about jetpack

Brief

Jetpack Cognition Lab is an embryonic robotics company making products for the self-learning robots ecosystem, both hardware and software. Our products are modular robot hardware components, full robot DIY assembly kits, and a software stack designed for sensorimotor self-exploration learning of the robot body.
Jetpack aims to enable every curious mind to create walking and learning robots.


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Watching robots is fun. But it’s thrilling to create your own robots and let them learn and develop skills.

We invite you to join our community of creators of learning robots and contribute by populating our future society with a variety of honestly intelligent and lovely robots doing all kinds of useful things.

We all think differently, and so are the robots we envision to create. Regardless of your technical background, Jetpack will find a way to provide you with the right tools and knowledge that help you to create the robot you imagine.

Curious?

Depending on the kind of robot you want to build, we have various do-it-yourself robot assembly kits for you:

For rookies or people making workshops for beginners, our Bakiwi Kit is perfect. During assembly, you can learn about electronics and soldering, 3D-printing and how to create simple legs and a robot trunk. And when finished, you’ve created a crawling, toddling or even walking robot yourself. Eventually, you can decorate it and change its behavior without programming.

For advanced robot creators, Bakiwi Learn introduces more complexity. With several sensors like laser range finding, touch, and motion-sensing this robot is able to perceive its environment, which is the prerequisite for learning. The robot can also emit sounds and comes with a basic software framework for simply accessing all sensors and motors. Because of its form, Bakiwi Learn is thus perfectly suited for testing learning algorithms on real hardware.

The four-legged robot DIY kit Hannah is made for higher education or application development. It is a full-sized, 12-jointed robot made from rapid prototyping materials such as 3D-printed or laser-cut parts. Despite its size, this robot is affordable and you can either choose to get the assembly kit or a pre-assembled robot. Furthermore, Hannah is based on our Sensorimotor hardware framework, which guarantees you full low-level access to all robot’s hardware features and allows you to write your own modern control loops.

For musicians that love robots, our Monkeydrummer is a Cajón-style drumming robot kit. Once assembled the robot can play numerous beats whose sounds are generated live and physically, no playback of recorded samples! This is a fully analog drum machine. But beyond it is far more than this: The Monkeydrummer starts playing when you start to play, it synchronizes to your speed, thus enables you to practice freely and not being tied to keep in sync of a stoic metronome.

Finally, our lovely Flatcat is a robot for your soul. The furry little robot companion is free to do anything it wants to do. There is exactly zero user interface. The robot freely explores its environment and develops individual preferences depending on the specific home you’ve created for it. Each Flatcat is deployed with a unique set of initial parameters and learns everything from scratch. So you can watch it developing unparalleled skills or funny quirks. But be aware that it might draw your attention and due to its curious mind explores even the dusty corners everyone of us has.

All our robots are made from accessible robot hardware components. If you plan to create your individual robot fully from scratch it may be helpful to choose at least some parts from off-the-shelf components. The modules we’ve created for our robots or kits are also available for your robot development. So don’t miss to learn more about them, too.

Our Principles

When designing robots, we ideally follow these maxims:

  • We create our robots with love, care, and open-mindedness. Our creations shall be used in a trustworthy, honest and peaceful kind.
  • The way robots are created and used should respect animal life and nature and have a positive impact on human society.
  • Robots should be learning and constantly adapting instead of being (remote) controlled by humans or being statically programmed. All robot competence from simple movement up to skillful locomotion ideally shall be the result of learning on the embodied robot. By today this is not yet always clear how to achieve, and most of the robotics is far away from this. But we are confident about our approach and we’re steadily working towards it.

When you create robots then we would be very happy if you also follow these guidelines.

If you like, you can continue to explore the detailed descriptions of our robots in the products section. If you like to have more information please don’t hesitate to contact us or alternatively, you can follow us on social media, we are @LabJetpack on twitter.

Sincerely,
the jetpack team.