A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Although children can learn how to move virtual sprites on the screen, there is a need for a real robot for them to test their coding skills.
For over two years our group has been developing the ‘Mikeybot’ a small robust robot that can be accurately coded using block based programs on an iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Chromebook and even an IT suite of desktops which are connected to a WiFi network.
With many years of experience as Computing Specialist Teachers and ICT Consultants in Primary and Secondary Education, we have developed an effective next step, from using virtual programming to real world programming, which can be used for independent learning at school or in the home.
This is the Mikeybot.
Read about the background to the project on inews:
Our group is called ComputingFirst click the link to find out about us.
What are we planning to make?
The Mikeybot is a robust iteration of a turtle type robot with the following advanced features:
Accurate drawing capability using stepper motors
Totally enclosed shell with components clearly visible
Rechargeable with inbuilt sounder
Accurate LED tracking module for line following
Pen drawing up/down
Uses Block and Script programming
Works with iPads, and most other devices
Wi-Fi hub or can join Wi-Fi network
Why do we care?
We are passionate believers in developing children’s skills in programming, and presenting them with new challenges at an affordable level, so they can become independent learners and achieve their full potential.
As they developed, we have regularly tested our prototypes with school children in classroom environments.
What’s your plan?
Jun-2017 Kickstarter starts
Jul-2017 Kickstarter ends
Aug-2017 Develop final iteration
Sep-2017 Order component assembly
Oct-2017 Order injection moulding
Nov-2017 Test production
Dec-2017 Final Mikeybots manufactured
Jan-2018 Final Mikeybots sent out
What’s your budget?
£10,000 Injection moulded chassis and wheels and pre production costs
£20,000 Evolution and refinement of product
£25,000 Robot arm optional add on
Risks and challenges
The design is based on a proven system that has been around for at least two years.
The Wi-Fi module is very popular and made in large quantities; there is very little chance of it becoming obsolescent in the foreseeable future. A more likely scenario is that we will redesign the software to use a more capable chip to add enhancements to the software.
The motors used for the wheels are a common part in many products such as air conditioning units so continuity of supply is assured.
At present we use 3D printers for the chassis. If we achieve our goal we will be able to supply quantities of Mikeybots within our timescale, since we would be able to produce the chassis by injection moulding instead.
We have made several prototypes and have a clear idea of the costs involved to produce the robots in quantity.
We are also looking at a working with a company who have a number of years of experience in this field.
The different areas of expertise of group members has enabled us to get to where we are now and will be beneficial in making this project a success.