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GEARBUGS CORPORATIONBy GEARBUGS CORPORATION
First created
GEARBUGS CORPORATIONBy GEARBUGS CORPORATION
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$6,654
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, April 13 2019 4:01 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Armz is a customizable smart core that comes with five side attachments: RC Wheel, Caterpillar, Dual Wheel, Slip Wheel, Sumo Arm. Each attachment has been optimized for a different function or gameplay mode. Download the application from Google Play Store or Apple App Store on your smartphone or tablet, sync it up with your Armz and begin playing on any one of the gameplay modes!   

1.  Attach the accessory parts to the Armz body  |  2.  Launch the app and connect it to Armz via Bluetooth |  3.  Enjoy the variety of content provided by the Armz app.
1. Attach the accessory parts to the Armz body | 2. Launch the app and connect it to Armz via Bluetooth | 3. Enjoy the variety of content provided by the Armz app.

The Armz app provides the ability to change the character to match the attachments you put on the Armz main body. These characters can be people, animals, robots or extraterrestrials that can even speak multiple languages. When you select the desired character in the app, the app sends the data to the main body of Armz and then the corresponding sound and behavior of the selected character are applied. These characters can express certain reactions depending on how you play with Armz. This is what gives each character its distinct traits and personalities. 

All software feature customizations (i.e. voice, movement) will be done through the Armz app.

  [Character Customizing Test] 

 [System Voice Demo]

 [Action Play Demo]

There are several ways in which the arms are detached and attached, depending on the part, but all of them are easy to use.
There are several ways in which the arms are detached and attached, depending on the part, but all of them are easy to use.

Testing the app - Sumo game, 4 Modes (Tank, RC Car, Arms, Sensor), block coding, and action play.
Testing the app - Sumo game, 4 Modes (Tank, RC Car, Arms, Sensor), block coding, and action play.

The Armz App is compatible with iOS and Android. Currently, the Armz app will allow you to select four different modes that you can select to match the attachments you put on your Armz.

  •  Tank Mode: Use the controls on the screen to move the right and left wheels.
  •  RC Car Mode: Use the left stick to move forward or backward. Use the right stick to go left or right. This interface was designed to imitate RC Car controllers. 
  •  Arms Mode: Push the accelerator paddle button to go and press on the brake button to slow down. This mode simulates actual driving and so, Armz will not stop immediately when pressing the brake button. Instead, it will gradually slow down.
  •  Sensor Mode: An accelerator paddle button and a brake button are located on the left side. The gyro sensor will measure the tilt and movement of your smartphone to control the Armz like a steering wheel. 

One-handed operation mode will be included in the future. Furthermore, Armz users will have access to detailed configuration features that take into account the variety of mobile device environments. Our team will release regular patches and updates to include new modes and functions that will contribute towards play, education programs, and other uses.

  Armz is equipped with gyroscope sensors to measure its position, tilt, and impact absorption at all times. For example, in Sumo Mode, the Armz toy can determine whether or not Armz has fallen off the battlefield to determine the victor! The gyro sensor is also used for other product functions and content designs such as vibrating to wake up from sleep mode or choosing a verbal reaction based on how hard it has been hit. 

After taking many factors into account, we decided to use polycarbonate as the main product material because of its non-toxic certification and durability. We want all of our players to be safe and enjoy Armz for a long time!

Use your imagination and grab any items nearby to create your very own setting for Armz. Create a race track or even a battlefield for a 1v1 match. Use the controls in the app to lead your Armz to victory! Once our campaign comes to a close, our team will provide materials and information on the Armz official website and application to help our backers’ creative activities.


Armz can be charged through its USB-C port. USB-C chargers for other devices are also compatible with Armz. 

The basic pack - single comes with one Armz main body, one center-arm part, and one side-arm part of your preferred choice. Please write down the accompanying ID (For example: C1, S2, etc.) after you select your reward tier. This will allow us to send you the correct reward. 

Don’t worry, we’ll send another survey at the end of the campaign to confirm your reward. You can switch your selection then. If you do not select a side arm attachment, we will select one randomly and send it to you along with the main body.  

The full pack - single comes with one Armz main body and all of the center-arm & side-arm parts.

We are a three man startup company that includes a system engineer, game designer, and product designer. Each of us has more than ten years of experience in our respective fields. Initially, we wanted to just simply create a product that had been stored in our imagination. However, this we wanted this to be a long term project and ended up devoting more than two years towards research and development. Armz is the result of our team's blood, sweat, and tears.

Smart toys are made up of complex system that integrates various types of hardware and software. In order to completely understand every aspect of our product, we have created Armz from our own designs and have manufactured different prototypes to test different functions available on Armz. Now we are introducing Armz to you with hopes that you will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed creating this dream product of ours. 

Risks and challenges

Armz has reached the final stage of mass production preparation and has gone through rigorous tests. We are now focused on the development of the app content and play tests with a hardware foundation. Funds sponsored through our Kickstarter campaigns will be used to mass-produce accessory parts introduced here on this page and to finish developing the app.

Armz is a product that is unlike anything else on the market. Since we had no reference to work off of, at times it might be hard to explain our plans in a simple and concise way. However, we can promise you that Armz is a smart toy that is not only fun, but useful as well. Anyone who picks up an Armz will be able to enjoy a new experience.

At this point in time, the development of Armz has been progressing steadily, but our team is still open to ideas. We would love to hear the opinions of our backers. Please comment on our Kickstarter page or visit our social media pages and leave us a comment there!

Armz in itself is aiming to be more than a simple RC toy by being able to adopt the functions of different game characters. By attaching the side arm attachments to the main core, hook on a character shell, and apply a character software (voice and action) using the app, you can create a personalized robot-like character. Depending on the type of toy you make you can enjoy different types of game play with your Armz. It will take some time for us to finalize the application content. With that in mind, we will post regular text and image updates to notify our backers of the progress our team is making. We hope that you will be able to cheer us on and join us on this incredible journey!

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