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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
Be ready humans! The Plantoid robots have arisen, ready to conquer wild territories such as mildly cluttered carpet or lawns, and courageously... err safely avoid top-tier predators such as house cats and honey bees.
Our Plantoids are practical. We actually build plant brained robots (no more abstract models), and approach the educational topics from a mindset of building a model with real hardware and code that results in physical experiments. Your plant-robot cyborg dream can become reality.
The key is using sensors and data to expand and support the survival of the plant specimen on the robot. When you can achieve that, the robot can perform interesting experiments and missions to expand life to new environments--previously devoid of life!
Using an Arduino-based sensory suite to provide data on the quality of life of its plant center, a Plantoid can autonomously explore its environment in search of the best location for its own prosperity. Modeling the extension of life can lead to literacy that may inspire new solutions to big problems that we face today: send life to other planets, change food production, or model survival and sustainability in harsh environments.
Currently, the sensors included in the Plantoids Base Kit:
- Soil moisture
- Air temperature and humidity
- Ambient light
- Air quality sensors.
It can signal states and alarms with an RGB LED and speaker.
The robust tread and wheel designs allow for travel over moderately rough indoor and some outdoor terrain, and uses data from the interior of its terrarium brain, housing a small specimen of carnivorous Butterwort plant, or other plant fit for a terrarium environment.
With Plantoid Robots, we are bringing new educational activities to homes, classrooms and gardens across the world. Our initial pilot project was held in partnership with our local botanical garden, and it served to change and excite the perspective of what kind of education can be fostered around technology and conservation, while making cool robots in their perfect habitat. That is why we have a specialized Backer level to sponsor and collaborate with botanical and community gardens everywhere.
This campaign is for Makers. If you like building things, these robots are a fun exercise in making a cool science project that combines tech and code with biology and bio-mimicry.
Our Stretch Goals will expand on the Plantoid ecosystem. When we reach our initial funding goal, we will release our advanced units, the PlantoidX. They are much larger, research-oriented robots featuring upgraded computing with such hardware as Raspberry Pi or single board computer, and use software called MyRobotLab to build a full webserver Advanced sensory functions will expand the Plantoid experience. Users can also tether via our Plantoid smartphone app to control the functions of the robot manually.
Risks and challenges
Practical Plantoids are living beings, which means, they can--you know--meet an unfortunate end. In fact, they are guaranteed to expire at some time, just like all things. It may not happen for weeks, months, or years, it could very well happen to your Plantoid tomorrow when your little brother launches it down the stairs. The key is, SCIENCE, and through all experiments in science, something can be learned. You can always pick a new seed or specimen to grow, watching entire generations of plants experience a new and evolving way of life, and adapting them into embracing it, along with changing our perspectives on what life is and how we interact with it. This paradigm shift will take time and new generations too.
We, at Citizen Scientific Workshop, are talented and skilled robot makers. For over a decade, we have facilitated robotic programs and created many other cool science projects and prototypes. Even though this is our first official Kickstarter, the experience we bring making products to scale translates to better logistics, quality craftsmanship, and a valuable opportunity for aspiring robot makers everywhere. Come participate in making a very new kind of robot. Producing and launching Plantoids isn't a question of 'can'. That is why our first choice is to reach out to creative and enthusiastic makers across the world.. Whether here on Kickstarter or beyond, we're bringing new ideas to the world and we'd love to share the experience with you.
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