About this project
"...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.
But seriously now, here’s where the OFFBITS really come from:
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.
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
- U connector - steel-alloy
- "Arms” - laser-cut, zinc-coated steel alloy
- Connectable spring “legs” - steel alloy, black oxide finish
- Branded MiniMagnet
- Illustrated Story MiniBook
- Character-specific Instructions
- OFFBITS Sticker
- OFFBITS Creators Community registration code
- 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.
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.
- High-Impact ABS Plastic
- Stainless Steel
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.
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!
MultiColorSuperTool ($40K Goal) - UNLOCKED!
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.
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!
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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