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Take learning and playing with LEGO® to the next level with sensors! Build creations with SBrick Plus and make them interactive!
Take learning and playing with LEGO® to the next level with sensors! Build creations with SBrick Plus and make them interactive!
Take learning and playing with LEGO® to the next level with sensors! Build creations with SBrick Plus and make them interactive!
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Connect. Code. Create. With SBrick Plus

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We're came to Kickstarter two years ago with SBrick and it was a big success, now we back with our second product the SBrick Plus
We're came to Kickstarter two years ago with SBrick and it was a big success, now we back with our second product the SBrick Plus

 

 

SBrick Plus is a brick that you can place into your LEGO® models so you can control them remotely using a smart device like a phone, tablet, gamepad or even Chromebook or PC. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though; SBrick Plus can use sensors from the WeDo 1.0™ family can be programmed in several languages, so it’s a perfect way to start your journey into programming and robotics!

SBrick Plus can also work with NXT/EV3 sensors using our adapter!

Even though the Technic™ family and Education™ products are both LEGO®, there has been no overlap between the two until now. SBrick Plus removes this barrier between the two families and brings those worlds together seamlessly..

SBrick Plus is for education and interactivity, while SBrick gives your creations more power!
SBrick Plus is for education and interactivity, while SBrick gives your creations more power!

SBrick Plus is the first product to work with Apple’s educational language, Swift Playgrounds. Everyone can code with SBrick Plus.

Apple, Google and Microsoft are some of the biggest tech companies in the world. LEGO® is the biggest toy company in the world  SBrick Plus connects them. You can now program with Apple and Google and Microsoft and play with LEGO®, all thanks to the SBrick Plus.

 

You can also use the building blocks you already have at home or in the classroom, simply add an SBrick Plus and let your adventure begin!

 

 

Home Education; spend quality time and learn together
Home Education; spend quality time and learn together

SBrick Plus is simple to use at home. We have created lesson plans and activities that will allow you to learn with your child, giving them a leg-up when it comes to programming and robotics. Even if you’ve never programmed before, we have produced a clear Guide for Parents that will lead you through everything as you experience the fun and satisfaction of learning with your child.

For example, if you have the Fireplane (model 42040) at home then you can build lots of different models using the same parts. We have designed 12 models using this Fireplane, including a robot that can draw, a helicopter and even a band that makes music. These building instructions will be available in the SBrick Education Library.

Here is some examples of what you can build for learning at home, all with the 42040 Fire Plane model from Technic.

You can build 12 different models from the same Fireplane kit.
You can build 12 different models from the same Fireplane kit.

The SBrick Education Library contains building instructions as well as lessons built up of activities you can do together with your child. 

Here's a sample page from our "Breezy the Hummingbird" lesson; this teaches coding in an immersive way and mixes programming fundamentals with interesting general knowledge.

Here is one of the activities we have put together, effectively a puzzle that needs to be solved. Your aim is to write code that will enable a robot to find its way out of a maze.

The same exercise can be solved using Scratch, Javascript or Apple Swift, as shown in the image below. For a student this means that as they become better-versed in programming and progress to more complex programming languages, they will better understand what needs to be done and what result can be achieved. For teachers this means continuity in the classroom, something many educators told us they wanted.

And here is a sample from one of our building instructions, which show you clearly and precisely how to put things together.

 

Classrooms, MakerSpaces and Camps
Classrooms, MakerSpaces and Camps

SBrick Plus is powerful enough to be used in the classroom by educators teaching programming and robotics. We spoke to hundreds of teachers as we developed SBrick Plus and worked with award-winning educators to produce something ideally suited for education. SBrick Plus is incredibly versatile - our brick is compatible with several of the most important languages - and it also works flawlessly with WeDo™ 1.0 sensors, meaning those kits lying around gathering dust will be useless no more!

Forget about problems with compatibility; start teaching in Scratch, then move on to more complex languages like Swift or JavaScript, all with the same piece of hardware. This allows for continuity in the classroom and ensures that your hardware will grow with you as your coding skills improve; it’s simple enough for beginners and powerful enough for experts and means that with SBrick Plus, educators can concentrate on what they do best, teaching.

SBrick Plus gives WeDo new life!
SBrick Plus gives WeDo new life!

 

The SBrick Education Library contains lessons that teach programming fundamentals in an immersive way. These lessons have been approved by Professors at Cambridge University - this sets us apart from everything else on the market.

 

This is the part that’s up to you! With the power and versatility of SBrick Plus, the only limit to what you create is your imagination. Think big, think bigger, then think bigger still and create amazing things with SBrick Plus!

Whether you get an SBrick Plus or SBrick, you get free tools that really complement the things you want to do.

SBrick App

There’s our SBrick app, which you can download from the either the App Store, Google Play or the Windows Store. Our app runs on phones and tablets, and can control both SBrick Plus, SBrick, as well as any combination of the two.

Profile Designer

Create a unique remote controller with our free Profile Designer web application!
Create a unique remote controller with our free Profile Designer web application!

Then there’s our online Profile Designer service, through which you can design custom user interfaces to suit your mood and model. It’s simple to use, just drag-and-drop, no coding is required!

Look at some examples our users have made!
Look at some examples our users have made!

Plugins

We provide free to use plugins so you can use SBrick Plus with Macbooks, Chromebooks, Windows 10 notebooks, tablets and PC.

Community

We also have a vibrant social platform - social.sbrick.com - where you can meet other SBrick Plus and SBrick users, learn about the things you can do with our bricks, and share tips and tricks from getting the best out of your hardware.

Some incredible models created by SBrick users
Some incredible models created by SBrick users

We are lucky enough to call some of the world’s best-known LEGO® master builders our friends. They were the first to get their hands on the SBrick Plus and have created some amazing things. Take a look at the videos below and get inspired!

Fantastic automated propeller plane by BuildingQuality. This creation contains both an SBrick Plus and an SBrick, as well as both tilt and proximity sensors. The proximity sensor determines where the plane is; if it’s close to the ground the landing gear are lowered, if it’s not on the ground the landing gear are raised. The tilt sensor determines the position of the flaps on each wing, as well as the elevator tabs on the tail of the aircraft.

Delightful fully automated bumper car, created by Fernando. The model contains a tilt sensor so when the car hits a wall it changes direction, while at the same time turning right or left randomly.

Incredible automatic system that unloads a freight train, created by Sariel. This creation senses the train has arrived, locks it in place and then turns it upside down.

And this is a digger created by Wieger Offereins; he has set it up so he can control his creation wirelessly, with a gamepad!

There's nothing we love more than working with talented and creative people. It can be fun, exciting, and sometimes even profitable as well. If you are a keen LEGO builder and have used either SBrick Plus or SBrick (or both) to produce something great, then we want to work with you. Simply upload your building instructions, photographs and any other material to the SBrick Education Library; your design will end up in front of thousands of people - and if it's exciting, you can expect people to pay to download your instructions.

It's a win-win! Contact us at info@sbrick.com

How this campaign will work?

  • This is the most important part - back us with a pledge! first find a pledge that suits you. If you want to, add extra options - which you'll find below the table of pledges - then raise your pledge amount by the relevant figure. You can increase your pledge at any time during the length of the campaign.
  • We'll keep you updated; we know how important it is to be kept in the loop. If our campaign is successful we can move to production by buying the parts we need. We will be updating our progress at least once a week, just so you can know where we stand and what is happening.
  • Shipping; once things are ready to be shipped we'll send you a link to a form you need to fill out. At the least this will mean providing a shipping address for you. But in case you've selected an extra option (like the colour of the SBrick Plus housing/case), we'll ask you to tell us what you would like. We'll be shipping things using FedEx so once they're shipping you'll also receive a tracking number from us via email.
You can always increase your pledge if you take advantage of the extra options!
You can always increase your pledge if you take advantage of the extra options!

 

Project Status

We recently celebrated our 2 year anniversary and the last 800 days have been hectic. We first produced SBrick which we launched on Kickstarter. The LEGO®  community welcomed us and we’re confident that the SBrick Plus is going to do even greater things over the coming months and years. 

With our first Kickstarter campaign we delivered on schedule, and all backers can expect us to do the same with SBrick Plus, so pledge with confidence and be one of the first to receive an SBrick Plus.

SBrick Plus and packaging shipped by Fedex to you!
SBrick Plus and packaging shipped by Fedex to you!

 

 

 

Who we are?

Vengit was established by experienced systems engineers and previous employees of Fortune 500 companies who helped develop and operate large volume websites (Alexa Top 500) before founding the company. We specialize in offering cloud solutions and helping companies scale smoothly. We count some of the world’s largest companies as our clients. SBrick and SBrick Plus are products we developed entirely in-house. Two of the best known “startup” companies we helped grow are Prezi and Ustream.

 

If you have a project in mind that would benefit from our Internet of Things (IoT) solution, but would want to work with Android, Java, Objective C, C++, Python or Javascript, then get in touch! We can provide you with an SDK so you customize at will. We can also create custom firmware or hardware layouts for you as well so you can take advantage of our technology behind SBrick.

We developed a cross-platform application engine for iOS and Android which has low latency and an easily customizable UI. This means by working with us you can significantly reduce your development costs and time.

Our IOT solution is extremely adaptable. If you have other things you would like to use please then get in touch with us. We can provide a full-coverage solution, from creating a custom user interface that communicates with our SBrick Plus technology with almost any device.

If this interests you, please email us at info@sbrick.com

SBrick is not made by the LEGO Group. It’s a product of our love and appreciation of playing with LEGO® bricks, paired with our ambition of adding value to the world and our dedication to excellence. LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse us. It does not endorse, sponsor or authorize this product. We developed it by relying on the basic idea that innovation should be open as referred to in many articles about the success story of the LEGO Group. We will do our best to certify SBrick Plus and SBrick and we ask for your help in achieving this.

Risks and challenges

Risks?

Actually there is no known risk. We learned a lot (no seriously, a LOT) about how to take an idea and turn it into a product with the SBrick in 2014. We continued to develop the SBrick after our first successful Kickstarter campaign and have worked hard to ensure that we create the best products we possibly can. We’ve received help and support from fans and have taken their feedback on board so we feel very confident that we will be able to deliver SBrick Plus on time and on schedule, just as we did with SBrick.

Challenges?

There are lots and we like them!

One of our greatest challenges is to ensure that our product matches the high standards set by LEGO Group. With your support we hope to gain certification for the SBrick Plus as we know the LEGO Group is open to innovation. We believe that our product would be a great fit for them.

Another challenge is education;we always had education as a goal when we started out on this journey, and over the last year have strived to work with exceptional teachers to create a mini ecosystem around the SBrick Plus, one stocked with exciting and immersive lessons that make learning (and teaching) fun. We have spent a lot of time fine-tuning our lessons and getting Cambridge University academics to not only look at them but endorse us is a huge feather in our cap.

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    SBrick Plus Extension Kit for WeDo 1.0
    If you already have a WeDo 1.0 kit, then this is the pledge for you! This pledge will take your current WeDo 1.0 kit and supercharge it, adding all the functionality, power and freedom that the SBrick Plus brings.  Contains: 1x SBrick Plus, 1x M motor, 1x Servo motor, 1x LED, 1x Extension wire, 1x Battery Box as well as several building elements you might need. You also get 3 lessons from the SBrick Education Library.

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    SBrick Plus Adapter Pack for NXT/EV3

    If you want to use NXT/EV3 sensors in your Technic models, this is the pledge for you! You get the power of the SBrick Plus, the ability to program in different languages, and with this pack you can attach any of the NXT/EV3 sensors! It’s sensory overload!  Contains: 1x SBrick Plus, 4x NXT/EV3 Adapters, 1x Extension wire.

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    This pledge is for those groups, schools, camps and makerspaces that already have WeDo 1.0 kits and want to revitalize their equipment with the power and freedom that SBrick Plus offers. Unleash your creativity and never be tied to just one language again! This contains: 10x SBrick Plus, 10x M motor, 10x Servo motor, 10x LED, 10x Extension wire, 10x Battery Box as well as several building elements you might need. You also get 3 lessons from the SBrick Library, and free shipping around the world via Fedex.

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