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akb1980
11-26-2012, 08:20 PM
Dear Robo Enthusiasts,

In our constant effort to empower students and robo-enthusiasts with the opportunity of being able to develop world class robotics, we have finally been able to launch our product "Andy"

Andy aims to solve the following problem:
Robotics is a very expensive affair due to the high costs of the hardware involved. A robot system with camera, wifi, network, inertial sensors, gps and such are unaffordable on an individual basis.

We fail to see that today's smartphones actually have all the sensors and hardware which we need to develop world class robotics. Moreover they are programmable

Andy uses the power of smartphone and brings affordable robotics to students and individual enthusiasts so that they can own and develop on their personal robotics platform

Don't miss the teaser video here http://vimeo.com/54138815

Do take a look at the Andy Robot [www.andyrobo.com] and let me know your thoughts.

We would be happy to take questions and suggestions from you. Do mail me at abheek@andyrobo.com

Cheers
Abheek
Creator, AndyRobo

lolman_returns
11-27-2012, 03:20 AM
Nicely done.

Based on:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peterseid/romo-the-smartphone-robot
http://romotive.com/meet-romo

pratik_1
11-27-2012, 02:08 PM
I would love to see some programming details on this robot

vikas
11-27-2012, 02:22 PM
Any news on release dates ? and approximate pricing ?

akb1980
11-27-2012, 03:37 PM
Guys

Thanks for the interest. Yes, Romo is quite similar to Andy

You can pre order Andy on http://www.andystore.zepo.in/

Cheers
Abheek

vikas
11-27-2012, 07:39 PM
Seems a little expensive ... BTW is it open source and hackable ?

I did not see andy SDK, schematics etc ...

akb1980
11-27-2012, 08:30 PM
Hi Vikas

Do let me know what an acceptable price would be for you.
We will be releasing an Andy Android SDK so that everyone will be able to program the Android layer

Internal schematics and embedded codes are currently closed

Cheers
Abheek

vikas
11-27-2012, 10:00 PM
Your current version is exactly same as romo v1 . It sold for bout 80 USD , so about INR 4k .

I was expecting about a 2 - 3k Price tag. Also as a closed source product i would give it a miss.

Usually Indian's / Chinese's make a cheaper clones ... you made a more expensive one :) .

akb1980
11-27-2012, 10:36 PM
Thanks for your input Vikas.

However, keeping the prices below 3k would compromise the quality heavily.
I also do not accept the notion that Indians should produce cheaper stuff.

Further Romo has been always priced at 149 USD (8,250 INR)

But do give me your inputs on what levels you would want the robot to be open source.
We would like encourage hacking but not at the cost of damaging the system

Cheers
Abheek

vikas
11-29-2012, 10:23 AM
Platform in question is same as v1 rovo which went for 78 USD -


With a pledge of $78 or more, you will be one of the first to own your own smartphone-powered robot!

Also You are forgetting rovo2 , has proper integration using Apple connector , so that apps like skype and live feeds work with audio/video and do not use a audio link. It would have been good if you went with Android ADK support freeing up audio.

Also dont mind , but at current state it is a v1 clone of rovo and which is priced much more than it.

As for open source , I would like schematics and programming details :) , so that someone like me can make it do what he wants and add a few sensors etc . But price also need to be like 3k or something.

akb1980
11-30-2012, 07:58 AM
Thanks for your inputs Vikas. We will definitely look into some of your suggestions as we plan our Andy releases

Cheers
Abheek