A sidewalk robot that you can


Earn FrodoBots Tokens (FBT) by remotely driving a FrodoBot in your local neighborhood or in another city halfway across the globe.

Building a decentralized network of sidewalk robots

Owned by you. Driven by you. Called by you.

Own

Your own delivery butler, at the cost of a vacuum cleaner.

Compact. Modular. Weather-proof. Great mileage. Just add electricity, 4G SIM card and voila!

Drive for own use

Drive FrodoBot yourself, or engage another virtual driver to drive on your behalf.

Or contribute to network

Earn FBT by making your FrodoBot available for job calls from others in the network.

The Roadmap

Building a global network of sidewalk robots. Powered by the people.

November 2021
A weekend hobby project has resulted in FrodoBot v0.1, which crossed the road for the first time in Singapore, driven by Niresh from Malaysia.

“It's very much like a video game. While the pro gamer will frown upon the lag time, it's definitely drivable after some practice. Still amazes me that I can control a robot in another country in real-time over the internet.”

Niresh Dravin
AI Magician @ FrodoBots Lab

December 2021
OMG moment when the team discovered the ming-boggling traction of the Helium blockchain.

That got us thinking: perhaps we can build a "Helium for sidewalk robots".
January 2022
Started work on FrodoBot v0.2, a more nimble version with zero turning radius.

Also sourced a factory in China for our first production run of ~100 units.

“Affordability is our number 1 goal. We didn't want to build some fancy bot with expensive components that only big companies can afford. In fact we went the other extreme and ask, what could be the lowest tech sufficient for a virtually drivable robot?”

Sam Cho
Supply Chain Dude @ FrodoBots Lab

February 2022
Team implemented the first version of Proof-of-Driving at the Solana hackathon in Singapore.

“We were not crypto natives per se, but we were convinced that a well-designed tokenomics could help us kickstart the network. Our original idea has aways been to build a passionate community of bot owners and drivers; we now think crypto is definitely the way to achieve that goal.”

Kim Peng
Robotics Guru @ FrodoBots Lab

March 2022 (plan)
To open up a public beta trial for anyone to try driving a FrodoBot while earning tokens.

2Q 2022 (plan)
To publish whitepaper.

To ship out first 100 production robots to early users.

FAQs

Questions that deserve some answers.

How can I try out driving a FrodoBot?

You can sign up for a slot for a virtual test drive here.

Each drive will typically last 15-20 minutes, inclusive of a short introduction on how to control the robot.

We will have someone physically with the robot to help out if you run into any issues. You will also receive FBT based on the "Drive-to-Earn" model.

What do I need in order to drive the FrodoBot?

All you need is decent broadband and a game controller (eg. PlayStation, Xbox or other 3rd party brands) connected to your desktop or laptop. We'd also recommend accessing the driver interface from a Chrome browser.

Visit this site to test whether your game controller has successfully connected with your computer.

Are there any regulations around driving these FrodoBots?

We expect different city governments to enact their respective rules governing sidewalk robots over time, based on their unique local conditions.

As sidewalk delivery robot such as FrodoBots is still an emerging technology, most cities may not have any specific regulations yet (although many cities have ongoing trials with various startups). As such, our advice in general is to be respectful of the environment you intend to drive your FrodoBots in.

What are some of the safety concerns regarding these FrodoBots?

FrodoBots move at a top speed of 5 km/hr, which is a typical walking speed for most folks, so it's unlikely to create significant damage to adjacent physical properties.

However, much like any electronic products with moving parts, these FrodoBots may break down from time to time, causing inconvenience to the surrounding.

To counter this, our command center is able to remotely investigate the issue and restart the FrodoBots. If remote assistance fails, virtual drivers or FrodoBots owners can also call up local robot recovery team, paid for and incentivized by FBT assigned for drive insurance.

How will the project handle privacy related issues?

As part of the tele-operation of FrodoBots, various data streams such as live videos, motion data, GPS, etc will be managed and coordinated by our teleoperation software.

The data processed not only allows for remote trouble-shooting, but also forms the basis of a rich dataset which we intend to ultimately make available to the scientific community to help create advancements in AI-assisted driving technologies.

Any data collected through the course of tele-operation will be held by the FrodoBots Foundation, a non-profit whose sole purpose is to advance the build-up of the FrodoBots network. The foundation will strive to strike the right balance between protecting our community members' and the public's privacy, and facilitating smooth operation of FrodoBots around the world.

What can FrodoBots do? Or not do?

Honestly, the current version of FrodoBots can't do much. They can't climb stairs, mount curbs or press a lift button to go up a building. For now, it can only go from point A to point B where the journey is relatively well-paved with on/off ramps.

Despite its current limitations, we think that this is the right utility-to-cost trade-off. In theory, we can put in more fancy sensors or actuators to increase FrodoBots' capabilities, but that'll severely impact its affordability. We think that the current version offers a good balance between entry barrier in terms of upfront cost and FrodoBots' ability to cover the basics.

Isn't the future in autonomous robot? Why get another human to do this job virtually?

Yes, ultimately fully-autonomous robots will be the future (in fact we want to play an active part towards that future by making our dataset available to the AI research community to help in AI-assisted driving technologies).

However, that is still a very distant future in our view, especially when the world lacks the volume of data (ie. actual miles driven/recorded from sidewalk robots) needed to really make a genuine push for full autonomy.

On the other hand, we think that there's a decent population out there who may actually enjoy virtually driving a remote robot, along with a group of folks equally fascinated with owning/maintaining such robots. This is the community we want to tap on; a group of nerds who traverse the crossroads between AI, gaming, robotics and crypto.

We suspect a community powered by these geeks from different parts of the world maybe able to build out a global network of sidewalk robots that actually works today, without having to wait for full autonomy to arrive at some unknown distant future.

Still have questions?

Email us at hello@frodobots.com

If so, join in the discussions and let's build the future together.