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A little robot with a big, quirky personality who grows and learns the more you interact with him! App-free play for kids ages 4 -10.
A little robot with a big, quirky personality who grows and learns the more you interact with him! App-free play for kids ages 4 -10.
A little robot with a big, quirky personality who grows and learns the more you interact with him! App-free play for kids ages 4 -10.
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My Loopy – Your Weird New Robot Friend

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Newly arrived from the planet Loopitron, Loopy is a tiny three-inch-tall robot ("Why don't you pick on someone your own size?!" says Loopy) on a mission to make a big impact on the planet Earth! He is a social robot who longs to create a lasting connection with his human friends (even if they think he’s a little weird) and prefers companionship over commands. Get ready for Loopy’s quirky quips, jokes and games, which only get better the more he gets to know you!

My Loopy is one of the first robots made for kids as young as four years old and, unlike many robots on the market, it can be used with or without an app or additional device. Loopy’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and high-tech sensors allow him to learn and grow over time, personalize his responses to his human companion, and react to the world around him. He responds to touch, light, sound, proximity, temperature, and motion with more than 250 phrases and responses.

We’re giving Kickstarter backers a chance to be the first to get their hands on the My Loopy robot at the lowest price possible! In return, your support will help us to expand Loopy’s world with additional accessories, app features and product improvements. We’ll also be looking to this community for feedback and suggestions on ways to make Loopy even cooler! 

Don’t tell Loopy, but the planet Loopitron is actually a super cool robotics lab in Philadelphia called LocoRobo Innovations! Our roboticists and designers dreamed up My Loopy as a little robot meant to co-exist, bond and grow with curious young (and young at heart!) humans. 

My Loopy has four levels of play to unlock, with each level opening up new games, features and personality quirks to discover! Interacting with Loopy is the key to unlocking deeper levels of his personality.

Loopy loves to chat in his native language or, as he learns English, he’ll tell you exactly what’s on his mind or what he wants to do next. Want to know Loopy’s current mood? His expressive eyes and bright, rainbow-colored dome will reveal all—no mood ring required!

My Loopy responds to your touch and the human world around him with seven built-in sensors. Tickle Loopy, turn him upside down or get real close to him to see how he reacts! ("Hey, don't sneak up on me like that!”) Want to play a game? Just pick up Loopy and his sensors will take care of the rest--no gaming system, app or device required!

Like any good friend, Loopy also knows how to throw an epic dance party! Dance along as Loopy shows off his impressive DJ skills. Shake him to the beat of the music to switch up the song and keep the light show going!

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Loopy requires no app. But if you want to take your Loopy experience to the next level, pair him with the My Loopy app to unlock a powerful early coding platform, teaching valuable STEM skills. Learn to code your own Loopy responses and even create your own music for Loopy to mix up next!

                       
 

Level 1

Loopy has just arrived on Earth (or so he thinks!) and can only speak his native language. He will try to explain who he is and where he's from, but he only has a few words and some interesting bodily functions to use to express himself. Loopy needs your help to learn our ways... and drop some bad Loopitron habits like burping and farting when you least expect it!

Level 2

This level unlocks additional games and Loopy begins to learn more words and phrases in English. Loopy might start to get a little homesick though and you'll need to rub his belly to make him feel better!

Level 3

This robot has got some 'tude! (Or a case of the terrible threes?). In this level, Loopy will start to make some interesting observations about his environment and do things more independently.

Level 4

Loopy is now fully bonded with you, and... wait a minute... did he just decide he was bored with the game you asked him to play? Loopy can make decisions on his own, has full sensory capabilities and will continue to change based on what you (his human companion) do with him. Plus, all of Loopy's favorite games to play are now unlocked!

With each level, more games are unlocked. Once you’ve unlocked all four levels, Loopy can play five different games with you, no app necessary:

  • Simon Says: A Loopy twist on a retro classic! Loopy displays light patterns on his dome—tilt him toward the lights in the correct order and he’ll keep challenging you! Complete six levels to win.
  • Color Game: Do you know your colors? Loopy displays three colors on his dome and calls one out for you to identify. Tilt him in the direction of the color six times to win!
  • Hide and Seek: Loopy’s small stature makes him easy to hide! Have someone find a good hiding spot for him, while you close your eyes. You get 60 seconds to find Loopy and pick him up, otherwise he will claim his victory.
  • Follow Game: Follow Loopy’s commands as he asks you to shake him, clap your hands, tickle him and more. Complete six actions to win and master the bonus round by repeating all six steps in order!
  • Running Game: Ready, set, run! Loopy gives you lightning-fast instructions to run fast, slow and then STOP! You must react quickly to win the game. 

For a robot who can’t move his arms and legs, Loopy really knows how to get down! Activate the Dance Party to hear DJ Loopy play one of seven songs while his dome lights flash to the rhythm. Like any good DJ, Loopy knows when to switch up the song to keep you dancing—his built-in sensor-fusion technology lets him know when you’re grooving to the beat.

Download the free My Loopy app (iOS/Android) and pair it with your My Loopy robot for even more fun! Learn STEM skills and coding concepts with a colorful, easy-to-use, programming block interface. Change the color and pattern of Loopy’s lights, set his eye animations in motion, give him a script of funny phrases to say, make new music for him to play and more. It’s easy to code Loopy and teach this young robot some new tricks! 

The Q&A feature in the app serves up fun questions about math, reading, animals, and colors. Answer the questions and Loopy will let you know if you got it right or if you need to try again!

The app gives you access to a lot more games to play with My Loopy, adding hours to the fun and bonding time with Loopy.

The My Loopy app is still under development and is where we have a lot of room to incorporate your ideas--what do you want to be able to do with Loopy?

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Hands-on STEM learning gets Looooo—ooooo—oooooo—py! Loopy is looking forward to learning as much as he can during his time on Earth and the classroom is a great place for Loopy and students to learn from each other. We’re offering a custom, educational My Loopy package that will allow teachers and parents to pair Loopy with LocoRobo’s world-class LocoRobo Academy curriculum.  

STEM education is at the heart of our mission, and My Loopy was designed as an engaging and interactive way to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into the K-2 classroom curriculum. The LocoRobo Academy curriculum takes the My Loopy app experience further, allowing students to explore the science behind sensors, light and sound with Loopy's robotics technology and dive into core science and science application topics. For grades 3-5, My Loopy can be coded in Python and Javascript. Additionally, the LocoRobo Academy curriculum includes lessons in social studies, math and reading. Each subject includes full lesson plans and teaching guides with instructional videos, Q&A activities and printable worksheets.  

Loopy becomes your students’ favorite classroom companion, praising them when they get a right answer and encouraging them to try again if they answer incorrectly!

Loopy has 24 different eye expressions that let you know exactly how he’s feeling!

Loopy is one high-tech robot! My Loopy uses a modern ARM core computer and is outfitted with seven different sensors that help him understand and interpret his environment:

  • Touch Sensor: Loopy knows when you grab him, rub his belly or tickle him.
  • Proximity IR Sensor: Loopy can sense what’s nearby—or when you might be sneaking up on him!
  • Light Sensor: If you turn out the lights, be careful—Loopy might get scared! He can also tell if the light gets too bright for his eyes.
  • Temperature Sensor: Loopy loves to be at a comfortable temperature and will let you know if the room gets too hot or cold.
  • Tilt Sensor: Loopy can feel if he’s being shaken, dropped, picked up, or tilted.
  • Motion Sensor: Start walking with Loopy and he can sense when he’s on the go!
  • Sound Sensor: Loopy can hear you clap or make a loud noise. 

My Loopy also has built-in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.): Loopy pays attention to what game you like the best, your favorite color, how often you pick him up or play with him—he remembers, just like any great friend would!  

My Loopy has a premium loudspeaker so you can clearly hear all the important things Loopy has to say, plus built-in volume control and mute function just in case you need a moment of quiet. Loopy has more than 250 programmed phrases and responses.  

Loopy has a lot to say, but he’s not a great listener. My Loopy’s microphone lets him hear and react to noise, but he doesn’t understand humans or follow your voice commands.  

Mesmerized by Loopy’s bright, colorful rainbow dome? My Loopy’s head has six RGB LEDs that show you exactly how he’s feeling. You’ll fall in love as you gaze into his dot matrix eyes—the windows to his robot soul.

My Loopy runs on a rechargeable battery (250 mAh) that can last up to four hours of play—Loopy will even tell you when he needs some juice! He comes with a micro USB charger that will get him back up and running in about an hour. 

While Loopy would love to be able to run around on his own, he needs you to take him with you and is excited when you do.

Protecting the safety of both adults and children is a top priority for LocoRobo, which is why we built My Loopy with your privacy in mind. Loopy does not require any registration, meaning that there is never a name or any unique identifying information associated with your individual robot or with the app.

While My Loopy can connect to the My Loopy app via Bluetooth, no information from the robot is ever stored on your app. Additionally, Loopy has the ability to detect sound, but he does not have the ability to understand spoken words or to record the sound around him, guaranteeing that you and your little ones are secure.

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LocoRobo is a robotics company with a lab based in Philadelphia, PA (aka Loopitron). Founded by a university robotics professor, LocoRobo is passionate about education and creating forward-looking robotics tech for real-world applications. We’re bringing this modern technology from our lab into K-12 classrooms and to homes around the world, inspiring kids to pursue their dreams. Our projects range from low-cost educational robots to mind-bending drone swarm technology.  

In just over three years, our team has enabled thousands of kids, schools and universities around the globe to explore the power of software, computer science and modern robotics through LocoRobo’s robots, drones, robotic arms and wearable devices.

Last year, we introduced Gesturebotics Aura™, a gesture-controlled drone featuring our patent-pending Gesturebotics™ technology and it was a super-hit toy at retail. Aura eliminated the frustrations kids experience with drones that have joystick and multi-axis controllers, allowing pilots as young as six years old to fly the easiest, most amazing way ever: with a simple wave of their hand. Aura topped the wish lists of many kids last holiday season and is still sold by our toy partners in major retailers.

We have since expanded to more hands-on learning experiences and will offer our third annual LocoSummer Modern Robotics camps in Philly this July and August, as well as in New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland. We like to think that we’ve learned as much from our campers as they have from us! 

Professor Pramod Abichandani, Ph.D. — LocoRobo Founder & Co-Inventor of My Loopy

Lisa B. — Product Designer & Co-Inventor of My Loopy  

William M. — Robotics Engineer  

Kyle L. — Software Engineer  

Erik C. — Tooling and Assembly  

Vincent K. — Electronics Manufacturing

Risks and challenges

Although this is our first Kickstarter campaign, LocoRobo has a strong track record of creating awesome robotics products and bringing them to market.

We have strong relationships with our manufacturing partners and have already laid the groundwork to be able to deliver My Loopy to our backers as quickly as possible after the campaign ends.

Of course, sometimes delays in manufacturing or shipping are unavoidable… but we’re a team of roboticists and engineers! If anyone can figure out a creative solution, it’s us.

We’re dedicated to bringing My Loopy to you as a high-quality, valuable, engaging (and quirky!) product.

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    For your biggest little science lover! The LocoRobo team will travel to you to throw the coolest robot-themed birthday party ever for 10-15 kids! The team will bring science activities and experiments, decorations and a My Loopy robot for each child to take home! For kids who can’t get enough of the coolest tech, the team will also bring their military-grade drones and super robots for the kids to see up close and take photos (a $3,500 value)!
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