Manchester Robotics have created Puzzlebot to globalise access to learning and development tools for robotics
There is one area of technological progress that time and time again has proven to capture the world’s imagination: robotics. The development of automation is a rapidly growing area, with groups around the world trying to develop their own AI innovations. As such, there is a multi-million pound market for a platform to aid in the creation of robotics.
In doing so, they intend to close the £96bn/year STEM skills gap in the manufacturing workforce and democratise educational resources for society’s most disruptive technologies: robotics, automation and AI.
With Puzzlebot, Manchester Robotics have a mission to globalise access to learning and development tools for robotics. In doing so, they intend to close the £96bn/year STEM skills gap in the manufacturing workforce and democratise educational resources for society’s most disruptive technologies: robotics, automation and AI.
Puzzlebot is a universal tool for robotics, to help others learn, create, and innovate their own robotic projects. Their governing philosophy is that customers are motivated to learn robotics by the appeal of advanced features, which therefore offer far more value than over-simplified proxies with limited utility.
Inventor, Zachary Madin, PhD
The core product is a circuit board and software platform designed specifically for educational robotics, a market with projected value/CAGR of £1.38bn/17% by 2023. By focusing on three key drivers, PuzzleBot will position itself as the go-to solution for anyone who wants to develop robotics:
1. Versatile feature-set – The circuit board accommodates an open-source ecosystem of add-on components. Users can create vehicles, drones and submersibles using one consistent platform. The software is similarly versatile, offering compatibility with a variety of programming languages and interfaces. Users can engage with PuzzleBot according to their preference, interests and capability. And with the inclusion of stream-lined tutorials, Puzzlebot offers an accessible platform for any user.
2. Advanced capability – The circuit board is designed around a powerful, WIFI enabled microprocessor chip. This enables new learners to access meaningful robotics capabilities and innovators to utilise advanced machine learning libraries.
3. Accessible price point – by focusing on a development board platform largely comprised of commoditised components, PuzzleBot is designed with the intent to manufacture at high volume to keep unit costs low and education available to everyone.
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