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SHE'S THE WHOLE PACKAGE: a personal assistant, photographer, storyteller, telepresence device & the smartest home automation system.

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NOT JUST A PRETTY ROBOT, SHE'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

TechCrunch: "You’ll soon be coming home and a robot will greet you at the door."

VentureBeat: "Read to kids, host video chats, take pictures, recognize faces and objects, connect to smart home devices, and secure the home by roaming around and video taping everything."

h+ Magazine: "What sets Robotbase’s efforts apart is the sophistication of the software which incoporates deep learning neural networks and what they call - talents.”

International Business Times: "Not just a robot, it's artificial intelligence. Not just recognising your face, it knows your mood. Not just understanding what you say, it knows what you really mean. It learns and gets smarter every day."

Geeky Gadget: "Robotbase has unveiled a new and possibly revolutionary new personal robot that is completely autonomous and equipped with artificial intelligence to help you stay organised and aid you with your daily life."

Trend Hunter: "Although it's been depicted in sci-fi movies and TV for decades, personal robot technology is now starting to get closer to becoming a reality."

Cool Guy Stuff TV: "Meet the best personal assistant of 2015."

SHE CAN SEE.

She sees the world the same way we human do.

ASK HER ANYTHING.

She understands what you say. She knows what you mean.

  • Control all your connected devices with your voice
  • Ask her about the weather, news, information, sport scores, and more
  • Tell her to play music, schedule meetings, set alarms, get recipes, and more
  • Far-field voice recognition that hears you from across the room
  • Noise canceling microphone array technology
  • Proprietary natural language understanding algorithms

THE SMARTEST HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM ON EARTH.

She communicates with all your connected devices via Wireless Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, BLE, and Wi-Fi.

With our learning algorithms, she is your family's peace of mind when it comes to saving energy and money.

 While you're away, she sends you frequent updates on the house.

And she streams live video feeds of every room as you wish.

SHE SPEAKS.

She wakes you up, reminds you about your next meeting, asks you if you want to order lunch, and more.

SHE CAN MOVE.

She can move around by herself.  And she builds her own map of the house with her navigation & mapping algorithms.

SHE CAN FEEL.

She can feel the surrounding environment with all her sensors.

THE APP STORE:  IT'S A WHOLE NEW ERA.

Personal Robot isn’t just a different device for your favorite apps. It’s an entirely different way to experience them.  Personal Robot apps are much more intelligent, autonomous, and helpful.

Featured App:  Food Ordering

She can order you food at any hour.  

Featured App:  Personal Assistant

She’s your world-class personal assistant at work.

Featured App:  Recipes & Guides

She's a hands-free helper around the house.  She can walk you through a recipe or guide you through a home improvement project.

Featured App:  Personal Security Guard & Home Watch

She's even a personal security guard, providing peace of mind with real-time video feeds of every room of your home.  

Featured App:  Telepresence & Video Chat

She can connect you across the globe to be with your family via telepresence.  

Featured App:  Autonomous Photographer

She can be the life of the party, playing music through internal HD speakers and photographing moments that will last a lifetime.  

Featured App: Storyteller

She’s also a storyteller opening up your child's imagination not only with words, but also with colorful environments she creates by adjusting any room’s lighting.  

KICKSTARTER REWARDS

Personal Robot Lover - $4

  • Your name written on my own Personal Robot
  • Product updates
  • Our thanks forever 

 Personal Robot Founder - $19

  • 100% cotton Personal Robot t-shirt
  • Personal Robot sticker

Personal Robot Owner - $995

  • Get your very own Personal Robot
  • Save $1,000 OFF the retail price of $1,995
  • Free software updates
  • Complete with all the featured apps 

Robot Development Kit - $995

Hardware

  • 1 Android-Based Developer Edition Personal Robot 
  • Kobuki Mobile Base 
  • 3D Depth Camera
  • Touch Screen
  • Servos 
  • Microphone 
  • Speaker 
  • Humidity Sensor, Temperature Sensor, CO2 Meter 
  • Accelerometer Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Light Sensor, Pressure Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Rotation Vector, Linear Acceleration, Gravity, Game Rotation Vector, Geometric Rotation Vector, Significant Motion. 

Internet of Things Development

  • Wireless Z-Wave Plus 
  • Zigbee 
  • BLE 
  • Wi-Fi

Software Development Kit (SDK)

  • Early access to the Artificial Intelligence Personal Robot SDK including Facial Recognition, Object Recognition, Emotion Recognition, Object Detection, Speech Recognition, Natural Language Processing, and Autonomous Navigation. 
  • Android v5.0 
  • Start building new apps for your robot right away
  • Start selling your apps on our App Store later this year 
  • It's a whole new era of apps!

THE OFFER OF THE FUTURE - $4,975

  • Get 5 Personal Robots for your company
  • Customize with your own logo and uniform
  • Telepresence & video conferencing built in
  • Save $5,000 OFF total from the retail price
  • Free software updates
  • Complete with all the featured apps 

TECHNICAL SPECS

 

MORE DETAILS

Full View

From Design To Product

Some Close-up Photos

Speaker & Mobile Base

3D Depth Camera

USB Chargers for Your Phones

Charging Dock

Behind The Scene Of Our Kickstarter Video

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS 

Debugging The Mobile Base

Our Office & Workshop 

Adding Z-Wave and Zigbee

Testing The Boards

Prototyping Parts With Makerbot 3D Printer

PRODUCTION PLAN

Hi. It's Duy here.  I'm the founder and CEO of Robotbase.  I grew up on my dad's factory floor.  Prior to working on Personal Robot, I ran global sourcing & product development company with distribution centers in California, New Jersey, Delaware, and Asia.  I've manufactured and distributed thousands of items and millions of units for some of the largest retailers in the U.S. (i.e. Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Brookstone, Hammacher Schlemmer, Skymall, etc) and Europe (i.e. OBI, Bauhaus, etc).

I'm bringing the same team of manufacturing experts on board with me on this project in all areas:  component sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, quality control, and quality assurance on board with me on this project.

Here is our production schedule.

Jan & Feb 2015:  

  • Finalize our Kickstarter campaign
  • Collect product feedback from Kickstarter supporters
  • Incorporate Kickstarter feedback into the product 
  • Finalize the product specs

March, April & May 2015:

  • Finalize all component vendors
  • Finish all toolings and moulds
  • Sign off 3 counter perfect samples prior to production

June 2015:

  • Pilot production
  • Work with test labs on all certifications and standards

July, August, September & October 2015:

  • Mass production
  • Finalize the locations of distribution centers
  • Finalize packaging
  • QA & QC

November 2015:

  • Start shipping

December 2015:

  • Customer support
  • Release the Developer APIs
  • Launch App Store

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO

Our investors:  Dave McClure (500 Startups), Dave Nemetz (Founder of Bleacher Report), Michael Katz (Founder of Interclick), Geoffrey Handley, Rob Taylor, Gibran Lalani, Stephen Bulfer, and Daniel Blasingame.

Our accelerators:  500 Startups, First Growth VC.

Our production company:  Move Films, an award-winning full-service production company that develops and produces original content for TV, film, digital and branded entertainment. 

Risks and challenges

There is always some risk involved with new products. Our job is to minimize those risks with our years of experiences in manufacturing, product sourcing, logistics, and quality control. Here are some of the risks that we see and we're confident that we can control them.

TRAINING DATA: Our algorithms are working well for the current use cases. But in order for them to work really well, we need to train them with a lot more data. The more data, the smarter and more capable they will be. The risk here is that we couldn’t collect enough data to train them. To minimize this year, we will start collect data early and train them early. Also, we will consider building a crowd-sourcing data framework so that they can be trained over time by our users.

SPEECH RECOGNITION: Our Speech Recognition engine is working well at home or in an office environment. In noisy, public space, it doesn’t work well yet, because there are so many different noises. To minimize this risk, we are looking for a better microphone vendor with microphone array and far-field technologies.

3D DEPTH CAMERA: Finding a good 3D Depth Camera vendor has always been a challenge for all robotics companies. Most of vendors were acquired by major companies like Apple. To minimize this risk, we’re navigating our network to find the right vendors. So far, we found 2 vendors that we’re very happy with.

COMPONENT PRICE CHANGES: Since we use so many different vendors for many different components of the product, there is always a risk that one or more vendors change their prices along the way due to various reasons like oil price increases, fluctuations, salary demands, etc. On the other hand, we don’t want to increase the final product cost as we’ve already committed to the final price with our backers. To minimize this risk, we have 2 or more vendors per key component, so that if we have pricing issue with one vendor, we can work with the back-up vendors.

MANUFACTURING: Tooling is always expensive and hard to get it right the first time for a product of this complexity. It could take a few iterations and anywhere from 30-90 days to get it right. To minimize this year, we’ll have a clear, well-defined specs and requirements. Only work with tooling subcontractors with a proven track record. Be at their facility everyday in person to work with their team until we get it right.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: There will likely be some minor adjustments to the final product which could happen during production and could be hard or expensive to make adjustments.
To minimize this year, we’ll have a well-defined specs. Having 3 perfectly working prototypes prior to production. Test products earlier to find potential issues early in the production lifecycle.

LOGISTICS: Shipping during the holidays could be delayed due to the shipping traffic. To minimize this risk, we’ll leverage our existing relationships with all of our shipping partners, including UPS, Fedex, Trucking Carriers, and Ocean Freight Carriers. We'll make sure that they're well informed of our schedule. We'll also try to ship out early so that the products can get to you early.

We have years of experience in manufacturing and delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but we will watch them closely and control them carefully as we go.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Sure, here is a simplified version of it:

    http://www.robotbase.com/ai-platform/object-recognition

    You can upload an image or simply paste an image url.

    And she'll tell you what she sees in the photo.

    We use the same algorithm in the actual robot, just with a lot more data.

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  • Sure, we're building a simplified version of it, so that you can play with it via our website.

    We'll post the demo up next week, after we're back from CES.

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  • This is a little tricky, but we have an idea how to do this. We'll add a live demo of this on our site next week, after we're back from CES.

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  • You can name her yourself. Mine is Maya!

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  • We understand that having your own personal robot is very personal. So you definitely can change how she looks. We have some great faces so far, and our design team is working hard to add more. Please email us at human@robotbase.com and let us know what face you would like to have. We're collecting feedback from everyone and working on the most requested ones.

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  • Yes. When the battery is low, she'll navigate back autonomously to her charging dock automatically. Just make sure that you don't block the charging docks with any objects so that she can find her way back to the dock.

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  • Yes, she moves just fine on carpet. About transitioning from hardwood floor onto carpet, as long as the carpet thickness is 12mm (approximately 1/2 inch) or less, then that's fine!

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  • Yes, we have to collect an additional $200 for shipping, due to the large size of the box that will keep her safe during transit.

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  • Developers will have early access to our SDK including Facial Recognition, Object Recognition, Natural Language Processing, and many more. The hardware will be a little different too, as we'll include some experimental but more powerful components. Developers are also the first to receive the products once we ship.

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  • They are very similar in many ways. One major difference is the Operating System. The Developer Edition runs on Android 5.0, while the Research Edition runs on Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System (ROS).

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  • We're 100% focused on getting English working really well first. We've been receiving a lot of requests on additional languages. Our plan is to work on the most requested first. Please feel free to drop us an email at human@robotbase.com and let us know your preferred language.

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  • Hey, please feel free to email me directly at duy@robotbase.com or our team at human@robotbase.com. We're really swamped with our launch this week, but we'll try to get back to you the same day. Sounds good?

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    PERSONAL ROBOT LOVER: Your help at any level brings Personal Robot one step closer to every home in the world. We'll write your name on our own Personal Robots so we can thank you every time we see them.

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    PERSONAL ROBOT FOUNDER: Join the Personal Robot Founder Club. Get exclusive swags: a 100% cotton t-shirt and sticker. Free shipping.

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    PERSONAL ROBOT OWNER (SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL): Get your very own Personal Robot and save $1,000 off the retail price of $1,995. Complete with these unique abilities such as Autonomous Photographer, Telepresence, Personal Security Guard, Hands-Free Helper, Personal Assistant, Personal Stylelist, Storyteller, and more. Free Shipping.

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    ROBOT DEVELOPMENT KIT

    Get 1 Android-Based Developer Edition Personal Robot with Kobuki Mobile Base, 3D Depth Camera, Touch Screen, Servos, Microphone, Speaker, Humidity Sensor, Temperature Sensor, CO2 Meter, Accelerometer Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Light Sensor, Pressure Sensor, Orientation Sensor, Rotation Vector, Linear Acceleration, Gravity, Game Rotation Vector, Geometric Rotation Vector, Significant Motion.

    Complete with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, so you can interface with almost all the connected devices on the market today. If you're developing Internet of Things / Connected Devices apps, this is perfect for you. The robot is the Smartest Smart Home Automation System.

    Early access to the Artificial Intelligence Personal Robot SDK including Facial Recognition, Object Recognition, Emotion Recognition, Object Detection, Speech Recognition, Natural Language Processing, and Autonomous Navigation. Everything you need to develop apps for Personal Robot. Since the Developer Edition Personal Robot is Android-based, if you know Java or have developed Android apps, you can start building new apps for your robot right away. Later, you can start selling your apps on our App Store. It's a whole new era of apps!

    Note: Free Shipping to all US addresses. $200 extra shipping to other countries.

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    ROBOT RESEARCH KIT
    Robot Operating System (ROS) Pre-Installed

    Get 1 Research Edition Personal Robot with the Robot Operating System (ROS) and Ubuntu pre-installed. Complete with Kobuki Mobile Base, 3D Depth Camera, Qualcomm IFC6410 development board or better, 9" screen or bigger, Servos, Microphone, Speaker, Humidity Sensor, Temperature Sensor, and CO2 Meter.

    Complete with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, so you can interface with almost all the connected devices on the market today. If you're doing research with the Internet of Things & Connected Devices, this is perfect for you. The robot is the Smartest Smart Home Automation System.

    Early access to the Artificial Intelligence Personal Robot SDK including Facial Recognition, Object Recognition, Natural Language Processing, and more.

    Everything you need to do robotics research.

    Note: Free Shipping to all US addresses. $200 extra shipping to other countries.

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    26 backers Limited (5 left of 31)

    PERSONAL ROBOT OWNER (EARLY BIRD SPECIAL): Get your very own Personal Robot and save $800 off the retail price of $1,995. Complete with these unique abilities such as Autonomous Photographer, Telepresence, Personal Security Guard, Hands-Free Helper, Personal Assistant, Personal Stylist, Storyteller, and more. Free Shipping to all US addresses. $200 extra shipping to other countries.

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    THE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE (5 ROBOTS): We'll customize the Personal Robot face with Your Company Logo and Uniform at no additional charge. Get 5 Personal Robots and save $5,000 off the retail price. Complete with these unique abilities such as Autonomous Photographer, Telepresence, Personal Security Guard, Hands-Free Helper, Personal Assistant, Personal Stylist, Storyteller, and more. Free Shipping to all US addresses. $1,000 extra shipping to other countries.

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