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Last night was the final countdown for the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign, we surpassed our stretch goal!
Big thanks to all the new and old friends of RoboBrrd, for backing the project and/or spreading the word!
We will be keeping everyone in the loop as to what is happening, and we will be posting pics and vids of the behind the scenes action on twitter/facebook/g+, so you can follow RoboBrrd!
If you have any questions about RoboBrrd feel free to ask them!
It is extremely exciting to be able to get RoboBrrd in the hands of even more people now. I can’t wait to see what people will be making with them!
YIPEE WOOT WOOT CHIRP CHIRP BEEP BLOOP WHIRR SQUAWK!
It’s getting close to the final time, so exciting! Still trying to meet our stretch goal ($15,494), hope we can make it!
Support RoboBrrd on Indiegogo!
Thanks everyone for the support so far, it has been a blast! Time to spend the last few hours in crazy anticipation
Time is ticking down, there are only 61 hours left on the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign!
Today we just got in the RoboBrrd Brain Boards! They look great, going to be soldering one up pretty soon!
More updates soon to come! w00t w00t!
Here is a video covering a sneak peek for RoboBrrd Dashboard, and some Indiegogo Updates!
Watch on YouTube
There’s only 8 days left in the campaign! Still time for more RoboBrrds
Check out RoboBrrd on Indiegogo!
Thanks all for the help so far!
Here we are laser cutting a RoboBrrd and I’m explaining what is happening.
^ pic from SpikenzieLabs
For the occasion, we laser cut a special raster RoboBrrd:
As well as some CTV RoboBrrd tokens:
The rastering effect was quite interesting. In the Illustrator file, the colours of the shapes were the same as the CTV Logo, but it looks like the laser cutter took the brightness of each colour and based off of that either rastered more or less. This would be interesting to play around with if I ever got my own laser cutter
I’m totally psyched to start getting the pieces that make up a RoboBrrd! I spent a lot of time organizing what parts I needed to buy and from where. Here are some of the McMaster-Carr parts!
Wow, they are very instructive with their packaging:
Here’s one of my favourite parts! Rivets for the wings! Windell showed me these when I was an Artist in Residence at Evil Mad Science (which was totally AWESOME)! The rivets are sweet and they do the trick great!
And also rivets that fit the beak now too, so you don’t have to snap off the wing rivets! Woohoo!
These are the screws that go through the pcb and into some mounting posts. They’re 6-32 sized. I don’t really know much about screw sizes, so I ended up choosing that size and it’s ok.
The piano wire for the wings… cool!
So when I got back to the lab afterwards, I wanted to test out everything. This happened:
Turns out the screws that I ordered to go through the material and into the other side of the mounting post were too short.
Blah. This was my error! Fail! I need them to be 1/4″ instead of 3/16″. I have 4 of these boxes that are useless now…
As far as mounting goes, this is how tall it is:
There is a lot of room to access the plugs on the board, and even run wires out the back if you want!
These RGB piranha LEDs are nice and bright, and great for the googely eyes on RoboBrrds. When you attach the eye with hotglue to the LED, the little nub dents in a little, then the square around it supports the eye some more. In comparison to the 5mm LEDs, these result in less accidental pop-offs of the eyes.
Here was one of the fancier RoboBrrd designs. I added in some slots on the top face to put in some spikey mohawk pieces.
A spikey front face as well… Going to paint it all up and it can take over SpikenzieLabs and annoy everyone
Apart from this, I’ve been getting some surprises from the amount of fees that there is. I remember there was one transaction that had so many extras on it, like federal tax, provincial tax, USD to CAD in Paypal (and if you do this in Paypal, it is NOT at par! arrg!), and then another transaction fee.
Oh yeah, and I based all of the components off of digikey.COM rather than .CA … so now I have to spend 4 hours on the spreadsheets again and redo it all for Canadian pricing.
The less “rookie mistake” variables that get messed up, the more could go towards a laser cutter.
It’s really frustrating to know that every single mistake within production that you make will have a future impact on whatever you do next. The repercussions of the mistakes no longer involve a ‘learning experience’ and ‘future improvement’, because now all the mistakes have to do with money and time. So if you make a mistake, there’s absolutely nothing positive about it.
(Note: this is different for mistakes in research & general goofing hacking)
More of the components will probably be arriving soon, it’s going to be a lot of fun to try them out! I will keep everyone posted on the latest updates and everything!
Thanks again to SpikenzieLabs for taking the extra time for the CTV interview and for the space to set it all up!
And yeah, from all of the ‘kit businesses’ places that I’ve seen, behind the divider theirs is the messiest. (I didn’t even see that they had a drill press until Tuesday!) Not that messy is a bad thing though.
More updates to come, thanks everyone for helping to spread the word for RoboBrrd on Indiegogo!
Really hope that we can meet the next funding goal!
WOOOOHOOOOO!!! We did it! RoboBrrd is fully funded!
Thanks everyone who has funded, and those who have spread the word! This is fantastic! There are over one million fireworks going off in my head right now!
But let’s not stop here… time to soar further! Fwooosh!
If we meet Stretch Goal #1, we’ll add in:
• 1 Piezo speaker to each RoboBrrd Kit (make chirping sounds!)
• 1 Customized ‘mood changing’ pencil (plan taking over the world by RoboBrrds, using this pencil)
• 1 Special not-seen-before RoboBrrd token for the occasion (hint: it will have lots of drawings of stars on it!)
This will happen if we reach: $15,494
It’s possible, we can definitely reach it! Plus, when it is reached, then there will be another Stretch Goal that we can aim for.
This is a great opportunity to try and get even more people interested in robotics. Help make it happen!
Thanks everyone, more updates coming soon!
HELP MAKE ROBOBRRD HAPPEN!
FUND IT HERE: http://www.indiegogo.com/robobrrd
RoboBrrd is now on Indiegogo! We’re really excited to get this going! Here is the video for the campaign:
Watch on YouTube
We will be posting updates and more as it happens today!
Help us get the word out, be sure to tell all your friends about RoboBrrd!
We’re having a kickoff party at 4PM ET! Join us in a Google+ Hangout and feed RoboBrrd, and just hang out! Details here! Hope to see ya there!