Kickstarter Project: BrickPi for the Raspberry Pi!

Raspberry Pi and LEGO

Raspberry Pi and LEGO

Update 8/2013: Our kickstarter has been funded and the BrickPi is now for sale here.

We’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the BrickPi!  We’ve had a phenomenal response, surpassing our funding goal by over 800% in just a few days.

The BrickPi is a culmination of some of the blog posts and projects we’ve done over the last few months controlling LEGOs with the Raspberry Pi. So many people were interested, we decided to combine it all into one single board that allowed you to control motors and read sensors with the Raspberry Pi.

Robot Arm with the Raspberry Pi and LEGO MINDSTORMSEven though the campaign is fully funded, please take a look and give us your thoughts!  The primary reason we wanted to do a Kickstarter campaign for this project was to try to get community feedback.

Check out the project and let us know what you think about it.  We have a bunch of new video and pictures up on the Kickstarter page that showcase some of the projects you can build with the BrickPi.

And if you’d like to back the project, that’s awesome too!

22 Comments

  1. HKK May 13, 2013

    Wow – this is amazing. So innovative.

  2. I’m really intrigued with your product for many reasons. 1) W
    ill you be at the Bay Area Maker Faire May 18 & 19? 2) Are you going to develop for the EV3 sensors? 3) Do you think the BrickPi could be used with NXT sensors and drive motors and servo motors found in Pitsco Tetrix kits?

    • Dexter Industries May 15, 2013

      Hey Cathy, thanks! To answer your questions: 1). We won’t be at the Bay Maker Faire sadly! We’ll be on the east coast and unable to attend! 2). YES! We haven’t tested it, but we have a lot of experience with Tetrix, and it has a well defined straight-forward I2C protocol. We will definitely be working the Pitsco Tetrix into our python libraries. So folks will be able to make some really heavy robots!

  3. josh May 14, 2013

    My daughter has a Lego NXT robot and we will be purchasing a Raspberry Pi. Can you let me know when your Brick Pi will be available for purchase? Thanks; we r very excited!

    • Dexter Industries May 15, 2013

      Hey Josh, fantastic! We’re still working out a retail plan, so not sure when it’ll be up on our website. We will definitely announce it here, but it will be after August.

  4. Olatunde Oshunlaja May 29, 2013

    Could I buy one pre made with the robot after its success
    Already backed on kickstarter

    • Dexter Industries May 30, 2013

      Yes, definitely! Thanks for backing and thanks for your support! We’ll have them up for sale in the Fall, after we full take care of our kickstarter backers.

  5. Frédéric June 8, 2013

    Hello,

    I am a teacher in France and I am very interested in this material. I have Lego NXT and a Raspberry Pi and I have to teach the Python language and robotics. If I could concillier it all together, it would be great and hardware seem to allow. Does programming in python will be affordable for beginners? Otherwise, what is the required level? Strongly the sale!

    • Dexter Industries June 12, 2013

      Hey Frederic! All of our software will be up on the website and free for download. We hope that’s affordable. 🙂

      I think you might have meant will the software be easy to use. We’re trying our hardest to make the python easy to use for students and teachers. This is always a challenge for us though as we’re engineers and it can be harder to see things through students eyes. We would love feedback on the libraries, especially for ease-of-use. Again, we hope it’s easy to use and we aim to make it easy to use.

  6. Trent Rosenbaum June 11, 2013

    Hi there,

    Brilliant Kickstarter project!!! Really pleased to find it.
    What version of Python will the BrickPi use, (planned to use)? Will it be version Python 2 or 3?

    • Dexter Industries June 12, 2013

      Hey Trent, we’re using version 2.7.

  7. Nilesh S June 12, 2013

    This is my first time looking at your website and hats off to you guys at Dexter Industries. I am backing up the campaign and already pledged. I wish you success in the campaign and now waiting for the package to arrive (I hope it is sooner than what was listed in the campaign details). This is awesome because just the past semester, my son took up robotics and I am sure he will be excited to get this gift. Thank you very much. Have a nice day!

  8. Jack Lu June 22, 2013

    I was in China, my son has a NXT. What should I use way? At what time to buy it then?

    • Dexter Industries June 24, 2013

      Hey Jack,
      We’ve just setup a pre-order site. The site is here:
      All of the pre-orders we take through our website will ship after the last Kickstarter customer is fulfilled. We anticipate this happening in September, 2013.
      Best,

      John

  9. Mark Bradley June 26, 2013

    Is it possible to still order – The Kickstarter CADILLAC Package? If so, do you have a link handy? I understand the order will not be complete till after September 2013, when the early Kickstarter packages are completed.

    Thanks,
    -Mark

  10. Andrew Bettison September 5, 2013

    This is like a dream come true! I wanted a LEGO robotic set that I could program in Python, and you guys have already made it a reality. What a shame I missed the Kickstarter campaign; I would certainly have contributed.

    Question: will you support EV3 sensors?

    • Dexter Industries September 5, 2013

      Hey Andrew, we’re really glad, thanks! It’s not too late, we have preorders going on right now:

    • http://www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi.html
    • As for EV3: no, it looks like because of hardware issues, we’re not going to be able to support EV3 sensors. Motors, however, work just fine. We’re going to keep trying on the EV3 sensors, but it’s not likely.

  • aerolite October 18, 2013

    Are you going to port brickpi to beaglebone black brickcape? Beaglebone black has more gpio and should be connect to more sensors.

    Thx

  • Peter Wolf October 27, 2013

    Hmm, what makes it unlikely that you can support EV3 sensors?

    Won’t you anyway (sooner or later) have to adapt your sensors to the EV3 bricks – as the NXT bricks aren’t sold anymore?

    I really like your idea of having a raspberry (on which I can use my favourite programming languages Python and C) controlling mindstorm robots, and therefore would like to use it in projects for beginners in computer science – but if the new sensors aren’t working (and are not likely to be supported anytime soon) I fear that I can’t convince my colleagues that we buy BrickPi for the whole class as the supply with sensors will be problematic in the future.

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