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Meet Edison - the super affordable, programmable robot. Your stepping stone into the exciting world of science and technology!
Meet Edison - the super affordable, programmable robot. Your stepping stone into the exciting world of science and technology!
1,153 backers pledged AU$ 104,958 to help bring this project to life.

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                    THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS ON KICKSTARTER! 

We ‘smashed’ our funding goal of $20,000, reaching over $104,000 in pledges from more than 1100 backers, in just 30 days. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. Due to this overwhelming success we reached all of our 4 Stretch Goals and will be delivering these in parallel with our Edison project plan. Kickstarter is just the beginning for Edison. You can now order EdPacks from www.meetedison.com. You can also follow the latest progress, join our EdTalk forum, sign up for our newsletter, and more... 

                              So come and meet Edison today!

Have you ever wanted to get into robotics, but found it too difficult or expensive?

Meet Edison...

  • Affordable – Less than $40 each and less than $30 each for a full class set
  • Programmable – Free open source graphical programming software
  • LEGO® compatible – Modular and easily expandable
  • Easy to use – Has many pre-programmed functions activated by barcodes
  • Remote control – Learns commands from TV/DVD remote controls
  • Suitable for all ages – From 5 to 95
  • Built to last – Yes, the car scene in the video is real!

...so what will you invent?

Glenunga International High School students
Glenunga International High School students

Gizmag - Edison offers affordable and Lego-compatible robotics education

Geeky Gadgets - Edison Programmable Robot Launches On Kickstarter For $39

STEMblog - LEGO compatible robotics for less than the cost of a text book

Bloomberg BusinessweekThis Toy Robot Injects Steroids Into Lego Projects

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Make: Edison: A Peek Into the Design of The Robot Anyone Can Afford

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Behance - Edison Robot Industrial Design

The LeadReducing the cost of robotics in schools

Trend HunterThe Edison Educational Robot Helps Teach Programming and Robotics

The Brick Blogger - There are a couple of interesting new LEGO projects...

Wired (Italy) - Edison, il robot programmabile compatibile con i Lego

Robotnyheter (Sweden) - Edison – en billig Legokompatibel skolrobot

Robotikka (Spain) - Edison, la plataforma robótica de bajo coste

Techly- EDISON: THE LEGO-LIKE ROBOT TEACHING KIDS TO PROGRAM ROBOTICS

Robotics (Ukraine) Edison – новый легко настраиваемый Lego робот для обучения детей

Interesting Engineering - Edison: an affordable LEGO robot for tomorrow’s robotics engineers  

Gadizmo - Meet Edison the Programmable LEGO Compatible Robot

Mindstorms (Luxembourg) - EDISON – LE ROBOT LOW COST COMPATIBLE LEGO

Startup Smart - Robots in the classroom: Meet Edison, the Australian-designed Lego-compatible robot that smashed its crowdfunding target

CNET (Japan) - プログラム可能小型2輪ロボット「Edison」

Robotics Today - Edison Robot Raises 400% of Crowdfunding Goal

Robotics Today - Edison Project Description

Robotics Today - Edison Robot Description

Once we reach our funding target of $20,000 we will be looking at creating exciting ‘extras’ so that can you can get the most out of your Edison.

Stretch Goal 1 - $30,000 (achieved!)

A full colour illustrated EdBook1 – Your EdVenture into Robotics - containing 10 EdWare programs and a very useful guide on how to connect your Edisons together and have them communicate as an integrated robotics system. This EdBook1(in PDF format) will be made available for FREE download from meetedison,com.

Stretch Goal 2 - $40,000 (achieved!!)

A set of 10 lesson plans for teachers that takes students through a step-by-step process for programming Edison with EdWare, towards achieving key educational objectives and outcomes. Each lesson plan will include example programs, Edison tasks and student challenges – some individual and others team based. 

Stretch Goal 3 - $50,000 (achieved!!!)

A special version of EdWare for Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a very capable small computer which can be used for electronics projects and costs approximately $50. Now that really is low cost robotics! 

Stretch Goal 4 - $100,000 (achieved!!!!)

EdWare iOS and Android apps. Program Edison using either an iPad or Android tablet, using the supplied EdComm cable, that plugs into the headphone socket. These EdWare apps will be FREE to download. Mobile AND low cost robotics is about to become a reality!

Edison is for students of all ages and also for both beginner and experienced hobbyists. You can buy a single robot for under $40 and learn computer programming just like other robotics systems which can cost much, much more. Edison is a great resource for teachers as classroom sets are now very affordable for schools - it's now possible to have one robot per student. Edison is modular and LEGO® compatible. He provides a scalable way to build any size robotic invention.

Edison is the perfect teaching and learning robot for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities!

We’ve packed Edison full of an amazing features and functionality.

Edison has:

  • infrared obstacle detectors (left and right)
  • line tracking sensor
  • light sensors (left and right)
  • infrared receiver
  • infrared transmitter
  • piezo sounder
  • sound sensor
  • two motors with variable speeds
  • left and right red LED lights
  • and three control buttons
Barcode reading and driving from a TV remote control
Barcode reading and driving from a TV remote control

Edison can:

  • navigate his way around by detecting obstacles to his left or right
  • be controlled by a standard TV/DVD remote
  • follow a line or stay within a boarder
  • follow a flash light
  • communicate with another Edison using infrared light - robot swarm anyone?!!
  • play beeps and musical tunes
  • respond to clapping and other loud sounds
  • move in any direction through his differential drive system
Following a flash light and line following
Following a flash light and line following

EdWare is a fun way to start learning computer programming.

This simple ‘drag and drop’ graphical programming language uses CONTROL, READ, DATA and FLOW instructions that are linked together in a logical ’flowchart’ style. 

Advanced programming is just a mouse click away – up to 1000 command icons can be used in a single program. Sophisticated programs using 16-bit maths and event interrupts can also control one Edison, or several Edisons operating together.

EdWare is a free open source program that runs on Mac, Linux and Windows computers.

A line tracking program
A line tracking program

You can download EdWare from www.meetedison.com. To upload your program to Edison, the supplied EdComm data cable is simply connected between your computer’s headphone jack and Edison. Then press PLAY and let Edison do the rest!

EdComm uses audio encoded data to transfer your program to Edison. This happens via your computer’s headphone socket, so no additional driver software is required to be installed.

If you want to learn more about how to control Edison – download the EdWare beta and try for yourself at www.meetedison.com/downloads - it’s really easy to install, but you’ll need an Edison to run the program.

Edison has been designed, as not only a stand-alone robot, but also as a modular robotics system that is easily expandable using LEGO® bricks. 

LEGO® compatibility
LEGO® compatibility

Two or more Edisons can be connected together. For example you can create a bulldozer, where the bottom Edison becomes the wheel driving mechanism and the top Edison controls the bucket tipper.

 New inventions are only limited by your own imagination!

If you want to know even more about 'what makes Edison tick' here's some of his technical specifications:

Edison has already progressed a long way from our original product concept to detailed CAD models and physical prototypes. We are now working hard to 'get him across the finish line'.

Once we complete our Kickstarter campaign it is 'full speed ahead’ for shipping your Edison to you by December - anywhere in the world. We will be sending shipments out on a ‘first come first served’ basis as quickly as we can; after we work through the critical path activities of plastics tooling modifications and production as per the project schedule below.

We have big plans for Edison beyond our Kickstarter launch. These include:

  • Create additional resources - lesson plans and class activities
  • Run competitions, establish Edison clubs, increase online activities
  • Create an iOS and Android App - to program and control Edison

And, most of all:

    make robotics accessible to ALL students!

We’ve created a variety of Edison packages to get you started, ranging from a single Edison for only $39, through to an economical classroom set of 30, which includes 3 EdMat activity mats.

All are great value offers - and as you can see below - when there are more Edisons in an EdPack - we can provide lower unit prices through economies of scale.

Please note: All of these SPECIAL DISCOUNT offers are only available on Kickstarter for our product launch - so get in fast!

 If you want to know more about Edison please check out our website  www.meetedison.com and feel free to ask questions!

We would love to hear from you!

LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.
Pictures of Meet Edison stickers and EdMats are representative of final product design.
Pictures of Stretch Goals are representative only.

Risks and challenges

At Microbric, we’ve been developing robotics products for over a decade and have had previous success with our Microbot, I-BOT and Ai2 products; selling nearly 100,000 robots to a wide range of customers. With support from the Kickstarter community, we want to develop Edison into our best robot ever!

Our dedicated and enthusiastic project team of 10 has completed the initial development and building of a first batch of pre-production units, some of which you can see on the video, and we have the EdWare program operational for controlling Edison.

As with all projects, there is now the detailed development work of fine tuning the hardware and software before we proceed with a first large batch production run. There is also some schedule risk with the purchase of electronics component parts that are a long lead time to supply.

We are confident of overcoming any technical hurdles we face with fine tuning of plastics tooling and some of the detailed EdWare commands.

And of course, we'll make every effort to finish on schedule, but if unforeseen issues arise we will keep all of our backers fully informed and up to date with the latest progress.

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    EdPack1... Getting into robotics has never been easier! You will receive 1 Edison robot ready to use with the EdComm programming cable. (Approx. $37 USD)

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    EdPack2+... Awesome early bird value! Get one, give one! You will receive 2 Edison robots ready to use with EdComm programming cables. Plus 2 Edison stickers and FREE batteries!!! (Approx. $65 USD)

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    EdPack3+... Awesome early bird value! Family fun! You will receive 3 Edison robots ready to use with EdComm programmig cables plus 3 Edison stickers and FREE batteries!!! (Approx. $93 USD)

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    EdPack10... Awesome for robotics clubs or creating your own robot swarm! You will receive 10 Edison robots ready to use with EdComm programmig cables plus an EdMat activity mat (as seen in video) (Approx. $300 USD)

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    EdPack20... Perfect for small classes with one robot per student! You will receive 20 Edison robots ready to use with EdComm programming cables plus 2 EdMat activity mats (as seen in video) (Approx. $580 USD)

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    EdPack30... Perfect for large classes with one robot per student! You will receive 30 Edison robots ready to use with EdComm programming cables plus 3 EdMat activity mats (as seen in video) That's less than $30 per robot - Just Wow! (Approx. $845 USD)

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