FATBOT is an internet connected toy who lives on your desk where he is building a home in an augmented reality, virtual world which you can experience with your smart phone. FATBOT is equipped with a three sensors. A light sensor, a motion detector, and an accelerometer. By activating these sensors you make FATBOT comfortable in his new home and increase his health. The healthier he is the more the two of you can build and create together.
FATBOT builds his virtual world by being a healthy robot, which is where he needs your help. FATBOT needs attention, adventure, and happiness to stay healthy. When you put FATBOT in a bright spot, he feels happier. When he can sense you near him, he feels loved. When you move him around, he feels adventurous. When you neglect FATBOT his energy levels deplete and he enters standby mode. When in standby mode FATBOT is unable to maintain his world and it begins to fall apart.
FATBOT let's you know what he needs in many different ways: the display located on his chest, the FATBOT Facebook app or the FATBOT mobile app.
So what happens when FATBOT is in peak condition? He builds. You pick what will decorate and inhabit his world. When his levels are high he can build faster and he can build more leaving you with an ever changing, always unique world.
Using augmented reality in the FATBOT mobile app, your phone will be able to recognize a unique marker and display his 3d world. Just like the Nintendo 3ds or PS Vista, the app will show a whole world build in your physical space.
Inside the FATBOT model there are three sensors: a light sensor, an infrared motion sensor and an accelerometer. When FATBOT's health is low, he notifies you via mobile app notification, through Facebook, SMS or on his center display. In order to satisfy FATBOT you must activate each individual sensor when called upon. FATBOT communicates his satisfaction data to our server via a Bluetooth connection to your mobile phone. With a satisfied FATBOT you have the ability to continue building his world.
The FATBOT world goes beyond your desk. All of the items you add to FATBOT's world will populate your personal Facebook app page. Friends will have the ability to see what your FATBOT is building and everything that already populates his world. Facebook friends also have the opportunity to care for FATBOT creating more build points for everyone.
We've been been prototyping FATBOT for months. Meet TINBOT, our first proof of concept prototype. He's what we used to validate connecting FATBOT's sensors system to the internet and to get a feel for what it would be like to have a friend with you in your world, all the time. TINBOT was built using off the shelf components piggy backed onto an Arduino. FATBOT has changed a lot since TINBOT and we're excited to bring him to the world.
We've worked hard concepting FATBOT's world and prototyping his sensors and health systems. But we want to bring FATBOT to a whole new level. That's what we need your support for.
UNFORTUNATELY, WE CAN'T PRODUCE A QUALITY PRODUCT FOR UNDER $350,000. Here's where all the funding goes:
~$60,000 The factory puts final tooling and design into the toy
~$20,000 Carving a custom aluminum injection mold for FATBOT
~$10,000 Sensors, wires, and lights. Oh my!
~$100,000 Responsive Augmented Reality app (we've gotten 5 different quotes)
~$130,000 Hire 2 more designers for the team (3D animation costs about $100 per second of final product)
~$20,000 Finaly, Kickstarter takes 5% of the total, and amazon takes 3-5% to process the credit cards.
If we could cut these costs without harming the final product— we would. But as a group, we rather not get funded than to affect the integrity of the product.
Our team hails from Boulder, Colorado where we attend BDW at The University of Colorado. We're technologists, developers and copywriters but most importantly, we're tinkerers. Together we have decades of development, story telling, and amazing production experience.
Our team consists of our developer John, our creative Josh, our writer Kevin, and our technologist Benton. As different as we are we came to the team for the same reason, to create a device that transmits physical data to the digital world.
Hopefully you find FATBOT as exciting as we do!
Thanks for the read,
Benton Rochester, John Dierks, Josh Dick, Kevin Zengel, Michael Ladt
THANK YOU KICKSTARTERS!