It seems like the last 3 weeks in our campaign has flown by. With over $800k raised, we are now well on our way to getting Bo & Yana to you. We are so grateful for your support and want to show it by giving you a token of our appreciation. We’ve been scratching our heads trying to think of an even better stretch goal than the xylophone, and we know you’ll really like the next one.
When we hit $1 million, we will release the Smartphone Mount that unlocks a whole new world of capabilities for Bo. The best part? You don’t even have to do anything to get it because we will be adding the Smartphone Mount to your Accessory Pack for free!
Introducing… the Smartphone Mount
Turn Bo into spy, a messenger, or a treasure hunter. Your smartphone is mounted to Bo’s head, giving you the remote (and programmatic!) capability to turn, point, and shoot. Unlock new levels of programming and play with Bo. With advanced algorithms, you can help Bo detect objects and people too! Simply attach your smartphone to the mount and then connect it via Bluetooth to your tablet device to make it work.
What does this mean for developers? The smartphone can connect directly to Bo over Bluetooth Low Energy, or to another controlling touch device. As a developer, you can write smartphone applications that will use the camera for things like video streaming and object recognition. These will give extra abilities to Bo and will add more modes to the programming applications you create. Because we realize that many more of you might now be interested in developing applications for Bo, we opened up the developer program to 50 more people.
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We started Play-i with the mission to bring computer programming to every child. From the beginning of our crowdfunding campaign, we’ve gotten letters from folks all over the world asking us to ship to their country. We listened, and are officially opening up India, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore!
Shipping to these countries will be a flat $50 for up to 5 robot packs. We know that it’s pricier than other countries we are shipping to, but if you can get your friends and neighbors to reserve robots together everyone saves on shipping!
We are really excited to get Bo & Yana out to Asia; Bo & Yana are excited to be on four continents! There is only a week left in our campaign, and we need your help. Please help out by telling your friends and family in those countries!
With just a week left in our crowdfunding campaign, we are at the home stretch! At over 3,000 backers strong and $700k raised, our Bo & Yana prototypes are buzzing with excitement that they’ll get to reach lots of children around the world. Thank you for being amazing supporters of our project.
Many of you have been asking for it, and it’s finally time to release Bo’s Xylophone! Your programming chops, with the help of Bo’s Xylophone, will transform Bo into Beethoven or even Beyonce.
Our application will come with pre-programmed tracks with songs such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Jingle Bells.” Music provides a structure that children are familiar with, and programming movements along with a song introduces concepts such as parallelism. Children can program the robot to smile, blink, or dance during the performance. Later they can then start composing their own songs and looking under the hood to see the code that runs the programs.
In order to add the xylophone, you will have to hit “Reserve Now” button on the main page, and check out on PayPal with the xylophone in your cart. As with accessories and extensions, there is no shipping fee anywhere in the world for the xylophone — we will add it to your robot shipments when they come to you!
The xylophone is pretty cool, if you ask us. We were scratching our heads trying to think of something even cooler to release next. So what’s the next stretch goal? We are not ready to tell you quite yet, but here’s a hint… it will give your robot eyes so that Bo can see you and your friends!
Great news – we’ve hit our second stretch goal of $500k! Our campaign has been powered you, our amazing community of parents, educators, and technologists who want to see our children prepared for the world they are growing up in. We’ve been inspired by your brilliance and support, and we thank you for believing in us!
Introducing Building Brick Extensions!
We want to help children integrate Bo & Yana into playtime and let their creativity run free. These extensions work with your Lego® bricks, Technics, and Mindstorms kits (also Bionicles).
Each pack is $15 and comes with 4 extensions. Bo has 6 attachment points, and Yana has 2 attachment points. So if you want to get extensions for all the attachment points for your Bo & Yana pack, you can order two Building Brick Extension packs.
In order to add Building Brick Extensions, you will have to hit “Reserve Now” button on the main page, and check out on PayPal with the accessories in your cart. As with accessories, there is no shipping fee anywhere in the world for extensions — we will add these to your robot shipments when they come to you!
Woohoo!! It hardly feels like just 9 days ago that we announced Bo & Yana to the world. And here we are, not only past our goal, but past our first stretch goal too!!
It’s all thanks to you! Every day we get emails from several of you who are just as passionate about the mission we are on as we are, and it makes everything we work on so much more worthwhile. However long the hours or difficult the challenge, the fact that we have the support of so many of you keeps us charged.
You did your part. You helped us get to the first stretch goal. And now for our part. We are committing to setting up manufacturing for accessories along with the robots! You can add accessories now, and we will deliver them with your robots (shipping for accessories is free).
The accessory pack includes ALL of the following for just $29:
A pusher bar (for cleaning up those Lego blocks!) that works with Bo only
Bunny ears and a bunny tail that works with Bo & Yana
A tow hook that works with Bo & Yana
We are working on trying to make it easy for you to add new items to your existing pledge. Right now, in order to add accessories, you will have to hit “Reserve Now” button on the main page, and check out on PayPal with the accessories in your cart. There is no shipping fee anywhere in the world for accessories — we will add these to your robot shipments.
Finally — we are grateful to many people who have helped us along. Yesterday, Dan Shapiro told the supporters of his project, Robot Turtles, about us. Thank you Dan! We also suggest you check out Robot Turtles — it is a board game for 3-8 year olds to teach them programming. Isn’t that wicked cool?! We think so!
We are getting close to our first stretch goal! We’re excited — thank you for backing us, and for helping us bring Bo & Yana to children everywhere.
When we launched, we had exclusive Launch Team Outfits for Bo & Yana for the first 500 orders. Since a lot of people wrote in and asked us to hold one for them even though they were yet to order — we decided to bump it to 1000 to make room for them.
Today we are releasing our Early Backer Outfits. Check these out! We’ve had a lot of fun designing these — it’s a lot of fun seeing Bo & Yana dress up. These outfits will be available for the next 2000 orders — and we’ve already given them away to people who reserved the robots but did not get the Launch Team Outfits. Get them before they are all gone!
Finally — in case you haven’t noticed, you can get your rewards shipped to you in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a flat shipping fee of $20 USD.
Thank you once again for joining us on our mission to make programming fun and accessible for every child — and making Bo & Yana real.