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Bingo and mini-Bingo

Bingo and mini-Bingo were concepts for possible future robots. One concept was a large body that could be used in a building security role. On the other end was a smaller -- soda can sized -- bot that would suitable for running around the floors in homes.

Mock ups of the idea, feel and inspiration

An exploration of the character design:

Character exploration

Taking inspiration in its spirit and shape from dogs and other animals:

Dogs 1

Dogs 2

Picture of the Mini Bingo mock-up

A mini Bingo on the desk (source)

From Matthew Mallet:

"miniBINGO is a black iPhone 7 with polymer clay modeled over the top of a thin clear plastic lining. When miniBINGO is placed on a flat surface, it leans against a large piece of clay as a stand attached to what looks like an hourglass conveyer roller. The clay wraps around the front of the iPhone in a set of 3 diagonal partitions from top corner towards the bottom corner. Each of these pieces of clay have cuts giving it a sharper modern look. When he is plugged in on normal boot he displays the name of the device as miniBINGO."

"Fun fact: miniBINGO was never meant to be a finished robot. It was a way to show character design from idea to working prototype."

Picture of the Big Bingo prototype

A prototype:

Picture of Bingo prototype

A Bingo in the office (source)

Big Bingo

Several were seen in the auction photos:

Picture of Bingo prototypes

A picture of it mapping out the Anki kitchen:

Some industrial design sketchs

Below are some exploratory ideas. Note: these are not what the robot would have looked like; they were trying out ideas for people to respond to and help iteratively craft the look.

From Harald Belker's site:

The idea of having a self-navigating and self-balancing robot in the house was going to be the evolution to the current household smart speaker systems. In our mind it could only succeed if it moves around in a smooth and natural looking way.

A self-balancing robot would address these issues, but it also created a long list of mechanical issues that come with it.

A larger office version would have three wheels but still imitate motion by tilting forward. This device would be the ideal office helper / mule. (Hans Belker)

All of the following pictures are from Harald Belker's site