Jetpack Cognition Lab – Mission update 2022

Jetpack Cognition Lab is a science driven robotics startup from Berlin. The lab was founded in 2019 by Oswald Berthold and Matthias Kubisch, two roboticists that came to know each other at Humboldt University of Berlin. The mission and purpose is, on a grand scale, to engage in science communication, and the chosen means to achieve this is through consumer robots. The idea here is to enable a direct experience of cutting edge research, as it drives the motion of what you hold in your hands. On the concrete scale this involves product development, and storytelling for a new kind robotics.

A wave of social robots is coming to society at large. It is being developed right now, and Jetpack wants to be part of this development, in order to push towards favorable outcomes. Social robots, by definition, need to step up robot skills in engaging, and interacting with humans on eye level. The major robotic skill required here is the ability to quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances, as they occur all the time in the daily affairs of us humans. The science inside is that of developmental learning, which mediates the next breakthrough in robotics and intelligent machines. Because true intelligence is always about adaptivity, a fancy word for the ability to learn.

The challenge is approached by changing the definition and cultural perception of robots. By doing this, a strong lever is attained on creating impact, not only with direct action, but also indirectly by contributing to making a hard tech field like robotics more approachable and accessible to a much wider audience. The rationale behind this is: “Whether it is us or the person over there that will make a decisive contribution on the road to such radical change in society, we want to be part of it by accelerating the rate of dissemination of knowledge that we think is relevant, and thereby foster the ecosystem”.

Since the team began work on Jetpack, it has launched two robots already, flatcat and Bakiwi. flatcat is a pet-like robot that responds to touch. It has the feel of a furry animal while it does not resemble any existing animal. This is a conscious choice in the design of the robot, because resemblance raises expectations, and compared with any real animal, current robots can only fail. flatcat is like a flat caterpillar consisting of three joints. These joints are smart in that they are not only able to move, but also to register their own motion, and any resistance they meet while they are moving. With such sensor and motor capabilities combined in a single device, it is called a sensorimotor. These sensorimotors connected in a row via the flatcat chassis is all it needs to create the entire behavioral spectrum of the robot. It will always, and very sensitively so, react and respond to any force it feels across its joints, whether they are generated by gravity’s pull or by a person’s push. If you leave flatcat alone for a while, it will become bored and start to play around with itself, until you pick it up again.

Bakiwi is the fabulous DIY walking robot kit. It is a small walking robot, allowing curious minds to study the phenomenon of walking up close and hands on. It comes as a solder kit suitable for children starting from age six up to children-like adults in their eighties. The robot needs to be assembled using the PCB and electronic components which come as part of the kit, frame, legs, and batteries included. Once the electronics and the frame are assembled, Bakiwi is ready to walk, requiring zero programming, apps, or other screen based device access.

Watch Jetpack at work on their website or any of their social media channels.

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Jetpack Logo Square Notype
flatcat batch 2
flatcat product poster

โœจ jetpack updates 12 ๐Ÿ› flatcat ๐Ÿชฒ Bakiwi workshop ๐Ÿ‘˜ cognition wear

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.

flatcat furs

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.

Random stuff

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 ๐Ÿ’ฎ๐ŸŽด๐ŸŒธ

๐Ÿ› flatcat comic ๐Ÿ’ฌ

thanks to and by way of our sparkling โœจ community we are able share to you the first ever flatcat comic ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ’ฌ ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

all the credits go to @JuliaRehling89 for initiating โ‡, and @SilvolfStudios / for executing ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Amazing, thanks ๐Ÿ’Ž

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๐Ÿ‘˜ jetpack cognition wear live on Indiegogo

Yuhu! The jetpack cognition wear merchandise campaign is live and online on Indiegogo since last Friday, Aug 27.

jetpack sweater
jetpack sweater demo video

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 /, two types of printed t-shirts are available, the jetpack tee two (2), and the jetpack tee one (1).

jetpack tee two

Comes with three different motifs to choose from and shown in the picture. Usage example photos are shown below too.

๐ŸŒฑ Bakiwi 64 ๐Ÿ› Campaign ๐Ÿฆ‹

We are live with Bakiwi 64 – our first campaign on Kickstarter now

Our top product is Bakiwi Kit which stepped on the market from the lab just three months ago. The current estimated wild population of Bakiwis is between 20 and 50 individuals. It’s a very small number, close to extinct.

We want to help the species along and create more Bakiwis to join the wildlife. This is where you are needed. We can make the Bakiwis but we cannot look after all of them on our own.

Check the the Bakiwi shop to get to know the Bak closer, leave us some feedback on the campaign preview over at kickstarter, and

yes please

leave us your email to get notified when the campaign goes hot, and other activities with the jet pack.