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Kamibot is a programmable papercraft robot for kids. They can endlessly customize it with their own code and colorful skins.
Kamibot is a programmable papercraft robot for kids. They can endlessly customize it with their own code and colorful skins.
Kamibot is a programmable papercraft robot for kids. They can endlessly customize it with their own code and colorful skins.
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Coding is an important skill for kids to learn. But unless parents and educators can make it fun, kids are never going to stick with it.

We’ve created Kamibot to be a small, programmable robot that kids can endlessly customise by writing their own code, and by adding creative papercraft skins.

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Kamibot reimagines programming education as something fun and affordable.

In addition to programming Kamibot, you can also control it with your smartphone or tablet.

We’ve built Kamibot around the open-source Arduino platform, so kids can easily learn how to code using Scratch, a drag-and-drop programming language. The programming skills kids learn with Kamibot are easily transferrable to real-world applications.

Throughout 2015, we tested Kamibot in Korean schools. Kamibot made learning fun for kids, gaining praise from teachers, parents and even students.

During his last State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about the importance of “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.”

We share his opinion that computer science is important for kids to learn and his vision for making it accessible. That’s what’s spurred us on to keep developing Kamibot.

While Kamibot is primarily aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 17, it is also finding fans among adult papercraft and robot enthusiasts.

Kamibot is more than just an educational robot. You can also control Kamibot with a smartphone or tablet. This is crucial because kids get to know Kamibot as a toy and see its full range of capabilities before they start to program it themselves.

With the included app, you can control Kamibot with your Android or iOS smartphone or Tablet. You can easily control Kamibot’s direction, speed, the direction of its head, and the color if its LED lights. 

Color changing LEDs
Color changing LEDs

You can also set it turning around in endless circles or more complex configurations.

Kamibot doesn’t need constant supervision to know what to do. You can use the app to put it in line mode and Kamibot will use the IR sensors on its undercarriage to follow a black line on the ground through complex obstacle courses you create.

Kamibot includes a range of sensors that help it move around. These sensors can act independently when in line mode, but you can also program them using Scratch, sending Kamibot on autonomous missions.

Kamibot is driven by wheels connected to two, independent DC motors. Kamibot is also equipped with a rotating pad on top, allowing you to control the head-movement of your papercraft character.

 Kami (紙) is the Japanese word for paper. It is at the root of the word origami (折り紙), literally folding paper. In this spirit, we are constantly expanding the collection of papercraft skins available to print out from our website, to endlessly personalise and customise Kamibot.

These include characters we have created and blank templates that you can use to create one-of-a-kind papercraft skins.

Magnets can be embedded in the papercraft skins to hold them in place. A servo motor on top allows Kamibot to independently rotate the top section of skins, such as the turret on our tank skin or the head on our Count Dracula skin.

Along with your Kamibot, you'll also get a USB-to-micro USB charging cable to keep Kamibot running strong all day.

Tank Papercraft Skin
Tank Papercraft Skin

You'll also get the tank papercraft skin, die-cut and in full color. Magnets are embedded in the turret so that you can turn it in any direction. 

More skins, including all of the ones pictured in the Customize Kamibot section of this page, and DIY skins will be available to download from our website at http://www.kamibot.com/

If you buy a single Kamibot set you'll also get a Line Tracing Mat that Kamibot can race around in Line Tracing Mode. If you buy the Twin Pack, you'll also get our Treasure Hunt Mat, too! The Treasure Hunt is one of the activities that kids can program Kamibot to do.

Alvin Chae (left) and Asaph Kim (right)
Alvin Chae (left) and Asaph Kim (right)

Alvin Chae and his co-founder Asaph Kim founded 3.14, the company that makes Kamibot in 2014. Alvin is the company’s CEO and has 10 years of experience as a hardware and software engineer. Asaph is the Chief Design Officer and has a background in animation and 3D design. He attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Joining him on the design team is graphic designer Harim Yang. They are based in South Korea.

 What else can I build with Kamibot?

We've gotten a lot of questions about the Gundam papercraft skin for Kamibot that we posted on YouTube. You can check it out here:

And here's how we built that skin step-by-step:

Right now we're working on several licensing deals so that we can bring you cool papercraft designs like this one, officially.

PRESS KIT

Thank you for your Interest in our project! The Kamibot press kit is available for download here.

Kamibot Kickstarter video on Youtube

Kamibot Youtube channel

Risks and challenges

We've been working for more than a year to test and perfect Kamibot.

While we are confident in it, there are still a few things to overcome. Our project involves complex manufacturing and production, so delays can crop up if problems arise in the factory or some act of nature prevents the robots from being made. These kinds of delays would consequently cause delays in getting certification. This, in turn, could delay our delivery of Kambots to our backers.

We have built some cushion into our schedule and will do everything we can do make sure you get your Kamibot as quickly as possible.

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    10x Kamibot
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