The first maker robotics platform that uses cardboard robots to help kids to develop skills for the future at home. Now live on Kickstarter.
For immediate release – October 6th, 2020 – Cardbots is pleased to announce its launch on Kickstarter to help kids aged 8+ to develop skills for the future at home. With Cardbots, kids can make fun robots out of cardboard, a material that is abundant, recyclable and easy to work with.
Cardbots has developed a system of biodegradable plastic pieces in order to assemble cardboard without glue or tape, a robot controller with programming software and online curricula. Cardbots has created a learning experience that allows kids to empower themselves to solve problems with technology and to become Future Makers.
Cardbots was created by a team of educators, makers, engineers and designers with many years of experience in EdTech and emergent technologies. During the pandemic and the disruption of the education system, they realised that families need new educational experiences that can take place at home with a true focus on STEAM and skills that kids will need in the future.
The kit is available on Kickstarter and ships anywhere in the world with an exclusive discount on its retail price, including unlimited access to the online learning platform.
London, England – June 26th 2018 – The Crafty Robot today launches its new robot kit Smartibot which is aimed at letting users get hands-on experience with A.I. and get creative through building their own robot out of anything, even a potato. Created by product designer Ross Atkin, who is part of a team of inventors in the BBC’s flagship technology program ‘The Big Life Fix’, Smartobots are available for pre-order on Kickstarter from £30 ($40).
Smartibot takes The Crafty Robot’s ‘build a robot out of anything’ ethos and adds the latest A.I. technology and smartphone connectivity. This allows you to build robots that can recognise and respond to objects they can see such as people, animals and vehicles, or be driven around the home and office using your smartphone as a remote control.
Smartibot comes with cleverly designed cardboard parts, and can be re-used to easily create new robots out of almost anything from porcelain to parsnips. The first three cardboard robot designs include;
A.I. Bot: The fun robot that can chase you, your pets or toy vehicles around the room.
Teabot: Which can carry two full drinks around the room, giving you a fun way to deliver your favourite person their beverage of choice.
Unicorn: It’s a freakin’ Unicorn!
Working with two groups of London-based craftspeople who use traditional processes, Smartibot has grown from a simple robot to something more. Artists at Turning Earth Studios have been able to craft robots using various clay and ceramic techniques whilst regulars at Wild and Woolly Yarn Shop have found knitting a series of robots was more their style. In an East London Makerspace, Machines Room, Smartibot robots have been made using the less traditional materials including potatoes and other vegetables in order to pit them against each other in a race and arena combat in the inaugural ‘Botato Wars’.
“I build technology for a living and I know that the best way to avoid being replaced by a robot is to be the person making the robot” explained Ross Atkin. “We believe building your own robot should be affordable, easy to understand and exciting for everyone. Because of this we created Smartibot in order to allow everyone the opportunity to experiment with the latest A.I. technology in a fun and inventive way.”
Unlike most education technology products, Smartibot allows you to learn all of the disciplines required to create new inventions, from coding and machine learning, to mechanical design and development through iteration.
Akram Hussein, Smartibot software lead, said “What I love about Smartibot is it allows me share my love of technology and machine learning with my young nephews in a way that is both fun but educational. I’m hopefully they will be excited to pursue STEM careers and believe Smartibot is just the right level to get them started in learning how robots and programming work.”
About The Crafty Robot
The Crafty Robot is a technology education brand, founded by Ross Atkin that has manufactured and sold cardboard robots since 2015 when it was successfully Kickstarted and delivered to over 1,600 backers.
Ross, a London based designer and engineer specialising in internet of things and smart city products, and is part of a team of eight inventors who create one off pieces of technology to solve problems for disabled individuals in the primetime BBC2 TV program ‘The Big Life Fix’.
The Crafty Robot is focused on allowing people to get creative with technology in the most fun and accessible ways possible.
I just received this message from the „Giant Cardboard Robots“-Team:
Are you in need of inspiration for your kid’s next Halloween Costume? Check out Giant Cardboard Robots, a project that makes Kid-Sized Giant Cardboard Robot Arms a reality.
At Giant Cardboard Robots, we have been making and selling adult size giant cardboard robot arms for the past several years, and now we have put together an offering especially for the junior giant robots among us.
Our Kickstarter rewards include DIY kits for cardboard robot arms in both the kid and adult sizes, plans to allow crafters to make their own robot arms from cardboard they have laying around, as well as some truly unique corrugated creations ranging from a giant robot pirate hook to a wearable giant cardboard jack-o-lantern head.
We have launched a Kickstarter campaign that will run until September 30 and has been picked by Kickstarter itself as a „Project We Love“.