Botkins charity aims in making quality of life improving robots more accessible for housebound and bedridden people with ME/CFS. the robots can be used to virtually visit friends and family and are controlled from a smartphone or pc.
a fully assembled vigibot robot may cost around 450€, many severely affected patients may not have the financial stability to afford this. Botkins charity tries to change that, but runs on donations and volunteers to make that possible.
we are looking for:
• makers willing to build robots (volunteer or for a fixed fee)
• donations in all amounts in order to pay for the materials and compensate makers
• housebound or bedridden people interested in a robot
• workshop leaders, we're not quite sure yet how to make workshops work
Special appreciation to Vigibot, without which none of this would be possible.
The robot has a pan & tilt camera mechanism and a gripper, at it's core there's a raspberry pi 3B+. The model is a Minus-Type vigibot robot, whose 3D plans are open source on github ( https://github.com/vigibot/vigicad ).
Botkins will use a very similar design to the one in the video.
The gifted robot has been received by a patient from the Netherlands and has successfully connected. I hope that it will bring the patient a lot of joy and enable the opportunity to participate at least a little bit on tours, visits and outings.
Music: Flow by LiQWYD
This robot will be gifted to any ME/CFS patient.
We are currently setting up this charity project to make similar robots more accessible and affordable for ME/CFS patients. If you or someone you know could use one, let us know and we'll update once the charity is set up. The «Botkins» charity runs on donations as well on the help of willing makers.
I use robots similar to the one shown to visit family and friends. Recently i watched my dad getting remarried through such a robot, i see these robots as a big win in quality of life, even if it makes me tear up just writing this. Love you all.
Would be awesome if the hacker community could help build such robots to drastically improve the quality of life of bedridden ME/CFS patients!
The plans for a small minus-type robot are opensource and freely available for 3DPrinting.
(I didn't create the plans, they were designed and made freely accessible by the vigibot developers).