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Ultra low cost development platform for micro-robotics which can be easily assembled with through-hole components and a soldering iron.
Ultra low cost development platform for micro-robotics which can be easily assembled with through-hole components and a soldering iron.
709 backers pledged $24,553 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Linus Björnlund on July 15

      Still nothing. Backed for the swarm-bot kit. :-(

    2. Creator Philip Kinchington on June 25

      I think that there may be a fair few people like me who gave up a long time ago on ever receiving anything from this project. This is the only Kickstarter I have backed that never delivered (so far). I've had some deliver very, very...very late, and one or two where I've had to prod the creator. This was one of the first Kickstarters I backed, and I didn't want to be that annoying person hassling someone when they're just trying to get things out the door. Maybe if I'd have been a squeaky wheel my experience may have been different. But by the time I'd got to the point of thinking about writing a message, my gut instinct said I'd backed a lemon and I cut my losses and walked away: lesson learned. I hadn't backed very much, if I'd paid more maybe I'd have been more likely to start hassling.

    3. Creator Mark Carey on June 22

      Interesting. I've gotten my kit, and all promised components. Considering the 709 backers, and the general lack of complaints, I believe that a lot of folks DID get their kits. Looks like maybe 10 didn't get them immediately, they got lost in the post, or they are lying about it. Consider that 699/709 got their kits. That's 98.6% successful... not bad, really. In fact, I'd say that's better than the average Kickstarter results. Just some food for thought.

    4. Creator TJ on June 12

      The FTC is finally starting to prosecute frauds like miss O'brien.
      Not received your boards ? Raise a complaint here :-

    5. Creator Jacky Wong on April 27

      I asked about my kit in Oct 2013 and Annika said it's coming soon. I asked again in March and May, and finally got a reply in July 2014. She said she "shipped another kit out" and asked me to contact her if I don't receive it within 2 weeks. I never messaged her again because it's futile. It's obvious the scale of this project became too big, things started to go wrong (Murphy's law), and she ran out of funds she got from the Kickstarter.

      I also want my refund. I paid 85 dollars for the classroom kit.

    6. Creator TJ on April 3

      Self styled "Philanthropist"...... easy to do with other people money....

    7. Creator TJ on April 3

      "Ive contacted Kickstarter about refunding your money"..... still no refund
      OY ! Scumbag sort something

    8. Creator TJ on March 18

      O'Brien, It is my understanding that you promised me a refund.... still Nothing.
      It is my understanding that Kickstarter have contacted you - asking you to respond to your backers and you have not bothered.

      Very professional

    9. Creator TJ on March 13

      This person deserves no "Kudos". So many people received nothing. So many ignored emails, so many excuses.
      Make Robots, Not War. Make money, screw everybody more like.

    10. Creator matthieu verpoort on March 7

      Still nothing here...

    11. Creator Richard Fabian on February 19

      Thanks for the boards. I've managed to teach a few people about microcontrollers from these boards. I hope the negative comments don't get you down, and that these people eventually get their stuff too. Post can be terrible, I know, but you made so many more boards than you set out to, and shipped so many more than you planned to, so kudos for doing what you did. There are going to be thousands of people out there making robots that would never have done so if it hadn't been for this Kickstarter.

    12. Creator Michal Mühlpachr on December 4, 2014

      No response no delivery, seams like ordinary fraud ...

    13. Creator Christian Brayshaw on November 19, 2014

      Still nothing. I got a message in a galaxy far far away, staing if I didn't get anything within four weeks to contact her, which I did and again, silence.

      When you see those images saying "Just take my money!" I don't think they actually mean to steal from good people and never give them for which they back the project for.

      Personally, it wasn't for boards, it was so she could go on expensive trips to talk about robotics 'n' stuff!

      GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!

    14. Creator Espen Sae-Tang Ottersen on November 7, 2014

      Any updates on shipping my (and several others it seems) pledge rewards?

    15. Creator Linus Björnlund on September 11, 2014

      Anyone heard something? Or just consider this kickstarter a waste of money? At least for me!
      Such behavior to just stop communicating! :-(

    16. Creator Vaibhav Puranik on August 21, 2014

      I haven't received anything either, except some promises and a statement that my board has been shipped without any tracking numbers or details

    17. Creator Linus Björnlund on August 19, 2014

      Still nothing... :-(

    18. Creator Jorge Amodio on July 19, 2014

      Amazing, after numerous times of trying to contact this creator via normal channels the only response I received after posting a message on that group was a message that the boards were shipped twice to my previous address, shipments for which I never received any notice or tracking information. I didn't move in more than 10 years and never had a problem with items shipped from other KS campaigns I backed.

      Obviously after posting the message on that meetup board I was removed without an option now to respond, and the message sent via Kickstarter calling me "dumb" because she has my address... very professional.

      I had no intentions to harass anybody Ms. Annika, I was trying to get a response or explanation of what happened with this pledge but never got any, the last message I ever received was in October 2103 saying:

      "I got 2 more of the new boards in and neither work. I'm trying to figure out why they can't just send me the board exactly like I ordered it. Pinouts shouldn't be a big deal, but they aren't able to ship me working boards so far."

      After that, no boards, no more messages, zilch, nothing.

      You can keep the money, you can keep the boards, I'm no longer interested and I feel really bad to have backed you and your project, I just wanted a response and you just did in the most unprofessional manner.

      "Make Robots, Not War" <-- Good one :-)

    19. Creator TJ on July 17, 2014

      If you still havent received your product, I would urge you to contact kickstarter support to get a refund. Ive also added a new discussion on the LA Robotics Club website which you may like to add to

      Good Luck and hope you get your money back.

    20. Creator MacGyverX on July 17, 2014

      This is mostly a FYI. I was working on a project that required PWM. None of the digital pins on the Magnolia boards are broken out to the header on the boards. Its only 6 of the analog ports. A0 thru A5.

      If you look at the data sheet for the ATMEGA328P you see that pins 5 (Arduino pin 3) pin 11 (Arduino pin 5) pin 12 (Arduino pin 6) pin 17 (Arduino pin 11) pin 16 (Arduino pin 10) pin 15 (Arduino pin 9) supports PWM. I've added addition headers to the pins listed above and tested them with a scope. They all work great.

      On a side note, I've also gotten a I2C device working by adding the additional headers to the correct pins that support SCL/SDA .

      Happy Hacking.

    21. Creator Jorge Amodio on July 16, 2014

      Yup, she is the hot maker social media abusing chick

    22. Creator TJ on July 15, 2014

      Doesnt seem to be too stressed, have a look on google +
      the seems to be part of the con too

    23. Creator Jorge Amodio on July 14, 2014

      I'm also still waiting and this lady does not respond anywhere :-(

    24. Creator TJ on July 14, 2014

      Hi, Is any of this sort of crowd funding regulated ? I ordered a Swarm-bot Robotics Kit @ $40 + UK shipping. Emails have been ignored and many people seem to be out of pocket. Fine, its a local robotics club but tht doesnt justify beng ignored.......

    25. Creator Linus Björnlund on July 11, 2014

      Haven't received anything. No answer on kickstarter messages or email.
      What happened?

    26. Creator Brian Degger on July 4, 2014

      havent seen any goods.... wonder what happened?

    27. Creator Michel C. on June 25, 2014

      Annika O'Brien:
      I am loosing all hopes that I will ever receive my reward! Please reply to my message.

    28. Creator Cody J. Morgan on June 24, 2014

      I got mine late guys. Maybe try to message Annika on FB or G+ she always responded to me.

    29. Creator Christian Brayshaw on June 17, 2014

      I was hopeful in getting at least a partial refund but neither messages, goods or moneys have made it my way!

      I'm a victim of fraud. If I was never going to get the goods then fine, I would have donated $5 for her robotics club or something!

    30. Creator Brendan Capel on June 9, 2014

      Still nothing up here in Canada; neither response to message nor my kit.

    31. Creator Alexander Schliebner on June 3, 2014

      I agree with Felix Kolk, this project shows no sign of life anymore. I will also be more careful with overfunded kickstarter projects.

    32. Creator Michael Nixon on May 31, 2014

      I'm still waiting on my pledge as well

    33. Creator Peter Grew on May 22, 2014

      I haven't received my swarm-bot kit either, but the purpose of the project was to make a platform for the robotics club and I'm happy to donate $50 for that cause.

    34. Creator Brendan Capel on May 14, 2014

      Still no response to my message; it has been over a month. Any further word on this project?

    35. Creator Felix Kolk on May 10, 2014

      Hey everybody, I personally regard this project as dead.
      There is no responsibility of Kickstarter for this. I surely will be more carefull with gross overfunded KS projects.
      Take care everybody

    36. Creator Christian Brayshaw on May 7, 2014


      I've contacted kickstarter regarding a refund as I've never received my pledge. Good people had paid good money and I'm one not to give up on a quest. I want either my money back or my boards.

      Why aren't people getting their pledges when over $24k was made....

    37. Creator Alexander Schliebner on May 5, 2014

      Annika keeps posting in Google+, so I think she's still alive and we don't have to be worried about her. However I agree with most of the recent comments here that this project seems to be dead and quite a few people - including myself - did not get their pledge. Disappointing in the end but yet another lesson learned. My last call to Annika: Please be fair with all us patient backers and give us at least a statement. Thanks!

    38. Creator Glenn Mossy on May 4, 2014

      Received by board plus FTDI, dead on arrival, unable to get it to upload any sketch. I'll try desoldering the tx,rx LEDs as suggested and see if that gets the board to work.

    39. Creator devnill on May 2, 2014

      She said mine was shipped ages ago. No response in 2 weeks. I think she gave up? I know this was way more work than expected, but this is really unprofessional.

    40. Creator Darren Stone on April 30, 2014

      6 weeks have passed since my last request for an update but yet to have any feedback. Do I write this off.

    41. Creator Vaibhav Puranik on April 28, 2014

      I haven't received anything yet. Any chance I will get my board? I should have just gone for a raspberry Pi.

    42. Creator Jacky Wong on April 26, 2014

      The stuff was supposed to be shipped over a year ago, but I still have not received mine. I also moved last month.

      With the lack of update, I'm guessing Annika is no longer involved? Should I just consider this a bad back?

    43. Creator Richard Fabian on April 25, 2014

      FYI those with dead boards: I found that on three boards, the board appeared to work, but the upload wasn't working.

      I traced it back on two of them to the LEDs draining too much from the FTDI (I don't even know how that's possible) so desoldered them and they work fine.

      The third was a faulty 10k resistor on the reset pin (I think; it's the one next to the little capacitor on the board).

      Reviving two out of three makes me happy, but I don't know enough about board design or have the right tools to fix the SMD 10K. If you have simple soldering skills, and a multimeter, try to find out what is wrong with your board before giving up on it.

    44. Creator Richard Fabian on April 25, 2014

      While we're waiting for some official tutorial stuff, I have begun to write a gitbook to help my friends and family that I'm teaching.

      Also, don't forget there is a reddit sub

    45. Creator Espen Sae-Tang Ottersen on April 24, 2014

      I have yet to receive my swarm kit as well... Please update us, Annika. (Sent you a message on Apr 9 with no reply yet...) I am in no stress to receive it, but I would appreciate to know if it is in progress or something is holding it up... (Especially since you mentioned that you sent out the last boards in the start of January...)

    46. Creator kamiel straatman on April 24, 2014

      I totally agree with Alexander; KEEP COMMUNICATING. This is taking too long


    47. Creator Alexander Schliebner on April 13, 2014

      Annika, "Mailing out the last boards" was your last update on Jan 11 2014 - 3 months passed since then, but I have still not received the boards and no update from you. I've been patient all the time, but my patience is coming to an end. Please update.

    48. Creator kamiel straatman on April 12, 2014

      No boards yet ? Annika please respond because this is taking too long.


    49. Creator Stephen Leach on April 5, 2014

      Where do I find the circuit diagrams and other documentation for the boards? This is my first Anduino project so I'm not sure where to start.

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