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By Robomodix
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Hello World, this is ALAN. ALAN, meet the rest of the world! 

Interacting with robots face-to-face will be common in the future.

  • What do we expect from our interactions with humanoid robots? 
  • What features make communication with ALAN more comfortable or natural?  
  • How might early exposure to humanoid robotics impact perception?                                                                                              

Designing, personalizing, and modifying ALAN is just the beginning. We hope that interaction with ALAN will further shape the types of projects and programming builders have access to. We encourage users to explore. Share your Mods, color schemes, programming and sensor additions with our network of builders around the world.   

Free up your hands and have ALAN hear and speak with you using speech synthesis and speech recognition. Build a personality by creating or editing a Chatbot.  Create databases and train ALAN to recognize friends and family, even greeting them when they enter the room. 

We set out to design a new robot builder experience that allows users to explore humanoid robotics in both form and function. ALAN provides opportunities for creativity, inspiration, and modifications that aren't easily found in the current marketplace. 

Our kits are designed to support flexibility and creativity. Whether you are a beginning builder, or advanced programmer we have a kit that is right for you. Whatever rewards you choose, ALAN will help you Get Ahead In Robotics™.

  • If, you already have electronic components from other projects or enjoy sourcing your own mechanisms, a basic kit may be the best fit.
  • If, you are starting from scratch, a kit containing all the major electronics will get you up and running much faster.
We realize that ALAN may also be a great fit for the InMoov project. We are currently making modifications to the open source files to support integrating ALAN with InMoov bodies. 

Using the powerful EZ Robots' EZB™ as the micro-processor and the EZ Builder interface, face-to-face interactions with ALAN are easily accomplished. No programming knowledge is needed to get started, simply use the click and drop controls. EZ Builder supports these advanced functions:

  • Lip sync and audio output 
  • Voice recognition and synthesis
  • Chatbots 
  • Read twitter, RSS feeds, and audio books aloud
  • Vision and Motion tracking via onboard camera
  • Object and facial recognition 
Below is the User Interface of EZ- Builder

RoboRealm™ or EZ-AI™ (not included) can extend Alan's functions and include: counting objects, shape matching, pupil detection, path planning and so much more.

With ALAN, you can take your building and programming skills to the next level. Whether you use our electronics package or source your own,  once assembled, your ALAN will support innovation through:

Face Off Kit

Do you prefer the robotic features over the android look? This kit doesn't include the silicone face. If you later decide you want a face, we will have faces for purchase at our online store. (Available after the last rewards are shipped.)
 

Bronze: Basic Kit

This Basic kit is the foundation for ALAN. Source your own servos, micro-controllers and electronics from our recommended spec's page. We send you ALAN’s modules and a platinum silicone skin. 

Silver: Innovator Kit

To support ALAN innovators that are just beginning to explore humanoid bots, we suggest our Silver Innovator Kit with the EZB™ micro-controller and camera.  This is the micro-controller used at Robomodix with our ALAN. EZB™ utilizes Windows environment to run its software.

  • This kit contains the platinum silicone skin, all ALAN modules and major electronics ( 5 servos, EZB micro-controller and camera 2 speakers, Blink M Mini LED Eye Lights, power supply and micro-controller).
  • This kit ships unassembled and unpainted. 

Gold: Developer ALAN

The Developer Kit is an assembled version of ALAN. Take ALAN out of the box, paint, and start programming.

  • This kit contains all modules and electronics ( 5 servos, EZB micro-controller and camera 2 speakers, Blink M Mini LED Eye Lights, power supply and micro-controller) installed. Simply connect and pull on the silicone skin. 
  • Ships unpainted 

Platinum: Custom ALAN Kit

Building not your thing? Want to start interacting with ALAN right away? 

This is the reward for you. Platinum kit includes a fully assembled, programmed, and painted ALAN with a Tablet PC. It comes with the customized LED light array seen on our prototype. Backers at this level will also be able to choose a voice and color scheme (3 options) for ALAN. 



Utilizing a modular system, ALAN is designed to support easy "modding" and upgrades. Future development will allow builders to update their ALAN with entirely different faces and genders.  Possible future modules may include lip and brow mechanisms. These upgrades can be achieved without the expense of purchasing an entire new head. 

We look forward to developing other body parts for ALAN, this is only the beginning. 


ALAN is not an average consumer device. Depending upon the kit selected, a certain amount of pre-existing skill set is required. Examples might include the ability to solder or general knowledge of electronics. EZB utilizes the power of a desk top computer, laptop or full feature tablet PC running Windows only. Apple computers and tablets running OSX are not supported.


 

After considering numerous factors from material costs to tooling we determined that $125,000 goal would allow us to bring Robomodix to the marketplace. We have broken down general cost categories above. 

Pre-Production and the handmade production of the physical parts comprise 80% of our estimated budget for this funding goal. We have worked hard to negotiate cost effective suppliers to minimize production costs as well as secure a manufacturing team. To ensure we can deliver ALAN to our backers, we have also included a risk mitigation factor to account for unforeseen costs. 

Disclosures

We would like to remind any person that chooses to become a backer that we are not responsible nor can be held accountable for a country's import / export laws, customs, taxes, duties, or VAT. Like any robotic products, there are electronics and moving parts utilizing electricity, exercise caution and please adhere to safe practices and reasonable use. ALAN is not a toy, the silicone face presents a suffocation hazard. 
 
 
Inspired by new technologies and art, Robomodix set out on a mission to change the way we think about robots. We are a small upstart company based in Portland, Oregon founded by William Huff. We design robots that look as interesting as they are capable of performing. Our robots are full of color and compelling designs that inspire images of the future. ALAN is first of many social robots to come from Robomodix.



Want to see the our KickStarter video in HD? 

Risks and challenges

Rest assured the ALAN campaign is in excellent hands. ALAN’s development was built upon 25 years of experience from the animatronics and special effects fields. Large scale reproduction jobs like ALAN, are a daily demand in the film industry. Feel confident we can reproduce ALAN and fill the rewards in a timely manner.

That said, we are attempting to mass produce, by hand, a really cool robot. Example of potential challenges may include unforeseen molding issues per part, where we might have to re-engineer some parts to get them to work in a large scale production environment. Or final parts may weigh different than the 3D printed parts, which would require sourcing stronger neck servos, changing out the power supply, etc.

Changes like these, are unlikely to impact our timeline. But, if it would, we pride ourselves with customer service and communication. We will be actively answering your questions, updating the page's as the campaign progresses.

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    Face Off-Early Bird Kit
    Face Off kits are for builders interested in ALAN WITHOUT the silicone skin. Ideal for builders with an inventory of servos and electronics or creatives who prefer a mechanical appearance. Ships unpainted and unassembled.

    • Includes: All 5 modules (eyes, jaw, shoulder,
    neck, and head) to create ALAN.
    • Does NOT include: Silicone skin, servos, electronics or micro-controller

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    Bronze: Early Bird Basic Kit
    Basic kits are designed to support builders that already have an inventory of servos and electronics or looking to build slowly over time. Ships unpainted and unassembled.

    • Includes: 1 Silicone Skin and all
    modules to create ALAN.
    • Does NOT include: Servos, electronics,
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    Silver: Early Bird Innovator Kit

    This kit comes with the major electronics needed to get ALAN up and moving. Ships unpainted and unassembled.

    • Includes: 1 Silicone Skin and all modules to create ALAN, 5 servos, EZB micro-controller and camera 2 speakers, Blink M Mini LED Eye Lights, and Power Supply.

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    Gold: Developer Kit
    Excited about ALAN and just want to get started? This kit comes with an ALAN completely assembled and awaiting for your custom paint job.

    • Includes: 1 Silicone Skin, all
    modules, 5 servos, EZB micro-controller and camera, 2 speakers, Blink M Mini LED Eye Lights, and Power Supply all assembled.

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    Platinum: Custom ALAN Kit

    ALAN ships completely assembled, painted and programmed ready to run out of the box. Shipped with a pre-programmed tablet PC. Backers of this reward choose one of three color packages. This ALAN also includes the LED light array in the back of the head.

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    Academia Silver Pack (5 ALAN Kits Bundle)

    To support educators we are offering a bundled pack of 5. Each kit comes with the major electronics needed to get ALAN up and moving. Ships unpainted and unassembled.

    Each kit will include:
    • Includes: 1 Silicone Skin and all
    modules to create ALAN.
    5 servos, EZB micro-controller and camera,
    2 speakers, Blink M Mini LED Eye Lights, and
    Power Supply.

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