Toys 2.0: Smart Toy Robots, Built by Kids - Cannybots
Toys 2.0: Smart Toy Robots, Built by Kids - Cannybots
LEGO compatible, smart robotic toy car. Give your child a head start in programming, robotics, A.I. and 3D printing.
LEGO compatible, smart robotic toy car. Give your child a head start in programming, robotics, A.I. and 3D printing. Read more
About this project
For more information visit us at www.cannybots.com
Dear Parents - Meet Cannybots! The smart robotic toy car to introduce your little genius to programming, robotics, A.I. and 3D printing.
Cannybot comes as a kit that you assemble at home.
The kit contains all the parts, instructions, tools and even stickers to build your Cannybot. Going through the build process give kids a practical insight into the design and construction of a functional robot.
Control and program your Cannybot from phone/tablet. Use the tracks we provide for exciting games like high speed racing, sumo wrestling, puzzle solving and many more...
Use the Lego adapter (included in the kit) to mount your favorite action figure and Lego bricks.
And if we hit the stretch goal of $250,000, we’ll release a 3D track. The track is made of 10 segments (6 bends + 4 straights) using which you can create multiple track configurations. The track will come FREE with twin, family pack and educator pack (delivery March 2016).
BENEFITS: PLAY & LEARNING
Cannybot is really smart and really fast. Having just two wheels means it can turn on the spot. Additionally, it can see the floor using the three eyes located on its underside. This enables Cannybots to follow black line track and detect colored markings. The speed, agility and the ability to see can be used to create many interesting game plays.
During a racing game Cannybots follow the black line track just like a smart slot car. You just have to control the speed (track comes FREE with twin & family pack)
Show your speed on the drag track (track comes FREE with the twin & family pack)
Or joust using your favorite Lego action figure.. check out the video below
Cannybot can be controlled from any Bluetooth device like your phone, tablet or even a smart watch (Pebble? Yes!). Use the free Joypad app to control your Cannybot during play.
3) Large format roll out tracks: We also provide large (6-feet long) roll out tracks. Get one FREE track of your choice with the twin pack and two FREE tracks with the family pack. See the high resolution pictures of the tracks here (you must!).
We've been selling Cannybots to schools since November 2014 and working with some amazing teachers to develop learning resources. These resources will be accessible via our free online learning portal so you can get the maximum learning benefit out of your Cannybot.
Cannybots are currently used in Schools to teach programming, 3D-printing and robotics (more information for teachers here). Check out the video of Cannybots used in a programming class.
LEARN PROGRAMMING AT HOME
Do not wait to introduce your kids to programming. The sooner you start the better they get at it. We've created two simple and intuitive programming interfaces to get kids of all ages started on programming, at home, through play! :)
1) NAVIGATION APP (Age 4 - 99)
This is an extremely simple and fun app that your kids will fall in love with. The interface consists of just four buttons representing direction. Create a program by pressing the direction buttons in the desired sequences and then use the play button to execute the motion. But don't be fooled by its simplicity. You can create some complex motion sequences very quickly using this app. It won't take too long to create a program to get your Cannybot out of the maze.
LEARN DESIGN & 3D PRINTING USING CANNYBOTS
Cannybot is the perfect gift for the would-be designer at your home. Cannybot designs are 3D print compatible. Which means it can be 3D printed at home (or at a local library). See examples below.
The designs can be modified using the free, browser based software called TinkerCAD. It is the ideal platform to introduce kids to design. Checkout how easy it is to add a mohawk to your Cannybot using TinkerCAD.
They can also design custom spoilers, wheels and Lego adapters for their Cannybots and get them 3D printed. Our online tutorials will help them get started on this. See sample of 3D printed LEGO adapter below.
Before you even know it they will be designing their own 3D printable versions of Cannybots. Like the ones shown below.
Don't have access to a 3D printer? Just use the amazing 3D printing service from our partner 3D HUBS. It is a network of over 23,000 3D printer owners who are happy to print your designs.
CANNYBOTS FOR ALL
Our vision is to develop Cannybots as a robotics platform that every child can access. We are partnering with KIPP to bring Cannybots to children from under-served Communities. KIPP is a chain of 183 chartered schools preparing children from low-income families to attend college. We’ll donate one Cannybot kit out of every 100 kits sold on Kickstarter and help develop a robotics program at select KIPP schools. If you know any other schools or communities we can support please get in touch with us.
HACKING YOUR CANNYBOT
If you are already in the habit of hacking hardware, then Cannybot is your best friend. The Cannybot Brain hardware is opensource and Arduino compatible. Plug in additional sensors on the breakout pins or connect up to 4 servos directly to the board. It's even compatible with RaspberryPi, check out our Pi page. We can't wait to see what you do with your Cannybots. Check out our forum for some inspiration.
OUR STORYTwo years ago a friend was contemplating de-addiction therapy for his 8 year old son’s overexposure to tablets. The thought was quite upsetting to Anish as a new dad. 9 out of 10 kids in the developed world have access to a smart devices and they can spend up to four hours a day on it. Thinking about the root cause of the problem he realized that the toys we have today is not engaging enough compared to the digital media accessible through tablets. So he set out to reinvent toys with the help of his friends Wayne & Sayi. Over the past 18 months, through countless prototypes, partnership with established companies and an Innovation Grant from the UK government, they created Cannybots.
PROJECT TIME LINE: Development of Cannybots started 18 months ago. In November 2014 we presented the 3D printable version of Cannybots at the London Mini Makerfaire. It is here we made our first sale to Kai Holmes, a Design Teacher, who wanted to use Cannybots in his 3D printing class. Realizing the potential of Cannybots in schools, we developed the education version further and sold over 200 units to teachers worldwide. In March 2015 we secured an Innovation Grant from the UK government which helped us to refine the product further.
Risks and challenges
At Cannybots we have assembled an ace team with team members who have decades of experience between them. In spite of the fact that we have packed a lot of technology into our little brain board, all the three previous prototypes have worked to specification in the first iteration showing the capability of the design team. We have been selling the 3D printable version of Cannybots to schools since November 2014 giving us a chance to test the product in real life scenarios. Hence, we believe there is considerably low technical risk at this stage.
There are operational risks associated with scaling production but this is mitigated by having selected a Tier 1 Hong Kong based manufacturer with considerable expertise in the Hobby and Toys sector and who owns multiple toy factories. Given their expertise in the range and quantity of toys and hobby devices produced we are confident that we will deliver the product on time with the desired quality and performance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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