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ATOMS are a system of plug-n-play sensors, motors and logic blocks for kids and adults to make things that do amazing things.
ATOMS are a system of plug-n-play sensors, motors and logic blocks for kids and adults to make things that do amazing things.
1,362 backers pledged $183,232 to help bring this project to life.

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50K! We're half way there!

Hi Kickstarters and Backers! 

On behalf of the team, I wanted to say thanks so much for all your support so far, and for pushing us past the half-way point in such a short amount of time! We're at $58,000 at the time of writing, and I'm so excited that we are closing in on our goal.

It's Friday evening, and the sun is setting over the Rocky Mountains through our window as I sit here and reflect on November. In the last 30 days, we came together as a team to bring up 13 different ATOMS modules and launch the company on Kickstarter, and we all have come together as a community that cares about building the next generation of toys for our children, and is committed to making it easier for anyone to make things that do things.

Over the next 30 days, we have some exciting updates in store for you. I've challenged our team to produce an "I make things that do things" video every other day to post on Kickstarter and our YouTube channel. (BTW, if you are local to Boulder and would like to come in and make one of these videos, send us a message!)

We'll also be rolling out some updates soon on what the final product will look like (which will be a little more streamlined than the current prototypes). We'll also have more information on the iOS app in the coming weeks, and what features that will include.

In the meantime, please keep helping us get the word out - tell your family, friends, Facebook friends, your twitter followers - anyone you think may be interested in being one of the first to get what I'm certain will be on of the hottest toys of 2013! 

Thanks so much for all the support!  

See you in December!  :) 

Michael and the ATOMS team.

      

  

Happy End of November (It's On!)

Hi there, Kickstarters.

Today's update begins with a 3 year-old's dream. This dream was made real in the form of a pine tree that lives inside and its red disco ball. It's almost December, right? We at ATOMS take our full license to deck the halls by using the light sensor to trigger a motor which makes a Christmas ornament spin when the lights come on.

We're just getting started with the merriment.

Happy end of November! (What a month it was).

- The ATOMS Team

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Atoms Are Practical

A dear friend hurt herself the other day.  Shannon McCoy demonstrates how Atoms are not only entertaining but can prevent future wipeouts!

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Design Update: How ATOMS connect.

Hi Kickstarters and Backers!

As I was explaining ATOMS to close friend and ex-Apple buddy yesterday, I realized that we've left out some of the details on what makes ATOMS unique from the Kickstarter video. We'll be updating the video soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of these details with all of you.

We designed ATOMS for kids, and really anybody w/o electronics and programming experience, to easily and quickly make things that do things. Central to our design philosophy are the details around the user interface for how ATOMS connect to one another.

Each ATOM has a single function, and it does it really well - for instance, a light sensor is really good at sensing light. A motor will turn at a predictable, stable speed to move or rotate things.

While each ATOM is different, the connections between ATOMS are always the same. ATOMS talk by sending a signal from one to another, and that signal can vary in intensity from 0 to 10.

Signals always go from an output, denoted by an arrow, to an input, denoted by a "boot". These arrows and boots blink together when connected, and they blink faster with a stronger signal.

So, in the sketch I've drawn below... The more light the sensor reads, the faster the output arrow on the light sensor blinks... the boot at the other end of the wire blinks in sync, and the motor turns faster. Voila - super visible and intuitive for kids and everyone else. 

All ATOMS connect in this way - whether it's a simple light sensor, or a more complicated "cat" sensor (maybe coming in the future), that increases its output signal intensity depending on how much cat it "sees". 

We feel this is one of the ways that ATOMS are special and unlike anything out there, and really easy for people to understand and use. 

Thanks for supporting ATOMS! Please help us by helping get the word out, and telling your friends - we are hoping to cross $60K by Sunday, help us get there! 

With success on Kickstarter, we plan to build a powerful and extensive library of ATOMS that help anyone make things that do things. So think about what you want to build, and help us knock this kickstarter campaign out of the park!  

Thanks! 

Michael and the ATOMS team!

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Holy Schmoly! $25,000 in pledges in just over 48 hours!

Wow, Kickstarter community! 

Together, we are off to a great start for making the next generation of toys, and stuff that helps people make things that do things. 

Keep checking back for more updates, and keep telling your friends and families about ATOMS - especially over the holidays!

We can't thank you enough for the support, but we'll attempt to with this video!!  

Happy Turkey Day! 

The ATOMS Team 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtomsExpress
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atoms_Express

Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atoms/atoms-express-toys

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