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About this project

After years of development, we've managed to take a bundle of sensors, circuits, motors, and plastic to create a revolutionary robotics experience.  Through a series of interfaces and controls the user is transported and able to see what mimic sees, do what mimic does, feel what mimic feels, and go where mimic goes.

The key to bringing mimic to life is the mimic arm controller with patent pending Posi-Feel grip controllers. The user wears a device that allows the seamless control of mimic’s arms and grippers by moving his or her own hands and arms in natural ways while holding two simple handles with trigger style grip controllers.

Mimic can also move around on its own power, controlled by the user with an IRS based foot controller. The user places both feet on the controller and tilts the device forward, back, left, or right to command mimic's movements in natural, hands free ways.

To complete the user’s sense of immersion, immersion goggles receive 3d video from a pair of cameras in mimic's eyes. Not only does the user see what mimic sees in vibrant 3D, but using a series of sensors and motors the user’s head motion is duplicated by mimic's head, allowing the user to change view by simply moving his or her head. 

This assemblage of new technologies allows the user to see the world from a fresh, new point of view- that of a 12 inch tall, wide-eyed, rotund little robot. In the words of our founder "mimic represents a technological breakthrough in think about human interfaces by adapting the robot to the user, rather than the other way around."

Controls

mimic controls
mimic controls

The mimic control system consists of three components: 3d immersion goggles, mimic arm controller with Posi-Feel Grippers, and the mimic foot controller.  The mimic arm controller is the key to all our mimic robots, while mimic:play, mimic:social, and mimic:3d also incorporate the foot controller.  video is included in mimic:social (2d TV receiver) and mimic:3d (3d immersion goggles).

Rewards

mimic:maker - Do what mimic does, feel what mimic feels

Includes:

mimic robot kit without cosmetic covers

mimic arm controller kit

All electronics, servos, and motors

The mimic:maker version comes in kit form for the user to assemble. The kit includes a robot with two arms and grippers, as well as a mimic arm controller. The kit does not include a body, however, so the user can tailor the robot to their needs or to make something new. For even more flexibility, all the electronic inputs and outputs are exposed to be manipulated or utilized by the user

, including recording and playback through an on board SD card. "The future is being invented in basements, garages, and maker spaces all over the world. That's where mimic was born, and mimic:maker is a chance for other tinkerers to use and improve it," says Pipitone.

mimic:play - do what mimic does, feel what mimic feels, go where mimic goes

includes:

Assembled mimic robot with cosmetic covers

Assembled mimic arm controller

mimic foot controller

All electronics, servos, and motors

The mimic:play comes as a fully assembled robot, including the 12 degree of freedom arm controller. While mimic:play doesn't have as many features as some offerings, it's just as adorable and its simplicity makes it more accessible for some users. Fun features like the mimic arm controller, Posi-Feeel grippers, and on-board SD card are included. "Mimic:play is simpler than the other versions, but still offers intuitive control and a sense of feel. It's great for younger users or for interactive settings.

mimic:social - do what mimic does, feel what mimic feels, go where mimic goes, see what mimic sees

includes:

Assembled mimic robot with cosmetic covers

Assembled mimic arm controller

mimic foot controller

2d camera in mimic's eyes

video receiver

All electronics, servos, and motors

Mimic:social has all the features of mimic:play, but also adds the 2d camera, and a video receiver to be attached to the user's television. "People love the concept of interacting from a distance," says Pipitone. "It's great fun to put mimic:social in a room and watch it's interactions on TV with your friends."

mimic:3d - do what mimic does, feel what mimic feels, go where mimic goes, see what mimic sees

includes:

Assembled mimic robot with cosmetic covers

Assembled mimic arm controller

mimic foot controller

3d cameras in mimic's eyes

3d immersion goggles with head tracking

All electronics, servos, and motors

The most advanced and full-featured version offered is mimic:3d, which includes the mimic arm controller with Posi-Feel grippers, the foot controller, and SD card, but adds the immersion googles and 3d cameras. With this full suite of features the user can completely lose themselves in mimic’s world. "This robot really transports you to an immersive reality. Everyday things seem huge, and you can interact from an entirely new point of view," describes Pipitone. "I can interact with my baby daughter on her level as an equal, while it’s simple enough that my 6-year-old son can pick it up and use it. It's an indescribable experience."

Stretch Goals

$350,000: choose mimic's eye and accent colors!

$1,000,000: Emotion pack! LEDs in mimic's eyes and body will convey emotion.


Technical Details

Robot details

Height: 12.5 inch

Width: 9 inch

Reach: 10 inch

Joint Torque: 60 to 150 oz-in

Battery life: ~1.5 hour

Wireless Range: at least 50 ft indoors

Processor: Freescale K20

Controller Details

Range of motion:

     Head: 90 degrees

     Wrist (2 dof): 90 degrees

     Elbow: 90 degrees

     Shoulder (2 dof):  90/180 degrees

Gripper feedback:  60 oz-in

Immersion Goggles:  520 line interlaces 3d (60 hz)

Wireless video:  5.8 GHz analog

Processor: Freescale K20

Risks and challenges

Our biggest obstacle to bringing mimic to market is the cost of plastic molding tools. mimic is designed with plastic molding constraints in mind and we have our preliminary quotes, but any major problems in mold development could increase development cost. Our Kickstarter goal, combined with the willingness of the founders to shoulder some financial risk, ensure that these risks will not jeopardize the project beyond a potential delay of a few weeks.

Our mimic prototype is almost fully functional, but production quality circuit boards have not been implemented. There is a small chance of delay if the first batch encounters any issues, but lead times are generally under 6 weeks if changes are required. Our experience with the Doorbell Phone and Cortex: Robot Arm Controller give us a solid idea of these risks and how to design around them, and our circuit board house has been great about preventing potential bad boards.

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    4 mimic:3d robots! The most immersive experience, this edition comes assembled and adorable. A mimic robot with wheels, mimic arm controller, mimic foot controller, 3d camera and immersion goggles are included. Ready to go right out of the box. Play with your friends as adorable 12 inch robots!

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