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Designed by those with autism, ONE serves as a companion and teaching tool and helps gather important autism data.

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"Paving the way in autism robotics..."

-Autism Daily Newscast

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As seen in Make Magazine

Autism is a difficult disorder in that there is often a breakdown in social skills and communication. A person with autism may experience the world in a different way than someone without autism. Robots appear to be a great way to keep attention, have fun and practice communication and social settings. 

The power of the crowd! UX Magazine.
The power of the crowd! UX Magazine.
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Limited number of developer kits available for $139. This is below cost and includes everything you need to build and program a ONE robot. It runs on a flexible Raspberry Pi platform.

$139 Educators and Developers: Fully functional ONE prototype with Raspberry Pi, Wi-fi, Camera and Onboard sound.
$139 Educators and Developers: Fully functional ONE prototype with Raspberry Pi, Wi-fi, Camera and Onboard sound.

Robots could help bridge that gap between the worlds of those with autism and without. 

Recent research shows that the use of robotics can aid in communication between parents, teachers and those with autism. ONE is designed to help with. The primary barrier is COST. We need a robot that is flexible, durable and available. 

Introducing ONE:

Flexible, customizable and easily programmable by the autism community

Traditionally, robots have been cost-prohibitive and not accessible to everyone. ONE is designed to be a fun and useful robotics kit for those with autism. It is the result of a collaboration with hundreds of people like you. Those who have expertise in robotics and those that have expertise in autism each helped to design, build and test the first prototype. 

Designed with the help of hundreds of students, teachers and care givers

ONE was created as the result of an intensive technology accelerator program (Healthbox) sponsored by Florida Blue and with the help of students at Pine Castle  in Jacksonville, FL. 

ROBAUTO builds customer-focused robotic prototypes for healthcare. During our initial research phase we found that elementary robots appear to be helpful with certain individuals with with autism in many different settings. Our discovery led to a 6 month specialized study involving the use of robotics and the treatment of autism, and ultimately, the “birth” of ONE. ONE is meant to be a low-cost companion robot for those with autism. 

During the design process we interviewed many of you.  Hundreds of parents, caregivers and, most importantly, individuals with autism provided feedback on this new robot. To understand how people interacted with different robots, we tested a variety of different robotic solutions as part of an ongoing robotics club at several special needs schools. 

The results from our research, and particularly the input from those with autism, led us to create the first prototype, ONE. 

Loading sounds picked by you onto the Raspberry Pi board.
Loading sounds picked by you onto the Raspberry Pi board.

Show your pride as an official member of the ONE Robotics Engineering team

Show the world you are part of a project to help bring accessible robotics to those with autism. 

Pledge $30 or more and we'll also ship you a free ONE Robotics Engineering Team t-shirt

This is a great gift that makes anyone feel a part of the team! An official ONE Robotics Engineering Team t-shirt.

Designed with the help of many of you!

"I've known him [autistic] and have never before heard him say a word.."

-Jacksonville Business Journal

We found lots of things impact whether or not someone engages with a robot. Overall, robots seemed to keep everyone's attention.
We found lots of things impact whether or not someone engages with a robot. Overall, robots seemed to keep everyone's attention.
Our small group of robotics enthusiasts helped with the design.
Our small group of robotics enthusiasts helped with the design.
We tested a variety of robots. From toys to drones, to the most advanced robots on the market, the robots were enjoyed by all.
We tested a variety of robots. From toys to drones, to the most advanced robots on the market, the robots were enjoyed by all.
We found in some cases those with autism enjoyed speaking to humans through a robot.
We found in some cases those with autism enjoyed speaking to humans through a robot.
Here's NAO, an advanced humanoid interacting with our robotics club.  What if we could create a very low cost robot that was simple but which served as a friend and teaching tool?
Here's NAO, an advanced humanoid interacting with our robotics club. What if we could create a very low cost robot that was simple but which served as a friend and teaching tool?
Butch shows off his first robot.
Butch shows off his first robot.
We asked everyone to draw their 'dream' robot. Lots of animals. "Wanted it to talk like R2D2". "Fun to control with a phone or remote."
We asked everyone to draw their 'dream' robot. Lots of animals. "Wanted it to talk like R2D2". "Fun to control with a phone or remote."
We took the best of everyone's input and created ONE. It runs on Arduino and is durable and inexpensive.
We took the best of everyone's input and created ONE. It runs on Arduino and is durable and inexpensive.
This is the first 3D CAD design.
This is the first 3D CAD design.
Here's ONE checking out his Kickstarter video!
Here's ONE checking out his Kickstarter video!


About ROBAUTO

ROBAUTO "Chief Human" Jalali Hartman works with members of the ONE Robotics Engineering Team testing out the first prototype.
ROBAUTO "Chief Human" Jalali Hartman works with members of the ONE Robotics Engineering Team testing out the first prototype.

ROBAUTO utilizes crowd sourcing and open source development to rapidly manufacture innovations in robotics.

Experts predict that by the year 2020 the world will have given birth to as many as 120 billion computerized devices. These devices will serve a variety of purposes from cleaning our homes to keeping us company.

Successfully integrating robotics into human life is dependent on not just the functions they perform but also the personalities they exhibit.

Initial research shows that the human characteristics of a given device dramatically impact the relationship we form with that device. The stronger the relationship, the more effective the programs the robot delivers will be.

ROBAUTO is developing a patent-pending algorithm (B) that helps humans understand the human-robot relationship.

ROBAUTO is a member of the 2013 Healthbox Florida accelerator class and was founded by technology entrepreneur Jalali Hartman

Healthbox is a leading healthcare accelerator.
Healthbox is a leading healthcare accelerator.
Pine Castle is an adult Day Training Center providing vocational and life skills training in Jacksonville, FL and is the first to pilot ONE.
Pine Castle is an adult Day Training Center providing vocational and life skills training in Jacksonville, FL and is the first to pilot ONE.
"Chief Human" Jalali Hartman: ROBAUTO was selected out of 800 companies to participate in Heathbox 2013, a leading healthcare accelerator. R2D2 knew how to diagnose and fix machines. Will we ever have a robot that fixes people? ROBAUTO wants to find out.
"Chief Human" Jalali Hartman: ROBAUTO was selected out of 800 companies to participate in Heathbox 2013, a leading healthcare accelerator. R2D2 knew how to diagnose and fix machines. Will we ever have a robot that fixes people? ROBAUTO wants to find out.
Bert Herring, M.D. leads the ONE Robotics Club pilot program.
Bert Herring, M.D. leads the ONE Robotics Club pilot program.

 We're small still. But we have the team in place ready to expand our research and rapidly expand production. Our team of contributors and advisors includes a former National Institute of Health physician, an expert in artificial intelligence, a leading PhD in autism research and dozens of parents and caregivers of those with autism. 

Carey Hepler - Advisor - Carey is a technology visionary and has been instrumental in shaping the ONE product. He previously helped found the innovation division of Florida Blue.
Carey Hepler - Advisor - Carey is a technology visionary and has been instrumental in shaping the ONE product. He previously helped found the innovation division of Florida Blue.

Most importantly, because we involve our community as an integral part of the product development process, it now involves you.

Upon successful funding, ROBAUTO will create a small prototyping lab including our own 3D printers and electrical engineering stations. We will optimize this process until we have the capacity to manufacture large quantities of these robots inexpensively. We may outsource the manufacturing of some of the common components, however our goal is to keep ROBAUTO as a company that leverages the maker community to bring more light-manufacturing jobs to the United States. 

As part of our manufacturing and design process we strive to involve our customers as much as possible. We're not creating a robot for us, we're creating a robot for you.

This user-centric process we believe helps us create a product that serves a real purpose in the user’s life.

Like any new prototype, ONE’s production may experience delays and or design changes. Because we have a detailed plan and are already testing we don't anticipate major changes. We will update you with any changes as they happen and involve you in the process throughout the manufacturing. 

We anticipate shipping ONE in the summer of 2014.

As seen in Med City News
As seen in Med City News
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville Business Journal

A special thanks to the following companies. Each contributed to the research and development of this prototype:

Thanks to Orbotix for donating a Sphero for everyone to try out and race. Sphero is an amazing little robot.
Thanks to Orbotix for donating a Sphero for everyone to try out and race. Sphero is an amazing little robot.
A big thanks to Aldeberan robotics for bringing NAO to visit with us. NAO is an existing autism therapy and teaching robot that is now available.
A big thanks to Aldeberan robotics for bringing NAO to visit with us. NAO is an existing autism therapy and teaching robot that is now available.
The Sally Corp is one of the world's leading manufacturers of animatronics and lent expertise and robot demos to the project.
The Sally Corp is one of the world's leading manufacturers of animatronics and lent expertise and robot demos to the project.
The One Spark 2013 crowd funding festival gave birth to the concept and provided the seed money for ONE.
The One Spark 2013 crowd funding festival gave birth to the concept and provided the seed money for ONE.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Many risks are associated with the development of successful robots. Designs change, electronics have to be re-engineered and delays and roadblocks occur.

As a backer of this project we consider you a part of the team. We'll include you in monthly updates that will keep you in the loop, solicit feedback and even give you the chance to change the product along the way.

Not for medical use. This device is highly experimental and makes no claim to improve mental or physical health.

Actual commercial device may differ slightly from prototype based on feedback from initial pilot customers.

FAQ

  • ONE is a a 4WD robot that is controlled via remote control. It is designed for teens and adults with autism. It is easy to control and responds with sounds and light via voice and user control, with the goal being to provide an engaging tool that keeps focus and allows for practice of a variety of skills. Pre-orders and developer kits incude:

    4WD Chassis
    Raspberry PI B
    Power Supply and Plug
    Speaker and mic
    Plastic Shell
    Instructions

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  • This just means lots of people with autism as well as their families and teachers worked with us to design this prototype. This Kickstarter project is a way to capture additional feedback. For example, you can contribute to input that will help us shape the sounds and tone packages that will be pre-programmed.

    http://www.robauto.co/vote-on-the-sound-effects-for-one/

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  • If you would like to pilot this robot it's important that you back this project. Even if you want to just give a few dollars. You won't be charged a dime unless we reach our $50,000 goal, but the support shows us the level of support there is for this project. We plan to try to find ways to reduce the costs of this robot over time but the $199 pledge gets you a developer kit at cost and the $299 pledge gets you a $450 retail robot at a discount by ordering it now.

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