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Coral-bots: teams of robots that repair coral reefs

Coral reefs support half a billion human lives, but are increasingly damaged and dying; we want to build robots that repair them!

Coral-bots: teams of robots that repair coral reefs

Coral reefs support half a billion human lives, but are increasingly damaged and dying; we want to build robots that repair them!

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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, May 27 2013 10:13 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 24, 2013

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    Your name/logo on our site and a certificate that thanks you for contributing to saving the planet;

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    As 10$, and, if we reach $112,000, a postcard with a coralbots project image and signed thank you from the team --

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    As $25, plus (if we reach $130,000), a coralbots project T shirt

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    As lower value pledges, plius a Coralbots project game! You will get an education-oriented and an entertainment-oriented game in one. The first release will be approx. Sep 2014; backers will also get all versions beyond that for free for 5 years. The game will be available at a cost to non-backers to help continued funding of our project.

    How can we do this? We have access to a pool of very gifted and keen Computer Science students who need great things to do for their u/g and MSc projects.

    Game mechanics? Think in terms of a team of coralbots that need to restore a reef system before their power runs out, then they go on to more and more difficult missions. The education vision will take you through elements of machine vision (you teach it to recognize coral, etc), swarm intelligence (rules that lead to co-operative emergent behaviour), and autonomous robot navigation, obstacle avoidance, manipulation, and so on. The entertainment version will be lighter on that / heavier on peril.

    Quality? We're definitely not a games company. It will be playable, and the graphics may not be all that good, but future versions will get better.

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    Adopt a coralbot! Backers will get an adoption certificate, special and regular reports on the activities (from build onwards) on a specific coralbot that they ‘adopt’, and view its diary and activities on our website in a special adopters area; this will rotate with time, with your adoption moving on to a new coralbot as your original one is superceded.

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    As $50 but your name in 1.5cm tall letters, and you get a personal 30-seconds thank-you video from the team.

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    This is especially for schools, or individuals who intend to arrange this for their local school. Your school name and a picture will appear in a 'Coralbots Education and Schools' area on our website, and we will arrange a 30-minute skype session for a class at your school, with one or more of the Coralbots team.

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    As the $100 reward for schools, plus your school will be able to download a special 20-page school's educational pack about the science around the coralbots project, and quarterly 3 minute video updates of the project also especially designed for schools. Your school will be especially credited in the package and in the videos.

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    as $100, but 2cm Name on a coralbot,

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    at this level or above, backers are invited to be directly involved in the Coralbots mission. Sorry it is a high level for many who may want this type of involvement, but we have to be very careful of the administrative load around this. There are two main ways to be involved: (i) work with us on one or more of the computational intelligence challenges (image segmentation, robot control, etc.). We will provide code and data that enables you to test and evaluate your own variations (or completely different approaches) of software for, for example, recognising live coral fragments. Similar challenges will be available in relation to several aspects of the project. You will have your picture on our website as a “Coralbots Developer”, and your work and results will appear on the site in our development blog. If we reach $130,000 (and maybe if not, if we can get good deals on hardware), you will get a “Coralbots Developer” T-shirt. (ii) Simply work with us to enable us to use your computer resources to help speed up and expand our development and testing. You will have your picture on our website in the “Coralbots IT Support” section, and the development blog website will highlight developments that happened to involve use of your resources. If we reach $130,000 (and maybe if not, if we can get good deals on hardware), you will get a “Coralbots IT Support” T-shirt.

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    as $500, plus; your name will be etched on a stone that will become part of the structure of our first reconstructed reef. We expect this to take place by Oct 2014

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    as $1000, but with your name on all robots we use for coral reef reconstruction in the first five missions;

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    as $2500, plus your name etched on a stone in each of our first five reconstruction missions, and we will name one of the robots after you (or give it any name you indicate, within reason)

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    as $2500, plus you are invited to visit us in Edinburgh to meet the team and take a tour of our labs. We have to ask you to cover your own travel costs, but lunch is certainly on us! This can happen any convenient time from July 2013 onwards.

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    As for pledges below this value, plus: the first 10 backers at this level will be our invited guests (paying their own costs) at the demonstrations of coralbots (likely to be in Deep Sea World, Edinburgh, or the Fort William Underwater Centre), and will be invited to join us on one future reef restoration mission (covering own travel costs)

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    Corporate backer: for a sole corporate backer who may feel their support of the project may be helpful in their PR. The team will work with you on video material in which we thank your organization for its support, and explain the impact that this support will have.

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