MonkeyBots are a smart-home accesory for helpful and magical interactions. Each MonkeyBot connects to a physical object and moves it when triggered by a specific event on the users phone. Read full concept (1 min)
Localized reminders via physical objects create new experiential qualities.
Multiple interactions can be linked to a single trigger to create a morning routine.
Retrofit Older Devices
Cheap and easy ways to smarten up the devices you already own and love.
Intuitive App Interface
Monkey see. Monkey do. Encode new movements without abstractions.
Pleasing Analog Snap
The visceral joy of things snapping into place is achieved by the use of compliant mechanisms.
Designing the App
Researched, tested and idiated interaction flows that provide the most consumer value.
We prototyped interactions and tested components with Arduino & Nordic.
We made a video to show the benefit and experience of MonkeyBots.
Extra fat layers celebrate the artefacts of 3D printing and the care of digital craft.
Many Colours – All Green
3D printing recycled bio-plastics on demand allows us to offer many colors with minimal overhead or waste.
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Smartphones are amazing. Their notifications, reminders and nudges create the rhythm of modern life - yet each push-notification tears us from the physical world back behind the screen, where our attention gets hijacked and we lose time and energy. MonkeyBots are small IoT Robots that free digital events from your phone and turn them into movement in the physical world: MonkeyBots can click analog switches, rattle pills or hit the Gong in order to poetically remind you of important things or automate your daily routines. MonkeyBots come with an array of sustainably 3D printed add-ons to grip, push, hit or click almost anything.
MonkeyBots are not another creepy IoT product, that steals your attention and sells your data.
Instead, MonkeyBots enhance the human experience by adding a digital layer into the physical world: Retrofitting your beloved coffee-maker from the 1970s to your sleep-cycle app or connecting grandma's picture to your call history – turning away, when you forget to call. MonkeyBots are only connected to your phone by Bluetooth-Low-Energy and have no microphones, no cameras - making it impossible to spy on you. Your phone can access the internet's rich selection of useful APIs, automation, and events, but with BLE connection MonkeyBots only move if you (your phone) are close by.
Good design is unobtrusive: MonkeyBots Industrial Design is an off-white cube. It can stand on 5 sides with a LEGO compatible side on the bottom and a big plus on top to add different tools. Each tool is 3D printed in one extrusion, leveraging compliant mechanisms to work without moving parts. Printed from organic PLA or recycled PET. MonkeyBots tools can be manufactured in unique colours to fit different living environments.
Life is richer when your phone’s blue light fades, and metallic pings silence. Get MonkeyBots and let the phone stay in your pocket. #Let’s-get-physical