Dexter Industries Launches First Ever Robot Subscription Service!

GoBox is a GoPiGo Raspberry Pi robot with a new Mission and a new sensor delivered to your door every month, starting this Holiday 2015 season.

Washington, D.C. September 1, 2015 – Dexter Industries, an educational robotics company, today launched GoBox, their fourth Kickstarter project. GoBox is a monthly subscription of robot Missions that are designed for a child (ages 7 and up) to do with the help of an adult. The intent of GoBox is to make learning computer programming and technology accessible to everyone. It doesn’t require any prior knowledge of robotics, and takes you step-by-step through building your own robot and learning how to program it to do all kinds of cool things!

The first month’s GoBox Mission comes with a complete robot kit, the GoPiGo, for you to build and start learning how to program. The GoPiGo is based on the Raspberry Pi, a $35 single board computer developed by a UK foundation designed to teach young people how to program. Each month, subscribers will get a new sensor to attach to your GoPiGo robot, along with a Mission complete with beautiful illustrations and links to helpful videos.

This past Father’s Day, ten parent-child teams gathered at NOVA LABS, a community Makerspace in Reston, VA, to try GoBox for themselves. Parents of all skill levels worked side-by-side with their child to build their GoPiGo robot car, and decorate and program it to look and act like an animal of their choice. Within a few hours, there were cheetahs, bats, moths, and spiders crawling around the floor of the lab!

“I’ve really never done anything like this before with my son, and it was so easy and fun – I couldn’t believe it!” said participant Lily Griffin, mother of 12-year old Ryan.

Dave Bock, a software developer, came to get one of his triplets more interested in technology. “It was fun to see the creative side come out, along with learning technical concepts about motors and programming.”

Key Features of GoBox:
* No prior experience or knowledge required – beginners welcome!
* Monthly Missions that slowly build on each other and keep you engaged – the key to success!
* Missions use Scratch, an easy-to-use drag/drop language developed by MIT.


About Dexter Industries
Dexter Industries, a growing educational robotics company, was founded in 2010 by John Cole to develop products that make open source robotics technology more accessible to everyone.

GoBox Kickstarter link: www.DexterGoBox.com

More information on the GoPiGo Raspberry Pi robot car: http://www.dexterindustries.com/GoPiGo

“Matrix have a Formula for success with latest Kickstarter”

West Yorkshire technology firm, Matrix Technology Solutions are poised to launch their first ever Kickstarter campaign with a state of the art robot buggy and robotics course they are hoping to launch early next year.

Formula AllCode as it is known, is a robotics course which includes a high spec, Bluetooth enabled robot compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Raspberry Pi devices.

The project consists of:

  • The Formula AllCode robot itself
  • A FREE PDF course in robotics
  • Accessories used to learn including graphical mat and maze walls

Find out more here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/11644483/486244280?token=3567a2f2

Kickstarter is an online crowd funding website full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through people’s direct support. Since launch in 2009, 9.1 million people have pledged more than $1.8 billion, funding 89,000 creative projects.

You can get behind the Formula AllCode Kickstarter and pledge your support when the project launches in early August. Keep an eye out at www.matrixtsl.com for more details.

Open Roberta Video from Tufts

The Tufts University made a nice video clip about Open Roberta Lab:

Clickmox Solutions launches first Kickstarter campaign

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada – Local business, Clickmox Solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its Kickstarter campaign for its new product: the Scan3D laser scanner. The campaign was launched on August 18th at 10:45am and will be active for 25 days – until September 12th.

Real-time scan of the Clickmox office

Although 3D laser scanning is a mature technology, it is not yet widely available to the public, due mostly to its high cost. Scan3D is a lightweight and affordable large area laser scanner, which is locally manufactured at the Clickmox Solutions office in Sudbury. It is designed to tackle the need for an inexpensive, compact laser scanner that is versatile enough to meet any consumer need.

Scan3D offers real-time 3D mapping capabilities at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Mountable on aerial drones and ground vehicles, Scan3D has many industrial and recreational applications from obstacle avoidance to vehicle positioning and 3D mapping.

Clickmox Solutions is offering three different models of the Scan3D system, costing $1,195, $4,590, and $6,590. All three models include a software development kit, which allows consumers to adapt Scan3D to their specific applications. The Advanced and Ultimate models also include access to Clickmox’s SLAM Libraries and instructions on how to create 3D maps in real time.

Scan3D uses a 2D laser scanner, which it pivots on a servo motor. It combines these data with data from a positional sensor to generate 3D maps. This technology has already been used by Clickmox in the mining industry.

Kickstarter campaign: https://goo.gl/ZlZEfK

DFRobot Announces Vortex – A First of its Kind, Intelligent and Responsive Robot Toy

New York—July 9, 2015—Robotics and open source hardware provider DFRobot today announces their new interactive toy, the Vortex robot. Designed to teach, empower and entertain children in an interactive robotics environment, DFRobot today also launched its Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 for continued product development. 

Combatting the trend of over-reliance on virtual games and screen time while transforming the robotic toy, DFRobot’s Vortex allows children to combine physical and virtual play. Children can interact with their toy robot while also programming and inventing their own commands and games, all via their smartphone or tablet.

Vortex has the following standout features:

  • Ready for Action—The Vortex robot and apps are fully functional right out of the box. Simply pair the robot with each child’s personal phone or tablet (compatible with both iOS and Android) via Bluetooth, and it’s ready to run. Children maneuver the Vortex by simply tapping their device’s screen to initiate commands
  • Infinite Programming Possibilities—Vortex presents infinite possibilities to create and play new games. It’s compatible with highly customizable open source hardware platform, Arduino, as well as with programming language Scratch. The Vortex robot can navigate obstacles, detect lines and report back by using infrared, grey scale and sound speakers. Easy to use, Vortex makes a child’s introduction to programming fully accessible and understandable and will be a great teaching resource for classrooms, making complex programming and coding easier for children to understand and practice
  • Customizable Games—Children have endless opportunities to create their own games and can also play the pre-programmed, free games including: Bumping Fight, Virtual Golf, Driving and Robot Soccer. Each game allows children to compete against their friends, parents or the robot AI. All games are designed to be both intuitive and customizable, as the child creates their own play experience

“We’re transforming the household into part robotics lab, part playground,” said Ricky Ye, CEO, DFRobot. “We fully believe in the philosophy of learning through play. With our robot, which offers an immersive programming experience, children can learn to code while having genuine fun. Our mission is to bridge the gap between toys and education–particularly STEM education–as technology-driven skills are more important than ever.”

Vortex’s pre-programmed games are designed to be fun and intuitive. Bumping Fight serves as a pushing match between two players to force others from the arena, while Virtual Golf allows children to direct the robot towards a target, while controlling the power of their shots. In addition, Driving allows children to use their device as a remote control to drive their Vortex forward, backwards, right or left around a track, and with Robot Soccer, children can play a match with anywhere from 2-22 players.

DFRobot’s Vortex is suggested for children ages six and up. By supporting the Kickstarter campaign, backers can pre-order the Vortex robot two-pack for $119 with their contributions. Robots will ship to consumers in fall, 2015.

About DFRobot

 DFRobot is a robotics and open source hardware provider that is dedicated to creating innovative, user-friendly products that foster a strong community of learning. DFRobot collaborates with multiple tech giants including Intel and Microsoft and has a product catalog boasting over 1,000 components and widgets including sensors, robotic platforms, communication modules and 3D printers. DFRobot is one of the early evangelists of the Maker Movement and strongly supports greater access to the maker culture.

DFRobot’s new product, Vortex is an intelligent and responsive robot that will enable children to learn, play and program. Vortex will bring together robotics with digital games through fun and interactive apps that allow children to explore, program their own games and solve problems.

DFRobot is headquartered in Shanghai, China. For more information visit www.dfrobot.com.

ePawn Launches Its Connected Board for Gamers on Kickstarter

NEW YORK, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

The French startup ePawn launches ePawn Arena, a revolutionary board that interfaces with smartphones, tablets or PCs, to allow gamers to use real world game pieces with their online and mobile devices.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/7571451-epawn-launches-gamers-kickstarter/

Leveraging ePawn’s patented object-tracking technology, ePawn Arena bridges real and virtual gaming by bringing back the simple thrill of real touch feeling and breathing life into mobile game pieces and smart robot-toys.

Designed to support numerous games, like a game console, ePawn Arena comes with action games where smartphones drive the toys,  a chess game where gamers play online with real game pieces magically moving on their own and strategy games with beautiful and interactive miniatures.

ePawn Arena is ready to get new content and the free Software Development Kit (SDK) makes it easy for game developers and hackers to integrate ePawn Arena into both new and existing games.

„ePawn Arena’s unique capabilities take the gaming experience to a whole new level of fun and creativity,“ said Christophe Duteil, co-founder and CEO of ePawn. „Additionally, we have created an open platform such that anyone can create new content in various domains, such as gaming, robotics, new user interfaces, and so on.“

ePawn Arena, the connected board for gamers, is live on Kickstarter at :

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1360711106/epawn-arena-the-first-connected-gaming-board

BumbleBeeBot is now BombiniBot

I just received this message from the OpenElectrons Team:

We had to change the name of the BumbleBeeBot … the new name is BombiniBot.

We are changing the texts on the project page to that effect, but in some places it just can not be changed.

This change could be confusing for a while, but be aware, the new name is „BombiniBot“.

 

 

BumbleBeeBot – for Teaching Robotics and Programming to Kids

OpenElectrons have started a Kickstarter Campaign for an Arduino based robot called BumbleBeeBot to teach programming and robotics to young kids.
OpenElectrons is the affiliate of mindsensors.com, which makes sensors and controllers for LEGO Mindstorms.

BumbleBeeBot is a low cost kit with progressively complex programming environments.
For the younger audience, the bot uses Scratch like graphical programming environment.
Scratch is already widely adopted in schools and makes programming easy for children.
Growing students can then transition to miniBloq which is graphical programming interfacing to Arduino.
At advance level, students can directly program in Arduino IDE using C/C++.

The BumbleBeeBot has gone through pilot programs in schools and afterschool robotics classes in
Richmond, Virginia, and now they’re seeking funding for production.

#BumblebeeBot for Teaching #Robotics and #Programming to Kids:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1842571016/bumblebeebot-for-teaching-robotics-and-programming

Short News: VEX IQ User Guide, Build Instructions & Build Tips Poster

This might be interesting especially for all the teachers here: Now you are able to buy additional copies of Building Instructions and User Guides–> for a really good price. No more need to use the copier before class!

http://www.vexrobotics.com/…/…/vex-iq-printed-materials.html

Game-Changer: First 3D Printed, Educational Robot Launches on Kickstarter

Seattle, WA – SociallyShaped, an educational robotics company, is pleased to announce the first, advanced, 3D printed, customizable robot that teaches electronics, programming, and 3D design. Named Roby, this amazingly versatile robot has a full on-board computer and programming software designed to teach children the basics of programming. The first robot of it’s kind, Roby provides the platform needed to excel in many areas of technology.

The mission of SociallyShaped is to improve access to technical skills, and empower anyone to become innovators in the technology industry. You can become part of SociallyShaped’s community and mission by visiting https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/758562141/3d-printed-educational-robotic-platform

SociallyShaped is an educational robotics company, which encourages learning and entrepreneurialism for children and adults alike. SociallyShaped was founded by John Villwock, MBA (Cornell), Mikhail Stolpner, MBA (Cornell), and Aubra Taylor, MA in Seattle, WA. Combined, they have extensive experience in child development, technical innovation, programming, business management, 3D printing, and electrical engineering.