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Kickstarter Projects Top 3 March 2015 – PancakeBot, Spark Electron, mDrawBot

Kickstarter projects have been growing among the maker community and has been the number one source of crowd funded projects. Most Kickstarter projects have seen tremendous success and propulsion to the next level due to the marketing campaign it offers. That being said, there have been failures along the way. Multiple projects have over promised and under delivered. It is thus important to examine each project in terms of feasibility and figure out if it is a worthy idea to support.

March 2015 Kickstarter Projects

We are seeing a lot more household gadgets than we used to in the past. More and more kickstarter projects are trying to bring a consumer product versus the previous maker tools. Many projects could have made this months list, but we are looking for originality and feasibility first and foremost. Based on this criteria, three projects have been selected: PancakeBot, Spark Electron, mDrawBot. Each one of them offers something unique to the community and seems to have an achievable goal and idea in sight. We will discuss each one of them and give a star rating at the end.

PancakeBot – 2D printed pancakes

Check it out here: PancakeBot
3D printers have been growing in popularity over the last few years. Although the technology has been perfected by numerous companies, there hasn’t been anything unique about it in quite a while. The PancakeBot brings a novelty printer which cooks your pancakes. They aren’t ordinary pancakes; you will be exporting your drawing into the software in order to have it 2D printed. It may not be a huge deal for everyone, but this invention opens the doors to other food grade 3D printers.

At a price point of 179$, the PancakeBot is a great purchase. We are expecting to see this device in small shops around the world. It will provide a nice touch to any breakfast restaurant. Not to mention, it is an automated cooking machine.

Functionality

The PancakeBot is made for the masses. It is extremely simple to use for the average folk. Simply fill it with batter, draw an image in the software and start the printing. Your creation will start baking within minutes.

Features

  • Includes pre-loaded pancake designs
  • SD card slot for your custom designs
  • Easy to clean
  • Simple user interface to control printing and batter flow
  • Pause/resume
  • Collapsible for storage
  • Mac and Windows compatible software
  • Access to video tutorials and downloadable files ready for printing
  • Approx. print size 16.0″ x 8.3″ (430mm x 210mm)

EEEnthusiast PancakeBot Scorecard

Originality: 4/5
Feasibility: 4.5/5
Investment: 3.5/5

Spark Electron – Cellular Dev Kit

Check it out here: Spark Electron
Internet connectivity is now present everywhere. You can purchase a coffee mug which will send its temperature to your network if you wish. The Spark Electron by Spark IO will allow you to create a device which can leverage the cellular network for an internet connection. It is a dev kit we are particularly excited about as it will offer a lot of opportunities to connected wearable tech. The Spark IO team is offering a comprehensive data plan which they claim will work all over the world. Although 2.99$/MB is a steep price to pay, you should be able to send up to 20000 messages with that amount of data. Keep in mind that this device will most likely not be used for video streaming which is one of the top data consumers on all cellular networks.

The Electron is one of the reasonably priced kickstarter projects. It is currently selling for 59$. Compared to other compared devices from Intel, Arduino and Texas Instruments, it is a modest amount to pay.

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Functionality

Through the use of a global SIM card as well as a data plan, you should be able to connect to a cellular network. This will in turn allow you to send and receive data to the internet and other cellular devices.

Features

  • STM32F205 ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller
  • 1MB Flash, 128K RAM
  • Cellular modem: U-Blox SARA U-series (3G) or G-series (2G)
  • 36 pins total: 28 GPIOs (D0-D13, A0-A13), plus TX/RX, 2 GNDs, VIN, VBAT, WKP, 3V3, RST
  • Board dimensions: 2.0″ x 0.8″ x 0.3″ (0.5″ including headers)

EEEnthusiast PancakeBot Scorecard

Originality: 4/5
Feasibility: 3.5/5
Investment: 4/5

mDrawBot – Drawing Robot Kit

Check it out here: mDrawBot
It’s always great to see a new and original robot kit on the market. The MrDrawBot allows the user to create graphic creations through the use of one of the four bots. They are the Scara, the Spider, the Egg Bot and the MrCar. Each one is a unique creation which serves its own purpose. Any kickstarter projects which aim to teach electronics and creativity to the younger generation is a big plus in our book. These bots will most likely be backed up by a large community which will create numerous variations of the bots and allow its users to expand their functionality even further.

The mDrawBot is priced at 200$. This is not one of the most expensive kickstarter projects by any means, but may burn a hole in some pockets. Keep in mind that you are getting four completely different robots within that kit.

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Functionality

The robot kit will come unassembled. After it has been put together, the user will be able to utilize one of the robots to draw on different surfaces and/or objects.

Features

  • SVG import
  • BMP to SVG conversion
  • Support Gray-scale laser engraving
  • Several customizable parameters including limit switch location, stepper motor direction, drawing range
  • Zooming the drawing with the mouse wheel

EEEnthusiast PancakeBot Scorecard

Originality: 3.5/5
Feasibility: 4/5
Investment: 3/5

March 2015 Conclusion

We have three incredible projects for this month: PancakeBot, Spark Electron and mDrawBot. These kickstarter projects will definitely make an impact on the maker community and create value to the consumer. Post your opinions on these projects in the comments below.

Overall Ratings

PancakeBot: 4/5
Spark Electron: 3.8/5
mDrawBot: 3.5/5

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