Kickstarter Update #11: Successful Kickstarter for the T100 Thruster!

The T100 Thruster Kickstarter campaign is finished! We had a great end to the campaign, reaching 360 backers and over $102K! We are truly grateful for the support that each and every one of you has given us. We will work incredibly hard to make sure that you get your thrusters on time!

Here are some fun statistics about the campaign:

What Now?

Now that the campaign is over, here’s what will happen:

  1. Within a few days, we send surveys through Kickstarter. In the survey, you will provide your shipping address and tell us how many thrusters and ESCs you backed. We will obviously verify that against the amount you pledged but we want to make sure that we get things right. If you didn’t add speed controllers but would still like to, we will include a place on the survey to say so. We will follow up with you afterwards to collect the additional money directly through our website.
  2. As of right now, our online store is live at store.bluerobotics.com. The T100 is available for pre-order and we will add the T200 in the near future. Make sure to check back for other marine robotics products as well!
  3. We have our work cut out for us, and there is a lot to do! We will continue to send out updates so that you know what is happening in the development and production process. Stay tuned.

Again, thank you for backing us!

Happy Thrusting!

-Rusty, Joe, and Josh at BlueRobotics

First Test of the BlueESC

Here’s a video showing the first test of the BlueESC

This is our Rev.1 prototype. It’s not waterproof or integrated yet, but it works! Stay tuned for continued testing and development. All source files, schematics, and board layouts are available on the BlueESC Github Page.

The Kickstarter is Live! Let’s do this.

In case we haven’t made it clear to you through our mailing list, Twitter, Facebook, or our home page:

The T100 Thruster Kickstarter is Live Now!

You’ve got from now until September 11th to back us, but don’t wait. There are early-bird reward levels that will only last so long. We need all the help we can get to launch the thruster and to start enabling the field of marine robotics to just about anyone! Your help means the world to us, so back us now!

24 Hours to Launch!


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We’re in the final hours before the T100 Thruster Kickstarter campaign launches!

We’ve made a few small changes to the campaign since we launched the preview last week. Here’s the important changes:

  • The rewards were all rounded to make the math easier for multiple quantities. The Early Bird Thrusters are now $90 each and the Regular Thrusters are $100 each.
  • We added a BlueROV Kit Reward Level. This includes the frame, thrusters, and ESCs and requires some basic assembly. You still need to provide the electronics. We recommend a 3DR APM2.6 Autopilot and a Raspberry Pi.
  • We are now including forward/reverse electronic speed controllers (ESCs) with any reward level for $20 each. They can handle up to 20 amps and are great for the T100s.

We also added some great data charts to the Kickstarter page and to the thruster. Check it out.

Remember, it launches at 8:30am Pacific TOMORROW.

– Rusty, Joe, and Josh

Announcing the T100 Thruster Kickstarter!

Today we are excited to announce a Kickstarter Campaign for our first product, the T100 Thruster.

The T100 is an underwater electric motor and propeller that is powerful, resistant to saltwater corrosion, and extremely affordable at $99 each. Before now, you would have to spend $500-$3,000 to buy a thruster, making marine robotics an exclusive field reserved for government, institutions, and large companies. We hope to change that.

The Kickstarter campaign will launch on August 12th, 2014 at 8:30am Pacific, but you can check out a preview of it right now:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847478159/913072768?token=fec31ec5

Please feel free to let us know what you think and spread the word! We need your help to make this happen!