T-BOTS | Balancing Robots
T-BOTS | Balancing Robots
T-BOTS are Arduino based balancing robots. Build, Program, PLAY!
T-BOTS are Arduino based balancing robots. Build, Program, PLAY! Read more
Battle Play - tense and exciting! The rules are simple. You must make contact at least once and knock your opponent over while remaining upright. We played many games, but this one had us hooked.
The software is written in C/C++ which, according to IEEE SPECTRUM, is the computer language most in demand by recruiting companies. The software is free for you to download, modify or completely rewrite. If the campaign is successful, we will be setting up a forum for you to share your code with the community. We recommend the Arduino development platform. Check out the S4A project too!
T-BOTS use a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes to precisely measure the tilt. This information is used to calculate the necessary motor response for the robot to maintain its balance. There are numerous ways of achieving this; both simple and complex.
The T-BOT has an ultrasound distance-measuring module for eyes, providing the user with scope to write algorithms for the robots to interact with their environment or each other.
The bluetooth module allows you to control the robot using your smart phone or PC. See Joystick Bluetooth Commander.
- Acrylic Chassis
- Open Source Arduino based Microcontroller
- MPU 6050 MEMS Module Tri-Axis Gyroscope, Tri-Axis Accelerometer
- HC-SR04 Ultrasound Module
- TB6612FNG Motor Driver Board
- HC-05 Bluetooth Module
T-BOTS have been designed to inspire creativity. From designing your own T-BOT skins, inventing your own games, learning to program using the Arduino development platform or Scratch (S4A), understanding the physics of balance and dynamic stabilization, all the way up to advanced control theory. Or you can just assemble the robot, download the software and play! T-BOTS are an excellent example of a STEAM product that is genuinely fun!
A T-BOT was used to help film the campaign video! The model for the dolly adaptor can be made freely available for 3D printing.
The design is complete, we have working prototypes, the quotes and lead times are in! We are ready to go on completion of a successful campaign.
Why £100k. The short answer is, economy of scale. The long answer...
I’m a scientist and I have three children. I wanted to inspire them with a project that would teach them about science, mathematics, electronics, programming, product design and even explore concepts like artificial intelligence. So I designed a robot called Robie (see below).
When their friends saw Robie, they wanted to know if they could buy one. Until that point, I hadn’t even considered selling robots. Robie was much too complicated to launch as a first product with no infrastructure in place. So I set out to design an endearing robot that would be affordable for as many people as possible, and so the T-BOTS were born! When setting the target I considered two things. First, I did some market research to gauge people’s response to the T-BOTS. People were both intrigued and charmed by these little chaps, so I new we had a saleable product. Second, I explored options to make them affordable while maintaining the highest quality. This is where the economy of scale comes in. For example, the chassis will be laser cut and the wheels will be injection moulded. When seeking quotes I discovered the obvious - the cost drops significantly if you order in bulk. The cost per unit for a thousand was significantly less expensive than 500 and 2000 was significantly less expensive than 1000. But of course, this must be balanced against the likelihood of finding a higher number of backers. I looked at other products that had been launched on Kickstarter and thought that selling 2000 T-BOTS seemed achievable.
Risks and challenges
Inevitably, manufacturing a new product carries with it risks of delays in production due to the supply chain. We will be open and honest in our communication in the event that any delays arise.
KLiK ROBOTICS and Kickstarter both stress that this platform is not a traditional store, and hope that you understand that you are joining a journey. We're confident that it will be one you enjoy. We are very excited to launch T-BOTS and are grateful for your part in it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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