About this project
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We believe there’s a robot in every Raspberry Pi. At Dexter Industries, our mission is to get this little board moving and out into the world.
The GoPiGo is a complete robot package for the Raspberry Pi. It comes with everything you need to get your Raspberry Pi rolling, including a robot body, motors, controls, and a robust power supply.
With so many programming languages and USB accesories available for the Pi, you can turn your GoPiGo into anything from a WiFi controlled robot for exploring the scary spaces behind the couch to an autonomous rocket launching office enforcer. With the Raspberry Pi acting as the brains of the robot, the possibilities are infinite.
At less than $100, we think it's a steal. Most comparable robot kits cost upwards of $150 and deliver a fraction of the capabilities and potential. The GoPiGo packs a full Linux computer, USB and camera expansion, and of course, a robot, all for less than $100.
- DONE! $50,000 - Develop Scratch Libraries. We will develop Scratch libraries and examples so even the youngest aspring coder can write programs for the GoPiGo. All open-source and all up on GitHub.
- $65,000 - Develop C Libraries. We will develop libraries and examples for programming the GoPiGo in C.
- $85,000 - Camera Vertical Control. We will develop additional hardware for the servo package that will let you move the camera up and down. You will be able to choose if you want your servo-mounted camera to sweep back and forth, or tilt up and down.
- $95,000 - Mobile Control of Robot. We will develop software that allows you to control the GoPiGo with your phone or tablet over your local wifi network.
- $150,000 - Multicolor LED's. The GoPiGo LED's will no longer be limited to red. We'll redesign the GoPiGo to have multicolored LED's on the board. You can give your robot a little more life!
The GoPiGo platform consists of:
- An acrylic robot body.
- Hardware for mounting a Raspberry Pi and Pi camera.
- A control board for motors, controls, and extra hardware.
So much! In our testing and development we used it for:
- Exploring the house or office remotely via WiFi.
- Remotely delivering drinks.
- Office sneak attacks.
- Pet and baby herding.
- Remote control with the PS3 controller.
We've left a lot of room on the GoPiGo for hacking, tinkering, and customization.
- Chassis with two mounting positions for the Raspberry Pi Camera.
- Holes in the chasis for mounting LEGO parts to the robot.
- Full GPIO pin access to the Raspberry PI.
- Partial pinout of the robot controller.
- Customizable, open-source firmware robot controller.
The design is open because we genuinely want to contribute to learning, and the best way to do that is to show your work. We hope the GoPiGo moves the open source community forward, and helps folks make their robot hacking dreams come true.
We believe strongly in open-source hardware and software, and all of our plans and software are open for you to hack, improve, and destroy. Rip it apart, put it back together, and don't look back (or over your shoulder)!
We anticipate our Kickstarter Project to end by the final week of May.
- From there, we're off to the races! We leave ourselves 30 days to incorporate any design suggestions from the community and finalize our design.
- We estimate another 30 days of design sourcing and quality checks of our pre-vetted sources.
- We estimate another 45 days for material procurement.
- Finally we plan for 45 days to manufacture the prototype, complete a full production run, perform quality control checks, and receive the products from our manufacturers.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks to developing hardware. We manage those risks through experience and relationships.
First, we've done something like this before. After running our hardware startup for the past four years, we have relationships and experience that give us a realistic view of the landscape between a successfully funded Kickstarter and happy, fulfilled backers. Furthermore having a long term relationship with our manufacturer, and having some experience in coordinating the manufacture of major projects, we think we're well prepared to deliver.
This project takes us to new places, in particular, mechanical design. We've worked to hedge all of our technological risks by getting quotes up front before finally pricing the GoPiGo.
There are risks to fulfillment: once we have the parts manufactured and tested, we have to ship them to our backers. Fortunately, we've been shipping products to people for a few years, and we've got loads of experience with that after having shipped thousands of products to happy backers, partners, and customers. We have priced all of our products for standard delivery via USPS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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