On October 8th, Bittle, the robot dog from Petoi, finished its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter: raising $567,218 from 2052 backers around the world and 11x of the original $50,000 funding goal. It was also featured as the #4 Product of the Day on Product Hunt on October 9th. The final product will be delivered in December.
Bittle is the first affordable, compact, agile, and accessible robot dog for coding and fun. It can move with four legs rather than wheels and play tricks like real animals. Legged motion gives it more freedom to navigate unstructured terrains, and expresses the joy of life whenever it moves. Such dynamic maneuverability and behaviors were only seen on a few luxury robots from the best labs or tycoon companies previously.
Rosemary Hattersley, the writer of the official Raspberry Pi magazine, commented:
"At around $225 for the Bittle kit, it's aimed at adult tech enthusiasts. Unlike robot toys marketed at children, Bittle is a quadruped with controllable legs. This makes it closer to a £1000+ Sony Aibo robot dog although the design nods to Boston Robotic's industrial Spot robot."
Arduino, an open-source platform with a worldwide community of over 30 million active users, said:
"Bittle is an Arduino-programmable, Boston Dynamics-inspired robopup that fits in the palm of your hand."
Users can bring Bittle to life by assembling its puzzle-like frames, running the demo codes, and injecting new skills with their own codes. Bittle makes a perfect tool for learning, teaching, and researching, or a surprising gift to impress family and friends.
Evolving with an open-source gene, Bittle is built on Petoi's OpenCat open-source platform to fuse multiple makers' gadgets into one organic system. With a customized Arduino board coordinating all instinctive and sophisticated movements, users are free to clip on various smart sensors or mount a Raspberry Pi or other AI chips through wired/wireless connections to inject perception and artificial intelligence capabilities.
Interested buyers can preorder Petoi Bittle on Indiegogo(http://igg.me/at/bittle) for December delivery.
Petoi’s social media handle: @petoicamp
Nybble and Bittle, the Petoi robot family
About Petoi LLC: Petoi started as OpenCat, the founder Rongzhong Li's viral robotic pet project in 2016. The project eventually had a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2018 and fulfilled the product delivery in 2019. Petoi is the maker of futuristic robotic pets and the developer of OpenCat, the open-source quadruped robot platform. Its mission is to bring sophisticated, affordable and cute robotic pets from fiction to reality.