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A simple, approachable, programmable robot arm. Learn to program a robot that can interact with humans, make decisions, and learn.
A simple, approachable, programmable robot arm. Learn to program a robot that can interact with humans, make decisions, and learn.
A simple, approachable, programmable robot arm. Learn to program a robot that can interact with humans, make decisions, and learn.
24 backers pledged $4,724 to help bring this project to life.

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What is mimicArm?

mimicArm is a programmable collaborative A.I. robot. Using a building block approach to teaching, users will learn complex robotics programming in a gradual frustration-free way. As soon as it's constructed mimicArm works in manual mode and can execute pre-programmed example programs. Thanks to the intuitive nature of mimicArm, children as young as five can start using mimicArm right away.

mimicArm Robots in Blue, Green, and Orange
mimicArm Robots in Blue, Green, and Orange

When the user is ready to start programming on their own mimicBlock offers a simple drag-and-drop programming environment. More complex programs can be written in C to perform more complex robotic tasks. Learn more about mimicArm here. There are plenty of educational robots out there, but mimicArm is the only true k-12+ robot available. No other educational robot combines the simplicity required for young students with the capability required for more experienced users.

Other robots teach robotics of today.  mimicArm teaches robotics of tomorrow.
Other robots teach robotics of today. mimicArm teaches robotics of tomorrow.

What Does mimicArm do?

As a programmable A.I. collaborative robot (or cobot), mimicArm is a fun way to learn robotics and the foundations of programming robot/human interactions, robot decision making, and machine learning. mimicArm is fun and engaging from the very start. As soon as mimicArm is assembled the user can start using mimicArm in manual mode. Adding the scribbleBot attachment is even more fun. Users can post their projects and get advice in our forum at fabric8r.com.

scribbleBot is always a fun!
scribbleBot is always a fun!

When the user is ready to start programming, pre-programmed examples ensure that users are able to start fast. The mimicBlock graphical programming language makes it easy for kids to load and alter programs from our website or write programs of their own. (You can download mimicBlock BETA now to see how it works). mimicBlock is similar to other programming curricula commonly used in classrooms and STEAM camps across the world, so it makes a great complement to other tools the user might be using. After learning the basics in mimicBlock more advanced programs can be written in C. These examples get pretty sophisticated, and you can learn more about them here.

programming software builds the users abilities gradually
programming software builds the users abilities gradually

What Makes mimicArm Unique?

In manual mode mimicArm uses our patent pending Posi-Feel(tm) technology (learn more), which gives the user intuitive haptic feedback and allows sophisticated delicate manipulation not possible on other servo based robots. This not only provides intuitive feel, reducing operator frustration, but also allows the user to manipulate a variety of objects, from strong and heavy to very fragile. The inputBox (included in our Deluxe kit) comes pre-programmed to allow the user to use different inputs to interact with mimicArm right away. As the user learns to program mimicArm to perform ever more complex tasks they can develop a unique personality for their mimicArm based on the programming choices they make.

There are other robots designed to teach programming, but only mimicArm is uniquely designed to teach interaction between robot and human. Through its unique design and combinations of sensors mimicArm is able to sense it's environment in such a way as to understand what a human is asking it to do. At the simplest, mimicArm can tell if it has grabbed a block it's been offered, while at it's most complex mimicArm is able to detect and reach for blocks, sort by size, communicate it's status, and receive instructions through a microphone or button. It's a great choice for everyone from robot novice to veteran programmer.

Never programmed before? No problem! When you're ready, our simple yet powerful programming software gradually eases you into programming concepts and our downloadable experiments start simple to guide you every step of the way. The mimicArm circuit board takes care of the tough control system tasks so the user can program with simple intuitive commands like robotMove or robotGrab. The experiments incrementally increase in complexity until you're able to program using genuine C code just like the professionals, and your mimicArm becomes a genuine collaborative robot, capable of making decisions and learning. Want to pick up delicate objects without breaking them? mimicArm can do that. Want to record and playback a dance? mimicArm can do that. Need a shop assistant to hold your soldering iron? mimicArm can do that too. Add our available accessories and even more possibilities emerge.

inputBox opens up a world of interactive possibilities inputBox opens up a world of interactive possibilities
inputBox opens up a world of interactive possibilities inputBox opens up a world of interactive possibilities

mimicArm is the only k-12 educational robot available. mimicArm leverages the popular Arduino microcontrollers and programming environment for nearly infinite expandability as the user’s abilities grow. Want to make mimicArm remote controlled? Use the remote included in our inputBox! Want to record and playback your motions? Use the inputBox microSD card! Want mimicArm to detect and move blocks? Use our IR Distance Sensor! Check out our Experiments Page for examples. Using these capabilities you can take mimicArm from a simple manually controlled robot all the way to an artificial intelligence machine capable of decision making and human interaction.

That Sounds Great! Which Kit is Right for Me?

Everything you need to learn artifical inteligence programming
Everything you need to learn artifical inteligence programming

All of our mimicArm kits allow the user to get started in manual mode as soon as they’re assembled, come pre-programmed with simple A.I. examples, and are programmable. mimicArm kits are designed for easy assembly. Using the included wrench, screwdriver, and hex key you can fully assembl your mimicArm in a couple of hours. (Younger users will need an adult’s help). The kit includes all parts, fasteners, and tools needed. No soldering or other special skills are required. Buying for your local school? Let us know!  Our robots come pre-assembled if shipping to an educational institution. 

mimicArm starts simple, so anyone can use it right away
mimicArm starts simple, so anyone can use it right away
Reward Levels for Every User
Reward Levels for Every User

We offer reward levels for every user, from beginner to expert.

mimicArm Kit:

Recommended for beginners

Our mimicArm Kit includes everything you need to use mimicArm in manual mode or start programming mimicArm. Our most affordable option, the mimicArm Kit is great for users looking to dip their toe into robotic programming and expand to other accessories later. The mimicArm kit includes all tools needed to assemble the kit so you can start using your robot quickly. This reward includes:

  • mimicArm Robot
  • mimicArm Manual Controller
  • mimicDuino

mimicArm Super Fun Kit

Recommended for beginner and intermediate users

This reward centers around- you guessed it- fun! Including everything from the mimicArm Kit, the mimicArm Super Fun kit adds stacking blocks, the Great Big Button, and scribbleBot. Program fun activities like building a block castle or writing your name. The Great Big Button also adds basic human interactions to start learning A. I. collaborative programming. This reward includes:

  • mimicArm Manual Controller
  • mimicDuino
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Great Big Button
  • scribbleBot
  • mimicArm Robot

mimicArm Deluxe Kit

Recommended for intermediate and expert users

Including everything from the Super Fun Kit, the mimicArm Deluxe kit adds the inputBox and IR Distance Sensor for maximum collaborative and A. I. possibilities.  Allow your robot to sense her environment and make decisions based on human input.  Program commands based on button presses.  React to the distance from a block.  Communicate your robot’s status using the RGB LED. React to sound using the inputBox microphone. The possibilities are endless! This kit includes:

  • mimicArm Robot
  • mimicArm Manual Controller
  • mimicDuino
  • Stacking Blocks
  • Great Big Button
  • scribbleBot
  • inputBox
  • IR Distance Sensor

mimicArm Deluxe Classroom Set

Five copies of our mimicArm Deluxe Kit, fully assembled if shipping to a US address.  Everything you need to get your STEAM classroom started learning robotics coding.  Buy a set for your favorite school!


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Risks and challenges

mimicArm version 2 is an incremental improvement in capability and convenience over mimicArm version one, in use in schools across America now. As such risks are reasonably reduced. The improvements are primarily in the electronics, and there are some schedule risks if we make a mistake on the circuit boards as they take about 2 weeks to make. These risks are reduced by our prototypes and experience on the similar version 1 board. We’ll be completing the already started prototype testing process while the campaign is ongoing.

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    Robots for Schools

    mimicArm version 1 is in schools from Ohio to Oregon, and you can help bring her to more students. Robots are delivered assembled at no charge to the school. You'll have the opportunity to suggest a school after the campaign.

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    mimicArm Mug

    A genuine engineering drawing of mimicArm on a dishwasher safe mug, plus $5 towards robots for schools. This is your only opportunity to get one, and students across the world will thank you too! Pledges over $150 will get the mug and a guarantee that a robot will go to the school of their choice.

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    Early Bird - mimicArm Kit

    40% below retail! Whether you’re just dipping your toe into programming or have a basement full of sensors and electronics this is the package for you. As soon as you finish our easy to build kit mimicArm is ready to go in Manual Mode. When you’re ready to start programming just download our free software and use the included mimicDuino to get started.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange.

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    mimicArm Kit

    30% below retail! Whether you’re just dipping your toe into programming or have a basement full of sensors and electronics this is the package for you. As soon as you finish our easy to build kit mimicArm is ready to go in Manual Mode. When you’re ready to start programming just download our free software and use the included mimicDuino to get started.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange

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    Early Bird - mimicArm Super Fun Kit

    43% off retail! Perfect for beginners and younger users, the mimicArm Super Fun Kit is ready to go after you’re finished building but also includes accessories to enhance the fun factor. Test your skill by using the robot to build a castle, use the scribbleBot attachment to write your name, or use the Great Big Button to program an interactive game. The choice is yours and the possibilities endless! When your skills outgrow the Super Fun Pack you can always expand with the inputBox and other accessories.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange.

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    mimicArm Super Fun Kit

    33% off retail! Perfect for beginners and younger users, the mimicArm Super Fun Kit is ready to go after you’re finished building but also includes accessories to enhance the fun factor. Test your skill by using the robot to build a castle, use the scribbleBot attachment to write your name, or use the Great Big Button to program an interactive game. The choice is yours and the possibilities endless! When your skills outgrow the Super Fun Pack you can always expand with the inputBox and other accessories.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange.

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    • mimicArm Robot Arm
    • mimicArm Manual Controller
    • mimicDuino
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    Early Bird - mimicArm Deluxe Kit

    45% off retail!The pride of the collection, the delux set provides everything you need for to make a truely autonomous interactive robot. Detect distance to reach and grab an object, react to the snap of your fingers, record a dance on the SD card and react to music, the list goes on and on. This set is the most complete and capable programmable robot available to the average consumer.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange.

    Includes:
    • mimicArm Robot Arm
    • mimicArm Manual Controller
    • mimicDuino
    • Stacking Blocks
    • scribbleBot Attachment
    • inputBox
    • IR Distance Sensor
    • Great Big Button
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    mimicArm Deluxe Kit

    35% off retail! The pride of the collection, the deluxe set provides everything you need for to make a truely autonomous interactive robot. Detect distance to reach and grab an object, react to the snap of your fingers, record a dance on the SD card and react to music, the list goes on and on. This set is the most complete and capable programmable robot available to the average consumer.
    Available in Blue, Green, or Orange.

    Includes:
    • mimicArm Robot Arm
    • mimicArm Manual Controller
    • mimicDuino
    • Stacking Blocks
    • scribbleBot Attachment
    • inputBox
    • IR Distance Sensor
    • Great Big Button
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    mimicArm Deluxe Classroom Set

    The deluxe classroom set provides 5 sets of everything you need for to make a truly autonomous interactive robot, plus assembly (U.S. Addresses Only) and classroom resources. Detect distance to reach and grab an object, react to the snap of your fingers, record a dance on the SD card and react to music, the list goes on and on. This set is the most complete and capable programmable robot available to the average consumer.
    Each robot available in Blue, Green, or Orange. They can each be different or all five the same.

    Includes:
    • mimicArm Robot Arm
    • mimicArm Manual Controller
    • mimicDuino
    • Stacking Blocks
    • scribbleBot Attachment
    • inputBox
    • IR Distance Sensor
    • Great Big Button
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