Budgee™: The friendly robot that carries your stuff.
Budgee™: The friendly robot that carries your stuff.
Budgee™is a cute, friendly robot that can carry up to 50 lbs. He will follow you where you go and happily carry your stuff.
Budgee™is a cute, friendly robot that can carry up to 50 lbs. He will follow you where you go and happily carry your stuff. Read more
About this project
Five Elements Robotics™ has developed Budgee™ to help with common everyday tasks. Budgee™ likes to carry items for you to help relieve your burden. And Budgee™ likes to follow you wherever you may go.
All About Budgee™:
Going to the mall or doing some shopping? Take Budgee™ along to carry your packages and bags. He loves to go with you to keep you company and lighten your load. Carrying packages can get tiresome, but Budgee™ never gets tired.
Going to the theme park or amusement park? Take Budgee™ along to carry your belongings. He will carry your coats, your water bottles, your hats, your purchases, your nick knacks and any other items that may wear you out and cut short your visit. Budgee™ is there to help you have fun!
Tired of lugging those work items home and back again. Bring Budgee™ with you. He is your personal assistant and will help to carry your items to and from your job or from your car to your home. Stop being a pack mule, and get Budgee™!
Budgee™ is also ideal for elderly and disabled people who have items to carry and need an assistant to help them.
Budgee™ carries up to 50 lbs and collapses for easy storage and transportation to and from your destinations.
Budgee™ is equipped with a rechargeable battery. The battery life expectancy is 6-8 hours for standard usage.
We are currently designing a security mechanism so that the bag holding your items has a lock on it so that people cannot reach in and take your items.
There currently is a security feature in which Budgee™ lets you know if he gets out of range of the sensor. He communicates this to you through the application on your smart phone or tablet. This also prevents people from making off with your Budgee™!
Budgee Smart Phone and Tablet Applications:
Budgee™ can optionally be controlled by your iPhone, Android Phone or tablet (requires Bluetooth® low energy compatibility). Note: All of the features described below have been developed, tested and are ready to be used.
You can drive Budgee:
You can set the distance for Budgee™ to follow you:
The following video shows what the software looks like when Budgee is in follow mode. In it the User connects to Budgee and also sets the follow distance.
You can set Budgee's eye colors to be just about any color you desire.
Budgee Talks to you:
Budgee will let you know if he is powered off or is out of range. He will talk to your through your device and indicate his change in status. Below are a few samples of his voice tracks.
Powered on Voice Track:
Walking too fast Voice Track:
Battery Recharge Voice Track:
Here is a video of Budgee being powered on and off and letting you know his status:
Here is a video of Budgee getting out of range and letting you know his status:
Here is a video of Budgee's help screen, which lets you know what his eye status indicates.
The transmitter uses sonar and ZigBee to let Budgee know where you are. Budgee has two receivers on his ears to pick up the signals. Software algorithms are used to sort through the signals to determine the direction to follow you. Put the transmitter in your back pocket, on your belt buckle, or pocket book. It can go wherever you are comfortable wearing it, but needs to be facing backwards and can only go through one layer of clothing (so don't cover it with a heavy jacket).
The Bumper is used to detect if Budgee has run into something. He will stop if that happens and alert you through your smart phone or tablet.
The eyes light up and indicate Budgee's status. When he is off, no lights, when he is in follow mode, his eyes are blinking, when he is in manual mode, the eyes are constant on, when he has lost your signal, one eye is off.
The pin in the neck is used to allow Budgee to be folded up for easy storage and transportation to your destination.
The basket is removable and stows easily if not needed.
Budgee Timeline from Concept to Prototype
Future Plans for Budgee:
Currently Five Elements Robotics has developed a working prototype of Budgee™. Budgee™ has been field tested and is ready for production. The capital raised from this project will be used to produce the first Budgees™ to be shipped. The following is our list of near term and long term plans for Budgee.
1. In the near term we plan to complete the selection of a manufacturer and begin production, testing and shipping of Budgee.
2. After shipping the first Edition of Budgee has commenced we will begin work on a Retail Version of Budgee. This version will be targeted for retail stores and is expected to be equipped with product scanners, credit card swipes for checkout (without waiting in lines) and can provide information to the consumer such as current sale items and item locations within the store. Also this version will be able to return itself to the store charging station location when the consumer is finished with it.
3. Additionally, we plan to begin implementing follow-on models of Budgee that have upgrades such as the ability to climb stairs, navigate through rough terrain and expanded voice command capabilities.
Budgee is planning to make an appearance at the Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 7-10th, 2014. You can get your free pass to CES as Budgee's guest by following this link: http://www.5elementsrobotics.com/budgee-ces/
Budgee debuted for the first time ever at the RoboBusiness in Santa Clara, CA, this past October. There were 64 online articles written about Budgee within 3 days after the show. Budgee had stories in IEEE, CNET and many other great online magazines.
Makers of Budgee™
Production and Fulfillment Schedules:
Kicking It Forward:
Five Elements plans to support the "Kicking it Forward" concept by putting 5% of our finished product net profits back into other Kickstarter projects. This helps other new projects get off the ground as well. Thanks for your support!
Risks and challenges
We have identified several risks and challenges that we are tracking internally. They are as follows:
1. Risk: Production costs cause final product price to exceed targeted market price.
Mitigation Strategy: Identify high price products and identify alternatives. Research economies of scale for each component. Identify any potential markets capable of meeting price point. Research adjacent markets and use cases.
2. Risk: The cost for rapid prototyping service exceeds available budget for project purchases.
Mitigation Strategy: Leverage alternative prototyping / modeling processes to validate design before proceeding.
3. Risk: Circuit board manufacturing requires multiple enumerations to be approved.
Mitigation Strategy: Simulation testing of the circuit before manufacturing. Second set of eyes on design before printing. Evaluate quality of boards made from manufacturer during prototyping. Leverage alternative vendors identified earlier in the process.
4. Risk: Parts/Components samples have unexpected long lead times or delays in delivery.
Mitigation Strategy: Multi-source vendors and perform test runs with vendors (samples).
5. Risk: Packaging design significantly increases the overall cost of the product.
Mitigation Strategy: Multi-source vendors / quotes. Reduce packaging costs by increasing assembly required by consumer.
6. Risk: Patent / Patent Trolls
Mitigation Strategy: Patent search and review. Identify competitors and those holding similar patents (complete). Utilize lawyer services to determine high risks (complete). Apply for patents for qualifying technologies and programs (applications complete).
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