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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 19 2018

About

Hi, Robobians!

We have something to tell you. During these campaign days you have provided us with great feedback and support. Thanks a lot! We have confirmed that everybody who meets Robobo, falls in love with it. Unfortunately, in this period we were not able to reach all the potential Robobo fans out there. That’s why we are now closing the current campaign, but just to return with more strength and open it up to the whole world. Thanks to everyone that supported us and to the Kickstarter team who granted us the honour of being one of their favourite projects. See you soon, and meanwhile… follow us on:

http://theroboboproject.com/

and on our social networks:

WHY ROBOBO?

In the near future, robots will be autonomous, that is, they will be able to carry out different tasks in our society without continuous supervision. As a consequence, some types of jobs will disappear and new ones will arise. What is clear, is that today children, and everyone who aims to be prepared for this new market, must understand how this new type of robotics work. That is, the future of robotics is in education.

The first step towards learning autonomous robotics is having tools that can be used in our homes, schools and labs. Affordable tools with the same technology used in future robots. Is that possible? Well, here is where Robobo comes in!! 

HOW DOES ROBOBO WORK?

Our educational robot combines a simple mobile base with your smartphone to create the next generation of educational robots, where anyone interested in learning how to program an autonomous robot can do it. The Robobo base is the body while your smartphone is the brain.

Current smartphones contain the latest technology in terms of sensors, processor and communication capabilities, and together with the mobility, low level sensing and gestural capabilities provided by the base, Robobo becomes the optimal tool to start in this new robotics field.

With the gyroscope, magnetometer and accelerometer of your smartphone, you will be able to program Robobo to do simple things that are quite hard to achieve on other platforms, such as, for example, moving to the south!!

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What about crossing through a balance?

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Using the tactile smartphone’s LCD screen, the speech production library, the Robobo sounds created by our team, and the PAN/TILT unit, you can create all kinds of human-robot interaction projects

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But you will also be able to carry out much more complex tasks, which other accessible platforms can only dream of, such as recognizing sounds and speech, which is natural to current smartphones and to Robobo. Thus, you can use Robobo to detect, for instance, musical notes and move according to them. This opens a whole world of new types of artistic challenges that can be addressed with the robot, including painting or dancing to rhythms.

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The smartphone's cameras provide access to a complete new level of projects and challenges. Robobo can see its world, like you do, so you can use it to solve real life problems. For example, what if we program it for autonomous cleaning and recycling?

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The world is dynamic, everything moves and changes… The computational power of the processors in current smartphones allow using computer vision algorithms in real time, even using current deep networks. For instance, in the following video you will see how Robobo can follow a moving green ball.

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Recognizing faces is another high level sensing capability of Robobo that opens a huge range of possible projects of human-robot interaction. This robot can see you!!

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A new level of robotic tasks can be performed if you consider that Robobo is able to connect to the Internet and it can use the operating system of your smartphone. For instance, you can access weather forecast information, traffic information, send an email, publish a tweet, take a photo or start and manage a video chat.

PROGRAMMING ROBOBO

All this technology can be used independently of your programming skill level. You can use from block-based programming with Scratch to more advanced languages through ROS (The Robot Operating System).

The Robobo framework is the core of the robot, it implements all the sensing and actuating capabilities of the robot and supports the execution of Scratch and ROS programs via WiFi. The framework is built using the Unity3D engine in order to provide a seamless experience either for Android or iOS users.

Robobo app

What do you need to start programming Robobo? First of all, you need to install our free Robobo app in your Smartphone, and then, connect it to your Robobo base through Bluetooth. Then, you can program the robot using Scratch or using ROS.

  • Check our Scratch programming Robobo app for Android Smartphones by clicking here
  • Check our ROS programming Robobo app for Android Smartphones by clicking here

The Robobo App not only allows you to program Robobo, but also provides utilities to modify the configuration of the robot (language, camera calibration, etc.), update the Robobo base firmware wirelessly via Bluetooth, and start a demo program that shows many of the capabilities of the robot, as shown in the next video:

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Scratch blocks

If you are interested in block based programming, you can download our free ScratchX extension to program Robobo from a PC or laptop using simple blocks. This programming is carried out through a standard web browser, making Robobo compatible with any operating system. We have developed more than 30 Scratch blocks in this extension that allow you to exploit your Smartphone's capabilities in a very simple way: face detection, color detection, claps detection, speech production, etc

To start using Robobo with ScratchX, we have developed a detailed programming manual that contains detailed information about the Robobo base specifications and the initial configuration of the system. Moreover, it contains the definition of the blocks, together with examples of their use. You can check our programming manual by clicking here.

ROS libraries

For advanced users, we have created a wiki page where you can download the ROS libraries and check our reference guide with several configuration examples:

https://bitbucket.org/mytechia/robobo-programming/wiki/ROS.md 

LEARNING AUTONOMOUS ROBOTICS

The team behind this project is coordinated by University Professors specialized in autonomous robotics, mechanical engineering and computer science. Moreover, we have been carrying out international research on robotics and intelligent systems for more than 20 years both for academia and industry.

Machine learning, evolutionary and cognitive robotics and collective intelligence have been our main research topics, so we are very familiar with artificial intelligence applied to real robots. This broad experience provides us with a clear vision of the appropriate robotic tool to start working in autonomous robotics, independently of the users' backgrounds. In fact, creating such a tool was our main motivation when starting the Robobo development.

 

TUTORIALS

Robobo includes a set of tutorials (in English and Spanish) to start working and playing and, more importantly, learning in an easy to follow stepwise manner. This way you can familiarize yourself with the building blocks of autonomous robotics and the endless possibilities of this platform.

Each tutorial presents a real robotics challenge that is solved. To this end, you can incorporate 3D printed accessories to Robobo through a series of mechanical connectors located on the bottom of the base.

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These accessories allow carrying out exciting new tasks. You can plug Robobo to other commercial construction kits (like LEGO, mBot, Mecano...) but you can also design and print your own accessories. The only limit to customizing your Robobo is your imagination!!!

 

ROBOBO’S NICHE

Bored of programming line-followers? Or robots that escape from labyrinths? First stage educational robotics has focused on construction kits, simple electronics and solving basic tasks. This was a good point to start, but a new level of robotics teaching becomes necessary. What about programming a robot that can surveil your house or school looking for open doors? Or maybe a robot that can wake you up and tell you the weather today? Would you like to learn how autonomous parking is performed in real cars?

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At 395 € (345 € if you join us soon ☺), for a robot with capabilities only found in robots that are an order of magnitude more expensive, Robobo is a bargain!!!.

Also, Robobo grows with you and your constantly updated smartphone. When you update your smartphone, Robobo will take advantage of its new capabilities, and you will have an improved robot without changing the base.This allows it to be always up to date on sensing, communications and processing technology, providing access to a whole world of apps for the platform, making it a great long-term investment tool for learning autonomous robotics. Can you say that of current educational platforms?

WHAT DO USERS SAY ABOUT ROBOBO?

 

 

AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Best paper award at the 8th International Conference on Robotics in Education:

Vodafone Connecting for Good Galicia 2017 Award winner:

DREAM EU Research Project mention:

 

 http://www.robotsthatdream.eu/1496405795.html

BUYING OPTIONS

OUR ROBOBO T-SHIRT:

 

We have 5 different options to acquire Robobo and to support us in this educational project:

1- ROBOBO-DEV (295 €). This is our current Robobo version, compatible with Android Smartphones and ready to be shipped before May 2018. It is a great option for universities, high-schools, roboticians or geeks that cannot wait ☺. You can program the robot using Scratch blocks, ROS or even create native JAVA Android apps that can run on the Smartphone. This option includes:

  • Early shipment (Before May 2018)
  • 1 Robobo base 
  • Android compatible app 
  • iOs compatible app (stable version in Sept 2018) 
  • Scratch programming blocks
  • ScratchX programming manual (English and Spanish)
  • ROS libraries 
  • ROS documentation
  • Java Android libraries
  • Java Android documentation
  • Grey color

2- ROBOBO Early bird (345 €). The first 50 units of our standard Robobo version will be available at the lowest possible price. This version will be fully compatible with iOS and Android Smartphones as soon as you receive it. It includes all the functionalities of the Robobo-dev version and, in addition, the set of learning guides to start programming in autonomous robotics, together with two 3D printed accessories to improve the robot's possibilities. Moreover, with this version, you will have access to the Robobo Forum, creating a new community for the next generation of robotics. Specifically, this version includes:

  • 1 Robobo base
  • Autonomous robotics tutorials and solutions (using Scratch blocks). Both in English and Spanish
  • 3D printed accessories (1 pusher + 1 pen holder)
  • Robobo Forum access
  • Android and iOS compatible apps 
  • Scratch programming blocks
  • ScratchX programming manual (English and Spanish)
  • ROS libraries and documentation
  • Normal shipment (September 2018) 
  • Custom color: grey/blue

3- ROBOBO (395 €). This is the standard Robobo version. As soon as you receive it, this version is fully compatible with iOS and Android Smartphones. You can start programming it with Scratch blocks or ROS using the autonomous robotics tutorials and solutions we have developed. Furthermore, you will have access to the Robobo Forum to share all your creations with other users. Specifically, this version includes:

  • 1 Robobo base
  • Autonomous robotics tutorials and solutions (using Scratch blocks). Both in English and Spanish 
  • 3D printed accessories (1 pusher + 1 pen holder) 
  • Robobo Forum access
  • Android and iOS compatible apps 
  • Scratch programming blocks 
  • ScratchX programming manual (English and Spanish)
  • ROS libraries and documentation 
  • Normal shipment (September 2018) 
  • Custom color: grey/blue

4- ROBOBO-DEV PACK (555 €). This pack includes 2 Robobo-dev units. This option includes:

  • Early shipment (Before May 2018) 
  • 2 Robobo base 
  • Android compatible app 
  • iOs compatible app (stable version in Sept 2018)
  • Scratch programming blocks
  • ScratchX programming manual (English and Spanish)
  • ROS libraries
  • ROS documentation
  • Java Android libraries
  • Java Android documentation
  • Grey color

5- ROBOBO PACK (1495 €). This pack includes 4 standard Robobo units at a lower price, being a great option for those educational centers interested in introducing autonomous robotics that do not need a formalized set of teaching units (included in the classroom pack). It includes:

  • 4 Robobo bases
  • Autonomous robotics tutorials and solutions (using Scratch blocks). Both in English and Spanish
  • 3D printed accessories (4 pusher + 4 pen holder) 
  • Robobo Forum access
  • Android and iOS compatible apps
  • Scratch programming blocks 
  • ScratchX programming manual (English and Spanish)
  • ROS libraries and documentation 
  • Normal shipment (September 2018) 
  • Custom color: grey/blue

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

  • 1 Robobo base
  • 1 USB cable for charging the base
  • 1 Pusher accessory
  • 1 Pen holder accessory 
  • User Manual
  • Warranty

TIMELINE 

TEAM

We are an enthusiastic team of engineers, researchers and robotics teachers who deeply believe in the Robobo Project success. Everyday, we put our energy and effort in the improvement of the different aspects of such a ambitious project.

 

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?

Robobo has been under development during the last two years and now our design is complete. From this point, we need you to be part of the project. First, your support will allow to collect enough orders to launch the manufacturing process of the final base version. Second, funds will also be used to develop the app version for iOS so that any smartphone is compatible with Robobo, and for the creation of new example projects and STEAM teaching units. We want to invest heavily on these educational materials and on creating a lively community around Robobo, your support is crucial here too. All of this to make learning of the next generation of robotics easy and fun.

GOALS

 

 

Risks and challenges

As you can imagine, there are always some challenges in completing such a project including mechanics, electronics and software. But our long-term experience in autonomous robotics and software development, makes us completely sure of the project success, and that we will be able to complete manufacture plan and deliver it to the public. We have been using Robobo test units for more than one year and several improvements have been carried out, to have a reliable version from which to start this project. The goals have been carefully defined according to our means and current project status, so there are not potential risks to reach them.

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