Important update regarding shipping
tl;dr Shipping has to be delayed by at least one month.
While we are busy all week pushing things ahead, we have come to run behind our planned schedule. There is two main reasons for this. The first one is big changes in both our personal lifes that require urgent attention. The second one is that we are beginning to feel the accumulated sum of small friction losses in sourcing as well as more administrative outside interactions.
Thus we have to update the timeline and push back the expected date for beginning to ship by one month to end of October 2021.
We do have four major tickets open before we can do that, which are assembly, furs, software updates, and packaging. Right now we are actively working on the first three of them. Packaging is still in the back row because we first need the set of shipped items to consolidate before it makes sense to design a packaging.
Here’s a first screenshot of how the update and configuration app could look like. Development is done in collaboration with Richard of mr. hide.
👘 cognition wear
Campaign duration extended to end on October 11, 2021 11:59pm PDT
Delivery option pick-up-at-lab which has been requested cannot be added to claimed perks – please pledge for delivery to Germany and we will refund you when you pick up your items.
Thanks for looking, jet pack
Hi all, dumping a stack of updates from the last few days
flatcat PCBs in the house
The manufactured PCBs for sensorimotor & energymodule arrived at the lab yesterday. This lead to the first run of component placement and baking in the oven today, to obtain the fully assembled electronics boards required for making a flatcat. This seemed to have worked reasonably well and the first sensorimotor was put into operation successfully.
Another fur has arrived this week from the prototyping done by our collaborator Karen Ellmer. The amount of available fake fur materials is pretty stunning. Right now we are working with a selection from the samples we have, to find a minimal functional design that we can ship with. Something that feels amazing and allows the cat to move freely.
Bakiwi workshop Sept 2021
The first Bakiwi workshop after lockdown took place on Saturday, quite successfully with nine (9) Bakiwis walking out the door on their own for nine teams of builders. It was great to have all of you and we hope you enjoyed as much as we did. To be done again, watch out for upcoming dates.
These are two examples of RTFM
We had a baby rat (some say it was a mouse) coming in for a visit. It then had to be removed from the premises via this contraption.
jetpack cognition wear
Our apparel campaign is coming along quite well, and like all that we do, subject to heavy development on the go. We now have demonstration exemplars for all three base colors. This is the black one, the lilac one will be posted soon.
But then taste this full use case as a robot pet holder, observed recently outside our lab.
For those of you who having one of the shirts, here is the true samples for the shirt’s base color. The jetpack tee two there is all of them in sizes S, M, L (limited quantities). For the direct-to-garment corporate insignia prints, we will only do anthracite and white. Go check.
We installed open graph and Twitter card plugins for our wordpress so social sharing is much improved with nice automatic summary previews.
Thank you, that’s it for today. As always, feel free to be in touch about your questions and comments, we hear you.
Cheers, opt + kubi @jetpack central 💮🎴🌸
Yuhu! The jetpack cognition wear merchandise campaign is live and online on Indiegogo since last Friday, Aug 27.
Wearing it looks like this, in front of the lab, and inside.
Is available in three base colors dark blue, black, lilac. Size can be chosen from standard size table, see campaign page for a size chart.
In addition to the amazing sweater designed and manufactured in cooperation with Elle Janssen / hit-in.tv, two types of printed t-shirts are available, the jetpack tee two (2), and the jetpack tee one (1).
jetpack tee two
Please find an English version below.
Danke für Eure zahlreichen Nachfragen, endlich ist es soweit:
Wir machen wieder Bakiwi-Workshops \o/
Wenn Ihr Lust habt, Euren ersten Laufroboter selbst zu bauen, inklusive Löten lernen, dann holt Euch Euer Ticket für eine der vier Workshop-Sessions in Berlin-Friedrichshain am 3. oder 4. September.
Im Workshop lernt Ihr, wie Ihr Euren Bakiwi-Laufroboter lötet und zusammenbaut und wie Ihr immer wieder neue Roboter-Beine erfinden könnt. Ihr dekoriert Euren Roboter mit Hilfe der bereitgestellten Materialien individuell und am Ende der Session können alle Teilnehmenden ihre Kreationen präsentieren und die Roboter gemeinsam laufen, hüpfen und tanzen lassen.
Dieser Workshop ist für Junggebliebene, für Neugierige und für Kinder ab 7 Jahren. Für den Workshop sind keine besonderen Vorkenntnisse erforderlich. Kinder unter 12 Jahren müssen von einer erwachsenen Person (z.B. Tante oder Opa) begleitet werden.
Ein Lötkolben und alle Werkzeuge, die Ihr zum Bau Eures Roboters benötigt, werden von uns zur Verfügung gestellt. Ihr müsst nichts mitbringen, außer Spaß und Neugier. Gerne könnt Ihr aber auch eigene Bastel- oder Upcycling-Materialien für Roboterbeine und Dekorationen mitbringen.
Die Workshops finden in Berlin-Friedrichshain statt, den aktuellen Veranstaltungsort und die Termine entnehmt Ihr bitte der Ticketseite. Unsere Vormittags-Session beginnt um 10 Uhr und die Nachmittags-Session beginnt um 15 Uhr. Der Workshop dauert ca. 3-4 Stunden.
Wir freuen uns auf Euch!
Oswald und Matthias von Jetpack
Dear Bakiwi fans, thanks for your numerous request, finally it’s happening:
We’re doing Bakiwi workshops again \o/
If you’re keen on building your first walking robot yourself, including learning to solder, then get your ticket for one of the four workshop sessions in Berlin-Friedrichshain on September 3rd or 4th.
At the workshop, you will learn how to solder and assemble your Bakiwi walking robot and all the different ways to create new legs over and over again. You will individually decorate your robot with the help of the provided materials and at the end of the session, all participants can present their creations and let the robots run, hop and dance together.
This workshop is for the young at heart, for the curious, and for children from 7 years. The workshop is beginner-friendly. No previous knowledge is necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (e.g. aunt or grandpa)
The workshops will take place in Berlin-Friedrichshain, please find the actual location and dates on the ticket site. Our morning session starts at 10 a.m. and the afternoon session starts at 3 p.m. The workshop lasts around 3-4 hours.
A soldering iron and all the tools needed to build your robot are provided by us. You don’t have to bring anything with you, except fun and curiosity. You are welcome to bring your own handicraft or upcycling materials for robot legs and decorations.
We look forward to you!
Oswald and Matthias from Jetpack
Very nice piece in German on Heise by Hans-Arthur Marsiske on robots as play companions. The article is part of a series on robots in everyday life and titled Robots in everyday life: The playmate. We are very excited to see flatcat discussed extensively including a video interview with Jetpack founder / CTO Matthias Kubisch, among coverage of Playful machines by Ralf Der ad Georg Martius, as well as a good sample of other playmate robots available on the market. In relation, this highlights the unique approach and character of flatcat within the larger robotics ecosystem.
Quoting as a teaser
This thing is a robot, is called Flatcat and does – nothing: It just wants to play. It is not capable of doing anything else at all. Its developers at Jetpack Cognition Lab, a Berlin-based company founded in 2019, have not equipped it with displays or other means of data input, nor with visual or auditory sensors. Flatcat only perceives forces acting on it, reacts to them and gradually develops a behavior from these experiences.
Anyone who brings this techno-pet into their home or laboratory will have the opportunity to follow the development of its thinking ability and thus of an artificial personality up close and in real time – just like a biological pet.Hans-Arthur Marsiske, Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Another day, another overdue update. What is happening at Jetpack Cognition Lab since we last wrote?
Main prototype flatcat2 is running smoothly on the new energy module for days. Last week we ordered the Lipo batteries to be used in your flatcats. They are standard cells (18650) that can be easily replaced in case of a battery failing. In the house already.
Same goes for the motors, order has been placed with the manufacturer and we are waiting for the shipment, expected to arrive in a few weeks.
Development currently focuses on extending the basic behavior we have right now with more elaborate exploration algorithms which will lead to more diverse episodes of different things it does.
What started to impinge on us as a flickering halo quickly turned into a full out real global phenomenon, driven by our ~friends~ of #automotive: a global semiconductor shortage. For several flatcat related PCB designs we could not acquire the required chips and packages anymore. Too bad, so we turned forward and redesigned the boards to accommodate available packages. These will be sent to manufacture soon and comprise the last big chunk of supplies we need before we can finish the hardware aka flatcat chassis. This is how we roll.
The flatcat endurance poster is WIP and we will at some point come back with this specifically to get your early feedback on a few design variations.
On tangential notes, we had a TV crew in the house last week for shooting an episode to be included in the “Einfach genial” (Simply genius) format of German public channel MDR. The piece is going to be aired September upwards, keep you posted when it’s hot.
A new application for flatcat was discovered recently in the lab, which is realtime control of musical parameters through the force sensitive interface that the robot is. Here, we are sending 2 x 4 state variables from the joints to a digital sysnthesizer using OpenSoundControl. It works very well and was used in a public performance at the legendary and exclusive NNOI festival an hour north of Berlin on the weekend July 2-4, 2021.
Finally, if you want to read more, we have a fresh piece of techno-philosophy posted on the blog here.
Always love to have your feedback and learn what you are up to.
We have been building autonomous machines for over twenty years and have become scientists on a mission to communicate. Our disciplines are computer science, psychology, biology, neuroscience, physics, art. Our subject is behavior.
What is behavior? Everything we do is behavior. We, as in humans, people, robots, and so on. Everything every animal ever does is behavior. Finding your way through the city is behavior, lifting a glass to drink is behavior, washing, talking, scratching yourself, building a house, etc. You get the picture.
How does behavior come about? How is behavior changed and adapted when the circumstances change? How do animals learn when there is no text book? How can self-learning robots benefit from this knowledge? Which behavior is more intelligent than another behavior?
Then, what is artificial intelligence, AI? Well, the A is trivial and we are stuck with “what is I?”.
Intelligence depends on the context. The deep sea is a different context than urban sprawl. A spaceship’s atmosphere (like earth) with little CO2 in it is a different context than one with a lot of CO2 in it. Depending on the premise the same behavior is more or less intelligent.
Intelligence includes the capacity to change behavior. This is itself a behavior. First to find out in which way it should be changed, and then, yeah .. changing it! For this you need motivation, curiosity, playfulness, exploration, creativity, problem solving.
The are two big social-economic questions. The first one is, what is our relationship with nature. The other one is, what’s our relationship with our self. The science of intelligence can contribute here with insights based on quantitative methods. Because, hurray, it turns out that not a single one of our decisions comes about in the way we thought it does, historically. The introspective perception available to everyone’s conscious experience is largely wrong, or
To really get ahead, we need to get more people onto the science of adaptive behavior.
For this we choose approachability on purpose, much in contrast to almost any other style chosen by our competition, and established institutions in the field. This is realized through simplicity, absurdity, and softness. Pet-like robots and synthetic animals.
This provides the perfect playground for fully embodied learning on a given body with all its individual peculiarities. Get behavior grounded in self-perception. Honest machines have more fun.
Looking forward to meeting you on the way.