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Walrus v1.0 - An Educational Robotics Kit made for People

Be a Pro with our 100% Arduino-compatible educational robotics kit. Dive into micro-controller programming, part interfacing, and more.

Walrus v1.0 - An Educational Robotics Kit made for People

Be a Pro with our 100% Arduino-compatible educational robotics kit. Dive into micro-controller programming, part interfacing, and more.

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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 11 2018 5:23 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 11, 2018

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About

Firstly, a HUGE THANK YOU! It means a lot to us at Rabbit Robots when you check in for updates about our Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kit campaign.

The Walrus v1.0 is a highly-affordable educational robot kit that will jump start your skills in micro-controller programming, schematic reading, and part interfacing.

This fun and friendly robot kit comes unassembled, so you can learn about building robots even without any previous experience with robotics or with coding! You will explore basic soldering, assemble robot parts & hardware, route wires, download Arduino programs, and modify/test robot programs.

Once you've gone through our robot programs & tutorials, the 100% Arduino-compatible controller on-board the Walrus v1.0 robot allows you to further create your own robot programs like a pro.

Our extensive development has resulted with our kits being made from a High Durability Polymer Plastic, so our kits aren't made from brittle acrylic like the other guys'. Throughout testing, our kits have withstood falls off of desks/tables, strolls down the stairs, and the repeated travels to school, work, and home.

Discover robotics right at home!
Discover robotics right at home!

LCD or OLED Displays: The Walrus kit comes with two display mounts. The first mount is for the 2x16 LCD display that is included with the kit. The second display mount is for an optional OLED display. The user/student/audience can interact with the robot as the Arduino controller presents information on the display. This robot kit can operate automatically by loading the controller with the appropriate code that we provide.

Random Dance: The Arduino Uno (or optional Arduino Mega 2560) can be programmed with random speed and direction to show as if the robot has gone haywire... or Random Dancing. Set the stage and put on some music!

Scribble: Mounted on the front of the robot is a servo. A pen can easily be inserted into the grips of the servo. Combining programmable movement and this pen+servo feature, the Walrus robot is able create its own artwork (i.e. spirographs). In other Modes, the pen serves as a way to mark the robot's route on paper or on poster board.

Ultrasonic and Touch-It Obstacle Avoidance: Tag! You're it! The Walrus bot can avoid obstacles by using motor speed/direction controls, an ultrasonic module, and two bumper switches (to act as touch sensors). The robot measures distance using the ultrasonic signals while moving forward. If an obstacle is detected within range, the robot can adjust the direction and move away. If the ultrasonic sensor is not able to detect an obstacle, then the robot will collide with the touch sensors and correct its direction.

Photo-resistors: The rover can be programmed to read the two included photo-resistors. The intensity of light is received at each photo-resistor and sent to the controller as an analog signal. The robot can be programmed to use this signal to search for light... or run away.

Bluetooth Communications: Bluetooth control is available through a standard application on the Android Phone, iPhone, smart tablets, or PC. The next step is to add WiFi communications.

Prototyping Area: We realize that your experiences with the new Walrus robot will not stop when you have finished our tutorials. We have included space on the robot for adding new electronics, and servos, and WiFi communications, and sensors, and adapters, and... hey, the list goes on!

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Above: Ashland University visiting our workshop and building some robots
Above: Ashland University visiting our workshop and building some robots

Included with the kit are the Walrus v1.0 robot parts/hardware, a packing list, downloadable sample code, downloadable schematics, downloadable assembly instructions, downloadable wiring guide, and multiple lessons for exploring the Walrus robot and educational robotics.

In the kit you'll find a robot platform assembly, screws/standoffs/lock nuts pack, roller bearing, wheels, gearbox/motor assembly, servo, ultrasonic sensor, LCD display, bluetooth communicator, Fundumoto Keyes Shield L298P, Arduino Uno R3, USB cable 30cm, power switch (3 position), 8xAA battery holder, power connector male 2.1mm, cherry switches, photo cell 100K Ohm resistors, mini breadboard, resistor pack, and wire bundle.

Easy-to-follow schematic diagram!
Easy-to-follow schematic diagram!

Extra tools that you'll need for completing this kit are as follows:

1. A soldering iron and some solder for connecting wires.

2. A small Phillips screwdriver for assembling the robot body and for connecting wires to the onboard Fundumoto Shield.

3. A wire stripper or cutting tool for removing the insulation off the ends of some wires.

We have had a few design iterations for the robot. There were walruses of all shapes and sizes... and we picked the best version for you.

Our sources for robot parts are secured, so they won't be running out any time soon.

We have multiple laser engraving machines in our workshop for laser-cutting the robot bodies with high precision. The kits are hand-packaged and checked thoroughly to ensure that quality standards are met and that your robot isn't missing a brain or something.

Right now, we are finishing up all documentation that goes along with the Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kit so that your experiences with this robot, the assembling, and the programming are all excellent.

We are also in the design stage for packaging. We love the environment, so it's crucial for us to cut out any extra room that exists inside the current version of our packaging. Implementing graphics onto the boxes are a plus--if you want to know what exists inside--so we are working on that as well!

Kickstarter Funds

We are interested in purchasing robot parts in bulk, which will minimize the cost per unit. Unfortunately for small businesses, it is difficult to upscale the manufacturing process when the product is new. We just need your help for a little bit of a boost!

We've been kicking around the idea of robot kits since 2003. These ideas have evolved into our small business in which we want to share our designs of educational robots.

Here's our timeline:

April 2015: Began designing the Desktop Educational Robotics Series

January 2018: Built the first Walrus Robot prototype

May 2018: Finalized the electrical layout for the Walrus v1.0 Robot

July 2018: Launch campaign on Kickstarter!

August 2018: Produce Walrus v1.0 Robot Kits on a large scale

September 2018: Begin delivering the Robot Kits to Kickstarter backers

Ray is the primary guy for our venture of Rabbit Robots. His passion for educational robotics has driven him to show the world that it's possible for anyone at any age to learn about and build robots.

Niky studies Computer Science at Purdue Fort Wayne. Having a background with robotics, he has heavily been involved with the coding bits for the Walrus v1.0 model.

Aaron is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of California Merced. Outside of the technical writing and engineering stuff, Aaron enjoys design work, so he draws things and makes stuff look cool.

 The Big Supporter: Receive a kit that explores light-sensitivity programming. The kit includes an Uno controller, a USB cable, a bundle of jumper wires, and two light sensors.

The Bigger Supporter: Receive an Arduino Accessory Kit that explores a bit more into programming with Arduino. The kit includes a test stand, Uno controller, USB cable, 2x16 LCD, two micro cherry switches, two light sensors, piezo buzzer, mini breadboard, and bundle of jumper wires.

Early Bird: Receive the Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kit with an Uno controller, downloadable assembly instructions, downloadable wiring guide, downloadable sample code, and tutorials for your robot.

Early Big Bird: Receive the Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kit with an upgraded Mega 2560 controller, allowing more space for future attachments and features. Get downloadable assembly instructions, downloadable wiring guide, downloadable sample code, and tutorials for your robot.

Kickstarter Special: Receive the Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kit with an upgraded Mega 2560 controller, allowing more space for future attachments and features. Get downloadable assembly instructions, downloadable wiring guide, downloadable sample code, and tutorials. ALSO, receive a Line Follower Attachment kit for your robot.

Two Early Big Birds: The Early Big Bird special, but multiplied by two. Receive two Walrus v1.0 Educational Robot Kits, each with an upgraded Mega 2560 controller that allows more space for future attachments and features. Get downloadable assembly instructions, downloadable wiring guide, downloadable sample code, and tutorials for each robot.

Q: Can I add more to the Walrus Robot?

A: Of course! When you have gone through this kit, the building does not stop. We made sure to leave plenty of space for further tinkering.

Q: Where can I get the coding platform for this kit?

A: Each Walrus Robot Kit comes with a link to our website www.RabbitRobots.com, where you can find Sample Code for the robot. Also, you will need to download--for free--the latest version of Arduino, or use the Arduino Web Editor! Find these two tools at www.Arduino.cc.

Q: When will the Walrus Robot Kits be delivered?

A: The kits will begin the shipping stage in late August/early September of 2018, right after some stages of processing.

Q: Where does the Walrus Robot Kit ship to?

A: Shipment Policy: Rabbit Robots currently ships products to the Continental United States ONLY. The "Lower 48". To further explain this, Rabbit Robots does not yet ship products to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Embassies, nor any other U.S. territories/locations. Rabbit Robots is owned by a Veteran, but we still do not ship to APO military addresses. Rabbit Robots does NOT ship to PO Boxes.

This kit is recommended for Ages 10 and up. This kit includes small parts that could be identified as a choking hazard. Do not put robot parts in your mouth.

Thank you to the community!

Dayton Regional STEM School FIRST Tech Challenge teams
Dayton Regional STEM School FIRST Tech Challenge teams

Ashland University
Ashland University

A big Thank You goes out to the FIRST Tech Challenge teams from Dayton Regional STEM School, and to Ashland University for coming out and joining us with some robot builds! We greatly appreciate your time and support here at Rabbit Robots, and we look forward to seeing you all again!

Risks and challenges

Here at Rabbit Robots, we have an exceptionally hardworking team that bolsters high goals and higher standards. Our team may be small in size, but we are mighty. We promise to work day and night to manufacture, assemble, package, and ship your Walrus Robot Kit as soon as possible... and with immense care.

Right now, we have the design 95% complete, examples and tutorials are constantly being added, laserable materials are ready, manufacturing equipment is ready... but we need more parts for the 100+ robot kits. We are waiting on the incoming shipment of more parts. Once we receive these parts, we will resume putting the kits together at full throttle!

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    Let's get building!

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    Let's get building!

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    PLUS, receive a Line Follower Kit from us!
    Let's get building!

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    Use a Mega 2560 for each kit as the on-board computer.

    Let's get building!

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