The most popular ideas of robots on KikStarter


    In my last post about searching for ideas of robots, dear nemilya in the commentary suggested a great idea, or rather, a method of searching for ideas for creating robots - this is the well-known crowdfunding project Kickstarter.
    I began to collect, at first for myself, the top of the most funded popular projects, but upon reflection I decided that on my beloved Habré I could get valuable comments from Habrovsk citizens and Habrovsk women.

    Below are the Top15 most successful Kickstarter projects from the Robots category, and even below are some reflections on this sample.

    A selection of all projects here , so as not to go too far with the links in this entry.
    Also, I do not give the amount of money that these projects raised, because counting other people's money is unethical, I’ll just write that the projects below raised from 40 to 361 thousand dollars on KikStarter.

    MOSS, a cubic robot constructor

    A set of modules for creating various robots for children and adolescents.
    More details .

    uArm, a miniature industrial manipulator

    Computer-controlled miniature desktop manipulator.
    More details .

    Bartendro, a robot for mixing cocktails

    An open-source project of a robot for creating cocktails.
    More details .

    Sparki, a simple robot on Arduino

    A simple miniature robot with sensors and on Arduino, which does not require high programming skills.
    More details.

    Makeblock, constructor for creating a robot

    A set of parts for creating an interesting tracked robot.
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    Romo, a robot from a smartphone A

    riding platform that turns your smartphone into a robot.
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    Hexy the Haxapod, a cheap six-legged robot

    An open project to create a cheap hexapod robot.
    More details .

    Multiplo, creating your own robot.

    System for designing and building a robot on your own ideas, open source.
    More details .

    OpenROV, open-source underwater robot

    Kits for creating an underwater robot for research and training.
    More details .

    Stompy, a large walking robot A

    project to create a large, 5.5-meter walking robot with a place for the operator.
    More details .

    Botiful, the Android Telepresence Robot

    Riding Cart for the Android device, turning it into a Telepresence Robot.
    More details .

    Robot Mark VI, floating sailing robot

    A robot with sails for exploring the ocean.
    More details .

    KIBO, a learning robot for children made of wooden cubes A

    robot constructor made of wooden cubes with electronics, from which children can create robots. The method of visual programming of robots from blocks is also applied.
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    Mirobot, a learning WiFi robot for children

    An open-source DIY robot for teaching children new technologies and programming.
    More details .

    TJ, a puppet-robot A

    puppet-animatronic for children, moving with servos and Arduino.
    More details .

    Now let's sort our thoughts a bit on this sample.
    7 projects from the top are educational projects, 2 telepresence robots that expand the functions of smartphones, 1 cheap hexapod platform, 1 miniature desktop manipulator, 1 underwater research and 1 surface research sailing, as well as a huge walking robot with a place for the operator and 1 robot bartender.

    What can ordinary robotics squeeze out of this set of information?
    KikStarter’s favorites are educational projects, it’s understandable, people sponsor what is interesting to them, and projects for familiarizing with the world of robotics, developing design, prototyping and programming skills both for themselves and for their children are a priority than any some flying combat drone reconnaissance or a farm robotic hawk to save crops that are unlikely to be donated to donators. Such projects themselves will find financing without crowdfunding.

    As for me, of all these projects, the most interesting are robots, how the application of technologies and ideas - this is an underwater ocean robot, a catamaran robot with an elegant solution in the form of sailing traction and a bartender robot.

    Educational “cubes”, on the contrary, are harmful, because they do not allow students to develop, offering a plug & play approach, developing a bad habit of thinking about creating robots superficially and within the framework of ready-made designer blocks. But from 9-10 years old, children could also collect something from Arduino and even take a soldering iron under the strict guidance of adults, thereby developing a useful skill and deeply comprehending the world of electronics, electrical engineering and mechatronics. With a limited set of cubes, well, no imagination or room for creativity. It may even come to the point that a small person simply cannot think beyond the finished sensor cube, "seeing" the space by 20 cm, while customarily he could assemble the sensor 9 times more efficiently.

    What projects were not considered:
    - a debug board for creating robots,
    - a sailing robot for cleaning oil spills on the water,
    - a telepresence robot from a netbook,
    - a flying drone platform for developing specialized applications for such drones,
    - a robotic hand for drawing, for an online training course,
    - a powerful controller for robots,
    - robo a hand printed on a 3D printer,
    a balancing two-wheeled robot on Arduino,
    an anthropomorphic animatronic robot,
    a robot artist manually sketching,
    a manipulator,
    animatronic robots for teaching microcontrollers, mechanics and creating crafts from magicians,
    - a tracked robot controlled from a smartphone,
    - a robot for growing biomass in the sea and turning it into biofuel,
    - an arena for robot battles,
    - a robot for competitions of school team projects,
    - sets of robots on the Raspberry Pi for learning or hobbies,
    - Roomba with a laptop and Kinect,
    - a kit for creating a robot with Arduino,
    - creating a robot for robot competitions,
    - a robot, able to fold into a ring,
    - another robot for competitions,
    - a robotic bot for crossing the Atlantic Ocean,
    - a universal robot platform,
    - another robot for school competitions,
    - similarly, a robot for competitions,
    - 5 more robot projects for competitions,
    - make friends R aspberry Pi and a quadrocopter,
    - a telepresence robot in the form of a clothes hanger,
    - a robot for LEGO competitions,
    - a ROV robot (Remotely Operated Robot, remotely controlled robot) for underwater research,
    - 4 more projects for robot competitions,
    - cocktail robots as an art project,
    - and again a robot for competitions,
    - art Robot on the table
    - a robot for competitions.

    Below are the projects of robots that have not scored the required amount on KikStarter or have been canceled:
    - a six-spoke wheel robot,
    - designer gears,
    - again 2 projects of robots for competitions,
    - a controller for DC collector / brushless motors,
    - pattern recognition system for robots
    - plush educational robots controlled by Android,
    - a robotic armchair for strollers,
    - a six-wheeled Martian rover.

    The general impression now, after several hours of watching KickStarter and writing this text - they are all utilitarian, everyday, there is no scope, no power, like the same industrial robots, robots for working with nuclear materials (with which the development of robotics began) , with a few exceptions.

    The question is, do you think, dear Khabrovites, does Kickstarter have a chance to get into a top project that is not cubes, a telepresence cart for a smartphone or a cheap plastic robot with the sole purpose of attracting the attention of others to robots?


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