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A new way for kids to make basic robots, learn beginner logic and programming while being on a budget.
75 backers pledged £2,345 to help bring this project to life.
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Full Robot Kit
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The TurtlTeck is designed as an quick and easy way for children over 3 to build their first robot with little assistance. All that is required is a battery pack and two motors to be connected to the TurtlTeck and you are ready to program.

To program a robot is simple. All that is required is to press the buttons on the top of  TurtlTeck.  By pressing the up or down buttons it makes the robot move either Forwards or Backwards by approximately 30CM. By pressing the Left or Right buttons it will then make the robot turn approximately 45° on the spot.

An example program for a Octagon is the following:

Octagon Example Program
Octagon Example Program
 

We understand that all robot chassis, motors and batteries are slightly different. To solve this issue we have added on 4 Dip Switches allowing you to increase or decrease the delay for that instruction. We have found that by setting the switches the robot can be fine tuned to work across different batteries and chassis.

We have also designed the TurtlTeck to run fully off 1 pack of AA Batteries making it easy to power without the need for multiple packs, usb cables or extra regulators.

TurtlTeck performing a square

Development Video #2 

What We Need

Funded!

We are aiming to raise a total of £1000

While we have the funds to be able to make a small batch of the TurtlTeck we are fundraising to be able to create a bigger batch; to help recover some of the development costs and buy new equipment to be able to manufacture them.

One of the major things about running a fundraiser is also the fees taken by Kickstarter & Postage. To hit our goal we estimate we need 20 Earlybird Boards and 20 Robot Kits to sell. 
This equals a total of £1000, by the time we remove postage costs on their own it equals £890. Once we then remove fees at 10% (Kicksarter + VAT + Payment + 20p a Pledge ) = £793

Stretch Goals! 

Converting Guides - £1,250   *Reached!*
For our first stretch goal we will be creating a range of Tutorials on converting a TurtlTeck program to the following: Python Turtle, MSWLogo & Scratch Turtle.

Open Source Software - £1,750
If we reach £1,750 we will open source the software, and leave the chip's programming fuse unlocked allowing re-programming. We will also put the IC In a socket allowing Re-Programming.

Full Programming Tutorial - £2,250
On top of the Open Source Software we will then write tutorial guides on programming the TurtlTeck using the Arduino like IDE Energia & TI Launchpad

Tasks left to do

We currently have the following left on our task list
  • Finalize PCB Design
  • Finalize Packaging
  • Source Components
  • Manufacturing

Pledges

We have quite a few pledges available on this Kickstarter campaign

Goodie Pack

The Goodie Pack is ideal to add-on to a TurtlTeck pledge. Get 10 TurtlTeck program cards pre-printed along with a Ryanteck & TurtlTeck sticker. Also receive campaign updates and have that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Turtlteck Board - UK & Worldwide

Receive a TurtlTeck board with stickers. Only £18 to UK and £21 worldwide!.

Turtlteck Board & Robot Kit - UK & Worldwide

Receive a TurtlTeck board with a robot chassis (including motors, screws  & 4 AA battery holder). Along with 5 Printed TurtlTeck cards & Stickers.

Only £34 Inc PNP to United Kingdom or £38 Worldwide (7 Day EU Shipping, 30 Day Rest of the world).

Turtlteck & Robot Chassis Provided
Turtlteck & Robot Chassis Provided

Ultimate Robot Kit! - UK & Worldwide Receive a TurtlTeck board with a robot chassis (including motors, screws & 4 AA battery holder). Along with 5 Printed TurtlTeck cards & Stickers.
PLUS an RTK-000-001 Robot Controller Board (Assembled) and USB Wi-Fi Adapter!

RTK RPi Robotics Kit Assembled
RTK RPi Robotics Kit Assembled

(Does not include Raspberry Pi)

Only £50 Inc PNP to United Kingdom or £54 Worldwide (7 Day EU Shipping, 30 Day Rest of the world).

The Impact

By helping fund this project you are supporting Ryanteck LTD. A startup based in Stevenage, United Kingdom. This project is our first product that we have funded the development of fully ourselves. 

Due to being a small company while we can fund most of the project ourselves we would like to be able to get the funds to be able to fund the extra equipment and resources that would help with production. 

Who Am I?

I'm Ryan Walmsley, a 18 year old computer science student who has been interested in Computing & Electronics from a young age. I started learning PCB development at 16 and came out with my first product at 17 with the successful RTK RPi M.C.B. After releasing this and the Budget Robotics kit I started working on a way to make it cheap and easy for me to run basic robotic workshops without all of the need for the extra tools for me to use as a STEM Ambassador.  The TurtlTeck solves this issue by being the only piece of equipment required for a robot. No extra MCUS, Credit Card Sized Computers or tablets required to program or use.

Thanks
Just a quick thanks to my Mum & Dad for all of the support they have been giving me while developing the product along with the Beta Testers (Recantha, WhaleyGeek, TheRaspberryPiGuy, Daniel More & MRUkTechReviews [Who has also taken some of the photos and the video]).

Risks and challenges

Every project is subject to delays. We are hoping to start shipping in October but there are a couple of things that could delay the project.

I have had quite a lot of experience with fundraisers in the past. The board design just has to be confirmed from testing feedback and the parts to be ordered. We will be partially funding the project to order the parts that will take the longest to arrive ourself.

We also will make sure the final design of PCB works before ordering the production run to make sure that when you get yours it will work out of the box.

University:
Finally I am starting University in October so this could cause a delay. I am used to already running a business around education and am taking my computer science degree via the Open University to be able to run the business at the same time.

Part Sourcing:
Some parts we find easy to stock including terminal blocks and buttons. We already have a stock of over 1000+ Terminal blocks from where we buy them in bulk for prototyping and the RTK RPi M.C.B

Our suppliers for the ICS currently have more than enough to make the batch of 100 but if we reach a LOT of orders then we would be using all of their stock causing a possible month delay.

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    Early Bird TurtlTeck! -
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    TurtlTeck! -
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    Pledge £34 or more About US$ 45

    Get a fully assembled TurtlTeck robot controller & a Robot chassis including motors and 4*AA Battery Holder.

    Includes shipping to UK at £4
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    Ultimate Robot! Get a fully assembled TurtlTeck robot controller & a Robot chassis including motors and a 4*AA Battery Holder PLUS get an RTK-000-001 adding Pi control to your robot and USB Wi-Fi Adapter. Includes shipping to UK at £4. Rest of world shipping is 5-7 days EU and up to 30 days Worldwide

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