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Kickstarter Highlight – Lil’Bot, the little robot that could

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Have you ever wanted a little robot companion?

Did you ever want a little robot that could..?

Have you ever just been interested in robotics but with no educational way into it, found it quite tricky?

Then look no further, it’s clearly time for another Kickstarter Highlight!

Lil’Bot, the little robot that could

Click here for the kickstarter campaign

These are the emotions that this little bot displays! How cute!

First of all, let me stop to say this is just adorable. This is simple a balancing robot, which isn’t unheard of, but it’s been designed in a way that children can get into the logic and programming aspects of robotics… And believe you me, it’s an awesome skill for a kid to learn.

With Arduino and Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey and much more out there, it’s getting to be a competitive market for these fun learning aids. However, there is certainly room for a balancing robot to join the giants.

How cute these balancing robots are these days… and what a lot of features it has!

With a programming interface that is made up of visual blocks for coding in, children and non-programmers who are just looking to dabble will get a first hand experience of programming their own Lil’Bot.

Just take heed: This little baby takes either 7 or 8 (Undecided) AA batteries, so you’ll need to make sure you’ve got sufficient battery power!

How much is needed?

But, let’s be serious for a second then, what does the creator of the Lil’Bot want for his time?

He simply is asking for $15,000, of which $9,194 has already been pledged towards this project, with 29 days to go as of the time of writing this post.

$15,000 is quite a low ask for a Kickstarter campaign and because of the type of project this is, along with the credibility of the creator, this is looking to be a successful project regardless.

 

What’s the rewards?

That warm fuzzy feeling. But in seriousness, here are the rewards on offer.

 

  • Pledge $1 or more

    Thank you! I appreciate your interest. You will be posted on projects updates. You can also help by spreading the news about Lil’Bot through your favorite social media.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
  • Pledge $25 or more

    An “official” Lil’Bot shirt. You will have a chance to specify a child size (XS/S/M/L/XL) or adult size (S/M/L/XL/XXL) before delivery.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $30 or more

    A kit for Lil’Bot’s emoShield, the Arduino-compatible shield that lets your robot express its emotions. This shield can also be used with Arduino Uno and similar boards for your robot-psychology experiments. This requires soldering a number of SMD and through-hole components. For intermediate to advanced hobbyists.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more

    Lil’Bot’s emoShield, the Arduino-compatible shield that lets your robot express its emotions. This shield can also be used with any Arduino Uno and similar boards for your robot-psychology experiments.

    Estimated delivery: Aug 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more

    A bare Lil’Bot printed circuit board. This requires soldering of two QFN chips and many SMD and through-hole components. The board can be used to build a Lil’Bot or other kinds of robots, balancing or not. For the seasoned hardware hacker only.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

These are some fun rewards for someone who’s interested. If you’re interested in just finding out more about the project as it is worked on, simply donate whatever you want and choose the $1 tier reward.

What do you think about a balancing robot as an educational aid for children? I think it’s awesome, as a child I always wanted little robots. Since then, I’ve played with many crazy robots that have done some funny things. Sometimes, though – It’s nice to take a step back, remember your childhood and enjoy that learning experience all over again.

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