Build your own robot!

 

About Otto:

An EdTech revolutionary product that encompasses the ability to build, learn and teach a robot fit for you!

  • Are you a 3D printer hobbyist? Our maker kits is a dream product with the ability to design, build & use plug-in-play components
  • Don't have a 3D printer? No worries, our prepared packaged robot you assemble has been sold to thrilled customers from over 70 countries 
  • Brings kids and adults closer to technology by learning the logical connection between code and action  

 

What problem are we solving?

1) Children are spending at earlier ages more time on phones, tablets and computers rather than with physical toys (Playmr) which is bad for the toy industry

2) Lack of preparatory training or easy to learn content support for Edtech products (WizIQ

3) Education today focuses more on knowledge leaving less time for adaptive learning (Forbes

 

What is Otto's solution?

1) Otto robots combine both usages of computing devices & the product toy itself 

2) Simplistic learning program for kids +7 and up. So easy your grandmother can do it!

3) Otto offers out of the classroom development of creative & critical thinking, including meta-learning and growth mindset

 

So who are our Customers?

1) 3D printing hobbyist. You heard it, adults are enjoying the ability to invent there own Otto robot with personalized functionality through the plug and play blocks software. In fact, many invent their own functions via learning or mastering C++ tools.

2) Kids are also a big part of the fan base. These future young adults are quick learners and master building and coding their own robot! Does your kid have what it takes!

 


Make sure to check out our website at https://www.ottodiy.com/ 

 

 


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Inventor Program Update

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A new month means plenty of time for those who have not yet submitted their Otto invention. For those who participated in our Otto REMIX competition we encourage you to apply.    The Otto Inventor Program allows participants from around the world to share their Otto inventions. Currently slated for applications to end August 31st, we will do community voting for the winner or winners (TBA). The goal of the program is to unite the community and sell their inventions and in return the inventor(s) receive a royalty from every product sold.   So who has applied so far?   To highlight a few submissions to help spur creativity, we have some prototypes in progress from some of our community members.    Let's show you some… Drum roll...   Starting with Lucio’s PelosOtto, he is finding new ways to deck out Otto by adding cool and fun hair pieces.       Next, we have Bill’s white robot called Dozer. It is designed to be a modular robot with a central core unit. Pretty cool huh?      William comes to us with a robot that uses its arms to pull itself up if it falls over. It also can spin off walls in a graceful way.      Sebastian has created a unique robot called Tutti Frutti that has perfected a new walking mechanism enabling it to walk fast with just 4 servos in the legs. Sure is speedy!     John has created OTTO-EDD which is a standing robot for children that is educational, easy to use and expandable.      Another submission by John, Otto Buddy, is a desktop robot that has emotions and needs attention to feel happy!      Last but not least, Marco’s robot Zeus has LED eyes and a moving mouth. Cool!     So there you have it, some cool examples of submissions to our Inventors program. Don’t forget applications are still open. We look forward to seeing more from you all! Keep building everyone.  You can check us out at our Otto DIY website. Feel free to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.
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Circular economy benefits & first showcase of our upcoming strategy

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Hello Crowdholders,    Right now Otto DIY is working on improving our supply chain and working on a transition from our assembly and additive manufacturing to the EU. With the global climate shifting to more localize manufacturing due to tariffs and uncertainty of the relationship with the east, this transition is necessary.   The circular economy is becoming more important than ever    Waste is a big issue, and with Asia recently limiting the amount of trash it takes from the West, the importance of upcycling and recycling is in much greater need.    A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.   Not only is this good for the environment, but it's also looking that the circular economy upcoming today will transition to a more cost-effective approach due to the EU and US moving towards distributed manufacturing from the tariffs imposed.    China holds electronic hardware monopoly   Changes can also create problems though. China currently holds a monopoly on electronic hardware. Over decades of producing lower prices, manufacturing competition has become almost non-existent. If today the West blocked all Chinese goods, the majority of hardware businesses would collapse because the infrastructure to manufacture electronics, is almost none existent. This brings up serious problems for the West. If the West wants to localize manufacturing, then western countries need to invest in their own manufacturing infrastructure for electronics, which includes finding the raw materials necessary fo rit.    Some good news though. As the USA usually leads by example, one of the two candidates has a strategy called "Buy American", that has the US government invest in their economy's manufacturing allowing for this transition to be possible. note: OttoDiy does not back any political parties         Otto DIY recently applied for Impact Edtech grant program. From this application, we created a video showcasing our plans with the new programs: (Otto Academy, Inventor's Program & two new product lines Otto 2.0 & Buddy).    The video is just a sum-up of our written application.   We would like you to take a look at the video and let us know what you think.    Video: https://youtu.be/np4iqqFFoc4 Questions:  From your location in the world, how is your government handling the confrontation between east and west when it comes to manufacturing? - if you don't know, no worries What do you think of our strategy from the video? Any feedback welcome!   Thanks for reading!  
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About our Inventor Program: What do you think?

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Here at Otto DIY we hope you are staying safe. While a lot of us are stuck at home, including our team, we have more time for DIY hobbies. So this is the time to build some amazing things.   We have a new program that allows our customers to make Otto inventions a reality. A model where community members can submit robot inventions and Otto DIY helps manufacture those inventions to sell globally. On top of that, the inventor will receive royalty earnings from every robot sold. Pretty cool yeah?   It is basically like a new Otto REMIX challenge. Otto REMIX challenge was a past competition where our customers submitted entries to us and we voted our favorites. But this time for the winner, we will place it on our official online shop to sell.   Once an order is made, we will 3D print that newly designed robot and send out the day it’s sold. For the test round, the plan is to sell exclusively 10 kits per design initially.   Why 10 you may ask? This allows us to determine if the model works and the willingness for people to order. It also gives us the testing ground to determine all costs, especially shipping. In the future we envision creating a big community marketplace, where you as Otto Builders are now ¨Otto Inventors¨ and can share your creation. Within days can sell your robots.   Here is a chart that shows how it will work:                                                   Community Journey Model of our Inventor Program   As you see, the first step involves what a lot fo our customers already do. Design their own robots & 3D print them. Next, they submit and showcase the robot, once we as a community agree which ones are the best, we will work together to adjust the details to make it feasible. Lastly, we will place it on our store to sell. When the first sale comes in, we produce it and ship it out within 24 hours. In return, the inventor from the community earns a royalty from each item that is sold.   Do you like it? Does that interest you? Do you have a 3D printer? Or if you did, is this a hobby you would be interested to try? Feel free to comment under this article and earn YUPs     UPDATE: Already launched HERE! Let's create the coolest robots that bring us together as inventors of education and technology. Thanks everyone, and again stay safe. You can check us out at our Otto DIY website. Feel free to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.
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Industry 4.0: The Future of Manufacturing

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With the world supply chain facing more challenges than ever do to the COVID crises, vulnerabilities may spur a new industry revolution. From centralized manufacturing, based off of the Chinese industry, to decentralized manufacturing that localizes the production of products. More importantly, additive manufacturing, which could ignite industrial 3d printing.   Western world politics led by United States rhetoric has been calling to restrict our dependence on Chinese manufacturing. But not much has really changed. Western businesses have been keeping with the status quo. Economic cost-effectiveness is more important than government relationships. It was thought that making such drastic supply chain changes would be too much of a risk. But now, we might not have a choice.   Prior to the pandemic, US along with Europe, has been showing signs of decoupling ties with China. This was brought by peacetime populist urges, intellectual property rights and human rights violations.   Today, the west accuses China’s lack of transparency which they claim prevented the preparation to handle such a pandemic. With tension at an all-time high, and supply chains already shaken up with lengthy shipping times and delays, businesses are now facing a choice. From doing nothing to taking action to reroute their supply chains. Adjusting too late could have high consequences for businesses.   If these current trends continue, a new era of manufacturing will most likely take shape. What will this look like? May turn into a form of decentralized and additive manufacturing.   What is Decentralized Manufacturing?   Decentralized Manufacturing involves organizations having multiple locations for producing products. The facilities are distributed out a crossed a wider area. Unlike centralized manufacturing which distributes products long distances from one location, these facilities instead are strategically placed close to its customers.   What is Additive Manufacturing?   Additive Manufacturing (AM) or distributed manufacturing mainly done through 3d printing, allows for products to be made when sold. Centralized manufacturing processes have you produce large quantities, which you then store within inventory, and then ship to the customer. AM allows you to produce the part when the customer buys, skipping the high costs associated with storing inventory.   A Potential Combination of Decentralized & Additive Manufacturing    A study from the non-profit organization APQC found that companies that set up decentralized manufacturing have a 3% higher cost than centralized manufacturing. In order for prices to stay competitive, additive manufacturing could be the solution to lower the costs for a range of goods within western countries.   So with these two systems potentially merging, how will this look? The Trump administration has been talking about rolling a concept they call “Economic Prosperity Network” which would encompass countries, more specifically India & Vietnam to supply raw materials or parts that would then be assembled via a distributed facility network in the west.   The role for 3d printing could allow raw materials to be shipped to the west, where in-country facilities will 3d print product requests coming from companies and minimizing the need to hold inventory. Think of a product being ordered and within 24 hours produced on the spot and sent to the customer close by. Overall minimizing costs normally accrued through a centralized manufacturing process.   Could this be our future? Only time will tell. But with the current state of affairs it would be prudent to ignore such a possibility.   What is Otto DIY?   Otto DIY is an Edtech robot for all ages that allows you to build, assemble and program your own personal robot. Both for beginners and advanced customers, Otto brings Brings kids and adults closer to technology by learning the logical connection between code and action.   Questions for you:  What do you think of our assessment? Have you ordered anything from online? If so, are you noticing any delays or issues?   You can check us out at our Otto DIY website. Feel free to follow us on Facebook & Twitter.   We look forward to treading your comments!   Cheers,  Otto DIY Team 
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Have you ever heard of Quirky? A model that could make sense for Otto

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  Hello Crowdholders,    Otto DIY here. You might be thinking to yourself, who is or what is Quirky? To answer simply, Quirky is/was a company that had a unique model of huge potential only to fail miserably. So now you are probably thinking, "then why is Otto interested in it?." Well, it turns out, what didn't work for Quirky, might actually work for us.    Quirky was a community-led invention platform with a vision to reinvent 'inventions.' They were a typical company that built products, but their model was inspiring. How it worked was product ideas would be submitted, pitched and voted on by the community and Quirky would produce, sell and ship giving royalties to the inventors. Pretty cool yeah?    The number one reason startups fail has to do with building a product with "no market need." It would be safe to assume Quirky reduced that risk because the community identified that need. However, not so fast.    Quirky was off to a fast start and received $175 million in funding, but they fell short, and in 2015 Quirky filed for bankruptcy. So how was that possible? There were 3 main reasons it didn't work.    1) Lack of iteration  The business model of Quirky was clearly inventive, but they lacked how to invent. When you build a product, there needs to be multiple iterations where in time you tweak and evolve according to the customer's feedback/need. You can't simply release a product and expect instant success. Quirky would invent the product quickly then move to the next. This hurt sales because issues that occurred were never resolved. Having a version 2.0 would have helped sustain sales.   2) A Branding Nightmare They had every type of product. It was almost impossible to think of what they stood for. Being so diverse spreads your brand thin, thus people don't remember who you are as a business. That means you lose credibility as a company, which shows up in your sales.    3) Lack of validation & wrong distribution channels  Even if a community does the first step of validation, you still need to validate the product with the buyer's market. With having so much capital, they were able to produce large quantities from the start, rather than starting small to see if people buy first. Making deals with such large companies like Walmart and Target requires you to send them mass quantities to get on their shelves. If the product is a miss and "not needed", that's a lot of unbought product. They were at a point of selling 50 products a year, and the misses must have been damaging.    So by taking this case study, how does Otto fair? That's up for you to decide.  Our idea is this:    Our community is strong with 4K builders who post their own Otto inventions weekly as we speak. They create their own Otto toy, which is themed or has added functionality. Thus it seams logical to try this model.   We are basically focusing on one product line, which is an Edtech robot to improve critical thinking and meta-learning for all ages. A crucial skill to have for the future of work and technology. As a one type product with do-it-yourself attributes, our inventors can produce the design toy itself. By using a 3D printer tool shed we can produce the first 3D printed sold products that is approved by the community. If sales increase rapidly we then would create a mold from a industrial manufacture to sell for large quantities. If the sales don't happen, we take it off the store. But what's good, we use limited resources to test and can scale when required.   Just like Quirky, the community does the first round of validation. Then Otto DIY tests the market by selling in their store and on other channels. In fact, we like to call this model learn-to-job, as Otto would in fact have their community of builders learn how to make and design robots, and can earn for having lifetime royalties for that product being sold. Of course, first, their invention needs to be approved by the community of builders. As said before, engineering and coding is a crucial skill to have. Otto supports learning from first timers to advance. Anyone can do it.    If we would go through with this, we will need to do a test. Currently, we have two 3D printers at our disposal. We plan to soon try a challenge with our community to submit their own Otto invention, we all vote and place the winning product in the store. The idea is to try selling just a batch of 10 we can manage with our 3D printers which we have the electronic equipment for. And try the journey model out from the image above.   So there you have it. By studying the case study we need to follow these guidelines:  1) Validate and test if people buy after community validation. 2) Start simple. Make the product when it's sold. Generate first sales directly from our 3D printers. Then make the mold for lager distribution if sales become successful. 3) Stay tight to our brand as an Edtech toy.   4) And lastly, iterate after the first draft of the toy is tested on the market.   By following these examples where Quirky failed we should hopefully improve our probability to succeed.    Now on to our questions:    Do you approve? It's definitely an interesting idea. Where do you think we might be wrong?   We look forward to reading your comments! Cheers,  Otto DIY Team 
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Introducing Otto DIY

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  Hello Crowdholders,   We would like to introduce ourselves. We are Otto DIY, where you can build your own do-it-yourself robot.    Below we have some information about our project:   About Otto: An EdTech revolutionary product that encompasses the ability to build, learn and teach a robot fit for you!   Are you a 3D printer hobbyist? Our maker kit is a dream product with the ability to design, build & use plug-in-play components   Don't have a 3D printer? No worries, our prepared packaged Builder Kit robot lets you assemble your robot with all the components, and has been sold to thrilled customers from over 70 countries already.    Brings kids and adults closer to technology by learning the logical connection between code and action     What problem are we solving?   1) Children are spending at earlier ages more time on phones, tablets and computers rather than with physical toys (Playmr) which is bad for the toy industry   2) Lack of preparatory training or easy to learn content support for Edtech products (WizIQ)    3) Education today focuses more on knowledge leaving less time for adaptive learning (Forbes)    What is Otto's solution?   1) Otto robots combine both usages of computing devices & the product toy itself    2) Simplistic learning program for kids +7 and up. So easy your grandmother can do it!   3) Otto offers out of the classroom development of creative & critical thinking, including meta-learning and growth mindset   So who are our Customers?   1) 3D printing hobbyist. You heard it, adults are enjoying the ability to invent there own Otto robot with personalized functionality through the plug and play blocks software. In fact, many invent their own functions via learning or mastering C++ tools.   2) Kids are also a big part of the fan base. These future young adults are quick learners and masters at building and coding their own robot! Does your kid have what it takes?   Our explanation above is more like a sales pitch, but don't worry, we are here to listen to your feedback on what you think about our product. Feel free to check out our website here.    Now for our questions after you examine us more deeply:   What do you think of the product?  Do you have experience with DIY products? Do you know people you could see buying this product? Anything else you want to add?       We look forward to hearing your feedback! Your Otto DIY team  
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