Fritz: A Robotic Puppet

A project in Denver, CO by XYZbot

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Fritz is a robotic puppet head that you can control with an easy to use app. He has moving eyes, jaw, eyelids, eyebrows, and neck.
Backers: 236
Average Pledge Per Backer: $174

Funded: $41,136 of $25,000
Dates: Mar 31st -> Apr 30th (30 days)
Project By: XYZbot
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Latest News

...and he's in the stretch (goal-$42K), Last day (24 hours left)

April 29th - via:
We have 24 hours to go on the Fritz campaign.  Was that really 30 days?  It didn't feel like it.  Thank you to all of our backers. We'd like to offer one more stretch goal and respond to some requests that we've seen in messages and comments with... (Read More)

Fritz says thanks. From the beach.

April 28th - via:
Fritz would like to say thank you to all of our backers for helping to reach the stretch goal of $35.  Our white acrylic Fritz was looking very pale, so we sent him to the beach to get some sun.  While there, he taped this video thank you. How long... (Read More)

4 Days Remaining, New features added, No charge

April 26th - via:
Fritz has 4 days left in the campaign. We are very close to the stretch goal to add webcam an sensors.  Please help us in this last weekend to spread the word about the project by forwarding this link for the kickstarter... (Read More)

1 week to go: Leslie and the 3 Bears

April 24th - via:
Hello and thanks once again to Fritz backers.  We have less than one week to go on the campaign.  Please help us to reach that stretch goal of $35K by emailing and tweeting the link below for the project.  Help us to get out the word about Fritz.... (Read More)

Stretch Goal Added - Sensor input and "Behaviors"

April 16th - via:
We hit our $25K goal.  Let's stretch and add some features.  If we reach $35K funding we will add "behaviors" for Fritz, taking input from things like a webcam or sensors and react to them. First behavior that we'll create: He will be able to... (Read More)

Fritz at Robotics Exhibit

April 14th - via:
Fritz hit the goal in under two weeks.  Fantastic!  We showed off Fritz at a Robotics Exhibition on Saturday, April 13 at an Air and Space museum in Denver (Wings Over the Rockies Museum).  Fritz was warmly received by the show visitors,... (Read More)

T Shirt reward added for Fritz

April 10th - via:
We are "sooooo" close to the goal.  We added a T shirt reward that reassures those worried about robotic rebellions. For those that would like to back the project but don't want to commit to a full Fritz (dang, now I wished we had named it Monty),... (Read More)

Fritz is close to goal. And snazzy!

April 8th - via:
Hello, all.  Thanks for your support of Fritz. We are one week into the kickstarter project and are close to our minimum funding goal thanks to you.  We don't want to stop there though.  Please help us to spread the word about this project.  Give... (Read More)

FIRST priorities

April 5th - via:
A huge thank you to all of our backers.  We're well over half way to funding goal. We're working to introduce some new rewards this weekend.  Or at least I am (Kerwin).  Steven, XYZbot's software guru, is busy volunteering at the FIRST robotics... (Read More)

See The Many Robotic Faces of Fritz (video)

April 4th - via:
Fritz is a smooth talkin' guy. On occasion, he's a little awkward and needy — passive-aggressive, even. Sometimes, for lack of better words, he's just a jerk. He's whatever you want him to be. Most puppets are. (Read More)

Fritz, The Robot Puppet Head You Can Control With Your Computer, Wants Your Help On Kickstarter

April 2nd - via:
Meet Elmo 2.0. The robotics startup XYZBot has launched a Kickstarter project for a new bot called Fritz, a robotic puppet head whose facial expressions can closely mimic those of a human, and who can be controlled remotely via computer, joystick or gaming controller. Fritz also has a text-to-speech feature, allowing a new breed of robo-ventriloquists to make their computerized puppet "talk." (Read More)

Fritz - A Robotic Puppet

April 2nd - via:
We just launched our kickstarter project called Fritz which is an open source animatronic robotic head. Its a great way to get introduced into robotics and have some fun with expressions and servo control. The software will also be open source and can be used to sequence the robot to perform actions/etc. based on audio. (Read More)

Day 2 and 40% there!

April 1st - via:
Hello Fritz Heads!  (Excuse the pun) The project has been going for a bit over 48 hours and we are a bit over 40% backing.  Thank you to all of our great backers. This was an exciting day for us.  Good progress sure, but mainly because we woke up... (Read More)

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