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DynepicBy Dynepic
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DynepicBy Dynepic
First created
$5,238
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
54
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 4 2014

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Kids are choosing tablets over toys. It's not that they don't like their toys on their shelf, it's just that the tablet provides a vast digital playground. The future of toys is here and kids will no longer have to choose. 

We have spent over a year testing our toys with kids across the country and the TOP features went into the DynePod.

Each DynePod Features:

  • Multi-color pixel display
  • Gesture Recognition
  • Audible buzzer, and 
  • Vibration feedback

The DynePod is programmed with the tablet using a simple graphical IF/THEN programming method developed under funding from the National Science Foundation. DynePods can be personalized to your child's individual style with handcrafted and 3D printed accessories. Don't know how to 3D print? We will be here to help you and your child learn the process.  It is the future!

The Internet of Toys (IoToys) is an open platform we are developing to allow toys to SAFELY connect wirelessly with each other and cloud driven content.  

Watch as Josh protects his Candy - see here

Parents - no more yelling for the kids to come down for dinner.  Just set an alarm or buzz them from your phone - see here.

And check out some of the cool things you can do with your DynePod here!

How do DynePods stack up to the competition? Here's how: 

The DynePod uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology to allow for DynePods to talk to other DynePods and be paired with a tablet for programming and connected FUN!  

 There are FOUR distinct play patterns with the DynePod.

  • Standalone Mode - Just the DynePod
  • DynePod to DynePod - Link them together
  • No Internet, No Problem - Tablet & DynePod Play
  • Fully Connected Play - DynePod is in Range of the Tablet and it has an Internet Connection 

DynePods will be initially designed for Apple iOS and if we hit our stretch goals, we will be able to add in Android support sooner.  Note that an Apple device must include Bluetooth LE to work with the DynePod.  The following devices are currently supported:

  • iPhone-4S and newer
  • iPad 3rd Gen and newer

DynePods are the first of many toys to talk on the IoToys, enabling them to connect with the tablet app and other DynePods, as well as receive software upgrades and enhancements.  The IoToys' open API allows for future toys to utilize the platform and for others to develop cool applications, new toys, and play-patterns that expand the learning opportunities for your child! 

See as the DynePod talks to another DynePod and a Bluetooth controlled Ion.  When the wrist worn DynePod senses the hand's movement, it trips the other DynePod to alert and the Ion to wave. 

DynePods are perfect for kids ages 5+.  We will have activities and programs for all age levels. DynePods will be fun for the whole family!

  • Ages 5-7: DynePod Beginner - learn to design and code using IF/THEN
  • Ages 8-12: DynePod Core - master IF/THEN programming and learn more advanced design techniques.
  • Ages 13+: DynePod Experts - learn to code with Arduino and help us develop other IoToys games and toys.

3D Printable designs, hand-crafted designs, and accessories will be available on our website for your child to personalize their DynePods. We will have resources to walk children through the design processes, so they can make DynePods creatively awesome and reflect their personal style!

 With the purchase a DynePod, your child will be able to hold and use a real 3D printed object! We are supplying a 3D Printed Clip that secures your DynePod to the Slap Band, a Lego Brick creation, or the holes will allow it to be strung into your child's shoes or custom made accessories.

You will also receive the files to 3D Print Mol-E and Ion.  If you don't know where to get these files printed, don't worry, we will walk you through the entire process when you receive the file

Watch below to see how Ion and Mol-E are born on a 3D Printer!

 The DynePod Playground Application will host all of the DynePod fun. 

Accounts

Each child with DynePod(s) will setup an account within the tablet application. They will each have their own login with special password so their DynePods can be configured without sibling sabotage. Parents will receive an Admin login that will allow them to control all their children's DynePods.

Main Screen

 IF/THEN Coding

Programs, known as 'Axioms,' are written using the DynePod Playground application, which employs a simple-to-use graphical programming language called IF/THEN we developed under National Science Foundation funding.

 The 'Axioms' are composed of logic based 'Inputs' and desired 'Outputs'

Maybe your child mounts it to the mailbox and monitors the mail delivery, or makes a custom collar for the dog and get notified when they are moving. The uses that can be created for the DynePod are limitless.

Parent's can easily set the permissions, monitor their children's activities, and they can also functionally control DynePods too.  Parents can set Axioms for their child to receive an alert if they have wandered too far away.  Parents can set wake up alarms or even alarms to tell their child it is time to come home from a friends house. Sneaky parents may use DynePods to protect a secret drawer full of candy.  

The following Axiom will display a green screen when he is in-range of Mom's mobile device.

 If Josh wanders too far away, this Axiom will change Josh's DynePod display from a green screen to a red X and he will know he needs to come back in range.  Mom can also receive a push notification when the Axiom is triggered.  

Play Games with Your DynePod

The DynePod has gesture recognition so it can be used as a game controller for tablet games.

In the course of creating the DynePod, we have iterated many times and three technologies have allowed us to iterate so fast - our MakerBot 3D Printer, the Arduino ecosystem and the RFduino.  We will open-source functional Arduino code, and with the programming cable, your child can learn to code with real hardware, using the light display, buzzer, and vibe motor as feedback in the coding process.  

  • Bluetooth LE
  • iOS Tablet Control (iPhone 4S and iPad 3rd Gen and newer)
  • Vibrating Motor
  • Audible Buzzer
  • Multi-Color 5x5 LED Pixel Display
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer
  • Li-Ion High Capacity Battery
  • Over-the-Air Updateable Software

We need your help! Please share our project and help us add more fun features and capabilities to the DynePod and the Internet of Toys platform! 

Dynepic® has a first class team dedicated to help inspire the next generation of innovators and charged with bringing the Internet of Toys to life. Dynepic's multi-disciplinary team has not only the passion, but skills to see this project through with expertise in product development, program management, electro-mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, and education. 

Dynepic has experience bringing products to market but this product is pushing not only technology, but it is required to meet stringent child safety and FCC guidelines.  We will not take any short-cuts when it comes to safety and we have built this into the schedule.  

November & December: 

  • Demonstrate all the cool DynePod features for you, our supporters,
  • Keep developing software and cloud features
  • Create Rev 4 Electronics for production

January & February:

  • Finalize the engineering for the production design
  • Send out pre-production units for EMC and Child Safety Testing
  • Continue S/W Development

March:

  • Procure Tooling
  • Finalize API Features for Release

April:

  • Part qualification and pre-production builds,
  • Pilot production
  • Quality assurance and product validation
  • Perform Functional Unit Testing

May:

  • Production Ramp-up
  • Unit Assembly and Testing
  • DynePod Playground Application Complete

June: 

  • Complete Unit Assembly and Testing
  • Process Orders for Fulfillment and Shipping
  • DynePod Playground Application Complete 
  • IoToys API Released

Risks and challenges

There are always risks to accomplishing lofty goals like making toys talk and behave together! Hardware can be hard, especially when it is paired with layers of software. We have the experience to know that even when you aren't pushing technology, there are risks.

We are pushing technology and driving a fast development cycle. We are doing everything we can to identify risks early and mitigate them. We may need your understanding here and there if product details have to change a little - like getting the exact color.

Developing our IoToys platform is a large under-taking. Our top goals are safety and security of data. With that in mind, we will make those tasks our top priority which may mean we will not be able to deliver every feature on day one. The benefit of DynePods though, is that they will have Over-The-Air update capability. So we can add features to not only the Playground Application, but the DynePod itself even after it is delivered.

While our team has experience with electro-mechanical product production, this will be our first mass market toy. We bring the discipline and processes of the space industry, but this will still be a new area for us to meet.

With any product, there are always production issues that must be addressed. And there is always the worry it will take more time and money. We have planned margin in our schedule and will work directly with our vendors to mitigate production issues and maintain a high quality so we can deliver your DynePods on schedule!

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    **IoTOYS FAMILY**
    Thanks for supporting the next generation of innovators! We'll give you access to EXCLUSIVE BACKER UPDATES, and you'll be the first to know about the LATEST GAMES & TOYS added onto the IoToys. We hope that you'll share this page with someone else you know who would love the IoToys! Thank you again!

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    **3D PRINT Ion & Mol-E**
    Thanks for your support! Along with the rewards above, you'll receive a 3D Printable File so YOU CAN 3D PRINT Ion & Mol-E at your local 3D Printing station!

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    **EARLY BIRD DYNEPOD PACK**
    Thanks for supporting us from the very beginning! In addition to the rewards above, YOU'LL RECEIVE 1 DynePod, the IoToys Playground App, 1 Universal Mounting Clip, 1 Silicon Slap Bracelet, charging cable, and a 3-D Printable File to print your own Ion & Mol-E! We will coordinate DynePod Pack colors before shipping.

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    **DYNEPOD PACK** In addition to joining the IoToys Family, YOU'LL RECEIVE 1 DynePod, the IoToys Playground App, 1 Universal Mounting Clip, 1 Silicon Slap Bracelet, charging cable, and a 3-D Printable File to print your own Ion & Mol-E! We will coordinate DynePod Pack colors before shipping.

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    **MAKER PACK**
    In addition to the DYNEPOD PACK, you'll get the special DynePod Programmer and Cable.
    This is an opportunity for you to learn to Arduino code so you repurpose the DynePod for your own fun and creations! We will coordinate DynePod Pack colors before shipping.

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    **MORE FUN WITH A FRIEND**
    You'll receive 2 complete DYNEPOD PACKS - one for you and one for a friend or two for you! With 2 DynePods, you'll start to see the probabilities of what the IoToys can do for you! We will coordinate DynePod Pack colors before shipping.

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    **DEVELOPER PACK**
    Be the first to develop for the INTERNET OF TOYS. Along with THE MAKER PACK, you'll BE THE FIRST TO DEVELOP with the DynePods API, for you to create new applications and connect new toys, creating play patterns we haven't even thought of yet! We will coordinate DynePod colors before shipping.

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    **EDUCATIONAL PACK**
    The perfect kit for the classroom, a kids camp, or daycare. Get 5 MAKER PACKS with design and coding curriculum to get you started.

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    **DYNEPOD DAY**
    Two kids will each receive a DynePod Pack and be INVITED TO JOIN US for a full day at Dynepic, where you'll receive the learn how the DynePod is made, get a hands on 3D printing lesson, and create your own personalized Ion/Mol-E and accessories! (US travel accommodation to Charleston, SC is included for two kids and their parent or guardian).

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    **BIG KIDS CLUB**
    Work with us to create a CUSTOM MADE DYNEPOD in addition to everything else in the DynePod Pack. We'll also work with your inspiration to design a 3D printed accessory for everyone to access. Your name will be listed on our Big Kids Contributor Wall.

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