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About this project

Finally, A Personal Robot! 

Since our founding our mission is to bring robots to the masses. We believe that robots and humans can live and work in harmony together. That’s why we made Luna. Luna is a personal robot designed for everyday practical use. She is a powerful platform capable of an increasing universe of apps and services through an app store model. Human scale with a powerful computer, hi def camera, capacitive touch screen LCD and many other features, Luna is the first evolutionary step in a near-future where robots become a normal part of everyday human life. 

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Let’s Create an Industry 

The Apps, Services and Accessories model has already proven incredibly successful with other platforms like PCs, Mobiles, and Tablets. The creation of Apps, Services and Accessories around an open robotic architecture therefore, is the critical ingredient for the success of robotics as a whole - something that has eluded robotics over the past 50 years, and the reason we don’t have robots in our everyday lives today. Aside being a powerful personal robot, Luna is specifically designed as an Open, Standard, and Affordable platform that inspires and incentivizes developers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to form a thriving ecosystem. Our success ensures ever more capable robot hardware, with better software and services, from a diverse field of market participants. In short, our success means we have created a robotics industry!

What Does Luna Do?

Luna is capable of a huge variety of tasks and services, limited only by your imagination. 

Luna can keep an eye out on the Elderly living on their own and help them to remain independent. Luna can be an invaluable Medical Assistant, reminding patients to take their medicine, assist nurses by fetching items or carrying things from room to room, or facilitate bringing a Specialist to a patient’s bedside (telepresence) for urgent medical care. Luna can patrol a premise and provide security services. For example she can record suspicious activities while informing authorities, allowing humans to stay out of dangerous situations but still provide them the tools they need to confront them. In fact, Luna can do all these things (and more) simultaneously or as needed, since each of these services are essentially apps that are running on the Luna platform and can be obtained through her app store. 

There are literally an unlimited number of things Luna can do. The question to ask is this: what apps and services will you create on a human size computing platform loaded with sensors and actuators, capable of autonomous mobility?

Visionaries & Developers Wanted

Our philosophy is that the best approach to awesome personal robots is an Open Architecture, using Open Source software, in the hands of visionaries and developers who will passionately innovate. That’s why we’ve started this Kickstarter campaign which will get Luna into production and allows us to put actual Luna hardware into your hands. You can start developing your apps and services a full year before Luna becomes widely available to the public - at which time we expect many of your apps, services and accessories to be available through the Luna app store when we launch. We are excited to offer our Kickstarter supporters an awesome deal: Reserve your Luna for only $999.

Rewards

Luna will retail for $1,500 and we are providing awesome savings for our Kickstarter supporters.

  • $999 will get you a Luna Developer Edition ($500 Savings)
  • $199 deposit towards your Luna Dev Edition ($300 Savings)
Your very own Luna hardware with all the Dev Goodies for Only $999
Your very own Luna hardware with all the Dev Goodies for Only $999

Features & Benefits

A beautifully refined design, with a familiar and open architecture, at a price everyone can afford, makes for a robot with mass appeal. Your apps and services will make Luna endlessly useful, which leads to an ever-growing install base of robots. 

Luna is Packed Full of Awesome Features
Luna is Packed Full of Awesome Features

We’ve packed a lot of useful features in Luna for you to bring your vision into fruition:

  • Human Scale - a tall robot that can interact with humans in human-made spaces 
  • Movable Arms - place arms in various positions, for example to carry a tray 
  • Carrying Handle - for easier moving and storage of Luna when not in use 
  • Standard PC Architecture - easy upgrades with off-the-shelf components, fits perfectly into existing digital infrastructure, and use existing tools and resources you love to program or extend Luna’s capabilities 
  • Hi Def Camera - Luna can sense her world in high definition video 
  • Capacitive Touchscreen LCD - create powerful interfaces for human-robot interactions 
  • Luna Expansion Ports (LXP) - standard USB ports to add off-the-shelf devices, or create your own. You can get 12v or 5v power for custom applications that require extra power (eg, develop articulated arms for Luna that can do even more useful things) 
  • Impressive Runtime - Luna can have up to 8 hours of runtime, allowing you to run her through the day and charge her overnight 
  • Robot Operating System (ROS) - the Linux-based ROS library installed out of the box, allowing you rapid app development, using the tools/languages you already know and love, plus support for app store. 
  • And so much more… 
Are you inspired yet? What will you make with Luna? We can’t wait to find out!

An Open and Familiar Architecture

We designed Luna to provide an Open hardware and software architecture that is already familiar to everyone. With a Mini-ITX motherboard and other off-the-shelf hardware, plus the Linux operating system and the ROS library, Luna is an already-familiar and Open space for anyone who can write code. Add WiFi, a bunch of USB ports across her body, camera microphone speakers and a touchscreen LCD, and you have a robot that can be easily programmed, managed, and upgraded... using your existing favorite tools and devices you already own or can easily find.

Technical Specs

Physical Specs

  • Chassis: Differential Steer
  • Drive Wheels: 8" Diameter, Diamond Threaded
  • Casters: 2
  • Height / Weight: 60 inches / 60 lbs (may change slightly in production version)

Computer

  • Motherboard: Mini-ITX
  • CPU: Dual Core X86
  • RAM: 8GB 
  • Storage: 16GB SSD
  • WiFi: 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: Optional Add-on
  • 4G/LTE: Optional Add-on
  • Gyro/Accelerometer: Optional Add-on 

Note: All computer components are upgradable with off-the-shelf parts

Sensors

  • Screen: 8" Capacitive Touch Screen
  • Camera: Hi Def with wide angle lens
  • Mic: 3 Capsule Array
  • Speakers: 2
  • Wheel Encoders: 1024 bit, optical quadrature

Expansion

  • Luna Expansion Ports (LXP): 7 Standard USB Female, each with additional 12v & 5v from Luna's battery at 1Amp
  • LXP Daughter Board (Optional): Arduino-based USB rapid prototyping board with 12 DIOs, 4ADCs, and 5PWMs. 

Software

  • Main Operating System: Ubuntu Linux 
  • Robotics OS: Robot Operating System (ROS) - www.ros.org 
  • Application: RoboDynamics RocketShip Basic Telepresence App

Note: All specs subject to change. As prices of electronics fall rapidly, we have a commitment to provide the best possible components that are afforded in our bill of material at the time of manufacturing.

A Team on a Mission

We come from diverse backgrounds in robotics, engineering, software, hardware, academia, and industry. Most of us got the robot bug watching Star Wars too many times, and we all have one thing in common: we want to bring robots to the masses. At RoboDynamics, we’ve been making useful robotics technologies for over a decade. We brought you Roomba Dev Tools, Robotic Telepresence, and Robots over IP. And now, we want to give the world its first practical and affordable personal robot.

Special Thanks

  • USC Robotics Lab 
  • CMU Robotics Institute 
  • MIT Media Lab 
  • Microsoft 
  • Google 
  • And our countless customers and developers over the past 11 years!

Timeline

  • February/March: Execute manufacturing agreement and identify component suppliers 
  • April/May: Finalize DFM (Design for Manufacturability), engineering prototype iterations 
  • June/July: Build tools and procure components 
  • August/Sept: Pre-production buildouts, pilot production runs, and testing/quality assurance 
  • October/November: Begin manufacturing, assembly, and testing. 
  • December: Ship the first 100 Luna robots 
  • Jan/March: Full scale shipping

Risks and challenges

Like any new piece of hardware, there are many challenges involved in going from prototype to a production unit. Here are some of the challenges we predict, and how we are mitigating them:

Manufacturing

Once we finish the Kickstarter campaign, the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) process begins. This is where we take a well-tested prototype like the one we have, and figure out how to manufacture the various pieces and components so that they fit and function together as specified. Though we’ve been designing and selling robots for a long time, this is the first time we are using injection-molded plastics as building material - and inevitably there will be a learning curve. To mitigate this, we are engaging a top-tier manufacturing partner in China who has had vast experiences in both DFM and manufacturing of complex mechanisms. This is a well-recognized company in the electronics device manufacturing world who has worked with companies like Apple, Sony, and Samsung, to name just a few.

Adjustments

Once the DFM process is completed, we have to make tooling for the parts. These are large steel blocks carved out to make the molds for production units. It is not unusual at this stage to have to make minor adjustments to have things fit better or to come up with ideas that make the product ever more reliable. Again, working with an experienced manufacturing partner who goes through this process on a routine basis is an invaluable asset. Additionally however, we have come up with stringent testing guidelines to ensure that the robots we deliver meet a high threshold of quality and reliability before leaving the factory.

Shipping & Fulfillment

Luna is a large-size item and therefore presents unique challenges for efficient and affordable shipping. Since we don’t know the exact dimensions of the final box, we cannot yet estimate shipping costs or transit times with any degree of accuracy. Depending on distribution of geographies we must ship to, we will either use a direct-from-factory approach for low-unit regions/countries, while in countries with multiple orders, we will import them by container and ship them domestically in regions with higher orders. We will make updates about shipping and fulfillment strategies as we get closer to ship time.

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