Let's just say the original video took a few attempts ....
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
Making the Case4-Robot - an easy step by step video from our Pi School Website
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!
- 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 ...
- 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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
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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