Hack-E-Bot: affordable + open source robot for all

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Nov

12

The Parts Are In

I have been organizing and building on stuff as it has come in. I even got a bit of help doing servo mods last weekend. I now have all of the parts needed to fulfill the crowd funding rewards and it looks like we will be able to get it all sent out near December 1st as expected.

A few unexpected surprises have come up along the way. I found a really good line sensor that matches the price of the old one. It will require a slight change to the chassis cut files, but it works much better and does not require a change in programming. Aside from that, I discovered that the servos now only come with 1 mounting screw rather than the 2 that previously secured the Servo horn to each wheel. I tried to see if I could get things to work with just 1 screw, but ultimately I just ordered some replacement screws that should arrive soon.

I have been working with a new Makerspace and just cut a deal for some discounted machine time in exchange for help with workshops and what not. The first chassis will be cut this Saturday and photos will soon follow.

Instructions, for those who ordered the inbuilt kits, is underway and now that I have parts to assemble, I will be adding photos soon.

We are one step closer to having a visual programming environment with Ardublocks. A friend has figured out how to set up the Java environment so we can create new blocks to work with the Hack-E-Bot. I will try to have that going shortly after shipping, but for now getting the kits sent out is my priority.

$8,094 raised

of $7,000 goal

Funded!
No Longer Available

Oct 13 2014

funded on

115%

funded

72

pledges

Product Choices

$42

Hack-E-Bot - Early Bird

Early bird Kit. You get a full Hack-E-Bot kit ready to go. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange. Limited to the first 15 backers.


$47

Hack-E-Bot

You get a full Hack-E-Bot kit ready to go. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange.


$67

Specialty Hack-E-Bot

Receive a Specialty Bot. You’ll get a Hack-E-Bot kit made from a wider range of colors and with the special message of your choice laser engraved on the chassis. You will also be helping to support getting Hack-E-Bots into the hands of children from low income households. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, Orange, Dark Blue, Red, White, Transparent Red, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Green, Transparent Blue, Transparent Orange.


$87

Get One, Give One Hack-E-Bot

Get a Hack-E-Bot for you and we give a Hack-E-Bot to a kid for free. The Hack-E-Bot that you donate will go to one of the many children that will take part in the first S.T.E.M. path program designed around this robotics platform and delivered by RaaSIO. As part of that program, each child will keep a log of all that they are learning from the Hack-E-Bot. This log will be publicly posted on the Hack-E-Bot website for all to see. Select between your choice of the following colors: Sky Blue, Green, Violet, Yellow, or Orange.


$157

S.T.E.A.M. Hack-E-Bot

RaaSIO is all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. So at this level, you will receive a very special S.T.E.A.M. addition of the Hack-E-Bot. The kit is laser cut from wood, sanded, stained and varnished for a vintage Steampunk look. It will still function just like the original Hack-E-Bot, but looks even better on display. Select between your choice of natural wood, or a cherry wood stain. Limited to the first 5 backers.


$21

Hardware-only DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot except for the chassis and the microcontroller. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. Files are available for free so that you can cut or 3D print your own chassis to match what comes in the fully assembled offering. Since the Adafruit Trinket Pro microcontroller is not included, you can use any controller you want to make your robot go. We can even make a few suggestions for some good controllers and have a full instruction video available on the Hack-E-Bot website before your kit is shipped by mid-December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$27

Hardware + Controller DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot except for the chassis. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. Files are available for free so that you can cut or 3D print your own chassis to match what comes in the fully assembled offering. Ships in December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$39

Hardware + Controller + Chassis DIY Kit

This includes every piece that is needed to create a Hack-E-Bot. As a DIY offering, this kit will require some soldering, wire crimping, more screws, and some gluing. When all is done you will have everything that is included in the regular version but for a lower price. A full instruction video will be available on the Hack-E-Bot website before your kit is shipped by mid December. Also available in 10-packs for even more of a discount!


$180

10-pack Hardware-only DIY Kit


$240

10-pack Hardware + Controller DIY Kit


$330

10-pack Hardware + Controller + Chassis DIY Kit

Credits

Hack-E-Bot

Robotics for regular people.


richard albritton

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