Kickstarter >> Marty the Robot v2 - The walking, dancing, coding companion by Robotical


Marty is the educational robot that makes learning about coding and robotics come alive. These skills are vital for the future, and with Marty they're also really fun, accesible and engaging to learn. For both beginners and advanced users, Marty is a fantastic and adaptable platform for learning


Marty the Robot has unique moves and brilliant capabilities to step up your learning with a cheeky character and trusty companion for ages 8-14+

There are loads of activities you can do with your Marty. From dance routines, robot football, to going fishing!

Movement: Walking, Dancing, Turning, Kicking. Marty's unique 3-motor and spring leg design produces a swagger like no other Robot

Interactive: With an array of sensors including position, tilt, proximity & force, and a built in speaker, Marty can talk and play sounds, feel, and even shake hands

Programmable: Program Marty with Scratch, Python, Javascript, and even up to professional level with a Raspberry Pi and the ROS Robot Operating System- with a camera your Marty could play football autonomously!

Expandable: Marty likes learning new things. Add extra sensors, grabbing hands, a Raspberry Pi computer, or 3D print your own custom parts!

Build or pre-assembled: Marty comes in a kit for you to construct, or pre-assembled so you can start coding straight away

The logic and principles behind coding and engineering can be confusing to explain and understand. Having a physical tool like Marty makes these abstract concepts relatable - you can immediately see the results of running your code through the movements and actions of Marty. From simple sequences of instructions to advanced logic and debugging

Carry out science experiments with Marty, code Marty to tackle an obstacle course, build extensions for Marty or compare the measurements of Marty’s steps compared to your own! 

Learn more than code: Robotics, electronics, mechanical engineering, and even numeracy and literacy. A robot like Marty is a great platform for joined-up learning.  Make a play with Marty as the main character; investigate the angles in different shapes and code Marty to navigate around them. Use maths to process your sensor readings and make Marty more intelligent

Exploring the world of coding and robotics while learning through play lets young people become more involved in their own learning on a personal level, allowing them to develop a deeper interest in the topic.

From a first taste of coding with block-based language, Scratch, Marty makes it possible to progress through real world languages like Python. You can also learn about sensors, robotics, 3D printing - technologies used in real industry.

In the classroom, code club, or with friends; learning can be collaborative. Work in teams to code the best robot football player or the fastest maze-solving robot. As well as coding, kids can advance skills like communication, creative thinking and teamwork.

Students shouldn't be afraid to try new things and sometimes get it wrong; ask questions about the world around them and have the confidence to pursue their interests. 

But you can develop and encourage it. 

When learning with Marty, students are developing a lot more than their coding skills. They are becoming collaborators, problem solvers, creative thinkers, computational thinkers and digital leaders for the future.

No other robot in the world walks like Marty. The unique three motor and spring leg design makes a walking, dancing, sidestepping, turning, kicking robot that is super energy efficient and easy to use. With moving arms and changing expressions to complement this swagger, Marty is a robot with character.

Parents and young people: Marty might have a friendly face, but is also a powerful platform for learning. Created to give kids the tools they need to build real-life skills for the future. Activities and tutorials guide you from introductory to advanced coding.

Learning happens everywhere, and with Marty you can make learning fun and exciting at home. Connect Marty to your WiFi network, and then program from tablets or laptops. 

We've seen users build mazes, make a machine to let Marty feed their dog, and make costumes for Marty. What would you do with Marty?

Students of all ages: Marty makes learning about robotics, coding, and engineering easy and fun. Learn while you bring your Marty to life!

Educators: A STEM Class in a Box, with all the tools you need to get up and running.

Built with educators in mind, our freely-available resources help you create a hands-on environment where students can develop their problem-solving skills and creative thinking, while learning important concepts across the curriculum - from computational thinking, to robotics, numeracy, physics, and more!

Available for iOS and Android. Use it to quickly set up your Marty and get instant in app satisfaction moving your Marty using the built in controller. The app can also be used to change Marty's WiFi settings and let you give your Marty its own unique name

Block-based language Scratch is easy to use but powerful, giving the perfect introduction to coding. Drag, drop and click instruction blocks together to build a program. Starting with simple sequences of instructions, you can create complex programs incorporating constructs like loops and functions to bring Marty to life. Make Marty walk, dance and wiggle, make your own movements, read sensors to add interactivity, and more!

Python is a powerful and popular programming language that's also a fantastic and beginner-friendly first step-away from block-based coding. Use Marty and our online resources to help bridge the gap between block-based and text coding languages, with Marty as a familiar helper along the way.

Take your learning with Marty even further and challenge yourself to build a fully autonomous robot by adding in a Raspberry Pi and a camera. This gives Marty vision and lets you make your robot football completely by itself. ROS is a real robotics tool used in academia and industry, on some of the most advanced robots in the world

Onboard camera and automatic ball tracking and goal detection!

Open APIs and even more coding languages! Marty is designed to be built on. We've also got interfaces for Javascript and C++, and open documentation to control Marty over Sockets, Websockets, serial & i2c - a fantastic platform for your projects.



Marty has a lot of tech inside! Click here to view the full tech specs

Every real robot has a whole bunch of sensors, and Marty has loads. Built in sensors include:

  • Position sensing on each of the 9 motors
  • Force sensing on each motors
  • Acceleration & tilt sensing
  • Infra-Red obstacle sensor
  • Infra-Red detector for beacons or other Martys
  • Ground contact sensors - program Marty to stop at an edge

Marty has loads of expansion ports for adding extra sensors, including:

  • Colour sensors
  • Noise sensors
  • Light sensors
  • Temperature
  • and more!

And of course, you can add a Raspberry Pi and camera and microphone, to give your Marty vision so you can write programs for tracking footballs, QR codes and faces automatically.

This the brain and power management system of Marty. It's got WiFi, Bluetooth and USB, an accelerometer, an amplifier and speaker, a powerful microcontroller that sends signals to Marty's motors and retrieves data from the sensors. Three full colour status LEDs report on Marty's status - including battery level and connectivity. The battery clips snugly in to the top. 

Marty's legs connect to the bottom of the board, the arms and eyes to the top, and there are a whole bunch of expansion ports which can each take additional sensors or motors. An extension port with power, serial and i2c lets you plug in more complex expansions like a Raspberry Pi or Arduino

We've brought the servo motor into the 21st century, by redesigning the electronics and software inside. The motors now all work on a bus, which means you can plug in as many extra motors as you want, and one microcontroller can control hundreds of servos!

Built in force sensing and position feedback mean the servo motors relay back information to the central controller about Marty's joints. This also means you can use the motors as sensors - Marty can react as a joint is moved!

The motors use all metal gears, which makes them really tough and powerful. Every Marty has 9 smart servos, including four super high-torque ones in the legs

You can expand Marty in many ways - new sensors, new parts or even by 3D printing your own creations! Marty's expansion ports allow you to connect add-ons such as sensors, LED strips or servos to your Marty! We'll be releasing new add-ons and parts regularly.

The Disco Marty add-on pack is available now! Disco Marty is our all dancing, full of energy add on that gives your Marty a full array of LED lights. You can use these components to show everyone your funky moves on the dancefloor!

Includes 6 disco Marty add on boards (2x feet, 2x arms, 2x eyes) with more than 100 individually controllable full colour LEDs!

Marty has been designed for modularity, so adding or customizing is easy. 3D printable design files will be available for advanced users to customize Marty completely

  • Our 3D printable construction kit top-plate will be available at launch - so you can literally build on your Marty.
  • The included Raspberry Pi top-plate makes it super quick to upgrade your Marty with a whole computer and camera
  • A breadboard top plate lets you experiment with electronics. 
  • Swap the face plate for one with LED eyes, or individually controllable eyebrows

Keep an eye out for future releases such as a LCD screen face for Marty!

The grabbing hand add-on gives your Marty an extra motor to hold (and let go) of objects! All controllable from your favourite coding language, and with force and position feedback, so Marty can squeeze as much or as little as you want

Marty's standard included top-plate is designed to fit a Raspberry Pi computer, so that taking your Marty to the next level is super easy! A Raspberry Pi is not required for basic use with Scratch or Python - but if you want Marty to do onboard computer vision, it's the next step

  • 3D printing - top plates, faces, arms
  • Personalization: stickers, clothes, wigs, hats
  • Future add-ons such as an LCD Screen face
     

Our first version of Marty has been out for more than two years now, and it's had a fantastic response - being used in homes and classrooms around the world. We've had loads of requests for extra features including Sound, colour changing LEDs, bluetooth, and we're really happy to be able to add all that and more with Marty v2!

Marty v2 has been completely redesigned and rebuilt based off the great feedback and experience we've gathered over the years

So what's changed compared to Marty v1?

  • Sound - for emotive noises, and playing back short phrases and songs
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity, keeping the existing WiFi
  • Many usability and reliability improvements, including fewer screws, status LEDs and on-board troubleshooting and diagnostics
  • Swappable top and face plates for better expandability and customisation
  • Much simpler build, with clips and legs that can be swapped in seconds
  • All the motors are now 'smart', with position and force feedback, and allowing more motors to be added
  • A new modular add-ons system, compatible with the existing Seeed Grove, SparkFun QWIIC and Adafruit STEMMA systems
  • Rechargeable Battery is quick & easy to swap
  • Official releases of Disco Marty, grabbing hand, and more to come!

We've already completed much of the design work for Marty v2, and have (nearly) finished the tooling for the plastic parts. The next step is to complete tuning and testing, finish off some software, and run the production. We now need your help to get Marty v2 over the line, and get a bulk of orders for the first production batch.

By backing us now, you'll not only be one of the first to get a Marty v2, as soon as they're launched, you'll also get a significant discount off the retail price. But that's not all! As we complete testing you'll also have an input on several design features - what should Marty sound like? What stickers should be included? What colour options should we have? Which extra sensors and add-ons would you like to see first?

Robotical was founded in 2016 by Dr Alexander (Sandy) Enoch, to make robots that would make learning about STEM subjects fun and engaging. We crowdfunded our first Marty robot that summer, brought it to manufacture, and started shipping in 2017.

Since then, the Robotical team has grown to 9 full time and two part time staff, based in Edinburgh, UK and Boston, USA.

We've shipped thousands of Martys all over the world, and we're really excited to get thousands more young people excited about learning with Marty v2.

The Robotical Team
  •  Dr Alexander “Sandy” Enoch CEO & Founder
  •  Angus Pearson – Lead Developer
  •  Myles Bax – Business Development & Enterprise Sales
  •  Finlay Page – Product Designer
  •  Christine MacLeod – Logistics and Office Manager
  •  Tanya Howden – Learning Experience Designer
  •  Sarah Dunn – Social Media Manager
  •  Ben Henderson-Palmer – Direct Sales & Marketing
  •  Ifeoma Ogbunugafor – Customer Care & Sales
  •  Annabelle Urquhart – Customer Care & Sales
  • June 2018 - Research and design begins for Marty v2
  • Feb 2019 - 3D printed prototyping and iterations of electronics
  • July 2019 - Visits to suppliers, and tooling begins
  • Sep 2019 - Pre-production prototypes ready
  • Oct 2019 - Kickstarter!
  • Nov-Dec 2019 - Final testing, colour, sound etc. selection
  • Jan 2020 - Marty v2 Production
  • Mar 2020 - Marty v2 Shipping

The journey that any product development company goes on is a long, action packed one, full of hard work and big successes! While developing Marty V2 the Robotical team has gone through a lot! Thousands of hours of research, design, 3D-printed prototyping, user testing and iteration have gone into arriving at a design that's functional and user friendly. 

We'll post some behind the scenes blogs and videos over the next few weeks!

Marty ships worldwide! We've already shipped more than 5,000 Marty v1 robots out to more than 50 countries around the world, so we have some experience here. When shipping starts, Martys will be shipped out from distribution centres in the UK and US.

Shipping is expected to start in March, we will keep you updated closer to the time with an exact date.

For deliveries outside of the UK/EU/US, if your country charges import taxes and duties, you will be responsible for those on delivery.