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T8X

RRP: $749.00 (You save $74.00)
$675.00
Shipping:
$50.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
Quantity:
NOTE: Currently behind schedule. Please read the T8X product page's description for up to date information on expected shipping dates.

Product Description

A 3rd round of pre-ordering is now available at $675 USD.  This offer ends when we celebrate by shipping the first T8X to our first customer.  This product will retail at $749 USD after the promotional discount period expires.

 

Latest Update: We're working on a new box design for the robot.  Scroll all the way down for status details.

 

You can Pre-order for the 3rd batch now for $675 + $50 S&H

There are two ways to purchase a T8X

1. Pre-order the T8X for $675 + $50 flat shipping fee.
This is the only amount you'll pay and it will reserve your spot in the delivery queue.

OR

2. Purchase the T8X after this promotional discount ends (when the first T8X is shipped to our first customer), for $749 + $50 flat shipping fee.

 

Say hello to the new T8X.  The original 3D printed T8 spider robot is going mainstream!  We are now converting the spider robot you crave for into a much more affordable, mass produced version, known as the T8X.  It features everything you love about the original T8, at a fraction of the cost!

Instead of 3D printed parts, a high volume manufacturing method, injection molding, will be used to produce smooth, high quality and durable parts.

Featuring the Bigfoot™ Robotics Engine from the same creators of the original T8, it includes all the bells and whistles of the original version, plus more!  The Bigfoot™ Robotics Engine handles all the complex math calculations necessary for controlling multi-legged walking robots.  All complex computations are safely hidden from the user similar to a black box.  This means that the user only has to send short and simple commands to the robot (for example, instructing it to walk forward at a desired speed) and the engine will automatically take care of all the details, including inverse kinematics, leg trajectory planning, leg gait coordination, motor control, etc.  This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to play with advanced robotics.

Now Wi-Fi enabled, this opens up a lot more possibilities to the number of things you can do and the ways the robot can be controlled.

 

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Key Specifications:

  • Injection molded exoskeleton
  • Wirelessly controlled via Wi-Fi
  • Ability to share scripts with others
  • Ability to communicate with other T8X
  • Remotely accessible from anywhere with Wi-Fi connection
  • Optional serial communications pins for direct control and custom development
  • Powered by 26 advanced Robugtix servo motors with PID control and customization features
  • Touch sensing capabilities
  • Built-in battery charging system
  • Rechargeable batteries included

Note: a separate Robugtix Controller is not needed for this product.  Everything you need to get started and to control the robot will be included by ordering just the T8X product.


Fixed shipping cost worldwide via HongKong Post.  This item is upgradable to FedEx International Economy or FedEx International Priority upon request (additional fees apply).

Read this blog post for a sneak peek at the T8X's new features!

 

There are two options for the outer shell appearance which can be selected from the drop down list above.  The options are:

1. Standard black plastic shell

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2. A creepy, hairy skin version

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 The hairy skin option is a permanent upgrade so the option you choose in its appearance will remain this way with the robot once shipped.

 

 

Photo Gallery:

Spiders Playing Poker

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T8X Meets the Halloween Pumpkin

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Videos:

 

Updates History:

October 31, 2013: Happy Halloween!  The T8X product is announced and is available for pre-order or reservation.  Promotional discount ends January 1, 2014.

January 1, 2014:  Happy New Year.  The promotional discount has been extended to January 15, 2014.

January 14, 2014:  People have been contacting us saying that they just recently found out about the T8X and would like more time to save up for it, so the pre-order promotional discount has been extended to February 28, 2014.

March 1, 2014: The early-bird pre-order promotional discount at $499 USD has expired on February 28, 2014.  A 2nd round of pre-ordering is now available at $599 USD.  This new offer ends on May 15, 2014.  Expected delivery for this 2nd batch is August 2014.  This product will retail at $749 USD after the promotional discount period expires.  If you pre-ordered this item before February 28, 2014, the expected delivery date is still June 2014.  A saved historical record for early bird customers is available by clicking here.  For customers who chose "T8X - Reserve Your Spot" before February 28, 2014, details can be found here.

May 5, 2014: A sneak peek at the T8X's new features can be found here

May 16, 2014: The early-bird pre-order promotional discount at $599 USD has expired on May 15, 2014.  

A 3rd round of pre-ordering is now available at $675 USD.  This offer ends when we celebrate with the first T8X ready to ship to our first customer. Expected delivery for this 3rd batch is October 2014.  This product will retail at $749 USD after the promotional discount period expires. 

May 22, 2014: Our team has been working long hours to bring the T8X to life and adding new features to make this robot, hopefully, one of the most awesome gadgets to have around this year.  But we will need a bit more time to wrap things up for production and delivery, as well as finishing up a couple of new features we're currently working on.  We also believe some of the newer features are worth having early on instead of saving it for a third generation version, even if a few more weeks of effort are put into it.

Here are the levels of certainty for shipping dates:
- 90% chance we will have it ready to ship by mid-August 2014
- 95% chance we will have it ready to ship by late August to early September 2014

Your order is guaranteed to arrive, but we need a bit more time to get all the details wrapped up and ready for delivery. To be safe, we are asking for 2 additional months of your patience for the new T8X, shifting the schedule originally from June 2014, now to August 2014. We're continuing development on this robot with the goal that our customers will like the new look and experience when they receive the T8X.

If you made a pre-order reservation deposit at $200 USD, we will send you an email around 1 to 2 weeks before delivery of your robot, with further instructions for the payment of the remaining balance.  If you pre-ordered in full, for now, just sit back and relax while we continue working hard to bring life to your robot.

We'll keep everyone updated. If you have any questions regarding your order, please feel free to drop us an email. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts for new updates!

September 1, 2014: No T8X orders have been shipped out to customers yet.  We're currently fine tuning the firmware, performing tests and waiting on some additional parts to arrive this week to finish putting together the first few units.  A new sneak peek, photos of the robot and details on the new specs will be posted next week!

September 13, 2014: New T8X teaser photos have been posted on our blog.  Please read the blog for information regarding the expected shipping dates. 

October 31, 2014: New hairy skin option!  Click here for more info.

December 6, 2014:  Because we want our customers to be entirely satisfied with every aspect of their T8X robots, we've been constantly brainstorming to come up with more value-added features.

This time, instead of a simple shipping box that customers would normally throw away after getting the product out, we're putting extra thought into the box design and materials selection, creating something cool and useful that customers would want to permanently keep.

We're creating a box that:

  • provides good protection for the T8X
  • allows storage of accessories (power adapter, batteries, future upgrades, etc.)
  • is lightweight and easy to carry around, which is ideal if you want to take the robot to different places and show to friends and family
  • has a cool appearance

This box will be included for free with every T8X (the robot will be shipped directly inside this box).

The box is currently under prototype development and will take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete and set up for mass production. More information and preview pictures of it will be available as soon as we have the first few boxes ready.

Additionally, we're also wrapping up on the optimizations mentioned in our previous blog post, setting up tools for mass production, and carrying out the final procedures to complete the T8X.

 

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