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Pint-Sized Robot ‘Romo’ Rolls From Kickstarter to VCs to Neiman Marcus

Pint-Sized Robot ‘Romo’ Rolls From Kickstarter to VCs to Neiman Marcus | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Romo, a pint-sized, self-learning bot that is controlled by an iPhone and able to interact with people, raised five times the amount it needed on Kickstarter, then got venture backing. Now it's being featured in the Neiman Marcus holiday catalogue.
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Shimi - A Smart Musical Robot For Your iPhone

It’s a robot... It’s a speaker dock... It’s Shimi!
The first smart musical robot that digs music as much as you do.
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The Kickstarter That Actually Happened: How Hexy Got Made, and Fast | Wired Design | Wired.com

The Kickstarter That Actually Happened: How Hexy Got Made, and Fast | Wired Design | Wired.com | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Most college graduates celebrate by buying a new car or a computer; Joe Schlesinger bought a giant laser cutter.
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Forget the Web, Start-Ups Get Real

Forget the Web, Start-Ups Get Real | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
As the frenzy over new Web companies like Facebook and Zynga fades, long-shunned consumer-electronics makers are finding new life in Silicon Valley.

 

The actual stats on Kickstarter for hardware (or any) projects aren't that great. 50% projects unfunded. Average fund amount $5000. However, those who have or create good market channels are doing very well.

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Romo the robot uses your smartphone as its brain

Romo the robot uses your smartphone as its brain | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Remember Romo? The robot smartphone dock that was first spotted over at Kickstarter? Well, the project actually kicked off and Romo is now available for only $149 via Romotive.
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Botiful, social telepresence robot for Android

Botiful is an Android powered robot revolutionizing the way you communicate with distant people.
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Videos in "Solid State Startups" on Vimeo

Videos in "Solid State Startups" on Vimeo | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Solid State Startups make physical things. Things that hurt if you drop them on your foot. SSS is a place to share experience and wisdom that only comes from building stuff in the real world.
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Introducing Hexy, a DIY robot you don't need a PhD to figure out - DVICE

Introducing Hexy, a DIY robot you don't need a PhD to figure out - DVICE | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Introducing Hexy, a DIY robot you don't need a PhD to figure outDVICEBy Kevin Hall Joseph Schlesinger wants everyone to be able to build a robot. What's stopping all of us? Laziness?
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Rowdy Robot, TOD, Focus on Finishing Kickstarter Campaign Strong

Rowdy Robot, TOD, Focus on Finishing Kickstarter Campaign Strong | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Tech startup takes aim at $100K in final week.
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Be The Robot (BERO)-Bluetooth Controlled Open Source Robot

BERO - A 4" multi-motor animated mobile robot with sound for being controlled by an Open Source Android / iOS APP via Bluetooth.
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LiftPort Group - Space Elevator - Technology Spinoffs

LiftPort Group - Space Elevator - Technology Spinoffs | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

LiftPort’s proposed research will develop practical, near-term solutions for construction and expansion of a Lunar Elevator. This is sometimes called 'robots riding a ribbon into space'. Only 2681 days until First Lift!

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A #botiful evening at Robotics Meetup | Robot Launch Pad

A #botiful evening at Robotics Meetup | Robot Launch Pad | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Cardboard Robots Are Coming | Robot Launch Pad

Cardboard Robots Are Coming | Robot Launch Pad | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

There have been other cardboard robots, even robot arms but this one is the first to combine functionality with affordability. Ihara reached his relatively modest Kickstarter goal of $10,000 with days to spare.

 

The potential of cardboard (or polyprolene) as a construction material needs more exploration!

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Cardboard Robot: open smart phone camera crane & robotic arm

Open Source. Huge (span of nearly 6 feet) computer-controlled robot arm/camera crane. Clean up your room or take cool videos.
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Robotics Starter Kit Helps You Build Your First Bot, Just Needs Your Code (And Funding)

Robotics Starter Kit Helps You Build Your First Bot, Just Needs Your Code (And Funding) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Need a bit of help coming to grips with the hardware element of your robotics endeavor? Let this Kickstarter project help you!
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Kinetic Creatures: The cardboard robots that kids can build

Kinetic Creatures: The cardboard robots that kids can build | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The cool kits bing to life a paper elephant, rhino or giraffe through tab-and-slot construction and some brilliant design.
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Roominate: Make It Yours!

The toy where every young girl is an artist, engineer, architect and visionary!
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Fundable debuts as a Kickstarter for corporate set

Fundable debuts as a Kickstarter for corporate set | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The cult of Kickstarter and the looming promise of the JOBS Act, have presented an opportunity that Fundable wants to fill.
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