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Aris - Advanced Bipedal Robotics Made Affordable to Everyone (Canceled)

Utilize Concepts Including Machine Vision, Dynamic Balance, AIML ChatBots, Bipedal Locomotion and more.

Aris - Advanced Bipedal Robotics Made Affordable to Everyone (Canceled)

Utilize Concepts Including Machine Vision, Dynamic Balance, AIML ChatBots, Bipedal Locomotion and more.

$1,667
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5
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 2 2019
Last updated October 7, 2019

About

   When I was a kid, I remember learning about the NAO robots for the first time, it was amazing to see such a small machine being able to move so well and actually walk around without falling over.   After watching dozens of videos I wanted to get one of my own, then I saw the price, and that dream died almost immediately, costing over $9,000 dollars.

Years later, I still couldn't find a robot that had the same capabilities as even the older NAO robots for under $1,000, and everything below that price was just a toy or at best a fancy puppet.

As much as we love Nao, she's just way too much money. :/

Aris is our solution to making advanced robotics affordable for everyone. She's low cost and infinity adaptable, equipped with a multitude of sensors, she's able to be completely aware of her environment. 

Aris can be used in STEM education, robotics and engineering studies, Research& Development, software design, machine learning tasks, and much more.

She hit the camera with the ball, sorry.

Baked-In Balance:

Aris is able to compensate of uneven or shifting ground all on her own. She's even able to do this while running your custom scripts, which means you don't need to worry about every little detail, and can focus on more important aspects of your code.

No other robots at this price point support this amount of control.

Keeping balance on cardboard (which is kinda bendy)

How Basic Balance Works:

If you're using Aris's library, she's able to take your new scripts and use them like normal. If she detects that the surface is changing levels or tilt, her accelerometer applies any needed adjustments and corrections, allowing her to stay upright in almost any situation. 

This automatic balance works around your own custom code, making sure she stays steady and upright even when on only one foot.

Basic Tracking:

  Aris is able to track colors, faces, and motion. You are also able to train new objects, allowing her to react differently to every object she sees.

 Advanced Tracking/Object Interaction: 

 Once she is tracking a specific color or object, she is then able to preform more advanced  vision-based tasks, including grabbing an object in front of her. These type of actions are also easily implemented into your own script through her library.

Aris grabbing an orange ball.

Dynamic Force Compensation: 

Aris is also able to adapt to forces applied to her back or front. This is included as part of her active balance, so it's built into almost every script you write. 

 She's able to bend up to ~40° forward and ~50° backwards without falling over.

Glyph Support:

Aris also supports the use of Glyphs. Glyphs are basic shapes or patterns that can quickly provide information, and are mainly used to identify objects or locations. 

Each reward tier ships with 5 different glyphs that you can assign any action or prescription to. You can also make your own and print them yourself using our template. (Download on our GitHub, scroll down for details.)

Demo Glyph

Play Your Pre-Made Audio:

Aris is also able to play your pre-made audio any time she would normally use speech synthesis. Simply add all your .wav files to the folder called "audex". Then, whenever you'd like to play one back, simply add " ar.plysndw(FILENAME.WAV);" to your script. This can also be done using triggers.  

The video below shows a basic example of facial recognition being used to trigger an action and a .wav file.

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 Built-In Chatbot: 

Aris is capable of running AIML Scripts, giving her an unmatched capability to hold a conversation. You can easily edit how she responds, or let her learn all on her own through context and inference. 

You can also import other AIML bots found around the internet, or use one's you've already built. Just plug Aris into your computer, and drag all your .aiml files and CVS folder (If you have one) into the "aris_brain" folder. Everything else should work without issue, although, you may have to redo your key. If this is an issue you face, then you most likely know how to fix it. (Only an issue for advanced users)

You may also wish to import the entire bot into Aris, in which case, simply drag all your current files into the "aris_aibt" folder.  

! DO NOT OVERWRITE/REPLACE ANY FILES !

Aris's supplied library includes support for creating custom phrases that can preform trained actions. She can also respond to stimulus via verbal communication/taking actions based on what she is experiencing. 


 Beginners: Easily create detailed actions using Aris's library. Walk forward, track red, follow red, follow face, distance limit (using ping sensor) any many more. As mentioned above, Aris will automatically keep her balance while running your custom scripts. You can disable this feature by inserting single line at the start of your script. You can also enable Servo Feedback and move her arms and legs around yourself. She can then replay any of these actions, or  use them as an action or reaction.

Example: ar.dismbs(); //disables balance and inertial compensation.

 Advanced Users: Take full control of everything Aris has to offer. Check out the GitHub page (Linked in the updates section once campaign finishes) for detailed layouts of our hardware, design files, and source code. Rviz plugin in development.

TensorFlow is only supported though external connection due to high performance requirements.

  Yes, Aris is completely open source. We aren't just building a robot, we're building a community around it. We know that Makers are some of the most resourceful people on the planet, and getting new ideas and letting them make their own improvements and mods opens Aris up to a whole new world of possibilities. 

Check the "Updates" section of this campaign for the link to our GitHub page once the campaign finishes.
Since Aris is open source, she plays nicely with other robots

Interchangeable Parts

Easily create different 3D printed addons for Aris. You can build off our source files, or start from scratch and create your own parts for almost any application. 

Credit to Hatsyflatsy for the original image.

Our supplied files include measurements and dummy files to help with scaling and fitting everything together. (Dummy files are solid versions of her parts, so that you can build around them in your CAD software of choice without weird overhangs or other unsupported parts.)

Includes version with Pi and other hardware on the model, or just the frame.

Aris stands apart from the rest, being low cost and highly adaptable. 

Features like active balance and computer vision have never been seen at the same price point.

Aris compared to popular robots within her price range:

Aris compared to robots thousands of dollars more than her:

Since Aris's price will go up after the Kickstarter, these charts may become inaccurate.

General Measurements: 

  •  Height (in): 17.5" 
  •  Width (in): 20" (Arms Out)
  •  Depth (in): 5"

On-board PC Specs

  •  CPU Clock Speed: 1.5GHz (64 bit)
  •  Internal storage: 128gb
  •  USB: 2 Ports Open/Unused (Bottom)
  •  Connectivity to External PC:  Ethernet & USB Type B 

 Speaker: 

  •  2 In Total: One facing forward and one facing in reverse (2 in total, behind body plates)

Battery:

  •  Type: Li-Po
  •  Capacity: 3200 mAH
  •  Max charge/discharge current: 2.1A / 2.0A
  •  Performance duration: ~.5-3 hours (Based on settings and current movement) 
  •  Standby Time: ~4-6 hours (Based on current session usage and a battery at 60% or higher when entering standby.)

Microphones:

  •  Microphones: Left and right of body, One on head (Mounted around the body)
  •  Sensitivity: 250 mV/Pa +/- 4dB at 1 kHz
  •  Frequency range: 100 Hz to 10 kHz (-10 dB relative to 1 kHz)

Accelerometer(s)

  •  Model: ADXL335-ADXL337
  •  Sense Range: ±3g
  •  Sensetivity: 300mV/g

Datasheet


Ultrasonic Sensors:

  •  Frequency: 40kHz
  •  Resolution: .2cm-4cm (depending on the distance)
  •  Effective cone: 160°

Camera:

  •  Omnivision OV5647: 5 Megapixel in a fixed-focus lens.(Mounted on head, and a much bigger lens than our previous version.)

Datasheet

We've upgraded her camera, including a bigger lens, so she's able to see better in lower light levels.

Old camera (right) vs the new one (left)
We only use metal geared servos to ensure a long lifespan.
All weight bearing frame components are made of metal. These parts come in 2 colors. (Black & Silver)

Important: The standard color of the metal frame is silver, but we are able to get them in black for the same price. If you would prefer black over silver please message us through Kickstarter after backing the project, thanks.

Startup Time: 40-60 Seconds (On average)

The video below is an unedited clip to let you understand how long an average startup takes.

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 Hard Case:

Aris comes with an optional hard case for transportation

Aris fits by folding her legs up. A foam insert cut to fit Aris is available, and will be included.
Secure latches prevent the case opening accidentally.

Safe Charging:

Aris folds her legs and arms up while charging or powered off. Her legs are specially designed to rest on themselves to prevent tipping over while no power is supplied to her servos.

Folds legs while charging to prevent falling over.

Aris is the second attempt at a more practical robot, the first version can be seen below. 

A1 (Lyn) was our first attempt at creating a personal robot. Aris branched off of Lyn

While Lyn was broken up into 2 projects, we kept working on the more usable side of robotics. We also liked the old design so we kept as much of that as we could. Starting in 2018, we finalized the first version of Aris, a bipedal robot that can be used for STEM education or learning about Artificial Intelligence. 

Aris is one of the most affordable bipedal robots available today. We've worked hard to keep the price as low as possible, without compromising quality. 

Kickstarter allows us to get enough funds to make Aris at an affordable price, while also using quality components. We are able to buy the basic frame pats in bulk, saving even more money on the basic components. 

Some of the ways we keep unit prices down:

  • Fabricate all frame components in-house.
  • Order Parts in bulk, keeping the prices even lower.
  • Making sure we use reputable dealers so we aren't wasting time or money.
  • Our optimized work environment allows us to spend almost no money on our work-space itself, making sure we use as much of the money as possible on the actual product.
  • Low living expenses let us focus on creating the amazing product you see here.
  • Ramen tastes pretty good. :p

Aris isn't just a one and done project. We plan to stick around after with support, tips, our GitHub, and possibly even sell addons, additional hands, and other parts. This is why we need you, not only for our pledge but to help spread our community. We want to build up a strong foundation that will help people experiment with robotics for years to come. 


This Campaign Will Help Us: 

  • Get the introductory price lower than selling units one at a time, allowing as many people as possible to buy Aris and join our growing community.

  •  Refine and finalize the final shell and wire management. 

  • Buy all the electrical components at a much lower price since they will be a bulk order.

  • Create a group around Aris to help solve any issues that come up in the future, to help new users join our community, and improve on future units.

  • Help us get established as a company capable of producing this and future open source robotics platforms.

  • Allow us to buy the metal framing components/screws at a much lower price, and in multiple colors (Black or Silver)

Q: Can I use this for commercial purposes? 

A: Yes, since Aris is capable of speech and facial recognition, she's able to provide basic customer support and answer common questions people may have. 

Q: Why Kickstarter exactly?

A: Kickstarter is one of the most trusted brands in crowdfunding. Unlike some other indie-type sites, Kickstarter requires a working product, while also offering a much more user friendly platform.

Q: What is the deluxe edition?

A: The deluxe edition has 2 extra cameras mounted above each hand. This is to help with vision based tasks. This is only an optional feature, and you are also able to add your own cameras later on, since she's open source.

Q: Do you machine the metal parts yourselves?

A: No, as mentioned above, we buy most of the frame from suppliers that pre-make these parts, and since some of them are used on higher-end robots, you can be sure they won't break apart or fail unexpectedly. 

Q: How hard is Aris to build as a kit?

A: Aris isn't really meant to be a kit, so she's not as easy as Lego, or even erector set. I don't recommend that tier unless you've already worked with robots in the past. 

Q: I noticed some slight differences in Aris throughout the campaign, what's that about?

A: We're always improving Aris's design and general functionality. Even now, we are making small changes and improvements to the overall experience. For example, the camera has been changed, and now has a bigger lens, and is overall a higher quality. 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks in creating a new product. We've done our best to minimize any possible problem that could slow down development.

Even though we only order from reputable suppliers, we can't be 100% sure something weird and unexpected won't happen. In the unlikely event of a dealer backing out last minute or failing to deliver, we have set up a few backup solutions. These aren't our first choice, but it's important to make sure we're able to deliver our pledge goals.

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    Some Assembly Required

    (! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY !)

    This tier allows you to buy the robot completely disassembled.
    This tier is only recommended for people who know what they're doing, or you'd like to make major modifications and it would just be easier to order her as parts.
    You can contact us if you need some assistance, but overall it's up to you, since Aris is intended to be sold as a completed unit, not a kit.
    Basic instructions are provided, but I am bad at art and you'll have to suffer through looking at my poorly drawn diagrams.
    Good Luck

    Raspberry Pi Included.

    This tier ships first. (Since it's just parts)

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    You receive:
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    The Deference in the Deluxe Edition:

    Aris deluxe edition comes with 2 extra cameras mounted near each hand, allowing for more precise pick and place actions. Unfortunately, only 2 cameras can be used at once (i.e you can use both hand cameras, or one hand and the head mounted camera). This it due to limits on processing power and battery life.

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    Your name will be on our website, and listed in the credits section on any current or future documentation.

    The Deference in the Deluxe Edition:

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