Just back from watching David Attenborough: A life on our planet.
If you haven’t, watch it. It’s on Netflix.
The movie makes a case on Biodiversity and highlights how biodiversity is connected in straightforward ways with our own health and prosperity. Remember that all of #Covid19 is itself only a part in an ongoing severe biodiversity crisis.
The view of earth shown in the picture above was not generally known to people before the late 1960s, except to a few imaginative visionaries. It is not about saving the planet though. It is about saving our own asses. Right here, right now. Anything else is procrastination, neglect, or worse. Anyway, lets not get stalled.
You ask, what does this have to do with Jetpack Cognition Lab? The answer is, just about everything. Read on to find out.
In whichever way exactly the sustainability turn is realized, there is going to be autonomous mobile robots in it.
These are likely scenarios but far from complete. Drones need support on the ground and up in the tree. They also need to go beneath the foliage because this is where it happens. That is all quite complicated stuff. The autonomous mobility of the robots we currently have is still a far cry from anything practically usable, and this includes affordable.
Mainstream promises have not realized anywhere despite trillions of sunk budgets, private and public. Remote death operations is as good as it gets.
The developments we are observing are not fast enough by some orders of magnitude. As more people need to be able to work on all that, the approach clearly needs to be massively diversified.
How is this done? You are right, with self-learning robots of course, with education and inspiration. This is a massive challenge and we need to take steps that might appear weird from the outside.
Where are you in this? We are very curious to learn and let us know anytime. Out here with the mobile Jetpack Cognition Lab and we need you support in every possible way.
flatcat is the next step towards creating robots that are built for learning all the way up. Does that scare you? good, this is how you and everyone else works, on the inside that is. Time to get to grips with yourself.
Jetpack Cognition Lab, a Berlin-based AI and robotics startup, today announced flatcat, a new consumer robot, to be launched in March 2021. flatcat is a firm and fluffy AI pet for the living room, that responds to touch and gravity, and has a playful life of its own.
flatcat invites to experience a new dimension of touch and motion. Cuddle with it, have a gentle romp, or just watch it do weird things on its own, to caress your soul. The robot feels everything exactly with cognitive sensorimotor loops based on ten years of developmental robotics research. flatcat has no face, no app, no cloud, full privacy. It is built around a 3D printed skeleton and is powered by Jetpack Cognition Lab‘s own electrical motor design.
The new product will be available on Kickstarter and selected outlets beginning March 3, 2021. Visit https://flatcat.berlin for more information.
About Jetpack Cognition Lab Established in 2019, Jetpack Cognition Lab is a Berlin-based AI and Robotics startup and innovation hub. Founded by Oswald Berthold and Matthias Kubisch, it specializes in science transfer and product research. The company’s bioinspired hardware and software design is built on the neuroscience and psychology of developmental learning.
Our mission is to do everything we can to support current and upcoming generations with reusable tools and modular wisdom to grow and tend their futures at peace and prosperity.
Of course, we are beginning to learn a little in the behavioral sciences regarding how little we know about children and the educational processes. We had assumed the child to be an empty brain receptacle into which we could inject our methodically-gained wisdom until that child, too, became educated. In the light of modern behavioral science experiments that was not a good working assumption.
Operating manual for spaceship earth, R. Buckminster Fuller, 1969
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.
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]
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).
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Update: 2021-01-21 breaks the navigation, removed from titles
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.
Update2020/12/07 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.
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.“
„We all think differently, and so are the robots we create.“
What the founders say after everyone has left
„Then we can tunnel two signals through one channel.“
„Yes. Lets frame it as a modulation problem when we find the time.“
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.