.

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