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    Lightbulb Andy, an affordable Smartphone Robot for Robo Enthusiasts

    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
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    I would love to see some programming details on this robot

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    Any news on release dates ? and approximate pricing ?
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    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

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    Seems a little expensive ... BTW is it open source and hackable ?

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

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    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.
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