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The OFFBITS are build-it-yourself robots made of up-cycled components. Connect the bots and create your own designs!
The OFFBITS are build-it-yourself robots made of up-cycled components; connect the bots and create your own designs! Delivered April 2016, now available for purchase on our site!
The OFFBITS are build-it-yourself robots made of up-cycled components; connect the bots and create your own designs! Delivered April 2016, now available for purchase on our site!
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THE OFFBITS - The Art of Spare Parts

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"...a line of open-source robots that encourages you to tinker... a fun way to jump start [your] imagination" - GeekDad

“Build adorable ‘malfunctioning robots’ from assorted hand-painted hardware parts like screws and springs” - Laughing Squid

What are The OFFBITS?  

The OFFBITS are cool little model robots, originally designed with unused and unloved bits and pieces which were upcycled and transformed into something so much greater.

We’ve designed ‘build-it-yourself’ kits made of everyday hardware thingamajigs, which, when put together, transmorph into delightful robot characters. But that’s only the beginning! Once you’ve got hold of our Starter kits, you can add your own bits and pieces from around the house, your toolbox, or abandoned gadgets and gizmos, to personalize and expand on each character or vehicle.

Each time you stumble upon an abandoned screw, bolt, spring or somesuch, on it goes to your OFFBIT, becoming a new leg, a different head, a jaunty hat or a radioactive antenna. OFFBITS are endlessly re-designable, extendable and customizable, and only you can make them YOUR way!

But seriously now, here’s where the OFFBITS really come from:

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The OFFBITS had been exiled from their home planet - Planet Bot, after a mysterious malfunction gave them adventurous and super-creative personalities - which caused major bugs in the Planet’s great algorythm of absolute boredom.

BigBot, the fearsome ruler of Planet Bot had all of the OFFBITS disassembled and cast into the great recycle bin of destiny...Which turned out to be a portal to earth and its many tinkering fingers…

Without further ado, meet the crew:

The exiled OFFBITS come in peace, but they also come in pieces, ready for you to grab a screwdriver and connect the Bots!

The OFFBITS Starter Kit

Take a few standard hardware components, throw in an eye for design and a knack for creative connections, and suddenly you’ve got a robot in your hands.

This fresh take on lo-tech innovation and healthy DIY values is what we call “the art of spare parts”
This fresh take on lo-tech innovation and healthy DIY values is what we call “the art of spare parts”

The OFFBITS starter kits will come with all the necessary parts and instructions for assembling one of the four characters. Besides the nifty packaging, you’ll find that a lot of the components will be basically the same nuts and bolts you can find in any hardware store, except that we’ll have up-cycled the heck out of them through custom finishing and painting processes.

 Depending on character, these will include:

  • Terminal block row - hand-cut ABS plastic, finished and painted
  • Cable clamp - steel alloy, finished and painted
  • Nuts - various sizes (mostly M4, M6, M7), steel alloy, painted
  • 1mm Threaded Rods - steel alloy, various lengths
  • Fasteners, washers, and screws - various sizes, steel alloy
The rest of the parts and pieces will be completely original connectors of our own creation, designed for maximum connectivity of the parts in the kits, your toolbox, and beyond. 

The custom parts include:

  • U connector - steel-alloy
  • "Arms” -  laser-cut, zinc-coated steel alloy
  • Connectable spring “legs” - steel alloy, black oxide finish
Each kit will also come with:

  • Branded MiniMagnet
  • Illustrated Story MiniBook
  • Character-specific Instructions
  • OFFBITS Sticker
  • OFFBITS Creators Community registration code
Additional specs and information:

  • Size (in package): 4x7x10 cm
  • Weight (in package): ~100g (depending on character)
  • Height (built): ~75mm (depending on character)
  • Lead-free, industrial-quality paint 

OFFBITS Extension Packs

It wasn’t long into our first year of pilot-testing when we noticed how eager people were to get their hands on more parts to ‘pimp’ their OFFBITS.

Even though we like to encourage our community to use the bits and pieces around them, we’ve made life easy for you by developing 2 extension packs that work perfectly with your starter kits. You want it? You got it.

The Character Extension will come with 20 additional parts, including special tubular connectors and color combinations that can’t be found in the Starter Kits. You can use it to build wackier robots, animatoids, and pretty much anything else you can think of.

And for all you speed freaks out there we’ve come up with Vehicle Extensions! These will come with enough parts to create standalone wheeled models, each one designed with a specific character in mind - although you’re more than welcome to mix! Combine with a Starter Kit and Character Extension to really get your OFFBITS going places.

OFFBITS SuperTool (Kickstarter Exclusive!)

All the OFFBITS’ parts come in industry-standard spans and diameters, so chances are you already own everything you need to get those nuts and screws nice and tight. But we’ve been itching to provide our Creators with a custom-designed tool from pretty much day One, so now - thanks to the magic of KickStarter - we can finally offer the tool you might not need, but definitely deserve.

Can a person own too many tools? Possibly. But here’s one you can’t get anywhere else!
Can a person own too many tools? Possibly. But here’s one you can’t get anywhere else!

 Our first official tool will be fitted with exactly the kind of spanners and screwdrivers required by the various kits. A keychain and special robot connector will allow you to take it wherever you go, while the dual OFFBITS and KickStarter branding will ensure your bragging rights are maintained in full.

Materials:

  • High-Impact ABS Plastic
  • Stainless Steel

Nut Sizes:

  • M4
  • M6
  • M7

Screw drives:

  • Slotted
  • Phillips

This project is about getting our new generation of OFFBITS kits into production, so it makes sense to reward our backers with the fruits of their trust and cash - Kits, Extensions, and Tools, Oh My!

We’ve tried to make the reward tiers as straightforward as possible, with each tier giving you more stuff at a more attractive price. Any starter kit in any tier can be ordered in any of the four available characters, and the same goes for the Vehicle Extensions - the default for “package” tiers will be matching colors, but feel free to mix and match! Additional Kits, Extensions, and KickStarter-exclusive merch are available as well, see Add-Ons section for pricing.

Shipping comes in 3 international flavors, and if you’re the impatient type just add $40 for expedited shipping to be among the first to receive your rewards.

The OFFBITS ‘meat and potatoes’ - your choice of Starter Kit and KickStarter-exclusive SuperTool!
The OFFBITS ‘meat and potatoes’ - your choice of Starter Kit and KickStarter-exclusive SuperTool!
Let your creative potential go 'nuts' with a full set of Starter Kit, *both* Extension packs, and the KickStarter-exclusive SuperTool and Magnet Stand!
Let your creative potential go 'nuts' with a full set of Starter Kit, *both* Extension packs, and the KickStarter-exclusive SuperTool and Magnet Stand!
Can’t wait to claim your rightful place in our Creators Community? Get one of our last remaining "Pilot" Kits *within two weeks of campaign end*, followed by EVERYTHING in "The Complete OFFBITS" reward tier and the KickStarter-exclusive T-Shirt!
Can’t wait to claim your rightful place in our Creators Community? Get one of our last remaining "Pilot" Kits *within two weeks of campaign end*, followed by EVERYTHING in "The Complete OFFBITS" reward tier and the KickStarter-exclusive T-Shirt!
Why Choose? Grab an armload of OFFBITS by ordering one of EACH product in EVERY color, and enjoy an additional $15 discount!
Why Choose? Grab an armload of OFFBITS by ordering one of EACH product in EVERY color, and enjoy an additional $15 discount!
As a backer of true distinction, you'll get EVERYTHING in the "OFFBITS Universe" tier, a KickStarter-exclusive T-Shirt, and the limited-edition "Offy" award - a unique new design by OFFBITS creator, Roy Barazani, plated in real 14k GOLD!
As a backer of true distinction, you'll get EVERYTHING in the "OFFBITS Universe" tier, a KickStarter-exclusive T-Shirt, and the limited-edition "Offy" award - a unique new design by OFFBITS creator, Roy Barazani, plated in real 14k GOLD!

Not to jump the gun here, but we’ve got so many wild ideas and directions to take the OFFBITS that we’re really only limited by our budget. Taking us above and beyond our modest project goal will bring the OFFBITS ever closer to our full vision, including enhanced parts and connectors, expanded story and media, online content and apps, and quite a bit more!

All Your Box Are Belong To Us ($20K Goal) - ACHIEVED!

Each character will now come in its own custom-designed box, so your OFFBIT will have the housing it deserves!
Each character will now come in its own custom-designed box, so your OFFBIT will have the housing it deserves!

MultiColorSuperTool ($40K Goal) - UNLOCKED!

We really want our tool in your hands, which is why it’s been added to nearly every reward tier. At this level of funding we’ll be able to give every eligible Backer the KickStarter-exclusive tool in their choice of the 4 different character colors
We really want our tool in your hands, which is why it’s been added to nearly every reward tier. At this level of funding we’ll be able to give every eligible Backer the KickStarter-exclusive tool in their choice of the 4 different character colors

Of course this list will only grow as the project progresses, so keep checking for updates and help us reach new goals!

So yeah, by now you can see we’ve put quite a lot of thought, love, and design in to our kits. But the OFFBITS experience is about more than just funky little robot toys! By playing, tinkering and incorporating parts that can be found in any toolbox or household, everything and anything can be upcycled into sheer original awesomeness.

a whole new world of DIY fun powered by the imagination and creativity of the OFFBITS Creators Community
a whole new world of DIY fun powered by the imagination and creativity of the OFFBITS Creators Community

With the OFFBITS offering more building possibilities than we could ever hope to explore by ourselves, our vision has always included a community of creative collaboration where new ideas and designs would be shared and developed. Happily enough our instincts have been consistently proven to be correct, and throughout the past two years of pilot runs we have been bombarded with kooky creations and content by enthusiasts of all ages:

We strongly believe that our KickStarter backers can help us take this hippie thesis to the next level, forming the backbone of a community where inspiration is the most valuable - yet freely traded - commodity of all.

It takes quite a team of off-beat warriors to change the way people think, play and create. This is us, and we're proud to be here!

Designer and artist Roy Barazani is the creator of the OFFBITS through his concept of “The art of spare parts”. Roy has had a life-long fascination with re-imagining everyday bits and pieces, incorporating them together and giving them a new life.
Designer and artist Roy Barazani is the creator of the OFFBITS through his concept of “The art of spare parts”. Roy has had a life-long fascination with re-imagining everyday bits and pieces, incorporating them together and giving them a new life.
A product manager and technology consultant, it was love at first screw for Avner when introduced to the concept of open-source, DIY robots and the exciting possibility of an engaging toy powered by one’s own limitless imagination.
A product manager and technology consultant, it was love at first screw for Avner when introduced to the concept of open-source, DIY robots and the exciting possibility of an engaging toy powered by one’s own limitless imagination.
A gifted product designer, Shlomi is in charge of developing new and jaw dropping OFFBITS prototypes using the design super powers given to him in his teens when he was bitten by a radioactive screwdriver.
A gifted product designer, Shlomi is in charge of developing new and jaw dropping OFFBITS prototypes using the design super powers given to him in his teens when he was bitten by a radioactive screwdriver.
A free-thinking musician and social platform whiz, Yair Yona handles all things OFFBIT on the social networks.
A free-thinking musician and social platform whiz, Yair Yona handles all things OFFBIT on the social networks.
The poster girl of intelligent design, Liron is in charge of designing and producing all of the OFFBITS graphics.
The poster girl of intelligent design, Liron is in charge of designing and producing all of the OFFBITS graphics.
Content writer and aspiring rice-tamer, Gal Olevson is in charge of putting the vision of original OFFBIT content into words.
Content writer and aspiring rice-tamer, Gal Olevson is in charge of putting the vision of original OFFBIT content into words.
The master of being on-beat and off-bit simultaneously, Ilya is the software developer DJ who handles website wizardry and also does OFFBIT Creators community service
The master of being on-beat and off-bit simultaneously, Ilya is the software developer DJ who handles website wizardry and also does OFFBIT Creators community service

Crowdfunding is all about people pulling together to help bring into the world something that’s pretty great. The OFFBITS project is all about pulling together to bring out something pretty great out of people. So it was a such a natural choice for us to bring the OFFBITS to Kickstarter, and hopefully get you to join our incredible journey which started with a simple wire connector and a tiny spring.

Reaching our campaign’s goals will enable us to shift gears, mass produce the second generation of The OFFBITS and start getting them in to eager tinkerer's hands. It will also put us on the path of realizing our long term goals: Improved models, wacky new designs, OFFBITS games and apps, and our biggest dream - building a worldwide community of original OFFBIT makers. We are already in the advanced planning stages of these exciting new platforms, and your backing can make it happen!

Credits

Video Director and Editor - Shir Comay

Video Photography - Amnon Haas

Stills Photography - David Havrony

Original Illustrations - Nir Golan

Animations and Post-Production - Noam Toledano

Stop-motion Animation: Ricardo Werdesheim & Moran Somer / Zaz Animation

Original Music and Sound Production - Markey Funk

Video Narration - Rick Whelan

Strategy and Gentle Guidance - Saar Shai / Double-Edge Games

Risks and challenges

Although nothing in life is certain, we've been working on The OFFBITS for the past couple of years, so we have a handle on what we're doing and have a pretty solid plan put together.

One of the benefits of using readily-available, standard components is that quantity and quality concerns are negligible, and the relationships we've already established with our service providers and suppliers mean there should be very few surprises.

Even with the custom parts and connectors we've done our best to keep everything as simple as possible, and by involving the intended manufacturers from the very first stages of the R&D process we have minimized the risk of defects or delays. We’ve already produced a few rounds of prototypes, so we’ve established good, reliable relationships with our manufacturers.

We're expecting the biggest challenge to be the actual delivery process - getting the kits to all our fans in the US and worldwide. For this purpose we've made arrangements with a major international shipping company to ensure favorable rates and preferred service. And we've done a fair bit of international shipping already in our pilot run so we’re confident we can run things efficiently when fulfillment kicks off.

If you have any other concerns or questions please do not hesitate to ask!

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    Can't wait to get started? Ready to claim your rightful place in our Creators Community?

    We will send you one (1) of our last remaining "Pilot" Series kits (as can be seen here: www.theoffbits.com/catalog) *within two weeks of campaign end* so you can get cracking on developing your OFBITS-building skills and coming up with original designs!

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    WHY CHOOSE? Grab an armload of OFFBITS by ordering one of EACH product in EVERY color, and enjoy an additional $15 discount!

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    The moment you clicked on the page, we could tell you were a person of distinction! Your belief in the OFFBITS knows no limits, which makes you especially deserving of this limited-edition, KickStarter-exclusive "Offy" award - a unique new OFFBITS design by Roy Barazani with all metal parts plated in real 14k GOLD!

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