Multiplo Open Source Robots on Kickstarter
MULTIPLO OPEN SOURCE ROBOTIC KITS
Julian da Silva is up to something again. He’s about to turn the open source community on its ear. Julian just launched a new Kickstarter campaign to bring robots to the open source world. He teamed up with some of his friends to form Multiplo LLC., a Florida-based company which produces open-source robot kits with Arduino compatible brains.
I caught up with Julian as his Kickstarter campaign kicked off and asked him about his plans to use Crowd funding to put open source robots in kid’s hands.
“We released Multiplo on Kickstarter yesterday. Multiplo is an open building system. It was designed specifically to allow users to add their own parts to the system. You don’t need expensive molds or extrusions to make these robots. They can be made with a laser cutters, CNC machine or 3-D printers. We wanted to make it this way because these are tools which you can find in most Fablabs or hacker spaces. The goal is to make a very generic building system which is easily upgradable with compatible parts that the user can fabricate. We want to make it so the students will be able to make robots without having to spend thousands of dollars to have special parts made. After the campaign is over we will be releasing all the files and information needed for people to create their own Multiplo systems. We will release all the DXF files so you can modify the parts or cut them with a laser cutter. Regardless of whether we make our funding, we will release the information.”
In order to be a success, Multiplo will have to raise $15,000 in a month. So Multiplo’s Kickstarter campaign has raised nearly $11,000 in one day. For those who are not familiar http://Kickstarter.com is a website that allows ordinary people to fund the development of a product or services. A pledge guarantees the contributor one of the first products produced if the project is reaches its funding goal. Crowdfunding allows small business to compete on a level playing field with big companies. (more…)