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Last updated July 4, 2017

Megamark: The Robot That Can Do Everything*

The world's only fully-size, affordable, and almost indestructible humanoid robot for art, education, and research.

Megamark: The Robot That Can Do Everything*

The world's only fully-size, affordable, and almost indestructible humanoid robot for art, education, and research.

$1,906
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 30 2017 4:34 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 4, 2017

About

The Choitek Megamark is an advanced full-size humanoid mobile manipulator robot platform capable of performing virtually any human-size task, such as watering plants, cleaning rooms, feeding pets, making meals, delivering coffee, playing piano, laser sword dueling and more, built for students, artists, educators, hobbyists and researchers.

Features / Specs of the Megamark:  

The Megamark boasts a rugged all-metal aluminum body, cross-platform laptop-for-a-face, expandable open hardware, compatible open software, and adaptable end effectors. The Choitek Megamark combines especially well with 3D printers for designing custom grippers.

 

  • Batteries: The Megamark is powered by two 12V 8AH SLA batteries. Under normal load, these batteries are expected to last roughly 8 hours, and can be recharged by a standard 12V SLA charger. 
  • Processor: The Megamark is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560, which connects to the robot's laptop-for-a-face with a standard USB A-to-B serial cable.
  • Construction: The base, arms, and chest can be attached and detached for easy transportation and storage. There are plenty of mounting holes to add custom sensors and electronics. 

 How to use the Megamark:  

The Megamark is intended to be an educational and experimental robotics research platform. Although prior robotics engineering experience is not required, a willingness to learn programming and basic electronics is highly recommended. The Megamark will work especially well as an educational robotics platform to teach and inspire students into STEM. Students learn both the hardware and software sides of engineering by designing the robot's grippers and programming the robot through its laptop-for-a-face to do various tasks:

  • First, dream up a task you want the robot to do. Feel free to dream big! Robotics is still a growing frontier in technology and we want you to be a part of it!
Need a robot movie actor for a WWII film? You bet!
Need a robot movie actor for a WWII film? You bet!
Grabbing ducks? No problem!
Grabbing ducks? No problem!
  • Finally, use the robot's laptop-for-a-face (not included) to program the robot in your favorite language. Currently, Python 2.7 and Arduino are supported. We are in the process of adding support to more languages such as Unity, Processing, and RobotC.
Arduino-based controller makes programming the Megamark a snap!
Arduino-based controller makes programming the Megamark a snap!

Stretch Goals:  

If we hit $18,000, we will deliver two extra sets of 3D-printed grippers to each backer that gives at least $1,300. If we hit the full $20,000, we will deliver four extra sets of 3D-printed grippers to each backer that gives at least $1,300. For both stretch goals, backers can choose from the designs below (or wait until we have more designs available):

Each gripper is designed to perform a unique task.
Each gripper is designed to perform a unique task.

*BIG FAT DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ!* 

We'll be completely open and honest with you: although the Megamark is technically capable of doing virtually any human task, the Megamark does not do any task particularly well yet. DO NOT USE THE MEGAMARK ROBOT TO PERFORM CRITICAL OR DANGEROUS TASKS! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CHOITEK BE RESPONSIBLE IF A MEGAMARK ROBOT ATTEMPTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD, SO ALWAYS USE UNDER DIRECT HUMAN SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES!

(*Otherwise, you might end up like this plant.*)
(*Otherwise, you might end up like this plant.*)

More things you can do with the Megamark!

Deliver coffee to your coworkers!
Deliver coffee to your coworkers!

 

Hand out goodies at events!
Hand out goodies at events!

 

Robot: What is my purpose? Scientist: YOU PASS BUTTER.
Robot: What is my purpose? Scientist: YOU PASS BUTTER.

Special thanks:  

We couldn't have done it without all of the amazing people, places and things we've worked with over the course of the past four years, so a special thank you to all of the following schools, organizations, programs and initiatives that have helped propel our project into the future:

You are all awesome - thank you!
You are all awesome - thank you!

 

Risks and challenges

Like we said before, we'll be completely open and honest with you: as a new hardware technology company, things are risky and there are many challenges we face. While we can't guarantee that we'll do everything perfectly the first time, we can guarantee that we will do everything in our power to deliver upon our promises in a timely manner.

Here is what you need to know as a backer:

1. Our Work So Far:
We've designed, developed and tested 2 versions of the Megamark over the past one and a half years with the support of Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University. We have successfully delivered 4 of these robots on time to local schools in our area, where they are currently being tested.

2. Manufacturing:
We've seen many technology-related Kickstarters fail to make good on their promises, and most often, the biggest reason is "manufacturing problems". To minimize this risk, we're starting small and limiting the amount of rewards to just 15 to ensure that if any horrible manufacturing problems do occur, our company can absorb the cost of these errors to ensure that our backers are not left empty-handed.

3. Shipping:
Note that the Megamark is LARGE and weighs 50 pounds (23 kg)! For shipping within the 48 contiguous United States of America, we intend to use USPS ground shipping, and we do not expect there to be too many problems. For shipping outside of the United States, please understand things might get trickier and that some shipping problems may be beyond our control.

4. Injury / Illness / Death / Force Majeure:
Although this is unlikely, we are a small team and if we become incapacitated or our workspace gets obliterated for any reason, we may not be able to completely fulfill our promises to all of our cherished backers. If this is the case, we kindly ask you to please forgive our shortcomings.

(Music credits: Milkshake by Machinimasound. CC BY 4.0 License.)

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