๐Ÿ› flatcat listed finalist at ICSR21 robot design competition

Very pleased to announce that flatcat has been selected as a finalist for the Robot Design Competition during ICSR 2021 – International Conference on Social Robotics, 10-13 November 2021, Singapore, https://colips.org/conferences/icsr2021/wp/competition/

Update – List of finalists for robot design competition at International Conference on Social Robotics 2021 has been posted with flatcat on there ๐Ÿ›

Competition

๐Ÿง  nobel price proprioception

1/ nobel price 2021 in physiology or medicine was awarded to work on how heat, cold and touch can initiate signals in the nervous system (David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian, 1/n) https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2021/press-release/

2/ one half of the price is going to elucidating the transduction of mechanical forces into nervous impulses.

3/ turns out these touch receptors (the Piezo1 and Piezo2 mechanosensitive ion channel proteins) are key ingredients in the regulation of many internal functions of the body (urination, respiration, blood pressure, skeletal remodeling), and

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they form the basis of proprioception

4/ touch and proprioception are a fundamental perception channel. they are fundamental because they are old in evolutionary terms (phylogenetically) and many younger channels are bootstrapped on top of them (grounding).

5/ would you think that a device that lets you learn about proprioception is useful to increase fun, self-awareness, or well-being?

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โœจ jetpack updates 13

๐Ÿ› flatcat

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.

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fur

flatcat UI

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.

๐Ÿ‘˜ cognition wear

All three base colors for the jetpack sweater successfully prototyped and ready to be made in batch and brought to the street.

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

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 / http://www.silvolfstudios.co.uk 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 / 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

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

๐Ÿ“– Jetpack story Mini

We have been making up, writing, and expounding our story over the months and years. Spontaneously, this seems to be a very short version of the bigger arc in very simple words.

for several big global problems (humane elderly care, regenerative agriculture, cleaning up the garbage planet) we need really cool robots that are cheap. for this they have to be able to learn properly. this is difficult but we (as a community) know how to do it. everything we do is for the plan to build cool self-learning robots that you really want to hang out with and that don't need help all the time :)
fรผr mehrere grosse globale probleme (humane altenpflege, regenerative landwirtschaft, mรผllplanet aufrรคumen) brauchen wir richtig coole roboter die billig sind. dafรผr mรผssen sie richtig gut lernen kรถnnen. das ist schwierig aber wir (als community) wissen wie es geht. alles was wir machen dient dem plan, coole selbstlernende roboter zu bauen, mit denen man auch wirklich abhรคngen mรถchte und die nicht andauernd selber hilfe brauchen :)