Mysterious Lab of Robotics Web Series

Strange & Funny Web Adventure Series: About seeing how Robotics, Science & Technological Art is made in a Mysterious World Renowned Robotics & Electronics Lab.
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John Siegel
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Technology
New Leipzig, North Dakota
United States
4 Team Members

Please Note Our New Indiegogo Crowd-funding Pitch For The Show Is At: 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mysterious-lab-of-robotics-series/x/3764928

Many Thanks To Those Who Showed Support For This Attempt. Very Grateful For Your Kindness And Interest!

Please Also Note: We Have A New R&D Pitch Thank Would Also Help Add To The Merrit Of The Show At: 

Wearable Dexterous Robotic Manipulators

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wearable-dexterous-robotic-manipulators/x/3764928

Thank You For Your Kind Interest And Support


Brief Summary: 

This web series will provide entertaining and educational rare behind the scenes views of Robotic & Technology / Research & Development projects. One of the projects will be building the Robotic Host that will participate in the web series.

Exciting projects regarding robotics, scientific devices, and technological art, will make science fact seem like science fiction. Other aspects will cover machining, carpentry, electronics, fabrication & design, experiments, strange occurrences and humorous moments at our facility and on location.

Discover many of the aspects of how a four member eccentric family team of humble means, consisting of two children (ages 5 & 9) and their parents, managed to design & fabricate the earth’s largest selection of World Class Robotics Exhibits over the course of 14 years under our business name of MRISAR. www.mrisar.comWe support our own humanitarian & environmental R & D with the profits. Our team members are  Autumn, Aurora, Victoria (Croasdell) & John Siegel.

Our series will convey educational elements in the areas of robotics, science, technology and technologically related art. At times this will include a strange, eccentric sense of humor and playful antics.

Each show will have segments that cover the following topics:

1- Do It Yourself Projects; with step by step instructions and parts list. Projects will cover robotics, science and technological art that students & their parents can try at home with easy to acquire and affordable materials.

2- Creation of the Robot Host; subject to the level of funding acquired. Magnus our Humanoid Telepresence Robot Host who MRISAR’s R & D Team will build on the show. Once brought to life he will participate as a cast member. Magnus is a full fledged telepresence robot that will literally duplicate every movement that the operator makes. He is an experiment for applications in industry, adaptive technologies for the disabled, security and exploration. Magnus is a humorous and engaging adaptation of technologies that we are actually developing for serious and beneficial applications.

3- Our Current Project; a glimpse into our secret labs, workshops and occasionally on location, to view how we go through the research, design, development, fabrication and testing process.

4- Our Institute Project; the ongoing transformation process of our 36,000 sq ft old disused school building, in which we live and work, into a humanitarian based R & D Invention Center that is self-sustaining in a zone 4 growing area, on the plains of North Dakota. We have high winds, short summers and long freezing winters that are often potentially deadly (brrr)!



Below These Images Please Find Additional Text About Us & The Project

Images of a few of the perks

Robot T-shirt featuring Chibi-chan.


#5 Bookmark Set

#3 - 2 Blank Greeting Cards


#16 A Portable Science Exhibit


#17 Super Photonic Pentiductor


#18 Robot Arm Exhibit


#2 Thank You Card signed by the Human Cast.



About The Technical Elements & Humor Shown In The Video:

Technical elements are real & innovative devices we produced from scratch. They are as much art as they are science.

A bit of humor is added to our video as an entertaining point of the project. It is part of how we survive long hours of work and few resources.

Audio, Video Quality And Robot Host:

Yes!; I know our audio and video quality is really terrible. We are fundraising to correct this, as well as to afford the materials and equipment needed to create the full sized humanoid robot host for the show as part the first series run funding effort. The robot host is shown as a colored rendering in the film.

Our Reason For Creating The Series: 

We believe creativity; education, knowledge and inspiration should be available to everyone who is interested, not just in secretive research centers, labs or in other establishments of higher learning. Many great ideas are still developed in garages and basements with limited resources. In keeping with this creative spirit we are making some of our projects and shop work publicly viewable, while the projects are being designed and built.  We will also take the results of the projects shown in the episodes outside to the world at times by testing them on location in real life applications and with the public as part of the show. 

This project also serves as an experimental way to drive funding towards our humanitarian based research and development; of which the robot host relates as an R & D telepresence platform. This is also another way to draw attention to our humanitarian work.  We regard such efforts as a moral duty to help others, but without solid funding sources our humanitarian research & development is often a hardship on the basic needs of our family. Since we refuse to give this aspect of our work up crowd funding came to mind as a possible solution.

Unlike leading multi-million-dollar labs and other facilities, we only pay ourselves what we need to stay alive and functional. All the rest of our resources go back into the project.

Our Rustic Project Background:

We are a family of eccentric, reclusive artists; with multifaceted levels of technological and scientific capabilities; who are working to make a positive and creative contribution. However for many years we worked diligently day and night in an unheated shop that looked like it was post apocalyptic, while living below the American standard of poverty. We worked very hard to contribute, to fund our work, to survive and to obtain basic needs. Through such intense diligence we finally became a world-renowned venture and took an additional leap forward. We found an old school in a remote location to setup our labs, workshops, studios and home. The school was in disrepair and had not been used for 6 years when we arrived. It had no running water, holes in the roof and many other very rustic elements.

In the early days we also had to comb the alleyways for parts for our experiments. These days’ resources are still limited, but we are much closer to creating a project that can serve as a lasting resource to humanity.

Unlike many other Research & Development facilities who have multi-million-dollar budgets, we are just a humble family unit trying to contribute and share what we have learned.

About Us: Further Reference To Our Capabilities

We have a proven and world-renowned ability to design, prototype, produce and market finished viable technologies, products and educational elements, worldwide. We have won highly respected awards and have been published by leading universities. We also have an extremely substantial background regarding museum and technology center public interaction, services and education-worldwide, which is good for the public interaction parts of the project. 

Our project is solidly based on our many proven merits in regard to educational service, enrichment and outreach. Recently we were the only company/family in the world to be selected for an entire chapter of the IFR World Robotics 2011 edition "Chapter 5" (ironically NASA only received 1/3 of a page of coverage).

We design & fabricate "World Renowned & Awarded" innovative, interactive, inexpensive, durable, easy to maintain: Robotic, Science & Art exhibits; Humanitarian & Environmentally based Research & Development; and Educational Kits & Materials for K thur 12/College & University level curriculums, since 1993. We incorporate interactive technologies and designs for people with disabilities and other special needs. Exhibit purchases help to Fund our Philanthropic Research & Development Projects & Programs.

We specialize in Cybernetics, Bionics, Mechatronics, Autonomics, Animatronics & Teleoperated devices. Our customers include world class science centers, museums, universities, NASA, the film industries for inclusion in media productions, royalty, foreign and domestic governments, etc.

Our 1990's circa, original innovative research & development in "Facial Feature Controlled Technology" and "Artificial Sense of Touch Technology", (Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled), has helped pioneer those fields!

We design and create low cost humanitarian & environmental devices, such as Adaptive Technology prototypes for the disabled. Our research and development in rehabilitation robotics has been presented before and/or published and awarded by: the United Nations, NASA-Emhart, Stanford, Cambridge, ICORR, ROMAN, IEEE, Discover Awards, International Federation of Robotics (IFR), etc. 

Final Summary Of Why We need your help:

We work very hard to support our research & development and ourselves with exhibit projects for museums, but even with our best efforts to fund our work through our own labor we have little left for the creative and humanitarian projects that would make the most difference. Like many creative people we are very dedicated, but we do not have needed financial resources. The only thing that stands in our way is money for parts, paying some expenses while we build the equipment for our project and a few pieces of additional filming & computer editing equipment and some shop equipment improvements, which we cannot afford. 

We are grateful for your kind consideration and for helping us by being a part of this technological adventure.

How The Funds Will Be Used

The funds from this campaign will have many important short term and long-term lasting effects.

1: To allow us the time and resources to further design, develop and build our show host.

2: To purchase materials (metal, wood, plastic, electronics and electromechanical parts) for the host and for some props.

3: Improvements to our shop equipment, which will help us further develop our capacities for this project. This will also help us have better equipment to create every other future project. We currently lack a number of important machines we need for our work such as a milling machine and CNC router, vacuum former, bender and shear which slows and limits our progress and capabilities in many respects.  For this proposal our main concern is the Shear and bender because of the robots frame, but the other items would greatly help.

4: To create a usable and displayable version of our host robot which can be shown in schools and museums to reach millions of people and draw attention to education, creativity and humanitarian applications for technology. The host is also a way to further explore telepresence, which has applications to help with safety, industry and adaptive tech applications.

5: To help support ourselves during the work on the project, as we regrettably cannot afford to take time off from regular work without dire effects to our resources. To get our projects developed to this point we have already stressed our resources many times.

6: If we are provided additional funds beyond the goal mark of this crowd funding proposal we will be able to expand on our shop capabilities with regard to more equipment, supplies and some restoration work for the filming locations in our shops which brings us closer to the goal of it becoming a lasting benefit for future generations. 

7: If we do not reach the entire goal, we will still produce web episodes, but they will be scaled down according to time and the budget we are provided. It would still be a valuable resource as we are committed to create and share, but it will be very difficult and also frustrating to not be able to produce something as good as we could otherwise contribute. We would naturally also still work to get the rest of the funds together as well.

Other Ways You Can Help

1: Please let others know about the robotics project and about our Institute goal since this is only once facet of our goals in creating a lasting contribution though our institute project.

2: Please check for our project updates. Our wish is to inspire other’s creativity as well. We will provide educational and humorous videos and text as an additional means of sharing with others. If these creative offerings are viewed and of use we have met part of our goal to help and to be a friend to others. 

3: Please use Indiegogo share tools if you like the project.  We do not know many people who share our concerns and interests so your care has the potential to open a connection with others in ways we are not able to do on our own.

4: Accept our thanks for taking the time to view the submission as we value your kind consideration.

Progress at different levels of funding success, are as follows.

1: If we do not received funding we will still create short educational segments, as we are able to. Without funds these segments will be very limited and primitive and only a few minutes each. It is still an effort to share and educate but so very much less than we are capable of.

2: If we acquire at least $500 we will be able to get a better camera than we currently have and our short segments would be better quality.

3: If we acquire at least $6,000 we would be able to build one of the arms for the robot host and film some better footage. It will still be short (as time is afforded from regular work) but still longer.

4: At $12,000 we would be able to build two arms and also upgrade the computer we would edit the segments in. This would not be enough money to take the needed time away from regular work, so progress would be slow and segments still limited.

5: At $24,000 we would be able to build the main torso and many of the electronics to operate the robot and pay a few bills to help take more time for the project. More filming would be able to occur and is more likely to draw attention that could help others to more clearly see the merits of the project. Our equipment for the filming and editing could also be better quality.

6: At $40,000 it would be possible to build about 70% of the robot and film more material for the segments. It would still be a struggle to work on the project with regular workloads still having to take precedence. We also would not be able to afford some of the equipment and props needed.

7: At $60,000 the complete robot and its controls could be built and 14 episodes filmed of approximately 20 to 25 minutes long. A limited amount of improvements to our shop would also be possible and a suitable amount of time could be used aside from regular work responsibilities. Also the production of the segments would occur at a faster rate. With improvements in all respects we would be able to create segments that would have more of an ability to be of lasting value and to use the improved quality of the segments to try in other ways to continue the project; such as submitting it to educational television stations and in other educational applications, which demand higher quality such as educational institutions and museums.

8: Funds in excess of $60,000 would result in great additional improvements to our shop, which would help with the project and all of our future work. Smaller extra amounts would cover simple things like saws and drill bits, but larger amounts of a few thousand dollars would help in much more significant ways, such as providing funds for some of the additional equipment we listed as needed in the shop to do our very best work.


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  • $1USD
    #1 Gratitude Set

    Our immense gratitude, plus: Public acknowledgment of contributors name on a designated page on the project website.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $5USD
    #2 Signed; Thank You Card

    A signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See card image in the perk section of the text column. Plus the previous perk.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    #3 Card Set

    Two blank greeting cards with cover images relating to the project. See card image in the perk section of the text column. Plus the previous perk.

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  • $25USD
    #4 Bumper Sticker

    Color bumper sticker about the project. Plus the previous lesser perks.

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  • $33USD
    #5 Bookmarks

    Four bookmarks about the show. See images in the perk section of the text column. Plus the previous perk.

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  • $44USD
    #6 Robot T-shirt: Small

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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  • $46USD
    #7 Robot T-shirt: Medium

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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    #8 Robot T-shirt: Large

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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    #9 Robot T-shirt: XL

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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  • $56USD
    #10 Robot T-shirt: 2XL

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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    # 11 Robot T-shirt: 4XL

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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    #12 Robot T-shirt: 6XL

    T-shirt featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See T-shirt image at the bottom of the text column. Plus a signed by the human cast; Thank You Card featuring an image of Chibi-chan our Rail Robot. See images in the perk section of the text column.

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    #13 Print Set

    Print Set Two 8.5” x 11” color prints about the project. Plus the previous lesser perks except for the T-shirts.

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  • $100USD
    #14 Larger Print Set

    Four 8.5” x 11” color prints about the project. Plus the previous lesser perks; except the T-shirts which are not included.

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  • $1,000USD
    #15 Major Contributor Listing

    Listing as a major contributor at the end credits of season one.

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  • $4,000USD
    #16 A Portable Science Exhibit

    http://www.mrisar.com/mini-touch-spectrum.htm (sunlight to recharge or battery). Shipping and customs cost applies outside US mainland.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $5,000USD
    #17 Super Photonic Pentiductor

    http://www.mrisar.com/pentiductor-super.htm Shipping and customs cost applies outside US mainland.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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    #18 Corporate Acknowledgement

    Your logo will appear on the torso or arm of the robot host in a 2" x 4" format for the duration of half of the first season and all of the second season. This offer only applies to businesses that are family friendly, suitable for viewers of all ages, non-violent and not relating to alcohol, nicotine or drugs.

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    #19 Robot Arm Exhibit

    http://www.mrisar.com/single-arm-base-3.htm Shipping and customs cost applies outside US mainland.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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