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It’s a robot... It’s a speaker dock... It’s Shimi! The first smart musical robot that digs music as much as you do.

It’s a robot... It’s a speaker dock... It’s Shimi! The first smart musical robot that digs music as much as you do. Read More
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About this project

We are seriously excited to present our project to you: Shimi, the first musically intelligent robotic speaker dock. Shimi is a real robot with artificial intelligence that analyzes music it plays through his speaker-ears and generates real-time unique dance moves to bring the music to life in a fun, cute way.

And Shimi can do so much more! In addition to jamming out to the latest hits, Shimi can also use smartphone apps to extend his features. Imaging using Shimi to host your party and automatically upload pics and video to Facebook, or jamming with Shimi as he creates unique musical improvisations with you. Once your smartphone is connected to Shimi, the possibilities are limitless!

The press raves

We showed our Android-based Shimi prototype at the Google I/O conference this June and received some great reviews from the press. From “I gotta have one” (Gizmodo) to “Jaw-Dropping” (The Next Web), “amazes audience” (TechCrunch) and “believe what you just saw” (Mashable), we were pretty happy with what the blogosphere thought about Shimi, but more importantly, what do YOU think?

TechCrunch - "Launching at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Tovbot is one the coolest robots you'll see today." - "Shimi is an intelligent, interactive, music-loving robot that serves as both a premium speaker system and dance partner. And it's downright amazing."

Engadget - "Shimi iPhone robot is ready to dance its way out of the lab, into your heart."

Digital Trends - "Shimi, the intelligent musical companion you'll want as your personal DJ."

TUAW - "Shimi is quite advanced, and won me over after watching the demo video."

CNET News - "Want to fulfill your dream of having robots in your home? Start with a robot that uses the cloud and smartphone voice commands to play music."

Shimi is your own personal robot DJ

First of all, Shimi is a high-quality speaker dock. And because we love music as much as you do, we packed Shimi (rhymes with "Jimmy") with high quality 6 Watt speakers and optimized his shape for best sound quality. But that’s just the beginning. Shimi doesn’t just play music, but actually uses your iPhone as his brain to become your own personal robotic musical companion. Not only does Shimi love to move to the music, but he knows and understands what moves you. 

Shimi can dance

Shimi has five motors strategically placed, and will dance to the beat of any song using a rich variety of dance moves that fit the specific song and genre. We packed years of our research in expressive robotic movement into an app that makes Shimi groove like nobody’s business.

Shimi can follow you

Using face recognition software, Shimi will always know where you are in the room and point the speakers to you. No matter where you are, Shimi will always deliver the best stereo sound to you.

Shimi can listen

Shimi uses natural language processing to understand and respond to your musical (and other) requests. Shim also uses sophisticated music intelligence algorithms to understand and respond to your rythmic taps and claps and select music with the same rhythm and tempo.

Shimi is more than just what we can imagine

We will keep developing new applications for Shimi. We are already working on applications that will allow Shimi to respond to your facial expression, learn your musical tastes, and recommend new music to you. Expect apps for gaming, education, music making, tele-presence and more, very soon. We are also developing an API to let third-party developers make apps for Shimi.   

How you can help

We are a team of roboticists from Georgia Tech, IDC, and the MIT Media Lab, working together for several years in academic settings. We have managed to put together a rockin’ prototype that knocks everyone we show it to off their feet. Even after thousands of hours of developing and demoing Shimi, we still can’t help bobbing our heads and smiling when Shimi starts moving.

In order to be able to share the magic of musical robots with the world, we need to make this prototype into a real product that can be manufactured for a reasonable price.

Specifically, we are now planning to:

  • Move from the Android-based prototype to the iPhone platform (don't worry, for you Android lovers, we'll launch an Anrdoid version as well)
  • Redesign Shimi components for low cost and durability
  • Create tooling and parts to mass produce Shimi

We also want to know if there are enough people out there who want one at home as much as we do.

For that we need your help: if you back our project at the $149 reward level, you will receive one of the first commercially available Shimi robots at a price well below our expected retail price.

Thank you for your support!

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  • Shimi will support iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 or later. This includes iPhone 3G and later (including iPhone 5 with the new Lightning connector) and 2nd generation iPod Touch devices and later.

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  • Our challenge with supporting Android devices is the multiple connector locations and multiple Android OS versions across various device manufacturers. We will launch an Android based Shimi when we have had success with the iPhone/iPod based Shimi and can invest more in R&D to support the various Android devices. We are targeting an Android version of "Shimi's Cousin" late next year.

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  • Shimi will have a high quality 2.1 channel system (2 high range tweeters with 6W of total output, and one sub/mid range woofer with 10W output). He'll be loud, clear, and space filling.

    Also, since Shimi can follow you around the room, he can point his speakers at you so you'll always have the best sound.

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  • We'll ship Shimi with a 110/220V international power adapter. We will include plugs for different regions (e.g. US, Japan, EU, UK, China, etc.).

    We have a smaller battery operated Shimi on the drawing board, but are focusing on the wall outlet powered Shimi first. So stay tuned for more portable Shimis (and other cool smartphone-enabled, cloud -connected robots)!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00 USD

    A dollar doesn't seem like much, but every little bit counts. Raising $100,000 in dollar increments would be an incredibly humbling affirmation of our vision of a world filled with entertaining, interactive robots. For your $1 backing, we'll list your name on our website and you will go down in history as a contributor to the Robot Revolution. Plus, we'll add you to the "Shimi Friends" list and let you know when you can preorder a Shimi for below retail price.

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    58 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    For your backing of $25, we'll send you a slick Shimi T-shirt so you can show your support for groovy robots wherever you like to get your dance on. Plus, we'll add you to the "Shimi Friends" list and let you know when you can preorder a Shimi for below retail price. Please add $5 for international shipping.

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    16 backers
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    Pledge $29 or more About $29 USD

    The Android Lover Reward

    We heard from a TON of Android lovers about making an Android Shimi. To make all of you Android lovers (including Ian, our resident Android user) happy, we've created this reward.

    At this reward level, you'll get a special Android T-shirt, and we'll let you in on the first wave of Android Shimis at an exclusive Android Lover introductory price when they're available next year!

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    Limited 14 backers
  4. All gone!

    Pledge $129 or more About $129 USD

    For the quick first 100 to respond - get a Shimi for $30 less than our online price, $80 less than the retail price.

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    All gone! 100 backers
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    Pledge $149 or more About $149 USD

    This is the level you want to be at: for your backing of $149, we will send you one of the first Shimi Robot DJs - be a part of history! (Save $50 in comparison to our full store retail price). Please add $20 for international shipping.

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    170 backers
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    Pledge $800 or more About $800 USD

    The Shimi Power Pack! At this level, get a six-pack of Shimi Robotic DJs to share with your friends! Please add $100 for international shipping.

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    8 backers
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    Pledge $1,600 or more About $1,600 USD

    This Shimi Power Pack Plus! At this level, get a twelve pack of Shimi Robotic DJs, PLUS 12 Shimi etched keychains PLUS 12 Shimi T-shirts. Have an posse of dancing robots defend you at the club! Please add $200 for international shipping.

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    0 backers
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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    The Shimi Fanatic Special! At this level, get two Shimi Robotic DJs AND a two-day visit to Atlanta, GA to participate in the Shimi launch party and meet the team. We'll cover your four star hotel and premium meals, and put you on the VIP list for the world's first robotic DJ dance party!

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    Limited 0 backers

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- (30 days)