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Make Flappy Box is a DIY Game Kit that lets you make a customizable physical game using electronics.

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 The Story of Make Flappy Box

Make Flappy Box (Flappy Bird Version)
Make Flappy Box (Flappy Bird Version)

This is Flappy Bird In A Box, a physical playable version of the immensely popular app. The prototype was met with overwhelming support: 

"I saw the video few days ago and I love it." - Dong Nguyen, Creator of "Flappy Bird" app

"Playing Flappy Bird inside this box is way more fun than on your phone" - Gizmodo

"Fantastic creation - a real-life box version that looks more fun than the original. - Huffington Post

"Flappy Bird in a Box is a great example of that “you can make anything” mentality." - Geek.com

The Youtube community also loved the project with over 2 MILLION views. Many wanted game boxes for themselves! 

Youtube comments
Youtube comments

So, why not help everyone make their own game box through a DIY kit? The original box was prototyped with an Arduino, but the cost and complexity of the electronics create a barrier to make and play. (The motors and Arduino board alone would cost $70! This is not including other electronics and construction materials; source: Sparkfun

Thus, we created a Make Flappy Box Kit with plug and play PCB board and electronics, polished construction materials and a clear step-by-step guide book. This way, everyone can make their own game box!

What's in a COMPLETE Make Flappy Box Kit? (For age 14+)*

A Make Flappy Box Kit contains everything you need to make your own Flappy Box and other creative projects.

1. Guide Book

2. Plug and Play PCB (Printed Circuit Board)

Flappy Box PCB
Flappy Box PCB

 3. Plug and Play Electronics Pack

Electronics Pack  (illustration only, not all materials are depicted)
Electronics Pack (illustration only, not all materials are depicted)
  • 3 Servo motors 
  • 1 Button
  • 1 Battery Holder
  • 1 Magnetic sensor
  • Pack of magnets *(Magnets are a safety hazard for children, CPSC requires magnets be kept out of reach of children 14 and under) 
  • 1 Speaker
  • 1 LED

4. Construction Pack 

Construction Pack (illustration only, not all materials are depicted)
Construction Pack (illustration only, not all materials are depicted)
  • Flappy Box (all of our templates will fit this dimension) 
  • Game frame
  • Character / magnetic sensor holder
  • Box opener
  • Background roller
  • Electronics holders
  • 1 Background Template (Flappy Bird Version)

Flapping with a Mission

Flappy Box was created under the goal of making technology accessible, educational, and relevant for people of all backgrounds. With that in mind, we also want to help remove financial barriers for those that most lack exposure to technology. Thus, for every $5,000 raised, we will hold a FREE engineering and programming workshop for underserved high-school female students in NYC using tools such as the Make Flappy Box Kit. We have taught hundreds of students in the past in STEM subjects, and we have a team of incredible teachers and mentors who will support the workshop. 

Past Engineering and Technology Workshops
Past Engineering and Technology Workshops

What's Unique about Flappy Box?

  • Interchangeable Template - You can personalize your Flappy Box inside and out! The rolling background and back panel are interchangeable so you can always create a new game environment by just switching the game template. We will have free templates available at www.makeflappybox.co after we reach our funding goal. We hope to make this an open platform so everyone can design, share, and download game templates. 
Make Flappy Box (Flappy Bird Template)
Make Flappy Box (Flappy Bird Template)
 
Make Flappy Box (Race Car Template)
Make Flappy Box (Race Car Template)
Sample templates from Fawn Q. Anna L. Dong N. Vanessa G.
Sample templates from Fawn Q. Anna L. Dong N. Vanessa G.
  • Plug and Play - No engineering background? No problem! The Flappy Box kit is much easier to make than to play! Each electronic plug-in is clearly labeled and color-coded
  • Think Outside of the Box - Design your own creative art project or game using the PCB board and electronics pack 
Make something that spins using your servo motor
Make something that spins using your servo motor
  • Open Source - Flappy Box was inspired from many projects that have gone before it, including Arduino and Mario-in-a-box. We will make the PCB board design open source on Github so anyone can download and make their own board. 
  • Make and Give - You'll be glad to know that for every Make Flappy Box kit that you support, a portion of it will go towards our outreach effort to hold FREE engineering workshops for underserved high school female students in NYC. Please email makeflappybox@gmail.com if you would like to sign up your school or students. 
The Flappy Board
The Flappy Board
E-textile and Sewable Electronics Workshop
E-textile and Sewable Electronics Workshop

Why Are We Doing a Kickstarter?  

The original prototype was not affordable - the motors and Arduino board alone would cost cost $70! (source: Sparkfun) This is not including other electronic components and construction materials. We worked very hard to source the raw materials, streamline the design, and illustrate clear instructions so that everyone can make their own game box. We want to raise money in order to put in a large order and to make the Flappy Box Kit more affordable. Raising funds would also allow us to host a free workshop for underserved high school female students in NYC, making our projects more accessible despite the high cost of these tools. 

How Are We Manufacturing the Kits for the Orders Placed on Kickstarter? 

We are sourcing all the materials from in bulk from factories that are RoHS compliant. We will assemble everything ourselves in NY. We have a great team set up for both the hardware and construction materials, and we are confident we can fulfill the orders within the timeline. 

The Pledge Rewards

  • Original Character GIFs sent via email 
 
  • Flappy Bird T-Shirt and Stickers
  • Complete Kit (PCB + Electronics Pack + Construction Pack + Guide Book + Stickers)
 

Project Timeline:

Team: 

Fawn Qiu- Fawn currently works in digital media product development where she has worked on educational STEM games such as Solve it with Elmo, Abby, and Super Grover. In the past, Fawn has worked at the MIT Media Lab, through which she co-developed the Scratch curriculum for teachers. She is the founder of Make Anything, an organization that teaches creative engineering workshops. and the organizer of NYC High Low Tech Meetup She has taught technology workshops at many formal and informal education institutions such as Stanford University, Brooklyn Brainery, Hack Manhattan, etc. Fawn has a masters degree in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard.

Jin Chung - Jin currently works as a software engineer, where she builds out backend functionality for merchandising and recommendations. Jin loves to code. She has previously participated in Hacker School, a three-month writers' retreat for programmers, and has also worked as a software engineer building trading tools for the financial services industry. Jin serves as a mentor for NYC-area high-school students interested in software engineering. Jin met Fawn while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering. 

Robert Diamond - A hacker and software engineer. He is a member of Hack Manhattan and has created project kits such as LED Heart

Sponsor:

Rayovac will be providing the batteries for our free engineering workshops and all of our kit backers! Thank you!

Partner:

Embedded Adventures is a Brooklyn-based electronics store that will help us source some of our electronics.

Special Thanks to:

Tribeca Hacks for putting together a great hardware hackathon where I made the Flappy Box prototype; Hack Manhattan for providing the space and materials to bring the prototype to life; to Dong, Vanessa, and Anna for their game and game templates; Kevin for the amazing Kickstarter video; Lin for illustrating the beautiful kit components. 

Risks and challenges

Our team is dedicated to making this project our priority until all rewards are delivered. We have expert advisors onboard who have ample experience in electronics, manufacturing, and production. We are keenly aware of difficulties that may arise in production, but we are confident that we can deliver on time. We and our partners will handle the quality assurance of all products before shipping.

Our team will also personally respond in a timely manner to any questions and concerns you might have.

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Rewards

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    15 backers

    OUR GREATEST THANKS and an animated GIF of Make Flappy Box! Join the Flappy Box community to receive special updates and more information about our upcoming workshops.

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    23 backers Limited (177 left of 200)

    MAKE FLAPPY BOX eGUIDE - Thanks for your support! We will send you the complete guide to building your own Flappy Box from scratch on an Arduino (e-instructions provided as a PDF). Please note that this is for those who will provide their own Arduino, electronics, and construction materials. Prior programming and electronics experience recommended.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $25 or more

    7 backers

    THE FAN SWAG BAG - Thanks for being a fan! We will send you a Make Flappy Box T-shirt + 2 Make Flappy Box stickers + animated GIF!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $35 or more

    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    THE MAKER FAN SWAG BAG - We'll send you our Make Flappy Box eGuide + T-shirt + stickers + GIFs! Enjoy building a Flappy Box from scratch and thanks for being a fan!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $39 or more

    7 backers Limited (13 left of 20)

    THE HARDWARE BAG - We'll send you our Make Flappy Box PCB (Printed Circuit Board) + Electronics Pack + Instruction Guide (e-instructions provided as a PDF). Enjoy building a Flappy Box with your own construction materials! Please note that this does not include the Construction Pack.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    5 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ***[This is the COMPLETE Kit]*** - Thanks for being an early bird supporter! We will send you our complete Make Flappy Box Kit which includes our PCB Board + Electronics Pack + Construction Pack + Flappy Bird Background Template + Printed Instruction Guide + Stickers. Enjoy building your own Flappy Box with all the materials provided!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    15 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ***[This is the COMPLETE Kit]*** - Thanks for being an early bird supporter! We will send you our complete Make Flappy Box Kit which includes our PCB Board + Electronics Pack + Construction Pack + Flappy Bird Background Template + Printed Instruction Guide + Stickers. Enjoy building your own Flappy Box with all the materials provided!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $59 or more

    46 backers Limited (54 left of 100)

    THE FULL-FLEDGED KIT ***[This is the COMPLETE Kit]*** - Thanks for being a full-fledged supporter! We will send you a complete Make Flappy Box Kit which includes our PCB Board + Electronics Pack + Construction Pack + Flappy Bird Background Template + Printed Instruction Guide + Stickers. Enjoy building your own Flappy Box with all the materials provided!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $99 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    THE FANCY BIRD KIT ***[This is the COMPLETE Kit with CUSTOMIZATION]*** - We will send you a complete Make Flappy Box kit - with full customization! Tell us your character and we'll design and build a custom box just for you. A game with your office logo? Your cat? Your own bobbing head on a stick? A custom box to give a friend as a holiday present? If you dream it, we'll make it!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $149 or more

    4 backers Limited (46 left of 50)

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER KIT ***[This is with TWO COMPLETE Kits]*** - Thanks for supporting and sharing! We will send you TWO complete Make Flappy Box Kits, where each includes our PCB Board + Electronics Pack + Construction Pack + Flappy Bird Background Template + Printed Instruction Guide + T-shirts + Stickers. Enjoy building with a friend or family member!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $700 or more

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    THE PARTY FLOCK KIT - Have a party! The Party Kit includes 10 Complete Make Flappy Box Kits, 10 T-shirts, and Sponsor Status on our website. Thanks for being a Make Flappy Box enthusiast!

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (30 days)