About this project
You might recognize this robot dog character from my first Kickstarter project, a robot story. A Robot Story was a successfully funded project where I raised money to print and publish a board book that teaches kids (and adults) how to count to ten in binary.
The twin robots in the story flip switches to better understand the computer language, binary. With the help of their miniature dachshund robot doggie and their mother, they successfully learn how to count from 0 to 1010. What author wouldn't want to see their characters come to life in the form of a plush stuffed animal? Meet JSON, the plush robot brother!
I sent the following sketch of the robot to the designers with information on how I wanted him to look:
They did an amazing job at duplicating the drawing. The final version measures 29 cm x 17 cm x 35 cm. 11.4 inches by 6.7 inches by 13.8 inches tall. He is big plush!
There is a zippered pocket on the front of the robot so you can place a cellphone in the pocket and see the phone. The plastic keeps the phone in place as the robot moves around. It acts as a child safe case for your phone that can stand up itself. Great for the car, naps, etc. You can still interact with the device while it's in the pocket (swipes, pinching, taps, all work). Please note, the plush does NOT include a cell phone.
If you're interested in more than one plush just double or triple your pledge and send me a quick message.
I'm excited to show you these amazing high quality vinyl stickers from StickerRobot of Node, the robot dog. Put them on your laptop, your water bottle, your car, your kids lunch box... the possibilities are endless.
You probably noticed that I have two Kickstarter campaigns going at the same time. This one, and one for the robot's dog, Node. I was debating whether to include them together and just have one be a stretch goal and decided against it. The minimum order quantity for each plush is 1,000 units. If one plush was more popular than the other and I had to order just a hand full of the second plush I didn't want to end up with a house full of extra stuffed animals. So despite the potential for the coolest picture ever of my kids buried in a pile of extra stuffed animals, I'm going to go the two campaign route. So please support one or BOTH of the plush.
I will get an ASTM certificate for the plush to make sure they are safe for children. http://www.astm.org/CERTIFICATION/. The certificate will cost $820.
Risks and challenges
Biggest possible delay is going to be the unknown of importing the animals from China. However, I have a prototype and the company has been so easy to work with. Worst case is the expected delivery month might be pushed back. Additionally, I plan on running a 3rd party safety test for certification of the plush animals. If they identify an aspect of the design that is a potential safety hazard the final design of the plush could change.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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