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Meet the ZeGoBeast

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Why ZeGoBeast? 

Learning about programming, electronics, and mechanics is hard - the problems are abstract, the textbooks are dense, and the resources are scattered. We want kids to get started with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) early on, but context is so important for locking in that knowledge.    

That’s why robots are awesome. It combines all of those things into something you can build, tinker, and explore with your own two hands. We created the ZeGoBeast Electric because robots are fun, engaging, and the best way to make STEM make sense .   

ZeGoBeasts come in a flat-pack bundle of wood, hardware, and electronics that you build and program yourself. When you work with your ZeGoBeast, you’re not programming a box with a screen, you’re building and controlling the actions and behavior of a physical thing that resembles a living organism with beautiful kinematics inspired by Theo Jansen’s leg linkage design. We will guide you from the very basics all the way to having a fully-fledged robotic pet companion. We provide lesson plans, videos, and even physical copies if you’d like that will teach you or your kid how to do all these awesome things.  

With their Arduino core, array of sensors, its sound pack, and the full range of add-ons you can tap into, what you can do with your ZeGoBeast is limited only by what you can imagine: Greet and welcome you when you come home Fetch your slippers in the morning Bark at intruders into your room Scurry away from bright lights in the corner Go on a covert mission to the neighbor’s backyard using FPV camera Or you can play with your friends and classmates using a pack of ZeGoBeasts Play capture-the-flag Survival of the fittest Race through the maze.

We already launched one successful kickstarter - ZeGoBeast Classic - fully mechanical version powered by springs. And we delivered - In fact, we delivered ahead of schedule.  

What we found out is that people love the intricacy of the design and the aspect that ZeGoBeasts are wooden and nature-friendly. We collected important feedback and improved the leg kinematics, which helped us come up with ideas for attachments (silly string, lasers, grabbers that let your ZeGoBeast manipulate the objects around you)   

ZeGoBeasts are designed to get people interested in robotics in a way that a simple robot with two spinning wheels just doesn’t quite get at, and for that, we think it’s awesome. ZeGoBeasts are what we would have loved when we were young. By the time you finish building your ZeGoBeast, we know you’ll have fallen in love with this creature you created yourself, just as we did. We want every kid to have a chance to choose a promising career and have a place in this future. We believe that robots are the future. 

In the spirit of the Maker Movement: after the Kickstarter is funded, you will be able to download our free digital blueprints for the ZeGoBeast attachment Modules (including the Grabbers, Tail, Silly String Launcher, etc.). That way, if you have access to a laser cutter (or even just a jigsaw) you can make your own parts, upgrades, and modifications.

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Everything you've seen in the videos and photographs we've made ourselves - we're confident in our ability to deliver rewards to all of our potential Kickstarter supporters. We've had years of experience operating and designing for laser cutters, we've lined up local and domestic vendors to provide redundant sources of material, and we've nearly finalized the design. That said, we are fully aware that unforeseen risks may present themselves (natural disasters, tragic deaths, etc.). We will keep our backers informed and updated.

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    Our Eternal Gratitude - Thanks for making it happen! You'll get access to exclusive ZeGoBeast insider news.

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    A Kickstarter-exclusive t-shirt plus a 3-Pack of our sweet custom stickers!

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    The ZeGoBeast Hatchling is the littlest member of the pack! Get a ZeGoBeast Electric walking chassis and complete Sensor Pack so it can roam around on its own. Comes with stickers and a T-Shirt, battery not included. Will be shipped in November.

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    A ZeGoBeast Electric Hatchling shipping in October - just in time for Halloween! Includes everything above.

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    A ZeGoBeast Electric Hatchling shipping in September. Includes everything above.

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    A ZeGoBeast Electric Hatchling shipping in August. Includes everything above.

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    A ZeGoBeast Hatchling with a Tail Module that lets your ZeGoBeast show you if its excited, happy, or whatever else it's feeling.

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    Includes a ZeGoBeast Hatchling, Tail Module, t-shirt/stickers, and a set of large Grabbers (the Grabber Module) that let your ZeGoBeast move light objects around, get your attention, play fetch, or do whatever else you can think of.

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    ZeGoBeast evolved! Includes a ZeGoBeast Fledgeling (all of the above) plus a Silly String Shooter so that your ZeGoBeast can fend off attackers or defeat other ZeGoBeasts.

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    Command your ZeGoBeast from afar! Includes the ZeGoBeast Fledgling reward plus a radio remote control and receiver, so you can tell your ZeGoBeast to drive around like a tank and control the other Modules manually.

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    The Smartest ZeGoBeast of the pack! Includes all of the above, plus an Android tablet so your ZeGoBeast can see, talk, connect to the internet, and to your phone via bluetooth or WiFi.

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    Mind meld with your ZeGoBeast! Includes all of the above, plus a VR headset for your smartphone and bluetooth controller so you can see exactly what your ZeGoBeast sees.

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    Completely assembled and signed by the creators! Comes fully loaded with walking chassis, Sensor Pack, Tail, Grabbers, Silly String Shooter, Remote Control, Tablet, FPV Kit, t-shirt, and stickers.

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    Be the leader of the pack! Get two fully loaded ZeGoBeasts so you can have your ZeGoBeasts collaborate, compete, and interact with each other.

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    Help us build the future of ZeGoBeast! We will work with you to design your very own custom module.

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Funding period

- (30 days)