The Sweep is a plotting technology that measures space by illuminating a target with a laser. The light weight, 360 degrees operating and the affordable price makes it functional in many different areas. It is built using Sculpteo 3D printing technology and with the ability to make high resolution maps you get applications in atmospheric physics, geography, archeology, forestry and many more!
How did you come up with this idea and what made you “go for it”?
We have been working on scanning LiDAR solutions for several years. We started off developing outdoor consumer robots for the home. To do any kind of mapping, scanning LiDAR or something like it is required. When they discovered that there were no affordable LiDAR sensors on the market that could work outdoors, they set out to make one themselves.
I can see many implementation areas for the Sweep, for instance for firefighter drones in burning buildings with low visibility. Can Sweep operate in smoky environments? What other usages do you see?
Sweep uses infrared light to sense its surrounding, which does a good job of penetrating fog and some smoke. What makes Sweep more capable than most LiDAR sensors is the filtering technique it uses to differentiate returning pulses from noise, much like a checksum. This allows it to work well in fully sunlit environments, or next to other sensors using similar wavelength light. Sweep can be an excellent navigation sensor in almost any vehicle. From ground robots, to boats to small planes, sweep can provide a better understanding of the surroundings and warn of approaching obstacles.
In your Kickstarter video you are using a Raspberry Pi and their 3:rd version is coming out soon, will that enhance the experience of Sweep?
The Raspberry Pi 2 has no problem running our example projects. That being said, having more processing power is always helpful if you’re running additional programs concurrently.
And if everything goes according to plan, what’s your ultimate vision??
We’re targeting the initial release of Sweep toward early adopters and developers looking to try out the technology. As we get more insight from our customers about their specific applications, we will refine future versions of Sweep to meet the demand. Likely areas of improvement include additional internal data filtering modes, more compact packaging, faster update rates, longer ranging capability and more environmental hardening. The ultimate goal of Sweep is to empower new and existing applications with a smart and affordable scanning LiDAR solution.
Give us 3 tips from what you have learned on your way to other technology entrepreneurs?
Number one is make sure you start advertising for your campaign 1-2 months early. It takes time for news agencies to write articles and reviewers to test your product.
Second is if you are making a hardware product, make sure you have your supply chain mapped out before the campaign. This means getting quotes for predicted quantities of every last item going into your product, as well as assembly costs. A miscalculation of the product’s part costs will sink any project.
Finally, find a message for your campaign that resonates with your target audience. A good message about what it is you’re trying to accomplish can go a long way toward selling your product.
Finally, tell us: why should your project get funded?
Making scanning LiDAR more affordable and as a result more accessible has been our goal from the beginning. We’ve gone a step further by doing more than just lowering the cost, we’ve made the sensor itself smarter by processing data internally and outputting more useful and application specific data. We strongly believe that Sweep will enable many exciting new applications that weren’t possible before because of cost or processing requirements.
based in good coding, can help solve the critical problems that we as a human race experience. We can all appreciate the emergence of technology especially the computers and systems. With such advancements we have been able to offer solutions to millions of problems in our world including the outer-space. It is obvious that programming is the co-pillar of all the systems that have ever been designed, and program coders play a very important role in our society in regards to problem solving.
Though coding is deemed as one of the technical subjects in programming, research shows that early practice makes perfect coders. It is evident that most people start to learn about coding at an older stage an in essence; they have a difficult time grasping the concepts used in making good programs.
What should be done to increase the quality of coders in our society?
As parents and teachers of the next generation, we should put more focus on getting the kids in to the programming environment at an early stage.
How can this vision be best achieved?
Well, for some time now it was almost impossible to think of getting kids to start learning of how to code at their playful age. Thanks to Kamibot, a robot that can effectively teach kids on how to code our vision for teaching kids in an interesting way is 99.9% viable.
Kamibot is a unique programmable paper-craft robot
that the kids will love to play with and can customize it with codes and colourful skins. The basic principle of the design of Kamibot is to provide a fun way of engaging kids into programming.
The Kamibot company was founded in the year 2014, and they technology has already been tested and approved by teachers and parents as the best means of teaching the young generation to code easily.
What are the Benefits of Kamibot to kids?
Nowadays, it is quite easy to find kids engaging in extracurricular activities that that has little or no potential benefit to their eventual life. Kamibot offers a more suitable way of engaging your kids in a productive manner that will eventually lead them to a more promising future where they get to help solve bigger problems by programming in the real world. Other benefits include;
The kid gets occupied playing with Kamibot codes and avid doing silly stuff
The kid develops more interest in codes and programming in general; positive attitude.
While we keep saying that attitude matters in whatever we want to learn, we can’t really expect people to change their attitude about programmable coding just by themselves. Everything will depend on how one is presented the subject.
Kamibot has just started out; it is definitely a game changer. I bet it will play a very important role in shaping up future generation programmers. While the world is revolutionising for a better future; give your kids a better chance by teaching them how to code, make use of the Kamibot technology and support their Kickstarter Campaign!
Here is what the inventor has to say about the future on the question of their visions:
Well obviously, we want to start the next robot apocalypse i.e. skynet with papercrafts. And it’s not to far off, especially when you see what Google is doing with AlphaGo. All kidding aside, we want to make papercraft robots that kids can get into and learn programming from. Something that kids can constantly change and customize and relate to.
Give us 3 tips you have learned on your way to other future tech entrepreneurs?
I’m not good with giving tips, since I’m the kind of guy who is always looking for them myself. So I could share some stuff I’ve picked up along the way. 1. Don’t ignore the people who you are making the product for. 2. Don’t wait till you have traction to start building bridges with investors. 3. Stuff never goes the way you plan 99% of the time (from my experience). And when stuff actually goes according to plan it feels a bit cheap. So you have to be very adaptable.
Finally, tell us: why should your project get funded?
Funding the project not only supports us but also supports fun and engaging coding education for kids. Bill Gates recently did an AMA on reddit and this is what he had to say, “I agree that our schools have not improved as much as we want them to. There are a lot of great teachers but we don’t do enough to figure out what they do so well and make sure others benefit from that. Most teachers get very little feedback about what they do well and what they need to improve including tools that let them see what the exemplars are doing. Technology is starting to improve education. Unfortunately so far it is mostly the motivated students who have benefited from it. I think we will get tools like personalized learning to all students in the next decade.
A lot of the issue is helping kids stay engaged. If they don’t feel the material is relevant or they don’t have a sense of their own ability they can check out too easily. The technology has not done enough to help with this yet.”
We want to help get kids engaged through relevant characters that the kids might see on their screens. Kids don’t care about printing “Hello World” on their screens. But I promise you that any kid would care about being able to get his favorite character to move or react through code.
– An Interview with the code teaching Robolink, creator of the codeable CoDrone!
I have seen some projects to make kids want to code more, but never have I seen a more direct reward for doing so: controlling your own drone! Check out this crowdfunding project and get your own CoDrone now, only 48 H left!:D
Does this give kids more motivation to do so?
Yes, we’ve been teaching students how to code, and when things started flying with students’ own code. Students were having 10 times more fun with that and got engaged!
How did your team meet up and why is teaching to code important for you guys?
Learning how to code should be emphasized as people learning English or math. We enjoy teaching kids and we love contributing to the World. Our team have been working on other robotics project before and formed a company to create educational robotics kits.
Can you see your technology being used in other situations say, for firefighters, avalanche victim finders or similar?
Yes, our students are already doing simulation of such situation and if they have proper tools (such as drones
that are stronger so they can carry more payload and longer lasting flight time) then they can apply the drones to those disaster situation to help people.
That sounds really good. Hope they can be of great help! It is now six days left of your fund raising campaign and you have all ready tripled your goal. That’s amazing! Why is that you think and what does this mean for Robolinks future endeavors?
This will be only the beginning to spread drone education to every school in the US.
And to the rest of the world I hope! So, if everything goes according to plan, what’s your ultimate vision?
We would like to share this great kit with every kid in the US, which is a huge vision for a small startup like us. But we have an amazing start now!
For sure, your funding is allready three times the budget! Give us 3 tips you have learned on your way to other future tech entrepreneurs?
Start in small scale.
Make a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) and test in your local community.
Do something you enjoy, because running a tech startup is very hard.
I usually ask as a last question why your project should get funded, but in this case it’s not necessary… Maybe some final words where you can promote the CoDrone, Robolink or just code teaching in general?
We’ve been engaging students how to code for a long time, and this have been the best way to engage students on how to code in a very fun way. We also made the curriculum very easy, so that instructors without techy background could utilize our tools to teach students as well.The Robolink Community
It’s like the Khan-academy meeting some very affordable drones.
So fund their Crowdfunding Project and help spread the word about this coding revolution opportunity!:)