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Gadget Man Xmas Special 22nd December

Posted by Supertoy Robotics (Creator)
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I am very pleased we have been selected to appear on the Gadget Man Xmas Special 22nd December 8 pm Ch4

This is a British television series, which began airing on 19 November 2012 on Channel 4 and is presented by Richard Ayoade, who took over from previous host Stephen Fry from the second series. (source Wikipedia) Its a very respected technology series in the UK and shows we must be doing something right!  

All teddy bears have now been shipped from China. Over 1,000 bears have been shipped all over the world from London to Russia to USA to Australia to Montenegro! I am using a Chinese shipping agent that ships direct to you. If you have not received your bear then please email me. 

ashley@supertoyrobotics.com  

We are releasing a major new update to the Beta app on Google Play Store, please stay tuned will post an update soon.

Christmas is nearly upon us and logistically its not been possible to ship the costumes this year, BUT as soon as the Chinese factory return from their Chinese New Year holidays THEY will get on it . The iOS version is still under development, AS I am still adding to the Android version and I apologise for the delay with this.   

In 2014 I have tried my best to recover from a disastrous German business partner who let me down, a toy distributor who makes the God Father look like a Disney Film and Trolls who have been some of the most vicious, vindictive people I have ever encountered. I understand people are disappointed with the delay but I am one man on my own with no financial backing. As some of you may know, the Kickstarter was at cost with very little money left over once you take into account manufacturing the bears, free shipping, costumes etc.. I have had to go into personal debt to continue delivering on this project, writing the software from scratch. The software is in Beta and will take time because software development takes time. I really appreciate your understanding on all this. I will deliver on all my promises and I will not yield to a minority of trolls. We will overcome.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emoterobotics.supertoy

Thank you to all those, the vast majority for their supportive emails and Thank you Kickstarter for all your support, I promise 2015 will be the year we show everyone this is a great project.

Wishing you all Seasons Greetings and a peaceful enjoyable time with your families this holiday season.

Ashley

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    1. Mark on

      And this new mind blowing update will come with a iOS app as promised as well?

    2. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Ok. I admit that was spam of me. The new app will be available any day now. Will post an update when its ready, mind blowing ;)

    3. Sheri Scilingo on

      Wow. Thanks for wasting so much time attacking one of your backers instead of responding to my email requesting shipping info.

      As I'm sure you'll find online, I am a small(very small) business owner. And guess what? I'm also in debt trying to fulfill my dream. Step down from your pedestal Ashley. You are not a unique snowflake.

      Now, can you please let me know if my child will have a bear this Christmas or not?

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      Christian Witzany on

      @Ashley
      You don't have to repost backer's comments here. Unlike you we can't edit our own posts.

      Apart from that, i understand that going into debt for your startup shows that you want to fulfill everything you promised but as far as i know a lot of startups went into debt to realize their "dreams".
      It only shows that you didn't do your due diligence. Even with Carsten as partner the project would have had financial problems. It's not like you had huge investments in your TTS or voice recognition since you just use the google APIs. What your software is at the moment is the the backend which responds to the requests, which, as far is I see works well.
      Please don't rant about how a natural sounding TTS voice costs. If you had done your homework you wouldn't have made a £5000 tier for the backer's voice but made it $60000.
      It would have been fun if Gadget Man would still be presented by Stephen Fry. He surely loved to present the project he backed.

    5. SaltyBrains
      Superbacker
      on

      "This update clearly states Gadget Man Xmas Special 22nd December. Its not spam to inform people this project they have backed is appearing on television."
      .
      Even if that was true, it is Spam once you decided it was necesary to Message your backers of this.
      .
      We all have our Activity Page for such things, you continually step over the line, you know you are doing it, you are the biggest troll here! :)

    6. SaltyBrains
      Superbacker
      on

      @Ashley - you are really stepping over the line here publishing private information that you alone are privy to having my personal details and such from being a backer. I am pretty sure what you are doing is illegal.

      Certainly what business i conduct throughout Europe with online-casinos is legitimate and legal so yeah whatever, why would i delete my profile, nothing to hide here. Good luck with whatever your trying to imply.

      Thanks for plugging my sites btw!, maybe my google rankings will improve now that kickstarter pages are linking to mine :) cheers.

    7. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      This update clearly states Gadget Man Xmas Special 22nd December. Its not spam to inform people this project they have backed is appearing on television.

    8. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @ Jason Archer

      Some choice comments Jason has made about other projects all common knowledge, of course not spam.

      "“
      Backers turn murderous mob in a hurry huh... lol it doesn't take long here. Anyway good to see the update and understand the minor delays. Press on and keep the group updated with the good and the bad and you will have done your part. Looking forward to these in Nov or Dec - I'd bet they will work just as well either month."


      Haha Peter, voodoo teddy stretch goal. Comes with a shrunken head teddy and 10 3" needles."

      (nice one)

      "“
      Saw a lady on the street the other day with an umbrella flipped out due to heavy winds and having a heck of a time controlling it. First thing I thought of was the Sa."

      ?

      @saurabh agreed! I backed another campaign which funded one day earlier (9/11) and they only now received the funds from KS. I would imagine you are in the same boat. Requesting a refund at this point just shows you have no idea how this works and probably shouldn't back anything in the future. I don't think the negative posters are a fair representation of most of the backers here. Look forward to more in the future.

      For the record I'm not angry, just disappointed, mainly because (I) from watching the initial campaign video saw a working model and you built in 3 months to refine the design which still seems to need some attention. I thought after all this is a colander not a Bentley and how much more "perfecting" will it take for a product that will be used for only a couple of minutes to drain water. Anyway enough about that I have a question. You mentioned that you can fold it up and put it in the dishwasher, is there space for water to get in between the sections to clean it properly or do you recommend that it be opened to be cleaned thoroughly? Some food will leave a starchy residue behind and I'm picturing it staying coated if the sections are laying flat against one another when being cleaned.


      @koen it really isn't that simple. When backing you are basing that on a delivery too. So when they miss by this much is it an issue and people will be upset and rightfully so. Would I have backed if the est deliverer date was 7 months later? Simple answer is no but now I have no choice. That is the issue and it is real. Don't over simplify it, in an attempt to accept a failure.


      I too am tired of significant delays with KS projects and really hope that creators get better with time lines and that KS is supporting that education. Having said that though 50% or more of my backing (53 projects) have been delayed so I'm used to it and by me continuing to back projects I am accepting of the fact. Thanks for the update and look forward to a great product once it is complete.

      (nice)


      I feel like he is drunk... Considering the emotional swings of today.

      Ouch thats so nice

      "Out of my own pocket"... Join the club buddy... I didn't send you money from someone else that came out of MY own pocket. Haha this guy.


      Keep it simple. Easy to do. So many KS over complicate the original project. Thanks and this backers opinion.

    9. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @ Jason

      1/ Don't bully Eric. There is no need for that comment. "Looks like Ashley has a fan boy in Eric"

      2/ My posts say nothing of value? so appearing on Gadget Man and telling people when is not of value? really?

      3/ You want to report me as Spam? so your posting is not Spam? are you forced to read this? Mmmm

      Well clearly for someone who talks about Spam a lot you have made a lot of comments.

      https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/133716332/comments

      72 in all.

      All public knowledge.

      So its OK for you to comment but its NOT OK for me to comment?

    10. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @ Jason Archer

      "Looks like Ashley has a fan boy in Eric. Seriously your posts said nothing of value about the bear and how it works with the app so why did you even post it? Proof you were feeling guilty was your second post. Anyway don't care who is doing who.
      I did however come in here to inform others that they can legitimately report this update (if you received it via a message) as SPAM. I have long since turned off notifications of these updates and no longer get them but today mr desperate for attention felt he should update and send me an email with the same garbage. SPAM reported and hopefully he did it to others and Kick Starter will finally remove this guy. No audience and only the voices in his head would be justice.
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone."

    11. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Thats just a general comment about Malta, I hope to go and visit on holidays next Summer.

      Anyway, programming is looking good maybe tomorrow I can put up the major update.

      Its really great. Clue bed time stories :)

    12. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      It seems in the next 24 hours.

      http://www.maltaweather.com/

      Isolated rain showers possibly thundery at times

      I found this by chance..

      http://www.rsmmalta.com.mt/taxation-of-individuals.aspx

    13. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      I have not broken any rules

    14. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Everything I have said is public knowledge on his Kickstarter Bio page, before he deletes it. Anyway got a copy.

    15. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @Saltybrains

      Are you going to remove your bio now from Kickstarter?

      Don't worry I screen captured it.

    16. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      I have a low life person, someone worse than a gambler, one who provides the gambling and misery. AND THEY JUDGE ME?

      People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    17. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      What did I say

      As Jesus said

      "When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

    18. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      saltybrains.com
      geekorgy.com
      liveroulette.ie
      lyvegame.com
      allcoincasino.com

      Sick

    19. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      You know your place in the dark.

      Stay there.

    20. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @Saltybrains

      I dont care what you say about me.

      You Jesus said to “treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector”

      Count your money in Malta.

    21. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Who is this person? SaltyBrains.

      He knows my name.

      His name is

      His websites all public domain from Kickstarter.

      saltybrains.com
      geekorgy.com
      liveroulette.ie
      lyvegame.com
      allcoincasino.com

      NOTE

      allcoincasino.com

      Yes. Now it makes sense.

      Someone who makes money from others, Betting.

      Usually the people who gamble the most are the people who can afford it the least: the poor and the elderly.

      Those who provide such means...

    22. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      I have no idea why people write such negative comments.

      Its purely negative.

      Do they even read my updates?

      But then they accuse me?

      A) useless non-product related updates (repeated many times)
      B) ignoring most people with legitimate questions
      C) outright lies demonstrated in updates
      D) threats and abusive behaviour towards backers in Updates and Comments.
      E) and now Message Spam too

      Its sad.

      That someone with such an empty life writes such crap.

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/17/agony-anger-pakistan-buries-dead-school-attack

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30508689

      Do they write about this? or just about a Teddy bear?

      Its so very sad, their values, what THEY think is RIGHT.

      So they complain.

      They complain about a man trying to fulfill his promises?

      Going into Debt? to fulfill his promises?

      From the comfort of their armchair, purely self absorbed.

      Sad. All about a Teddy Bear?

      I think I have done something.

      We have delivered all the teddy bears.

      We have delivered an app.

      We have made a start.

      We have got TV, a fantastic programme, we are so lucky to be selected to appear.

      But thats not enough.

      No.

      For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

      I forgive.

    23. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Let me be clear a Troll is someone gone outside Kickstarter.

      I have already started contacting their employers.

      OR

      Someone within Kickstarter who have threatened me with physical harm.

      The police have been notified.

    24. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      This Xmas.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      Thats where 500 Bears are going.

      To help children with this terrible infliction.

      Thank God who reads this you dont have it or your child does not.

      If like me you say Thank God.

      Know there is hell.

      And whichever god you pray to, say thanks.

      What have you done this Xmas? said hello to an elderly neighbor? given a Xmas card?

      What have you done? except comment on Kickstarter? your a BIG MAN now? wow.

      Wow.

      As Jesus said

      "When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

      I seemed to have had my fair share of stones.

      Look into your heart.

      You only live once.

      Troll as much as you like but you know whats waiting at the end...

      Not me.

    25. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
      When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
      When funds are low and the debts are high,
      And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
      When care is pressing you down a bit,
      Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

      Life is queer with its twists and turns,
      As every one of us sometimes learns,
      And many a failure turns about,
      When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
      Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
      You may succeed with another blow.

      Often the goal is nearer than
      It seems to a faint and faltering man;
      Often the struggler has given up
      When he might have captured the victor's cup,
      And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
      How close he was to the golden crown.

      Success is failure turned inside out -
      The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
      And you never can tell how close you are -
      It may be near when it seems afar;
      So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
      It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

      - by Author Unknown

    26. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      This is for those who want my downfall. Who want me to fail.

      I will not fail.

      Because I dedicate my life to this. It will succeed.

      So to those who make nothing of their life, and feel bitter? you are special.

      Do not devalue yourself.

      And take it on me!

      Please help me build a great software, something to make Google shudder.

      This is our chance.

      Google have not got a clue about artificial intelligence.

      I love them, dont get me wrong, we use their superb voice recognition.

      And we were shown at the Gallery in London, if those who remember.

      Its time to kick butt and show what Siri and others are missing.

      Keep the faith.

    27. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      to those who think I am gooey

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      Seriously.

      500 Teddy bears go to Charity this Christmas.

      At a LOSS. Money I dont have. Out of my OWN pocket. Purely because I feel it it right.

    28. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      For those who hold anger in their heart please listen to these two links.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      And join this.

      http://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk

      Then listen to holy night.

    29. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      OK missed this

      https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      You will have it all :)

    30. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      TWAIN is going on Gadget Man!

      Common guys & girls is that not wonderful!

      Its the most advanced toy nobody can buy this Christmas!

      And you gave it.

      Ok the majority of you have it except for the ones lost in the post or gone somewhere.

      Anyway, YOU have it!

      So please watch the show.

      Its a GREAT honor to be on it!

      Us! VS the billion dollar toy companies.

      Thank you Gadget Man! from the bottom of my heart.

      The update to the app any day now.

    31. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Whatever we make I could not have made it without you!!!!

      You are my Supertroopers.

      I have not forgotten.

      We will kick butt multi billion dollar toy companies, we will compete and beat.

      It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

      Julius Caesar

      And another one.

      I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.

      Julius Caesar

      Lastly.

      As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.

    32. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Anyway, please wait for the Christmas present from Teddy to you all.

      The new update to the app will be soon, any day now.

      Its ground breaking, nobody has done this before.

      So please judge me on this.

      Constructively.

      And help me make Twain the best software it deserves to be.

      Some people have said "it does not sound like the video of Kickstarter".

      True.

      You see it can be done, I give you my word on my fathers grave it can be done.

      The trouble is it takes money.

      And as I explained in the post above the Kickstarter was "at cost".

      Which means NO MONEY LEFT OVER.

      Once I paid the Chinese factories and shipping!

      Anyway, its a charity and no business (I have made ZERO MONEY FROM THIS), is a charity.

      I have GONE INTO DEBT. HUGE DEBT, And continue to do so in my name. Because I deliver on my promises.

      No matter how long, no matter what it takes YOU will get everything AND MORE.

      Because one day some grand child is going to be reading this.

      Its my reputation.

      I will deliver.

      So please stick by me.

      Anyway, the new update I think is mind blowing.

      In a few days, I will post an update.

      Oh and by the way the Teddy Bear is now priced RRP at $100

      So Kickstarters have got it for FAR less.

      Don't worry, in future the App will JUST BE FOR YOU.

      But I need a Beta to try things out and iron out any bugs hence its public.

      Anyway, back to the voice.

      Yes its absolutely possible to create the voice as shown in the Kickstarter video.

      It just costs $60,000.

      Thats WHATS STOPPING ME.

      It will be done, if and when someone bloody invests in me.

      I am broke. Eating bread.

      But I will deliver, no matter the cost, no matter the pain, no matter what ever it takes.

      My name depends on it.

      My promise.

      Ashley

    33. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      I admit some of my comments are rather heavy handed. Its the Welshman in me :) we are very passionate. And I am sorry to those if I have offended them.

      But...

      someone needs to take a stand. Something must be done.

      I love the Internet, I grew up with it, I am passionate about all things technology.

      I am seeing it slowly eroded by those who have taken freedom of speech too far.

      They are bullies I someone has to stand up to them.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2559860/Online-trolls-really-ARE-horrible-people-researchers-Narcissistic-Machiavellian-psychopathic-sadistic.html

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798573/crackdown-cyber-mobs-poisoning-britain-sentence-web-trolls-quadrupled-two-years-shocking-high-profile-online-abuse-cases.html

      If takes me all the money I have with lawyers, if it takes me 10 years I will get justice.

      Twain is for children.

      Bullying is NOT acceptable.

    34. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      Oh and MANY THANKS Gadget Man!

    35. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      With respect. Can someone please say well done for getting on Gadget Man. Its one heck of an achievement. Us against the billion dollar toy companies, Hasbro, Mattel, Twain. Common guys!

      Someone asked why the name change. I could not globally trademark the name Supertoy thats why.

      Twain has now been trademarked by a top 1st class London law firm (the same ones who will deal with all the trolls next year).

      Anyway, wait for the update to the app, actions speak louder than words.

    36. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      After the Gadget Man special is shown a lot of newspapers are going to be very interested to read about this project. I have already been approached by several holding them off until the right time.

      Now is the time. Everything will go public. Including all your comments and mine for good or for bad. I let the the public decide.

      I have taken a stand against trolls and I will pursue this to my dying day.

      I will deliver on all my promises, sorry its taking a while but please read my update above before you shoot.

      We will deliver and in the next few days I will post an update to the app that will kick butt as the Americans say :)

      Take care and love to all (except trolls).

      Ashley

    37. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @Christian

      You are correct Supertoy Robotics does not exist anymore. The reason being it was associated with my ex-business partner, who was going to supply the software.

      His software was not fit for purpose.

      Believe me if you think my Beta app is crap then you should try his software its called Jeannie on the Google App play store.

      I set up a new company and created the software myself from scratch. The only way I can deliver what I promised.

      There will be a major update before Christmas, that will shut up a lot critics.

    38. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @Eric

      THANK YOU

    39. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @saltyBrains I suggest you read my other update. I will be in contact.

    40. Supertoy Robotics Creator on

      @David Urena

      THANK YOU.

    41. Eric Gustafson on

      (Cont) I think your other points have been well discussed here and I think there has been questionable behavior on both sides. That's just my two cents.

    42. Eric Gustafson on

      @salty I'm only strictly referring to my own emails with Ashley. I do think he should let someone else manage Kickstarter and focus on app development. I won't debate your points about off topic updates and etc which really probably should go on a personal blog.

    43. SaltyBrains
      Superbacker
      on

      @Ashley : reported your Message as Spam, please do not send unsolicited messages. It had ZERO content and was just a repeat in short of this update.

      @Eric : and what do you say about the following;
      A) useless non-product related updates (repeated many times)
      B) ignoring most people with legitimate questions
      C) outright lies demonstrated in updates
      D) threats and abusive behaviour towards backers in Updates and Comments.
      E) and now Message Spam too

      That does not sound very "courteous and actually really nice" as you put it, does it ? and i know you received all of the above too - because we all did.

    44. Eric Gustafson on

      @Jason the only "fan boy" of who I am is my son .. but that aside, my communications with Ashley have been courteous and actually really nice (I got a VIP bear that didn't work and he replaced it for me and the emails I had were nice and professional actually).. I am just trying to be honest and fair and report my own personal experiences , and not being any one's "fan boy" ..

    45. David Urena on

      Ashley, have to say the app/bear works great. I just plug that bad boy up last night and was very impress with it. I think the app works perfect so if there's a update that would be a bonus. Thanks again and will look forward to future products from you.

    46. Missing avatar

      Christian Witzany on

      @B1gdeano
      Technically they are two seperate companies, "supertoy robotics" and "emote robotics". And since supertoy robotics doesn't exist anymore.. you get the picture.
      We backed supertoy, but the app is developed by emotetoy. Propably some workaround for incoming legal problems.

    47. Jason Archer on

      Looks like Ashley has a fan boy in Eric. Seriously your posts said nothing of value about the bear and how it works with the app so why did you even post it? Proof you were feeling guilty was your second post. Anyway don't care who is doing who.

      I did however come in here to inform others that they can legitimately report this update (if you received it via a message) as SPAM. I have long since turned off notifications of these updates and no longer get them but today mr desperate for attention felt he should update and send me an email with the same garbage. SPAM reported and hopefully he did it to others and Kick Starter will finally remove this guy. No audience and only the voices in his head would be justice.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

    48. Eric Gustafson on

      (I should amend .. try it with the bear yet .. I did try the app off the google play store and it does seem to work as described.. I just need to sort out in android how to change the default voices .. which is an android issue not an app issue)

    49. Eric Gustafson on

      @Bryan .. yes I got the android app (but I had to get a cheap pre-pay android phone from walmart for $30 US .. and thanks to a tipster on the main comments section I didn't have to pay to activate it just a few "secret" button presses and voila .. I have been busy with personal and work tasks and have not had a chance to try it out but it DOES EXIST and it DOES WORK! ..

      @Ashley thank you for the replacement, I have not had a chance to try it yet (see above) but I will .. and I do appreciate your fast and friendly direct communication (seriously people if you have a question just email the guy - i know some have and he may not have responded he's been somewhat busy as of late) .. Have a good christmas season!