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T8X

$749.00
SKU:
BP
Availability:
Currently fulfilling existing pre-orders. Lead time for new orders: 1 to 2 months.
Shipping:
$50.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
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Product Description

We have officially launched the T8X!

Check out our vine video by clicking here

Latest update: We’ve been steadily and successfully sending out confirmation emails and shipping out spider robots to pre-order customers every week as they come out of the production line, fully tested.

To pre-order customers, here’s the latest schedule of when you should expect to receive a confirmation email (as of the date of posting this information):

- By June 30, 2015: all pre-orders made in year 2013.

- By July 31, 2015: all pre-orders made on or before March 10, 2014.

- By middle of August 2015: all the remaining pre-orders (up to April 30, 2015).

Please note that a great amount of pre-orders were placed during the holiday season of 2013.  The date will advance forward much more quickly for pre-orders made in 2014 and 2015.

 

Say hello to the new T8X.  The original 3D printed T8 spider robot has gone mainstream!  We have converted 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, is 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:

  • Wirelessly controlled via Wi-Fi
  • Touch-based user interface that works with your own smartphone, tablet device or personal computer
  • 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
  • Built-in battery charging system
  • Rechargeable battery pack and power adapter included
  • Carrying box included
  • Ability to change eye color

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 glimpse at some of 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

 

2. A creepy, hairy skin version

 

 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.

 

Documentation:

  • T8X Quick Start Guide
  • T8X Serial Command Reference (coming soon)
  • T8X Controller User Guide (coming soon)

 

Download:

(coming soon)

 

Photo Gallery:

Selfie

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Run for your lives!

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T8X Meets the Halloween Pumpkin

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Spiders Playing Poker

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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.

January 3, 2015: Progress has been slower during the holiday season since ordering materials and having them shipped to us takes longer than usual.  The pace should pick up again next week when things are back to normal.  Happy New Year 2015!

February 7, 2015: We're getting ready to post a new blog next week with a sneak peek of our manufacturing process and improvements we've made to the T8X!  Stay tuned!

February 14, 2015: T8X Controller App Revealed! Read the blog by clicking here.

March 7, 2015:  It's official!  The launch date for the T8X will be on or before April 30, 2015.  A new blog update will be posted this month.

March 31, 2015:  Click here to see the finalized box design in our latest blog post

April 30, 2015:  We have officially launched the T8X!  Check out our new vine video by clicking here

June 9, 2015:  To customers who pre-ordered between October 31, 2013 and December 8, 2013, confirmation emails have been sent to you.  If you have already replied to our email confirming your shipping details, then your order has been shipped.  New confirmation emails will be sent out every week.

June 27, 2015: We’ve been steadily and successfully sending out confirmation emails and shipping out spider robots to pre-order customers every week as they come out of the production line, fully tested.

To pre-order customers, here’s the latest schedule of when you should expect to receive a confirmation email (as of the date of posting this information):

  • By June 30, 2015: all pre-orders made in year 2013.
  • By July 31, 2015: all pre-orders made on or before March 10, 2014.
  • By middle of August 2015: all the remaining pre-orders (up to April 30, 2015).

Please note that a great amount of pre-orders were placed during the holiday season of 2013.  The date will advance forward much more quickly for pre-orders made in 2014 and 2015.

 

 

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