It was not until I went to UCSD and started to play with electronics and code in a college design class. Using a simple computer and electrical components, I designed a small robot to complete tasks.
Instantly, I was in love!
It showed me that electronics was not just for fixing things. I could design amazing things with electronics too! I could open up my imagination. I could combine plastic, electronics and code to make awesome robots!
It always saddens me that I did not have an opportunity to gain these skills until I was in college and had decided on my major.
Thus, I decided to do something about it. I left my job and a few months later Tinker was born.
Tinker the Robot's goal is simple: to inspire kids (and adults) to play with robotics!
Tinker the Robot is a one-of-a kind toy that combines electronics, code, and cute robots into an interactive learning experience!
Accessories -Tinker's arms and ears are purposeful add-ons. Each accessory is either an LED light or a sensor. The accessories are easily plugged in as Tinker’s arms or ears.
Method 2 – Scratch and C Programming
Tinker can also be programmed using a computer. Using a FTDI Basic Breakout Board (a board and connector used to connect your circuit board to the computer), Tinker the toy becomes Tinker the development tool. Once connected to the computer, Arduino software (a free development software - http://www.arduino.cc/) can be downloaded and used to reprogram Tinker using C Programming.
Thus, Tinker grows with your child!
Tinker’s Heart -
It has the latest in micro processing technology containing an Arduino Mini Pro Board (http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardProMini).
FTDI Basic Breakout Board Addition - By adding $10 to your pledge you will receive the FTDI Basic Breakout board, allows you to upload your code onto tinker's heart!
Tinker was designed to be customized. Kids will be able to color and draw on Tinker. Giving them the opportunity to use their imaginations to make Tinker their own.
Lab Notebook -
Tinker’s downloadable lab notebook is filled with fun activities!
Tinker’s lab notebook guides your child’s curiosity, providing exciting projects that teach them about electronics and code.
Making Tinker not just about play but also learning.
The set includes the following -
- 1 - Tinker the Robot
- 4 - Accessories (3 LEDs and 1 photo sensor)
- 1 - Key card
- 9 - Tinker Cards
- 1 - Sticker Pack
- 1 - Downloadable Lab Notebook
I have partnered with an awesome US manufacturer to produce our plastic parts.
I am working with designers and engineers to ensure that the plastic and electronics are safe for your child.
I have spent the past year working with industry experts, from designers, engineers and, of course, kids, getting Tinker the Robot ready for production.
Now, all I need is your help to fulfill the first production order of 2,000 pieces.
Tinker the Robot's goal is to, "inspire kids to play with robotics."
First - How to Code
I started by building out the features of the toy. I played with many different ways of entering programming logic, from LCD screens to plug in resistive icons, consulting with experts until I finally settled on a card reader.
Second - Accessories!
I always loved Mr.Potato Head and his plug and play attachments. However I felt they should do more. I designed the robot so that his limbs would not just be decorative, but also functional (as electronic components).
Third - The Cute Factor
Tinker needed to be cute to appeal to both girls and boys. Tinker was meant for kids to fall in love with as soon as they saw it. To achieve these goals I needed some help. I asked my toy designer to friends help create the Tinker you see now.
Fourth - Getting Feedback
Tinker was tested with boys and girls, ages 8 through 14. Giving me an opportunity to iterate on the design and the play.
Risks and challenges
With any Kickstarter, the challenge is always production schedule and cost.
As a former product manager for consumer products, I am very familiar with product life cycle and foreseeing cost issues. I am able to take a concept from conception, to tooling and, finally, to production.
My professional experience has provided me with the skills needed to mitigate production issues and push towards a hard ship date. Additionally, I am able to estimate production, assembly and tooling cost.
Last but certainly not least, I have a strong network of advisors that have been instrumental throughout this project and will continue to be a great resource as we forge on ahead!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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