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By Shari Vedovato
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About this project

What's the RoboSnap Camera?

The RoboSnap camera provides vision for your robot. RoboSnap distinguishes colored objects, the approximate size and shape of the objects, and takes low resolution images so you can see what RoboSnap sees. RoboSnap provides support for several programming languages that are easy to use for kids and also supports more advanced projects for adults. Check out all our APIs (Snap, Scratch, Python and C) and examples on our Wiki for more details. Watch how we programmed our robot to play the xylophone, chase a spider and more! RoboSnap works with the LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 as well as the Raspberry Pi + the BrickPi.

Why RoboSnap?

RoboSnap understands the environment to enable your robot to work autonomously. RoboSnap improves the way a robot sees its environment by distinguishing objects based on size, shape and color. RoboSnap also helps you to understand what it sees by providing snapshots with the detected objects.

We are supporting LEGO® mindstorm based robotic platforms for our first product because LEGO's are fun! They have a wide variety of sensors and motors to work with and it allows kids to be creative.

Who wants RoboSnap?

Anyone looking to expand the capacity of their robot to include the multitude of options that open up when your robot has vision. RoboSnap is not a simple color sensor, or a camera that requires time, patience and huge complications to "train". RoboSnap opens up a whole new dimension, whether you're a school-age kid or an experienced robotics aficionado wanting to take your LEGO® Mindstorms robot to a new level. RoboSnap is built with Snap! and Scratch programming, working with it is...a snap!

Why are we doing a Kickstarter?

We believe Kickstarter has a great and supportive community to launch RoboSnap. By reaching our campaign goal, it helps us to build our PCB and enclosure at a lower price.

What else do I need to make my robot?

Of course it depends on what you want your robot to do. The bare minimum for a mobile robot is a controller - this can be a Raspberry+BrickPi +WiFi Dongle or a LEGO® Ev3. You need some Lego motors, connectors and of course batteries. We provide an SD card and building instructions for the robots we used in our demos.

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Stretch Goals

$55K - We will create a "how-to" programming video

$65K - 2 additional color choices based on community poll!

$75K - Add Arduino support

$100K - Add Beaglebone Black support

$150K - Support arbitrary shape detection (banana-shaped)

If we sell 1500 RoboSnaps we will donate 10 to schools which are selected randomly from backers

$500K - We will teach RoboSnap to juggle!

Check out  a detailed description of the Spider program on our wiki.

Special Thanks :)

This project couldn't have happened without a lot of support from the community (and other kickstarters!). The board and software were based on Pixy. The Raspberry Pi version uses the BrickPi and we had lots of support from the Ev3Dev and Snap! communities. We also had a great partner VVDN technologies who did the board design.

Risks and challenges

We've come a long way already! We have designed, built and tested the PCB. We have gone through 3 rounds of prototypes for the case. We have put months of development effort into the API's, software, robots and demos. Our next steps are polishing up the software and documentation and going into production. Oh, and we always keep working on our demos!

There is always some risk in manufacturing, but we're working with a well established design company who has very reliable manufacturing partners. Worst case here is delay with some of the parts, but we have already considered the quoted lead time in our schedule.

We have all of our basic functionality working, but we would always like to do more. We will continue to look at adding additional computer vision algorithms and we'd like to add support for additional robots. We are working on Arduino and would like to support BeagleBone Black and don't foresee any issues.

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    ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER -- you want to support robotics and computer vision in education. You will become part of our source code! Your name (and city) will be included at the top level of our source tree in a special contributors text file. You will also get backer updates and our thanks for your support!

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    ROBOSNAP THREADS - You love RoboSnap and want everyone to know it! Get the RoboSnap T-shirt. Adult and children's sizes. Free shipping within US.

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    JUST THE SOFTWARE -- Love the idea of programming the Ev3 with Snap! (scratch extension), then get a microSD card with the software to program the Ev3 motors and sensors. You will also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US and Canada.

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    JUST THE PCB AND SOFTWARE -- Don't need a case or want to print your own (we will provide the mechanical files), just get the PCB and Software. You will also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP EARLY BIRD -- you will receive a complete RoboSnap camera (including enclosure) with software and you'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP ANGEL -- you think this is a great idea for kids, but don't have a kid handy. Get the full RoboSnap camera and software and we will send it to a school of your choice or we can select one for you. You'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP BACKER -- you will receive a complete RoboSnap camera (including enclosure) with software and you'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP BACKER + THREADS -- you will receive a complete RoboSnap camera (including enclosure) with software and you'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. AND you'll get a RoboSnap T-shirt! Adult and children's sizes. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP 5 PACK -- you understand the importance of supporting computer vision and robotics in education and want 5 RoboSnap cameras for your school. You'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER. Free shipping within US.

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    ROBOSNAP WEBINAR -- Shari will conduct a personalized 1 hour webinar for your class and ship 5 RoboSnap cameras for use in the class. You'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER.

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    ROBOSNAP SPONSOR -- Shari will travel to your US destination with 5 RoboSnap cameras and will teach a 2 hour class to 10 students. You'll also be included in our source code as a ROBOSNAP SUPPORTER.

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