About this project
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For more information please visit robotiky.com/kickstarter
Robotiky is a small programmable robot which, with the help of online tutorials and games helps kids learn programming and robotics while they play.
Starting off with drag and drop exercises and smoothly transitioning within the same environment to text based programming languages - Robotiky can take an absolute beginner to a confident programmer.
The best thing you can do is try it out for yourself!
Robotiky is packed with features; ranging from the ability to follow lines drawn on pieces of paper, to knowing when you turn the light on or off!
When you combine these with the ultimate power of coding - Robotiky can react intelligently to changes in its environment!
Think Scratch meets Lego Mindstorms.
We believe that the kids of the future should be creating, innovating and shaping the world in this new digital age.
But the first steps into programming can be confusing and daunting, particularly for young children!
So we have made a programmable toy robot - because children engage better when they are having fun and interacting with things.
A self-explanatory interface and built in levels means it is ready to go straight out the box.
So swap some of that time in front of the TV and help Robotiky solve mazes, puzzles and complete challenges!
At the end of each level you can download and run your programs on your robot.
This physical interaction demonstrates that programming has an impact on the real world whilst providing kids with immediate feedback and validation!
Lilly, 10 - “I like it when we get to see the robot move knowing that we made it do this.”
After all, what kid doesn’t like a robot?
Sam, 12 - “Two words – mind blown!”
We've met some incredible people on our journey so far. Here are what just a few of them had to say about us:
"Robots are a great way to engage young children with technology, and the Robotiky programming model really does have tremendous potential for building upon that initial engagement to teach substantive computational thinking and coding skills."
"Robotiky provides a highly accessible path for children to be attracted into software engineering, and an ingenious means of building on that to teach them computational thinking and coding."
“Robotiky is a great step forward in physical computing. It provides a fun physical way of bridging the gap between beginners’ programming languages such as Scratch and more advanced software such as Python. As a gadgetting device it is the perfect complement to Raspberry Pi and mobile computing devices.
The online software is intuitive with the tutorials providing complete support for less experienced or less confident users. The challenges ensure that more proficient users are stretched and don’t lose interest.
Once a program is written it is incredibly easy to transfer it from the website directly onto the robot itself, where it can be run autonomously. This reinforces the concept that programming is not just something that moves a few pixels around, but also impacts on the real world.”
We initially began work on the software and put out a demo version out at :
What we weren’t expecting to happen was for people that we had never met, not only in the UK, but also America and even as far afield as New Zealand and Australia, to start using it before the demo was even finished and without a robot!
Adrian, 29 - “I've been using Robotiky with my 13 year olds as an intro to robotics and they are loving it.”
The software alone provides a great low cost option for kids who want to progress from something like Scratch to full text based code or for those who are just starting out.
Rick, 38 - “In fact the only downside is that it left me wanting to plug in the robot and watch it go for real!”
So we created a number of hardware prototypes and trialled them with hundreds of children across the country. Having received huge amounts of positive feedback it was time to move things forward and to make Robotiky a reality.
You get your name included in the code that we write. It is the very life blood of Robotiky and will act as a permanent reminder that it was you that made this all possible!
You get the unique opportunity to try out the software as it is being developed and even suggest your own ideas for us to include.
You get full access to the software on release date. You will be able to run all the levels on the online simulator with hundreds of tutorials and games to guide you through!
The best way to get a feel for the software is to try it out here:
At the moment only modern desktop and laptop browsers are supported, however we will extend this to older browsers and touch screen devices (mobile & tablet) prior to release.
Some of the pledge levels have multiple software licences e.g. "£59 Group Software" has x100. This act as site licences meaning that you may have 100 users simultaneously logged on at a given location such as a community centre.
You get our custom circuit board. If the pledge level also includes a robot then the brain will already be inside!
If you are getting the £29 option (brain by itself) then we advise that you should either have done a bit of robotics in the past, or know someone who has, since you will need to get hold of things like motors, wheels, sensors and a battery pack holder yourself.
You get your very own Robotiky!
You can download and run your code at the end of every level and watch as your robot carries out your every command. See Robotiky interact with the real world and respond exactly as you have programmed it to.
We know that most people have micro USB cables and AA batteries floating around at home so we don't want to add to your general clutter. But if you want the complete package then we will add in rechargeable batteries and a micro USB cable along with maps that can be used for line following.
You get a workshop with the Robotiky team where we will run through a selection of the levels before working with the kids to design their own levels which will be added to the software.
You believed in us right from the start so you get the pick of the litter when it comes to the rewards. Some of these have an extra special low price to say thank you, and all are limited in quantity!
In order to keep the costs down, we need the economy of scale. Production runs of the circuit boards have to be in the hundreds to keep the price per unit low, as do orders of the components.
So we need your support to make sure the numbers are high enough to make this a reality!
Robotiky has come a long way since our initial sketches!
Prototype I - can run programs downloaded from the online learning environment e.g. turn a corner or move in a square pattern. (Jan 2014)
Prototype II - also has a 3D printed case and a start button on its back. (Feb 2014)
Prototype III - will have line following sensors and rotary encoders that will provide the ability to follow a path and have precise control over the distance it moves. (Mar/Apr 2014)
Final Version - polishing off the rough edges. (Apr/May 2014)
This will be followed by scaling up manufacture of the final version and then shipping them out.
If your pledge is for software or a donation then there are absolutely no postage charges!
If your reward includes a physical product and you live outside the UK then there you will have to pledge the additional amount specified at the bottom to cover the extra costs.
If you wish to order a physical product to a country that is outside the EU and does not have English as its first language - then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the packages containing a robot are made-to-order. Once the campaign is funded we will put together your robot as a gift for you and no one else.
Risks and challenges
We are confident that we will be able to refine and expand the software over the course of the project as a lot of the mechanics are already in place, so there is no risk here.
We have already developed working prototypes using wires and breadboards, so now we need to turn it into something that can be manufactured on a large scale. The components that go onto the circuit board are ‘off the shelf’ and there are a huge range of manufacturers both at home and abroad capable of producing this for us.
The other components, such as the sensors and motors are also widely available and the precise method of assembly will depend on scale. If the quantity of robots pledged is small then they will be assembled personally by us. If the demand is higher we will work with manufacturers to produce and ship the product.
We want to make it clear that this project will undergo development prior to release and that we are not just using Kickstarter as a platform to sell a finished product. We may have to make changes to the design and specification as we go, and whilst we will do everything in our power to ensure that your rewards are with you by the specified dates, it is possible that some things may take a little longer.
We promise to give you (at least) monthly updates with our progress to keep you in the loop of Robotiky’s development!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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