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Have the new controller started shipping yet?
Looking at building a hexapod now wither with this or ExtraCore 32 Channel servo controller
I prefer the V4
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That's what I understand.
We had tried really hard to find north American manufacturers for our product. Sadly, the prices weren't double or triple - they were 10-100 times more! Also, most north American manufacturers never got back to us with quotes. We really tried hard to have our product manufactured at home, but that sadly won't happen due to those reasons *shrug*
I understand if your dad is concerned - and it is concerning to people who are used to purchasing products with availability. Our product was sold in pre-order... our own source of crowd funding. You can present this message to your father, as he may find it useful to have his concerns addressed by the founder of the company
Don't feel alone in your pre-order, there are many thousands of people like you who are anxious. And for that, we are super appreciative! This product couldn't have been created without pre-orders.
We had worked hard for a while to obtain investment funding to create Revolution. Sadly, the investment world is a game that my personality wasn't designed for. I'd like to think that I have a strong soul with integrity and respect. The investment world of VC's put strange values on your hard work and their only goal is to take as much of your company as possible.
There is a huge future for EZ-Robot, and Revolution is only one small part of our potential. Giving 50% of my company away to a VC would prevent us from having future products. We would essentially end up like Sphero or Romotive - and that's not what we want.
Our hardware and software has enterprise potential. Which means, if someone were to create a new product it would make sense to build it around our product - rather than re-inventing the wheel. That is the future of EZ-Robot that I dream of... I would like EZ-Robot to be the "Intel Inside" of robotics.
Anyway, back to your pre-order concerns. To put all the cards on the table - the absolute only issue we have is manufacturing time. The product absolutely works. The product is absolutely complete. In fact, I just finished filming a video which we will upload tomorrow that is an entire walk-through of what the heck Revolution is.... A video that truly answers every question any of you have.
I know that videos don't compete with having the real thing in your hand. However, it's the best that we can do to show you our sincerity work with your patience.
Again, non of this would be possible without your pre-order support. And for that, EZ-Robot and the future of our contribution to robotics in the world thanks you!
As far as cloning crap, all I'm gonna say is, they did make 2 Smurf movies. If that ain't cloning crap, I don't know what is. ( That was a joke. I don't want to offend any die-hard Smurf fans out there )
my advies as an older person,spend some quality time whit your dad,do stuff together.
Sure, I am as anxious as the next person to get my hands on my robot I have ordered and can't wait to play around with programming JD, there has been some serious development downtime here! BUT, never has there been a greater opportunity presented than by EZ-Robot to get a fully fledged robot (well, in my opinion at least) that has motion tracking, a built-in camera, wireless connectivity and so much more.
I am really excited about playing around with the SDK with regards to controlling the robot, but also being used to writing automation scripts for games like Everquest I know the values of having something like ARC that really simplifies the process of prototyping and exploring the capabilities of your robot without having much programming skills.
What I do really hope though (and I am sure it will be), is that in the near future that the manufacturing process will be sorted out to be streamlined and quicker with regards to throughput to ensure that I can order many more developer kits because I am pretty sure once I have received my first robot from EZ-Robot that I will be placing my second order for 2 additional kits just from seeing some of the videos and seeing the responses from DJ and the community.
The opportunities presented by EZ-Robot to develop robotic automation is too sweet to succumb to things as simple as when will my product be delivered.
I am even quite keen to develop additional scripts/C# code that can be shared among the community to expand on the existing tutorials for things I most likely want to add to JD.
Also, I might end up writing a small IDE for EZ-Script because I enjoy having scripting projects ready for re-use. Had an idea of converting EZ-Script into EZ-Script++ to maybe get into an object orientated world of programming.
But these are just some things I am thinking of prior to getting my delivery.
I to am just like all of you, I am anxious to get the V4, but I also don't want to deal with a bunch of bugs and glitches. This will be my first robot build, right now I am still designing the layout of my robot and still receiving items I have bought off of Ebay, antique shops and have found laying around. My design has changed, I am going to be using parts from Rad 1.0 and a V2 Robosapien and a Omnibot 2000 and a few parts from a Hasbro Kasey the Kinderbot. I have found many other parts which I have collected. Long story short, I should have everything designed and somewhat ready for the V4 kit and other parts I have ordered. Once I get things all arranged and designed I will post pictures. I tell people I am building a robot and it surprises them when I tell them what it will be able to do and everything. I don't believe there are many people around my area that has a robot, I guess that is just better for me :-}