Scratch Duino: Open Source Magnetic Robot Kit for Education
Scratch Duino: Open Source Magnetic Robot Kit for Education
Scratch Duino is a highly customizable, simple and interactive open source robot kit with magnetic-mount sensors.
Scratch Duino is a highly customizable, simple and interactive open source robot kit with magnetic-mount sensors. Read more
About this project
WHAT IS THE Scratch Duino
ScratchDuino is a comprehensive and easy-to-use robot kit in all aspects:
- Modular and customizable
- Easy assembly using magnetic-mount parts
- ScratchDuino collects information on multiple channels simultaneously allowing to build complex solutions for various tasks
- Reliable / troubleproof
- Open Source (Scratch+Arduino)
- Easy programmable (1 hour workshop is enough to start programming for 7 years kid)
Scratch Duino is ready out of the box to collect data and process it according to a piece of code you design with Scratch.
The goal is to raise $105,000 by October 24, 2014, and to start the serial production of ScratchDuino robots construction kits in Finland.
DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS
Scratch Duino is an educational open source robot-designing kit. It is a complete solution, which combines both hardware and software in a single extendable setup. The hardware part is modular and easy to assemble.
Scratch Duino is reliable and designed to work under tough conditions: each sensor is protected by its individual plastic shield that can be mounted onto the motorized platform in a foolproof way. You can easily build a robot from scratch just combining the motorized platform and different types of sensors.
The basic kit includes 2 light sensors, 2 contact sensors, 2 reflective object sensors and an infrared eye. Sensor modules are magnetic-mount, allowing for fast and easy reconfiguration and customization of the robot. Up to 5 sensors can be attached to the platform simultaneously.
Our robot kit is built around Arduino, which is an open-source electronic prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
The programming is done using the famous Scratch language developed by MIT. Right out of the box our robot is ready to collect data and process it according to a piece of code you design with Scratch. This makes our robots flexible and interactive.
Are you eager to learn how to program code, but unsure where to start? - Go ahead and try our Scratch Duino robot kit. Scratch user interface gives a visual representation to your programs placing each command in an individual colored block and highlighting them as the command is being executed.
Our Scratch Duino body comes in three versions:
Plywood - a steampunk-style look
Transparent plastic - we call it illustrative as one can see what’s inside
Colored plastic (yellow, blue, red).
Advanced users can dive deeper into programming of ScratchDuino robot kit utilizing Arduino IDE. In addition, two blank modules come with the kit. Inventors can use them to build their own sensor modules. Finally, being open source evangelists we provide all blueprints and assembly schematics for those who would like to create ScratchDuino from scratch completely.
Scratch Duino team consists of professional teachers, designers and programmers, working in educational software and hardware development. We got an idea to create our own robot kit for students and robotics amateurs 4 years ago. We found that most of commercial robot kits are too complex to assemble and are closed source, while we believe that educational software and hardware should be open source. Thus, we decided to start from scratch, literally: we developed our own robot kit using Arduino as the basic hardware platform and Scratch as the programming language, getting Scratch Duino as a result.
We designed the magnetic-mount sensor attachments to simplify the assembly process.
Initial fundraising showed a lack of interest from banks and potential investors. They require commercial patents and closed source solutions, while we are open source evangelists. As a result we decided to go to Kickstarter, where we hope to meet people like us.
Currently we manufacture our robots at Fablabs and hackerspaces, like Fablab Polytech, Fablab TVN and others. We will continue our cooperation with them for the sake of of global community development.
WHO WE ARE
Mezon.Ru is a group of companies, which includes our Scratch Duino development team. We are an international team, which consists of professionals and creative people from Russia and Finland, who work in the area of free and open source software and hardware for education since the year of 2000. In 2006 they started to use Scratch and Arduino in their educational projects, and carry out seminars for students and teachers. The idea of Scratch Duino was born in 2010 by Alexander Kazantsev, an experienced teacher and inventor from Russia. All ScratchDuino team products are free & open source.
Scratch Duino Robot Construction Kit is a winner of Google Rise Awards 2013 and 2014.
Risks and challenges
We have been making open source software and hardware for years, so we are quite familiar with the process and challenges of this type of project. Since Scratch Duino hardware and software are already completed, most of the project risks are related to serial production of the kit, such as a risk of component consignment delays or shipment cancellations
Currently we manufacture our robots at Fablab in St.Petersburg (Russia). It's a manual assembly process, which is slow and puts a ceiling on potential volumes. We are planning to switch from this artisan undertaking to serial production.
We have come to a preliminary manufacturing agreement with one of Nokia’s’ plants.
We procure following components:
-microcontroller board Arduino. We have been partners with Arduino since 2008, and we are sure in Smart Projects’ timely delivery;
-we buy other components and sensors from different manufacturers (we are dealing with dozens of them). Each of them can delay consignment or stretch delivery times within due limits. Those are taken into account and will not affect our production and delivery deadlines. In any case, components used in in ScratchDuino are widely accessible, and they could be easily replaced by compatibles in case of a bigger problem with a supplier or manufacturer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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