Hardshell Labs is built around a vision of connecting people with Nature using the latest tools technology has to offer. And we will start with the Desert Tortoise. The Guardian Angel Rover is the device that will connect us with the world of the Desert Tortoise.
Here is what Roy and Chris, our Engineers, have been up to this month:
A big THANK YOU to all of our backers!!
The money we raise through this campaign will go to refining the Guardian Angel Rover.
Risks and challenges
Refining the Guardian Angel Rover:
Readying it for wider use and exposure. Adapting prototypes for uses that simultaneously generate enjoyment and do measurable good while being capable of surviving the rigors of the real world will present technological and design challenges.
Support from designers of hardware, software and social systems will be necessary for long-term success. Our collaborations with David Lang of Open ROV and Roy Haggard of Thinking Through the Box provide a template for how we will proceed on this point.
The opportunity we present to a world starved for contact with Nature will be avidly received. The challenge will be how to include as many people as possible as participants during a time when the number of devices will be limited will require careful consideration.
Initially, many people will share the feeds from a small number of rovers.
Working with threatened and endangered species:
This will require patient pursuit of the necessary permits.
Using captive tortoises in a controlled circumstance is a way to generate evidence of our ability to operate safely and ultimately for the benefit of wild tortoises. Then we can do the same with other species in the future.
Our Goal :
We will tackle the inevitable setbacks with a spirit of discovery and by applying the patience and persistence that typifies the desert tortoise. We have a powerful web of collaborators and supporters attracted to the good idea at the heart of Hardshell: Crowd Sourced Conservation. We anticipate that this Kickstarter will make us even stronger for the connections it will forge.
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