In another thread, wbs asked about all the jd's in the office - if they were Brookstone demos. The answer is yup. They are attached to black pexi glass base. The custom code in the ezb allows them to operate without a computer. It's a pre programmed sequence using the code generator from the auto positioner (it's mentioned in the universalBot video).
There is no wifi module or camera in these jd's. The ezb is specially made just for these 200 custom versions. The camera is fake and 3d printed. Also the ankle servo in their feet are 3d printed as well - this saves us some cash on the demo units.
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Also nice to see pictures of your headquarters. Like you printer farm and your plastic enclosures.
Do you know when they are expected to show up in stores?
It also keeps the noise down - which puts Jeremie to sleep Because it's very soothing with the enclosures.
this is the "Fake Camera" that is in JD's head
This is the fake servo that is in JD's ankle
This is the cover that protects the power supply connections. The power supply is hidden behind the shelf. We didn't want any sales associates to get electrocuted so this 3d printed cover protects people and the power supply wires.
you cant see that the cam is fake.
As an aside, they are already selling a couple models of nano-drones. One with camera, but no streaming video, just recording to a usb memory stick. Fairly cheap though at about $80-USD. Had it streamed video I would have picked one up on the spot. I've been wanting to get one or two so I've been looking at some with streaming video but they are mostly twice that price. Not sure which one is best yet. Experience with the Parrot Drone 2, however, tells me I want one with excellent hovering stability in a small area as a leading criteria.
They will be stocking parts - and more each month. If you want to encourage beookstone to stock more ezrobot parts, let them know. They listen to their customers. The new CEO is a great guy and is working to make brookstone into an innovation store. They read their product comments, you can leave a comment here: http://www.brookstone.com/ez-robot-jd-humanoid-revolution-robot-kit
Be cautious of those little nano drones. They are hard to fly and every one I've had is broke.
i just though they make the standard parts only.
When we got to the point of tooling the mold for injection, the manufacturer came back and said we had many issues with the design and advised that we have a professional company help us tweak them for tooling. They didn't tell us what we were missing and because the parts worked well and were 3d printed we assumed it would be okay.
We contracted a local company to assist us with tooling. We were missing much at all - however, there was one important feature which is highly recommended for your mold to last a long time. It's drafting the parts so the eject better. Not all startups are aware of this and it's why our plastics have a very professional fit and polish. The draft angles the sides of all molds so they can be pushed out of the tool with ease.
The contracting company helped us do that.
Finally, the next challenge was getting the clipping figments exact. We started by making our molds too big. The parts would be too small / but that was on purpose. You can cut material from the mold much much easier than adding material.
So we did many revisions. Each revision cut a little more material from the mold until it all worked.
We have a total of 18 molds, I believe? And 50 cavities... That's hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of molds alone, not including the design costs and revisions. It's a very pricy job - specifically when dimensional size resolution is so important.
If we were making little toys or cases for stuff, it would have costed less and taken less time. It's the resolution that we needed.
special items cost money.but am very thankfull you did it.
i met a new friend here in belgium and he's gonna by six.
he will come to my house to test and play with six
i know if you store will be full with all the parts,you will be the only store,
who has all items availeble means lots off new customers and new models off robots.
While most companies have a 500-1000% markup on items, we do not. To keep our product accessible, we keep our costs low and in return the community helps fill in the gap.