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Affordable Robot kits and cases for the Raspberry Pi that are strong and lightweight for schools and hobbyists of all ages. Read more

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Affordable Robot kits and cases for the Raspberry Pi that are strong and lightweight for schools and hobbyists of all ages.

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That's Steve on the left, Stewart in the middle and Lewis on the right

What are the Case4-Kits and HapPi-Robot?

The Case4-Kits are a range of case designs used to protect and house Raspberry Pi's. batteries, and motors etc. for project work, made from strong construction card that makes it both effective and affordable. The 'HapPi-Robot' is a combination of the housing construction and a controller.

STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering and Mathematics) is going to be a key part of the school curriculum soon but schools are lacking the proper tools to teach it, this is why we have created the Case4-Kits set, to allow educators to do their jobs efficiently and teach to the best of their capabilities.

We'll be using the Twitter hashtag #HapPi during the campaign to keep you guys posted and do some personal Q & A, follow us on @TLBRC to join in.

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Making the Case4-Pi - an easy step by step video from our Pi School Website

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Making the Case4-Robot - an easy step by step video from our Pi School Website

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The Case4-Kits and HapPi add-on Story 

From the Raspberry Pi’s inception, I as an ex-technology teacher, inventor and MD of Kre8 Products have been a keen supporter of the Raspberry Pi Foundation with its emphasis on helping schools introduce computer programming and STEM subjects. To this end I attend Raspberry Jams, CAS Teacher meetings and exhibitions to see what teachers want. Quite a few complain about the high cost of the accessories so I started developing a range of low cost Raspberry Pi kits made from Kre8® SuperSheet, a new ‘maker modelling sheet’ that was originally invented for use with the Kre8® Making System.

The initial range of consists of: Raspberry Pi case (Case4-Pi), a robot case (Case4-Robot), a battery case (Case4-Battery), HapPi-Robot and HapPi add-on motor controller board. Kre8 Products Ltd and TLBRC are pleased to work together to launch this Case4-Kits and Robot Kickstarter Campaign. My interest lies in developing new products and TLBRC main strengths are in selling and supporting robot related products. Expansion Goals Supporters of this campaign will be the first to be offered what will hopefully be a whole series of new kits currently being developed; ranging from different decorative styles to a range of teaching kits for the Raspberry Pi and other micro-controllers. 

Who are The Little British Robot Company?

The Little British Robot Company was setup by Steve Bloye, a computer hardware engineer with 30 years' experience in electronics, computing and software systems. We have a passion for great engineering and design and provide some amazing robotic and constructional learning systems for education from primary up to University levels and beyond. 

We know that our future engineers, scientists and programmers need to be captivated by technology, not just from using it, but by building, fixing, and then improving on it.  Educators need products that work and that are affordable, with great support and readily available support materials.  The Case4 and Hap-Pi range tick all of these boxes and many more.

You may recognize us or our "almost-famous" robot, Big Red from some of the Raspberry Jams we've been to.  Come and say hello if you happen to see us - we really do love to talk!

Our goals

  • Create and nurture educators and makers
  • Making robotics easy for schools to obtain and use
  • Supporting the upcoming STEM curriculum

What your money will help to do

We have already invested ...

  • Time
  • Money
  • Our skills
  • Prototype Development 

By backing this project you are helping us to turn this product into a reality and help to spark the engineers, scientists and creators of the future.

The Rewards

The assembly of the Case4-Robot is designed to be quick and easy

Assembly instructions for the HapPi add-on board

Our new Sumo Robot Kit with Earl and Grey

Risks and challenges

As with all production, quality consistency is a key concern, however we are working with a well trusted company and due to the nature of the production we can quickly spot if any mistakes are forming and solve them quickly. Also, we have created literally hundreds of prototypes so we are confident that production will go smoothly.

delivery is a concern as that is a point in the campaign where the product is out of our hands, but we will be using tried and tested shippers so our concerns on delivery are minimal.

Our team is experienced in designing, manufacturing and selling in the UK and abroad so we confidently expect our planned timetable can be met. We have carried out a dummy run with prototypes and know how it should work but if problems do occur we can overcome them if necessary, by using our own manufacturing equipment, to avoid letting you down instead of using external contract suppliers.

All production is being carried out in the UK to reduce risk and support British businesses

Stewart Dunn is an ex-technology teacher and has reliably supplied schools and businesses since 2002 with educational products including the Kre8 Making system which he invented and can call on a team to help if necessary.

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FAQ

  • The specially made Kre8® SuperSheet, patent pending, is a multi-layered rigid flat sheet about 1.8mm thick, with various potential hinged aperture openings (’push out holes’) with an added protective glossy surface layer that also acts as a hinge when folding and making 3D forms. It is suitable for dry indoor use.

    It can be easily modified with good scissors and craft knife and extra holes can be made using a hole-punch or by using a sharp point.

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  • We are currently producing a new education focused website to support the rewards being offered, showing how simple the kits are to make and giving example ScratchGPIO code. We are also hoping to provide Python code as well as including video's, instructions and guides.

    The pages will be printer-friendly for easy use in schools.

    At present we have a few test pages working at www.pi-school.com and we intend to go fully live when we ready to send out your rewards.

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    You are GUARANTEED a big thank you and much love on The Little British Robot Company and The Pi-School websites.

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    Case4-Pi. Protect your Raspberry Pi and its SD card with this versatile DIY case with access to all the connectors.

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    Case4-Pi and Case4-Battery. Free your Raspberry Pi from its mains power lead. Instead use this case to carry around your Raspberry Pi with battery and you have yourself a Portable Pi!

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    Case4-Robot. A robot chassis for the Raspberry Pi and other micro-controllers such as Arduino.

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    Case4-Robot. A robot chassis for the Raspberry Pi and other micro-controllers such as Arduino.

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    HapPi add-on Board. This plugs onto the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins to control your robot's DC motors and is also suitable for general purpose work, having full access to the GPIO pins, 3 protected inputs and a set of i2C pins. This is supplied as a kit of parts that will need soldering.

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    HapPi add-on Board delivered to you FULLY ASSEMBLED. This plugs onto the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins to control your robot's DC motors and is also suitable for general purpose work, having full access to the GPIO pins, 3 protected inputs and a set of i2C pins.

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    The Full Kit. HapPi-Robot chassis and HapPi add-on board. By adding our HapPi add-on board to the Case4-Robot chassis you have the basis of a versatile robot that can be fully customised and developed.

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    The Full Kit. HapPi-Robot chassis and HapPi add-on board. By adding our HapPi add-on board to the Case4-Robot chassis you have the basis of a versatile robot that can be fully customised and developed.

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    The Full Kit. HapPi-Robot chassis and a FULLY ASSEMBLED HapPi add-on board. By adding our HapPi add-on board to the Case4-Robot chassis you have the basis of a versatile robot that can be fully customised and developed.

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    The Full Kit. HapPi-Robot chassis and a FULLY ASSEMBLED HapPi add-on board. By adding our HapPi add-on board to the Case4-Robot chassis you have the basis of a versatile robot that can be fully customised and developed.

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    The Sumo Kit. A pair of HapPi-Robot chassis and a FULLY ASSEMBLED HapPi add-on board's SUMO STYLE. Meet "Earl" and "Grey", our two favourite Raspberry Pi powered Sumo Robots.

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    The Sumo Kit. A pair of HapPi-Robot chassis and a FULLY ASSEMBLED HapPi add-on board's SUMO STYLE. Meet "Earl" and "Grey", our two favourite Raspberry Pi powered Sumo Robots.

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    Small Classroom Pack of 5 HapPi Robot Kits designed with classrooms and computer clubs in mind. With fully assembled HapPi add-on robot controller boards together with instruction guides explaining how to use our on-line colour instructions, guides and videos. This set is perfect for small groups of students attending computer clubs, activity days and for STEM subject teaching.

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    Medium Classroom Pack of 10 HapPi Robot Kits designed with larger classrooms and computer clubs in mind. With fully assembled HapPi add-on robot controller boards together with together with instruction guides explaining how to use our on-line colour instructions, guides and videos. This set is ideal for larger groups of students attending computer clubs, activity days and for STEM subject teaching.

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