How to Submit a Kick Ass Idea for KATIA



So you want to win one of our Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arms? Cool, because we can’t wait to give you one!

We’ve received hundreds of applications, but only have 10 to give away. To ensure each idea for KATIA is given the best consideration possible, we’ve written this quick guide to help you make sure your idea stands out from the crowd.

Tell us about yourself. We’re not just picking ideas, we are picking the inventors behind them — so help us get to know you better. What qualifications or skills make you the best candidate? What are you passionate about? And why is this important to you?

Show us what you’ve done. We love dreamers, but we need doers. Show us that you are willing and able to put in the effort to make your ideas into reality. The best way is to show us a portfolio of your work. This can be robotics-related or anything else you think is relevant to the project.

Illustrate your ideas with diagrams, schematics, or other drawings. While the idea is probably crisp in your mind, graphics go a long way towards helping us understand your project more clearly. Illustrations also demonstrate that you understand the complexities involved and are thinking through the project methodically.  

Demonstrate your entire vision. How does your proposal look like from start to finish? How would the arm be used by anyone in the scenario you envision? It’s best if your idea has a storyline or workflow; imagine that workflow and explain it the best you can.

Answer this question: Why does this matter? We’re trying to change the world, so help us to understand the impact of your proposal. Show us why your idea is important. How many people are impacted? What are the current solutions and why is this problem best solved with robotic arms? How much of a difference does your idea make?

Bonus points: Online Presence. Our ideal candidate is excited to share their design journey with the community. We love candidates with an online presence, such as on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. If you don’t use social media regularly, let us know how we can share your story with our audience.

The competition is currently live, so you have time to begin your application or continue one you’ve already started. If you haven’t submitted your idea, you should do so soon.

As always, you can get in touch with us if you have any questions. We’re excited to see what you come up with!

We Want To Give You A Free Robot!


We’ve built an insanely cool robotic arm and we’re giving away 10 for free. Wait, what… “free”? Yes, free… and it’s actually not that crazy.

Robotic arms are incredible. They’re used to make the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the cars we drive. They have a level of precision and repeatability that no human can match. And they never get tired.

They can do this:

And this:

And even this:

They are awesome.

The problem is that robotic arms generally cost more than a luxury car. So most people, no matter how creative or resourceful, can’t afford to buy one. Neither could we.

We want to change that. We created KATIA — our Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm — to let everyday people leverage these incredible tools in their own applications. In other words, we want to democratize robotics.

We’ve already built a range of functionality — from advanced camera motion control to a variety of creative tasks like 3D printing, 3D scanning and laser cutting. We even made an app that lets you draw a picture on your iPad, which KATIA then sketches onto canvas!

But what’s really cool is that for every application we imagine, there are a hundred we couldn’t and that’s where you come in. We’re looking for off-the-charts awesome makers, builders, hackers, and creatives to help us create some of the very first robotic applications for KATIA.

Robotics today is lot like the early days of computers. In the early days, “personal computers” were viewed as toys for hobbyists and merely a passing fad. Sure they were cool, but people wondered: ”What could you really do with computers?”

That has obviously become a ridiculous question. You can do the Internet with computers! And video games! And next-day delivery!

But it only became a ridiculous question because of the visionaries who were able to see beyond the horizon. It only became a ridiculous question because people built applications that showed the world how to use a new technology.

We’re looking for the visionaries of today who can help us show the world what a ridiculous question “What could you really do with a robotic arm?” is going to become.

We know you’re up to the challenge: tell us what you would do with KATIA.