We start with the provocation: why can't workers own their robots?
No reason, except right now it's too complicated and expensive for them to do it!
When you work backward from the idea that workers should own rather than fear robots, you end up making different choices.
We started down this path in 2016 after repeated disappointment that the tech industry was hell-bent to replace all workers without even the slightest moral flinch.
What we've built is a new kind of motor that is a USB 3.1 Type-C Android peripheral. (Steppers today - BLDC and actuators coming.)
When you plug these motors into Android they get data, 100W power and cloud control over the USB cable.
We don't have all the answers, but after a bunch of work, we have a good idea of what it should be:
Inherently communal with effortless remixing just like Scratch
100% open: software and hardware
Mix-and-match parts that are cheap, and user-reparable
Based on "previous generation smartphones" to keep the cost down and deal with the environmental problem
Durable and rugged
Owned by the community