Taking the A out of AI

Taking the A out of AI means to think more about natural intelligence and what might be natural to a robot. Yes, Embodiment, comes screaming from the backrows. So what is embodiment and why is it important?

As is well known the symbolic approach to AI is interesting but incomplete with regard to real world intelligence. Traversing a doorstep or a flipped carpet edge, picking up a slippery piece of food or crumbs from the floor. Unsolved, all of it. So don’t tell me about autonomous cars and healthcare robots.

At Jetpack we are working to realize the transfer from research insights of our discipline, developmental robotics, into society with consumer products. Our robots. What needs to be addressed first for sustainable robotics in the 21st century is the sensorimotor gap that is present in all AI-branded products out there. It may look small and insignificant but do not let yourself be fooled. This is the layer that connects the silicon brain with outside world and contrary to the common belief, this layer is not trivial to navigate, sensation and perception is extremely noise, incomplete and contradictory. But it can be done. This is called embodied intelligence and the adaptive sensorimotor layer provides a natural grounding for any embodied intelligence.

Jetpack – pet-like robots that react to touch. Because people are at the center of our approach, our mindset, and our world view. Cheers.

Sustainability

This is a huge topic and rightly so. At Jetpack we are experienced environmentalists and care very deeply about providing a livable future that doesn’t consume itself before it gets there. We are passionate about contributing creatively and analytically. This is one of the reasons why Jetpack exists at all, to raise the stakes on our commitment.

To set some strategy pillars, we focus on open design, spread of knowledge, and the sensorimotor lessons on human psychology and social affairs. Sustainable health includes mental health and requires simple and clear ethics for an enjoyable social experience for everyone. Interestingly, much inspiration for this can be read from the study of self-learning robots. We need to rewind and get some simple things right first, only increasing the entertainment factor.

Energy is as huge a topic for robots as it is for everyone else. By the end of the day, the calories must be there, on average. We design our products with a rigoros accounting on energy and resource use, down to the single controller cycle. [tbc]

Menu ornament

While preparing an update for the people section, we introduced a ornamental pictograms to the labels of the site menu. They are 𝌬 ⨳ 厂 👥 ♾.

Each ornament is chosen with an association in mind. For the home item we use the 𝌬, Tetragram for Residence (U+1D32C), the products item stretches it a bit with using a the ⨳ Smash Product (U+2A33) mathematical operator, for workshop using the Chinese Ideograph factory, workshop; 厂 (U+5382), people is accompanied by the Busts In Silhouette Emoji 👥 (U+1F465), and the log is put together with the so called Permanent Paper Sign Emoji ♾ (U+267E).

Thanks and let us know if you like it.

Update: 2021-01-21 breaks the navigation, removed from titles

Press release – Bakiwi live on kickstarter

Bakiwi – a DIY robot kit for playful learning is live on kickstarter for the first time

2020/12/04, Berlin, Germany

For immediate release

Bakiwi – invent a robot friend

Bakiwi is a walking robot DIY kit launched by Jetpack Cognition Lab, Inc. in June 2020. The kit is available now on Kickstarter as the center part in the company‘s first crowdfunding campaign titled Bakiwi – invent a robot friend. The fabulous DIY walking robot kit. Jetpack is a Berlin based startup creating new bio-inspired consumer robots.

Update 2020/12/07
The minimum funding goal has been reached shortly after this release. The campaign is funded and is now in its stretch goal phase. Additional Bakiwis are available until the end of the campaign on 2020/12/26.
Update end

Who, What, Where, How, Why

Jetpack Cognition Lab was founded in 2019 by Oswald Berthold and Matthias Kubisch. Coming from research in bio-inspired robotics and artificial intelligence, the mission is to create new types of consumer robots from selected insights and build a matching marketplace to go along.

The first product Bakiwi was launched in June 2020 as a limited edition of 16 hand-numbered pieces. As a follow-up, Bakiwi is now available on Kickstarter in a campaign ending on 2020/12/26. This is an in-flight announcement after a surprising take-off and steep climb immediately after keeping the crew busy. The launch of the campaign closes a period of preflight preparation packed with anticipation and tension.

Bakiwi is designed and produced in the lab in Berlin by a team of four full time employees plus several part time collaborators. The production of Bakiwi frame parts is done on the in-house 3D printer using bio-degradable materials made from renewable source. The circuit board is designed by Jetpack and manufactured by international contractors in small batches. Parts and circuit board are packed with the small parts and shipped by the team.

The entire product is open source according to best current practices in open hardware projects. This covers software, electronics, 3D parts, and the documentation. Taken together with a reversible assembly, Bakiwi is understandable, repairable and extensible. With this it is ready for the future in a simple and effective way that is inaccessible to the competition.

Bakiwi is intended for curious minds of all ages. It is suitable for both experienced explorers and beginners. The Bakiwi kit is the perfect introduction to robotics, especially for young researchers. Bakiwi takes a radically new approach in talking about STEM topics.

Bakiwis are brought to life individually by assembling them with their own hands.

Quotations

What customers say about Bakiwi

„… Bakiwi opened a long locked door for me to hardware, in passing …“

Richard, 38, Computer scientist

„… how well you understand to bridge that gap …“

Denis, 34, Entrepreneur

„… the perfect present for my dad and we can work on it together …“

Mia, 28, Researcher

“It is the first time that a manual was exciting!“

Elisa, 35, Translator

What employees say about their work with Jetpack

„It is fantastic, I can’t imagine ever doing anything else again.“

B., 38, Head of production

What the founders say during the day

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

Matthias

„We all think differently, and so are the robots we create.“

Oswald

What the founders say after everyone has left

„Then we can tunnel two signals through one channel.“

Matthias

„Yes. Lets frame it as a modulation problem when we find the time.“

Oswald

Facts & Statistics

Bakiwis sold: more than 40
Campaign funding goal: 2800$
Age of campaign: 7 days
Percentage backed: 96%
Minimum pledge: 1$ Just like the project
Main pledge: 1 x Bakiwi Kit 70$ (plus shipping and taxes)

About Jetpack and the campaign

Jetpack Cognition Lab, Inc. is a robotics startup, founded in 2019 and run since by Oswald Berthold and Matthias Kubisch in Berlin. The company is funded on private equity in a pre-seed stage and is generating revenue within its first year of operation. In 2020 the team grew from two freelance founders to six people on payroll and a busy network of experts. Jetpack is creating a new category of consumer robots that are accessible to a much wider range of people and thus much more effective.

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🌱 Bakiwi 64 🐛 Campaign 🦋

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.

Moving the lab ☡

After close to one year of residence at the ECC the Jetpack Cognition Lab moved last week from its previous location in Weissensee to a new home in Friedrichshain. The new lab is more accessible and provides the space we need for a growing team. We were happy to find that we’re able to pack and move the entire lab easily in less than 24 hours net time. This is only possible because of an awesome team and many helping hand and feet. At this point we contemplate Jetpack robots helping in the next move we will have to make and which products will help most in getting there.

Learning to walk. Inside out. Stay tuned.

Identity

Jetpack’s current visual identity is made from a random #voronoi robot kite flying out high and representing aspiration.

Its friend is the type logo made from the initials J, C, L of the company name turned upcase greek to read Iota, Gamma, Lambda