Berkeley, CA-based Dash Robotics has recently secured $1.4 million in seed funding led by IronFire Capital. Back in 2013, Dash Robotics launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their bug-like origami robot Dash. The simple, affordable, and easy-to-build Dash beta kit sold out in weeks, but Dash Robotics is planning to use their latest funds to launch the updated Dash v1.0 kit into the consumer market later this year.
Dash Robotics has combined nature-inspired design and low-cost materials to make a high-speed, affordable robotics solution. The Dash kit comes as a 2D durable composite made from paper and fabric, and it’s then folded together into a 3D chassis. The included microcontroller (robot brain) controls the six-legged drive system. Dash’s bug-like design enables it to crawl at high-speeds and clamber over objects. Heck, it can even withstand 90-foot drops. The new Dash v1.0 that’s set to launch later this year adds an iOS controller app and optional accessories to change Dash’s look, feel, and performance.
Dash Robotics has set up pre-orders on their website, but they also have plans for bulk sales such as educational packs. Such bundles would include multiple Dash kits and a curriculum perfect for middle school and high school classrooms. Dash Robotics plans on having the Dash kit available for sale online and through select retailers in the second half of 2015. You can go ahead and pre-order one right now for $50.
Source: PR Newswire