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We believe art and technology are the key to creative problem solving.  We know this because we integrate all the arts into our engineering work every day.  But arts and crafts often becomes secondary in kits that teach technology.

Oomiyu is a maker kit that bring the "Arts" in STEAM to life.  It blends arts and crafts with technology and engineering to show how they work together.  We want to inspire young inventors with a broad set of talents so they can help us build the future. 

And Oomiyu is just the start.  We designed a robotic animal with these electronic parts this time, but we look forward to designing other creatures as well as games with these same base electronics and materials!  We will build some things and we hope you will build some things too and share them with us.

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“After this you feel successful because you built it all by yourself. But if it comes in a package already built, then you just play with it and you think, well this isn’t too fun because they built it for me.” - 10 year old kid tester

 

 

Oomiyu (pronounced “umiyoo”) is a maker kit that allows beginner inventors (8 years and up) to build a fun, customized and interactive paper craft robotic owl while getting a taste of basic mechanical principles, electronics and programming based on an Arduino 101.

  • Build the mechanics, electronics and paper shell for your Oomiyu owl. Oomiyu was designed to show you how all the different systems come together to create an awesome robotic creature.

“The most fun part is going to be doing the circuitry and the wires” - 11 year old kid tester

  • Customize your Oomiyu owl by decorating its paper shell. We’ve included a set of accessories to get you started in bringing out your Oomiyu’s personality. And this is just the beginning. In addition, you can control, add, or change any of those behaviors with the companion app for even more fun. Show us what you've got and make Oomiyu your own!

“The app is easy to use. For people who don’t code well, it would be really easy for them to use too.” -9 year old kid testers

“My favorite part was programming it through the app”-8 year old kid tester.

  • Play with your Oomiyu owl! Oomiyu comes with pre-programmed behaviors and games: ask it yes-or-no questions, pet it until it goes to sleep, or set it up as your alarm clock.
  • Hack it. We have built Oomiyu on top of the Arduino 101, which is powered by the Intel® Curie(TM) module, to create a flexible technology platform that can be customized with other off the shelf components and sample code. Because the Arduino 101 is part of a lively open-source community, there are many resources available to help expand what Oomiyu can do.

Oomiyu comes with everything you need to create your very own robotic owl:

Electronic components (*)
Electronic components (*)
  • An Arduino 101 board, powered by Intel® 
  • Sensors: proximity, touch and buttons. 
  • Actuators: a speaker, 2 motors and 2 tricolor LEDS 
  • A shield to easily connect all sensors and actuators 
  • All the necessary connecting wires

(*) Please note that the sensors and actuators in the picture above are functionally representative but may not be the final pieces. We will keep you updated as we upgrade components or make any changes.

Blue owl cardstock shell
Blue owl cardstock shell
  • 3 different owl cardstock bodies in pre-cut pieces ready to be assembled. (The blue one is pictured above.)
  • Fun cardstock accessories such as glasses, mustaches and feathers to decorate your owl and give it its own personality (not included in the current picture but include glasses, mustaches, bow ties, mini shapes, etc.)
Cardboard skeleton
Cardboard skeleton
  • Pre-cut pieces of cardboard to build the mechanical skeleton
  • All necessary mechanical connecting pieces. (Not all of them are pictured here as we are still optimizing our design!)

Items that are not pictured but will be definitely included:

  • Simple instructions for putting everything together
  • A free companion app for your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet for control and customization of interactions.  (Smartphone or tablet not included, data charges to download application may apply.)

 

 

  • Oomiyu has a strong crafts component, alongside state of the art electronics

  • It tackles the entire maker process. From the mechanical, the electronics, the outer shell, to the personality, everything is built by you.

  • It is built to be customized: each Oomiyu owl can be customized physically with accessories or digitally through the app: make Oomiyu purr like a cat, act grumpy, hiccup and even burp!

  • Oomiyu is the introduction to a powerful and extensible electronics platform we are building: the same electronics can be reused for future maker kits or other projects. 

We really believe that combining the creativity in art and the power in technology allows for intuitive and powerful learning, that play leads to inspiration, curiosity and engagement.

 

We are a band of mad scientists, artists, inventors, storytellers, educators and performers collectively known as Two Bit Circus. Last year we were named one of the Top Startups to Watch in Los Angeles.

We build big games, tell stories with technology, and make liberal use of lasers, fire and robots. We live at the intersection of technology and spectacle, engineering entertainment that is imaginative and interactive.

In 2013, we successfully crowdfunded our first STEAM Carnival on Kickstarter, re-imagining the circus to include a high-tech game arcade, battling robot band showcase, and wearable technology fashion show to highlight STEAM disciplines at work within the power of play. STEAM Carnivals have been held in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.

Check out some highlights from the Carnival in Los Angeles:

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Risks and challenges

Our team has worked tirelessly to design and prototype Oomiyu. We are confident in the design, and ready to work through the challenges that might arise while working with suppliers, manufacturing, production, and certification.

We have carefully specified our bill of materials and received quotes from different potential manufacturing partners. Some of them have replaced our original parts with equivalent components. As we test all these configurations, we may need to adjust our design or seek new manufacturing partners.

We have created a shield that simplifies the electrical connections in Oomiyu. Any delays in the manufacturing or testing of this shield could cause a delay in fulfillment.

We have worked hard to test our chosen materials, but our maker kit must pass standard safety testing and certification. A delay in certification that would require us to use alternate materials like plastic instead of cardboard could cause a significant delay in fulfillment.

We are an experienced team of inventors with a history of producing successful, high-tech products. We are confident in our process and approach to new products. In the event that unexpected issues arise, we promise to do our best to minimize the impact on our supporters. We are looking forward to bringing Oomiyu into your home and will keep you informed of our progress with regular updates.

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    Oomiyu Fan

    No donation is too small to become part of the Two Bit Circus Family. As a member of our community, you’ll get the opportunity to vote for our next Oomiyu designs and our digital holiday card!

    And you’ll have our undying gratitude :)

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    Proudly show off your support for our work. Donate to receive a fabulous Two Bit Circus t-shirt made right here in Los Angeles. You'll also receive some stickers, a holiday card and our undying gratitude.

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    Oomiyu Artist

    Do you already have an Arduino 101 board and electronic components? Get all the paper and cardboard pieces as well as the connectors needed to build the paper aspects of your owl.This partial kit comes with everything you need to create your Oomiyu except for the electronic components.

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    • 1 Cardboard Skeleon and all connecting non-electronic pieces
    • Instruction booklet (digital)
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    "Early Bird" Oomiyu

    Ready to build and customize your own paper creature? You will receive the full Oomiyu Kit which includes everything you need to build, customize, play, and hack your Oomiyu.

    And everyone pledging to support us on Kickstarter at the $100 level or higher, will also get their name micro-etched on one of our Two Bit Circus walls!

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    Donate one Oomiyu!

    Donate one Oomiyu kit to a local school in need that the Two Bit Circus Foundation is working with. And we will get your name micro-etched on one of our Two Bit Circus walls!

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    "Morning Bird" Oomiyu

    Ready to build and customize your own paper creature? You will receive the full Oomiyu Kit which includes everything you need to build, customize, play, and hack your Oomiyu.

    And as part of our initial backers, get your name micro-etched on the wall of the Two Bit Circus studio.

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    "Sleepy Bird" Oomiyu

    This is Oomiyu, a fun and beautiful kit that combines arts and crafts and robotics! This maker kit comes with everything you need to build, customize, play and hack your Oomiyu.

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    Oomiyu Kit + Two Bit Circus Tour

    This is our favorite reward: not only do you get Oomiyu, but you also get to show three of your friends how cool you are by taking them with you on a special in-person tour of Two Bit Circus at the Brewery in Los Angeles, CA*. And we may be working on other fun experiences that we'd love to share.

    And of course we'll etch your name on the wall of Two Bit Circus studio.

    *expenses to travel and stay in LA are not included.

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    "Buy One, Give One" Oomiyu

    Help us share the fun of Oomiyu with others. We'll send you one complete Oomiyu kit and donate a second kit to a local school in need.

    The Two Bit Circus Foundation will create and donate the curriculum with your help!

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    Oomiyu Kit + 2 tix to our AntiGala Event

    This is a very special reward, available only until 4pm PST on November 19.

    Our Anti-Gala, Two Bit Circus biggest fundraising event of the year, will take place on Saturday November 19th, from 6 to 10 pm in Los Angeles.

    Each backer at this level gets an Oomiyu Kit and two tickets to our event! (Travel and stay expenses not included.)

    For more information about Two Bit Circus Gala: http://twobitcircus.com/event/two-bit-circus-anti-gala/

    And of course your name gets etched on the wall of our Two Bit Circus studio.

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    An Owl Parliament - Education Package

    Help us bring STEAM education into the classroom and we’ll send 20 Oomiyu Kits to a local school in need that includes a remote training of teacher. (School to be determined by the Two Circus Foundation with input from the donor.)

    And that’s not all, we will host you and 3 of your best friends on a tour of Two Bit Circus studio in Los Angeles, culminating in a special dinner with Two Bit Circus founders Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman*.

    And we'll etch your name on the wall of Two Bit Circus studio.

    *expenses to travel and stay in LA are not included

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