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Build robots like a PRO with this Arduino compatible kit
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MoonBot: DIY Kit for Tinkering with Modern Robotics & AI

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You love robots, and so do we!

That's why we created the MoonBot Kit, to help you reach your full potential in robotics. 

Whether you are just getting started, or have worked with robots in the past, the MoonBot kit will let you create professional-looking robots that are:

Smart 

Strong

Cute

 Agile

or Funny

Our goal is to help you build robots like a PRO, pushing your robotics skills to the next level.

MoonBot is the 2018 CES Asia Innovation Award winner, for its cutting-edge AI technology and innovative design.

What can you do with the MoonBot Kit

For any one interested in robotics and AI, starting from these parts,  

You can quickly build sophisticated robots like these.

Each robot is equipped with cutting-edge computer vision sensor.

  • The MoonRover is an autonomously driving vehicle.
  • The MoonMech is a flexible robotic arm who loves playing basketball.
  • The MoonBot is a cute robot with many emotions 

These 3 well-tested base robots cover over 90% of the popular AI application scenarios for learning and practicing.

MoonMech (left) and the strawberry picking robot used in a modern farm
MoonMech (left) and the strawberry picking robot used in a modern farm

On the other hand, you can also make some pretty wild designs out of them.

For young students (8 years+), MoonBot can be programmed using the scratch language.

We also provide a free 24 weeks service that you can get weekly emails for many hands-on projects.

For advanced users, MoonBot is fully compatible with Arduino. You can use your favorite Arduino tool to program and hack the MoonBot.

Support our campaign and start making awesome robots that you are proud of! 

MoonBot Hardware

The MoonBot Kit parts at a glance
The MoonBot Kit parts at a glance

Reliable electronic modules + precision aluminum structures + beautiful transparent plastic shells = the hardware that let you create robots like never before.

AI Modules

The MU vision sensor is the AI core of the MoonBot Kit. It allows MoonBot to see the objects in the environment and do things based on what it sees.

MU Vision Sensor for MoonBot
MU Vision Sensor for MoonBot

MU vision sensor spec:

  • Camera - Omnivision ov7725
  • Processor - ESP32 SoC with Bluetooth & Wifi, dual core @ 240Mhz
  • Resolution - 640x480 @ 60fps
  • Field of View - 90 degree diagonal
  • Assistant Light - 2 LED assistant lights
  • Recognition Algorithms - Face, Human, Ball, Line, Traffic Sign Detection, Color Recognition

In addition to the vision sensor, a voice command recognition module for MoonBot is also planned and will be released in Q2 2019. 

Third party AI modules such as the Google AIY voice kit can also be connected to MoonBot (via an adapter cable).

Arduino Compatible Main Controller

The MoonBot's main controller is based on the Ardiuno compatible ATMega 1280. 

You can use your favorite Arduino tool to program the MoonBot.

Main Controller Spec:

  • MCU - ATMega 1280, 16 Mhz, 128 KB Flash,  8 KB SRAM
  • Sensor / IO Port - 9
  • Motor Port - 2
  • PWM Servo Port - 4
  • USB Port - 1, Type C
  • Programming Language - Arduino C (PC), Mixly/Scratch (PC & Mobile Devices), Python (via serial port)

Servos and Motors

The MoonBot Kit includes three standard-size 55g metal gear servos. Each servo has a max torque of 8 kg-cm, and delivers enough power to lift the robot itself. The two driving motors are fully enclosed in plastics, with built-in encoder to measure each motor's precise rotation, which will keep the left and right wheels in perfect sync.

The Grabber

The grabber of the MoonMech can pick up many different things, big or small.
The grabber of the MoonMech can pick up many different things, big or small.

Sound and LED lights

MoonBot's eyes are made of 2 sets of 6 RGB color LEDs. The speaker module includes a decoding chip that you can upload and play any mp3 sound files.

LED eyes of MoonBot
LED eyes of MoonBot

Touch and Infra-red Sensors

The two touch sensors can be installed as MoonBot's ears. The two infra-red sensors can be used either for obstacle avoidance or as surface edge detector.

Surface edge avoidance with the infra-red sensor
Surface edge avoidance with the infra-red sensor

Battery

7.4V 1800 mAh rechargeable lithium battery, chargeable through a USB Type-C port. Estimated running time: 3 hours.

Accessories

You can extend the MoonBot's functionalities with accessories made of metal, cardboard, or LEGO pieces. MoonBot comes with a set of accessories that you can build to help some of the missions, including cardboard basketball hoop, shovel, recognition cards and ping-pong balls.

Accessories included in the MoonBot Kit
Accessories included in the MoonBot Kit

There are also LEGO technic compatible holes on MoonBot's arms, which will be perfect to install your own tools made with LEGO. 

LEGO Technic compatitble holes on MoonBot's arm
LEGO Technic compatitble holes on MoonBot's arm

Software and Programming

The software on MoonBot is designed to maximally leverage the popular Arduino eco-systems. Many books, tutorials and online resources for Arduino also apply to the MoonBot. You can program the MoonBot using either PC or Apps on Mobile devices with C, Scratch or Python.

PC

On PC, all the Arduino programming environments are supported. You can use the classic Arduino interface for C programming or the open source Mixly project for Scratch programming. Python programming support will be added in Q2 2019, through a serial communication channel between MoonBot and the PC. 

Phone and Tablet

On mobile devices such as phones and tablets, you can use Morpx's MU Bot App to program the MoonBot. MU Bot App support the Scratch style drag-and-drop programming. It also supports sharing code pieces between friends, which is very useful for classrooms.

MoonBot Subscription Service

How many times you bring home an exciting toy and only to find that it only got played for a few days. The MoonBot subscription service is give you fresh robot ideas each week. For 24 weeks, we will send you (via email) new robot programming idea for you to try. It's like a free 6 month robotics class. Here are some awesome projects:

Rewards

Support us so you can be the first to own our award-winning MoonBot Kit!

A Word on Shipping

The MoonBot Kit contains precision parts and lithium-ion batteries with a total shipping weight of 2 kg. It will be shipped with extra care from our factory in China by our trusted shipping partners.

Please also help us spread the word if you like MoonBot, share our link on facebook, instagram, twitter, linkedin or your favorite social network.

MoonBot Timeline 

Before launching on KickStarter, we have gone through multiple iterations of designing and engineering prototyping.  

Now, we have finished all the design and verification steps, and will go to the production phase in Nov 2018. The first batch of MoonBot is expected to be shipped in Jan 2019.

Thank you and have fun tinkering with the future!

P.S. It's every robot maker's dream to create something like the BumbleBee, With MoonBot we are moving towards that ultimate goal!

About US

We are a team of scientists, engineers and educators from Morpx, founded by former Google researcher Dr. Tianli Yu, with the belief that anyone can be part of the latest AI transformation. The MU series educational robot kits are what we created to fulfill this very mission. 

Since its launch in 2016, the MU series robot kits have reached its third generation, and earned international recognition - Mom’s Choice Award 2017 for the SpaceBot kit, and CES Asia Innovation Award 2018 for the MoonBot Kit.

Risks and challenges

MoonBot is the third product in the MU series that hits the production phase. Over the past few years, we have gained enough experience in managing the production flow to minimize the risks. However, there still could be unexpected issues arise due to the large number of parts need to be manufactured. In such cases, the end of Jan 2019 delivery date could be delayed. In any case, we are trying our best to deliver MoonBot to your hand on time.

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    Pledge $149 or more About $149

    1 MoonBot Kit - Early Bird ($70 off)

    Be the first to get our award-winning MoonBot Kit with $70 off (MSRP $219)

    Includes:
    • MoonBot Kit to build all 3 official robots.
    • Show your support and have your name on our supporter page.
    • Free subscription of our weekly moonbot programming ideas email.
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    1 MoonBot Kit ($50 off)

    Includes:
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    • Free subscription of our weekly moonbot programming ideas email.
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    A pair of MoonBot Kit - Early Bird Only

    Get a pair of MoonBot Kit to play basketball competitions ($140 off).

    Includes:
    • MoonBot Kit to build all 3 official robots.
    • Show your support and have your name on our supporter page.
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    MoonBot Kit - 5 pack Educator Edition

    Get enough MoonBot kits to start a learning group ($350 off) and save on shipping.

    Includes:
    • MoonBot Kit to build all 3 official robots.
    • Show your support and have your name on our supporter page.
    • Additional sets of accessaries such as traffic sign cards.
    • Access to MoonBot onliner educator's resources
    • Free subscription of our weekly moonbot programming ideas email.
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    MoonBot Kit - 10 pack Classroom Edition

    Get enough MoonBot kits for a classroom of 10-20 kids ($700 off), with additional accessories, basketball court and car racing map, free shipping anywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • 10× MoonBot Kit to build all 3 official robots.
    • 10× Additional sets of accessaries such as traffic sign cards.
    • Access to MoonBot onliner educator's resources
    • Basketball court map and car racing map
    • Show your support and have your name on our supporter page.
    • Free subscription of our weekly moonbot programming ideas email.
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