A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
The dictionary defines "Tyro" as "a beginner or novice." TyroBot aims to get people started building and programming robots!
TyroBot is a kit. 3D print the parts, snap in the servos, screw in the controller, and you are up and running in under 3 hours. Don't have a 3D printer? Just back the "complete kit" option and we'll 3D print the parts for you in bright orange.
All it takes is a screwdriver to make a pile of parts become a fully functioning humanoid robot.
Once TyroBot is built, flip the switch and TyroBot is operational. Using the built in software, you can make TyroBot walk forward, backward, left and right without ever having to plug him into a computer. When you are ready for something more advanced, connect TyroBot to a computer and follow easy programming tutorials to make him do more advanced maneuvers.
Never programmed before? TyroBot's libraries make programming easy. Walk forward, look around, and send an email in just 4 lines of code.
TyroBot's firmware comes complete with a menu system so you have complete control of your robot at all times. Select "run program" in the menu to run your arduino code, Select "settings," to view WiFi connections, or select the arrows to create a walk routine right on the robot.
How does it all work?
The entire robot runs on Tyro Board, a custom robotics controller based around the ATSAMD21 32 bit microcontroller. What this means is that the programs seen in the videos and images only use up 20% of TyroBot's memory. Along with the microcontroller, TyroBot has an ESP8266 WiFi module for wireless communication, a triple axis accelerometer, USB charging circuit, and a 2.8in TFT touchscreen display. The board also hosts two expansion ports for further customization.
To keep it simple, we offer two versions of TyroBot.
The complete kit includes absolutely everything you need to build a TyroBot except a screwdriver, microUSB cable and a computer.
1200mah lithium ion battery
7x SG90 servo motors
11 3D printed parts
The makers kit includes everything you need to build a TyroBot, minus the 3D printed parts. TyroBot can be printed on any 3D printer with a bed size of about 100mm^3.
We also offer discounts if you purchase more than one TyroBot.
TyroBot has been under development for the past year and a half, and has progressed beautifully.
After countless 3D prints, over 4 board redesigns, and much testing, TyroBot is finally production ready. All the images you see on this page are of the actual TyroBot you will receive if you back this project. TyroBot is ready to be produced. With the launch of this Kickstarter, we have already published the design files and software libraries. All that is left to do is create high quality video and written tutorials. TyroBot is ready to see the world, and with your help, that can be possible.
About Tyro Electronics
Hello! I am Tyler Spadgenske, the creator of TyroBot and founder of Tyro Electronics. I am 17 years old and have been creating projects and helping others do so for the past 5 years. Some of my projects include:
Along with that, a couple of my projects have been featured in a book and I've won six Instructables contests and a handful of other awards. Along with myself, my dad, Scott Spadgenske will manage the finances and oversee this Kickstarter, and a few friends will help with testing and fulfillment. All parts will be fully tested before delivery.
Thank you for supporting this project!
Not ready to purchase a TyroBot? Please share with friends to get the word out! Check out our press kit.
Risks and challenges
As with all Kickstarters, there is risk.
Risk #1: Delays
TyroBot requires many parts, mostly for the controller board. These parts ship from all around the world and take around a month to arrive. During production if we receive a batch of bad parts, the project could be delayed.
Risk #2: Parts become discontinued/unavailable
If at any time key components (like the processor or the touchscreen) go out of stock, it would require a redesign of certain parts of the robot. This would take time and cost money. As of now all the components are stocked and have plenty of inventory, so a need for redesign is unlikely.
Risk #3: Fulfillment
With experience selling products in low quantities on Tindie and a couple of consumer ready TyroBot's produced, fulfillment will only be difficult if this project is a runaway success. In that case, much of TyroBot's production will be outsourced or the number of complete kits available will be limited. In order to prevent fulfillment issues, we plan on only producing a maximum of 150 complete kits due to our limited number of
Risk #4: We don't reach our goal.
If this Kickstarter does not reach its financial goal, we won't be able to buy parts and you won't ever get a TyroBot! Be sure to share with friends!