Chinese humanoid robot manufacturer Ai.Frame just kicks off a crowdfunding campaign at Pozible, a global crowdfunding site, to raise a $5,000 round under the support of Loving the Crowd, a domestic crowdfunding consulting firm offering one-stop solutions to hardware developers and makers from China.
Loving the Crowd and Pozible teamed up to bring the creative and imaginative works of Chinese makers to the world stage and Ai.Frame is the first project launched by their strategic alliance. In order to bring the “Best of Chinese Innovations” to western world, Pozible launched a Mandarin version, moreover, an international team is available now to help the translation of messages so that crowdfunders can fully engage a western market.
Ai.Frame builds customizable robots and birds for fans of anime and of building model planes. The Ai.Frame Robot and Bird is powered by Arduino/STM32 and servo motors. It can be controlled via bluetooth, sound and visual commands and an app that will be made available to smartphone users.
The Ai.Frame Robot and Bird will be available in acrylic or wood and at around 250 – 440 grams, while the toy-size robots range in size from seven to nine inches in height. It has a range of more than 300 movements, including hip hop dancing, and a motion sensor that prevents it from running into obstacles.
The Ai.Frame Robot and Bird are programmable, have a shell that allows people to engrave customized messages and includes stylized accessories, and can be 3D printed. Ai.Frame is sold starting at $259, a quarter of the price of other sophisticated humanoid robots on the market, according to the crowdfunding site.
Ai. Frame is developed by a very young team led by Hu Jiaqi and Sun Zebo, two Shanghai-based entrepreneurs. The team added that 70% of received funds will be used to manufacture and ship physical products to backers, 20% to support future research, and the other to set up the Ai.Frame company.
image credit: Ai.Frame, Pozible