This month’s Kickstarter roundup features two more robotic devices with different functionalities. From a mobile 3D printer to a mobile telepresence robot, we are seeing more simpler and cheaper options for basic everyday functions by the premier crowdfunding service. Let’s a closer look at these two projects.
First up is an open source 3D printer called the Eventerbot. Created by Duy Dang from Frankfurt, IL, the Eventerbot is a low cost 3D printer with easy assembly and less parts. It only uses a single solid steel frame as it takes out 40% of parts and cost normal 3D printers use. It is also 100% open source, meaning all of the plans are available for those that want to create something similar. Like most Kickstarter projects, Duy needs more funding for specific parts of this 3D printer to be made for more owners that want a model shipped. The targeted goal for the Eventerbot has been met its $25,000 goal by a lot as about $67,000 is already pledged. The Kickstarter link has more information about the project, the specific parts being used, and multiple videos of it in action. 3D printers are becoming more known in the tech world today and having affordable ones like this around can spark up more simple models.
Next up is the Helios telepresence robot by Tian Long Wang from Princeton, NJ. It is a mobile telepresence robot designed solely for iPhones that costs less than $100, which is a crazy and affordable price for something like this. Once you dock your iPhone (whether if its the 4, 4S, or the recently released 5), you can move Helios around remotely, so others can see it or even try to follow it around. Examples Wang mentioned how useful Helios can be is when you’re an office meeting everywhere, Facetiming with your significant other at an outdoor setting, or simply hanging out with your kids from a distance. There is an iOS app that is required to be installed before using Helios along with a browser and internet connection to control it remotely. Control can also be shared among numerous people within the vicinity or somewhere far away at any time as well. Android and Windows phones are also supported with Helios. The Kickstarter is there is raise funding for more models to be shipped to consumers. The link above has more information such as SDK support and video demonstrations of it in action.
With the Eventerbot and Helios, more affordable and simpler products are able to get off and running to consumers thanks to Kickstarter. Who needs to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on robots when there are products like these two around. Both are impressive feats for their fields of technology as they have the potential to be very successful. We will be back with more Kickstarter tech picks next month.
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