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AlgoBrix Coding Learning Blocks Game

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Discovered on 2017-08-14

Make education loads of fun with the AlgoBrix Coding Learning Blocks Game. This fun and interactive game allows your kids to learn all about coding in the most exciting way. To begin, kids can create and build their very own Algobot. There are 10 Algobots to choose from and they all feature high-quality LEGO compatible building blocks. Then, using the blocks and modules, they can arrange code in a sequence to produce actions. Perfect for kids aged 5 to 13, the Algobot is complete with sensors and motors to communicate with the AlgoBrix. It also comes with inspiration cards to get kids building in the right direction with step by step instructions. The Algobots can also use the entertaining board to navigate around obstacles. Just like real coding, your kids will learn IFTTT, touch and light sensors, LED and motors, command sequencing, loops, navigation, and more.

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Ages :
5 to 13
Algobots :
10
Skills Learned :
Loops, Navigcation, Multithreading, Command Sequencing, Algorithmic Thinking, IFTTT, Parameters, and more
Function Blocks :
Play, Sound, Stop, LED, Wait Sensor, Move, Loop, Calc, and more
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Elizabeth BettieSpaghetti Dorman
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I am also very disappointed in this kickstarter due to the delay and also the lack of any believable timescale or plan for the future of this product. The children I was buying it for are disappointed and no longer believe it even exists. :( They have also now been bought a similar but different system by another family member.
I would appreciate you letting me know how I can request a refund as I feel so let down, and I don't think the children would even want the product now even if it did miraculously turn up.
Misha Barnes
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The parents of the child to whom I was going to give this no longer speak to me. I have asked for a refund and gotten no response.
Dana Stephens-Cook
Review from Kickstarter
This has been my first experience with backing a Kickstarter project and I was very excited to do so. My children were eager to get and use the products - however I'm starting to feel quite jaded by this whole experience and with now discovering similar products already on the market that can be accessed now (rather than wait another 3 maybe more months before production will commence on this product) my children are wanting these products to use and learn with now. I would like to know the details & process of how to request and receive a refund as I believe the time-delay in this product production has been exceeded and there was some misleading information at the commencement of the Kickstarter campaign that lead many backers to believe that production was further along than has been conveyed in updates.
Thanks for your time.
Nicola Lai
Review from Kickstarter
Honestly, I'm not a very patient person but I did believe in your product so I have waited patiently since 2017 delivery of the product was missed. It will be September 2018 in about 3 months and waiting for a product that has no serious delivery date is a little ridiculous. My son is more than disappointed as he has been looking forward to this since Xmas 2017, then postponed to his birthday in Feb 2018. He had recently said, "Mom, I don't think it is coming!" Even a 6 year old has a point in that. So I am now kindly asking that a refund of the full amount which I have paid be return promptly. If he has given up hope in this product, it means nothing if/when he eventually receives it.
javier cheng
Review from Kickstarter
have faith people....if the delay is for a good cause, let’s not lose hope
Skon
Review from Kickstarter
Well this must be the most civilise backer community I ever seen. Full of encouragement and a few moan. For other projects, the creator would have been toast, grill and deep fried for delay without setting new goal date....
Clemens Pfitzer
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We ordered Algobrix for our kids and expected delivery in February. It‘s June 2018 and no delivery in sight. By the time we will eventually receive Algobriox our kids will probably have outgrown Algobrix and therefore there is no need for Algobriox anymore. We therefore kindly request a refund. Thanks.
Alessandro Azzone
Review from Kickstarter
Hey, this is all very disappointing. The fact that the brix are being sold in presales at the same price as the kickstarter is pretty bad and self harming as majority of people will never support you again. Why risking when you can just buy later on at the same price.
In regard to the delay, September is going to be the very latest I am going to wait. After that there is going to be a refund as you would have lost any trust.
Eureka Onderwijs VZW
Review from Kickstarter
hi, We bought Kickstarter in September 2017. It's still not delivered in June 2018 (9 months!). In fact we're losing our patience. We paid so much money for something you're not able to deliver on time. So, can we get our money back? thx
Roy Laveyssiere
Review from Kickstarter
Hi,
i'm a french teacher, and i was hoping to use your device in my class, this year. The delivery was for feb 2018.
I bought it with my own money, but unfortunately, i'm changing my class level, and Algobrix doesnt fit with my future pupils (4 years old)
Can i have my fund back, please. The delay are toooooo long, and it's a shame, because i was really hoping to use it in my class.
Lawrence Loy
Review from Kickstarter
Hey. Firstly, thanks for Update #10. Algobrix has come a long way since last July. Yes, the Estimated Delivery period 'promised' was Feb 2018. With well over 23 times the target funding, I am sure Algobrix Team would want to deliver a product that lasts especially with the coupling parts such as the springs mechanisms and improved designs; and now to try a different material. Algobrix has the means to experiment and deliver the best quality product to backers. Surely, I don't want a brand new product that fails after a few assemblies. Am sure any backers who want their money back, Algobrix would be able to issue a refund but please be patient and not too quick to back out. I trust Algobrix will deliver and Danny@Algobrix. @Tina, same sentiments.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Tina,
thank you for your comment. @Boris, see private message.
Boris Shvartsev
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Algobrix, I pledged for your product knowing my son is going to love it. The Feb 18 went by , same goes for June 18. I see no reason to still "selling" him hopes about a very cool product that seems like you still don't have the ability to produce, test or ship.
I really believed in what your selling. Not any more. Please advise how can I get my money back.
Tina gamberini
Review from Kickstarter
I'm not sure why some of you are getting so angry. This is what kickstarter is. It's not a store or a pre order service. There arent any guarantees.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Melvin,
thanks a lot for your support.
We hope to send another update this weekend.
Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Melvin Burton
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Just a note to say, I'm still looking forward to getting the product, very pleased that your putting the effort into making this a good product and not rushing through a faulty and flawed design. I've no doubt your under a huuuuuuge amount of pressure, but I'm sure it will be worth it once you finally have a released product.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Mike,
closer to the delivery we will ask everyone to send us their preferred shipping address.
Best regards
Mike Maaß
Review from Kickstarter
I have moved recently and need to update my shipping details. Please advise.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Lyndsay,
as mentioned in the last comment. We might have a resolution, please contact us in private.
Best regards,
The Algobrix team
lyndsay@iwantmore.co.nz
Review from Kickstarter
Beyond annoyed at the delay with this and the responses I keep getting. I'm now looking at legal options and will keep other refund wishers in the loop. Simply not good enough Algobrix.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Chirag,
we answered this question about 5 times and it seems you read the the answer from your comment. We are not ignoring, but at the moment our goal is to move as fast as possible to production so that we can deliver the product to you.
If you wish for us to further communicate, you can send us a private message and we can see how we can assist you. @Jamaleh,
the product has a varied complexity which children from different ages can enjoy.
It is also fully compatible with Arduino, and while we are waiting for processes that take time in the manufacturers end, we plan to develop also compatibility to scratch in the next month. Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Jamaleh Reneau
Review from Kickstarter
Is it still geared for ages up to 13 or is it more for kindy? You're advertising for ages 5-13, but it sounds like your product is more for 5 year olds.
Chirag Shah
Review from Kickstarter
Sorry, I meant "not raising" the pre-order price for the previous comment. Please refund our money.
Chirag Shah
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Algobrix, I'm confused about why you deliberately set a low price (essentially the same as the early backers who gave you money months ago) for pre-ordering when you are not in production and now using that as an excuse for not lowering the pre-order price. I find that as deceiving your early backers. I also didn't get a response about how I get my refund. I would like to back out from this and order when you're actually ready and if I'm still interested. Please just return my funds, so I stop agonizing over if and when your springs will be ready. Chirag
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi everyone,
our next update should be posted at the beginning of next week, or if we can make it earlier (as we gathering data for the update) by the end of this week. Yes, prices didn't change as we got mixed up in the production with the spring connectors.
We could go to production, with a product that you will not be satisfied with, but this will bring us no where. The plastics already arrived from production, perhaps I will upload a little bit more details about them, just to make you feel secure that we are working.
The springs might sound like a small issue, but every block has 4 connectors, each including 5 springs.
The version that we started with, was not good enough.
This is the version we are using for the Pilot, however, we also have an engineer sitting next to the children making sure they don't destroy the springs. We received new version of the springs, this once looks better than the previous 5 iterations (yes, it's been 5 iterations of improving them, and trust us, it's not good for us, it's also costly).
This one looks better, we are now testing it and the update will include our results. Please bear with us, in this long journey.
We appreciate your patience. Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Jamaleh Reneau
Review from Kickstarter
Yes, I'd like to know how to get a refund as well! I realise things take time, but it feels really suspect when its taken you so long and you advertised as if it was already made and ready to go! It's even stranger for me to see that on your website you are selling it for the same price that I bought it for. If we're not happy with the final product, will we have the same opportunities that customers on the website have for returning it for a full refund?
Also, you say that these delays have hurt your business, but I don't understand how that can be since you have all this money already from the "backers". You haven't offered refunds.
My son would really like it, but I'm feeling like have been had and quite disappointed.
Yule Liu
Review from Kickstarter
Please do provide the cancel/refund procedure as the kids are no longer interested due to massive delay
Diana Chan
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Algobrix, I'm sorry to want to pull out on this - but the delays have been massive and it just isn't right. I'll like to cancel my end of the pledge since you did not meet yours. Please could you explain to me and probably a lot of other backers interested to know - how do we cancel? Thanks. It is the decent thing to do - allow us to cancel.
Sandra
Review from Kickstarter
Conversation here sounds very much like Brixo - saving myself the disappointment of reading prolonged excuses then silence regarding non-fulfilment of orders. I sincerely hope I am wrong, however gut instinct screams otherwise. I’ll check back in a year or two and see how things are going or maybe, just maybe I get a package in the mail with an awesome product that lives up to initial expectations.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Chirag,
we thank you for you support.
Regarding communications, we try to provide details once a month, 5 weeks.
The reason, is that we want the update to be relevant.
Most production processes just take time.
For example, we just received the new side springs, they look good, but we now need to solder them to new blocks, print in 3D their housing, and do some testing before we send out the update, it just takes time. @Greg, regarding your question,
we were not planning to keep this price for so long, however,
due to the circumstances, the delay is also hurting our business.
We were really hoping to be in the market by now,
since we haven't started production we simply can't raise the price, it should happen very soon. Thank you for your support and patience,
it will be worth it.
Our next update should arrive at the end of this week.
Best regards
Greg C
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Algobrix team, is this correct: "...Algobrix is already selling (taking pre-orders) for the same price that I gave them months ago...? I sincerely hope that you are not!! Please provide details ASAP regards,
Chirag Shah
Review from Kickstarter
Like others here, I'm also quite disappointed with this delay and lack of communication from this team. To add to this, I find it insulting that Algobrix is already selling (taking pre-orders) for the same price that I gave them months ago. So what's the benefit here? I would also like a refund. If I'm still interested months from now and Algobrix has the product out, I may buy it at a retail price, or move on to other similar products already existing.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Philipp,
closer to the fulfillment you will receive an e-mail asking for your preferred shipping address.
Best regards
Philipp Fabian
Review from Kickstarter
My address has changed, how do I send you the new one?
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Javier,
thanks for your support.
It really means a lot for us.
Warmly,
The Algobrix team
javier cheng
Review from Kickstarter
I have high hopes for you guys!!! keep at it, I know people are upset due to the drawbacks, but I think it is better late than a product that is faulty...we should give these guys some encouragement
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Yves,
our estimate on the website is supposed to be later than our estimate for the backers,
as we want to deliver to the earlier backers first. To clarify, our estimate for the backers is around Sep 2018,
and thus we took another month later to make sure we can provide the next batch
once things will start rolling.
Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Yves Keller
Review from Kickstarter
Hello.
Your website says delivery October 2018. I really hope it's not the same for the backers. In February you said June 18... now we don't even have an estimate?! It is hard to believe that this is just a spring issue! My kids lost interest, well this will come back. But I lose patience and thinking about a refund. Please provide a serious update. Thx
Yves
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Itay,
we should be receiving our new side springs this week. We hope to be able to test them ASAP and to clarify the next steps in the coming update.
Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Itay Brownstein 'Lost Robot'
Review from Kickstarter
could you post the new timeline with the updated production and supplying milestones?
It is not very clear how you plan to progress.
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi Chen,
first let me apologize again for the delays. Regarding the selling price outside of the campaign, since we haven't started production we simply can't raise the price, it should happen very soon.
We also hope to offer additional items to compensate the backers, but again, this we will be able to clarify only closer to the production once everything will be more clear. Regarding aid from the outside, we have been working on the spring issue with about 14 different suppliers, 90% of them suggested the exact same solution.
One of them, was willing to try our new design, we did 3 iterations on that, and we hope that the next iteration would be our final iteration, bringing us really closer to the mass production as the rest of the parts are in great shape. We are sure the wait will be worth it,
and apologize again for the delays. Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Chen Raizman
Review from Kickstarter
Guys, I think that we do need answers to the last questions, how come you are selling for the same price on your website? What good did it do me to back you up more than 6 months ago... Are you getting help from an outside company for production? maybe you need some in order to get things moving. Finally, can we have a date?
I bought the set for my son's 7th birthday which is in 3 weeks... this was supposed to be the big birthday surprise which he would have loved. However, since he won't be getting it I would like to cancel my backing. How can I do it?
rarufu
Review from Kickstarter
Why is Algobrix selling the products similar to kickstarter pricing on their own website? Please take into account that no one wants to support the funding if later on the same is sold for the same price online!
Nick
Review from Kickstarter
Dear Algobrix, I backed this project in September last year with the intention of giving it as a gift to my son for his seventh birthday next month. I think that the idea of algobrix and the potential it has is fantastic and i'm sure that when it gets to full production it will be a great success.
My concern is that due to the unforseen delays which you have experienced, which I can understand are as frustrating for you as for your backers, the product will no longer be age appropriate for my son when it does arrive. As such I would like to request a refund of the Ultimate Set that I pledged for. Please will you contact me to make the necessary arrangements? Many thanks.
zatimond
Review from Kickstarter
Hello Algobrix team! I'm one of the early backers here (No. 63), not to brag about it, but my patience start to reach the end. In July 2017 when I backed your project I really expected to get the kit aroung Februaty this year, which
Hello Algobrix team! I'm one of the early backers here (No. 63), not to brag about it, but my patience start to reach the end. In July 2017 when I backed your project I really expected to get the kit around February this year. Next month it will be my son's birthday and I was really counted on you to deliver the present. Not to mention the kid's lost of interest in Algobrix by now.
You guys expect us to have patience, we still have, but not as much as we had before February.
The point is, you need to set a due date/ETA and stick to it. No more excuses. It would be a big shame for this great idea to fail because of lack of commitment.
Hope to hear from you asap with some good news! Best regards,
Attila
Algobrix
Review from Kickstarter
Hi @Satellite,
we understand your frustration, and we apologize.
At the moment we are not offering any compensation as we haven't reached the production.
Our updates are very detailed, we had issues that we just couldn't anticipate. We wish things were different, but sometimes things escalate in the wrong direction.
On our side those delays really hurt our business (there is not business).
We were approached by ministries of educations with huge orders that we had to decline.
We will do our best to compensate you once the springs issue is solved, we should be receiving our sixth iteration (and hopefully final) this week. Best regards,
The Algobrix team
Satellite Stonz
Review from Kickstarter
Oh, and Algobrix is selling the products similar to kickstarter pricing on their own wbsite???
Satellite Stonz
Review from Kickstarter
I back some other projects in KickStarter and this is the biggest amount I ever pledged for something I consider an innovation. As an educator, I see the potential benefits a child gets from a set of Algobrix. That was 9 months ago, and I have waited patiently with the first few indications of delay - sure, people need time to get the prototype in production - that's what we saw in the Algobrix Kickstarter video - showing kids playing happily with real parts that moved and blinked - need changes to make it better - fine but when you need 9 months and more, which is what it looks like now, Algobrix should respect the wishes of backers who want a full refund and issue the refund immediately if Algobrix is truly such a great product when it finally reaches, the market, I will still buy it, even if it cost twice as much - but now, I just feel Algobrix is delaying and I feel strongly I may never see my money or the actual product I was made to believe they can deliver in 2018 Feb
Satellite Stonz
Review from Kickstarter
I wish to get a refund too - I did not post before as I wanted to give Algobrix a chance to deliver - but the delay is so long and there are already many products in the market that is very similar by now - Algobrix is also not doing much for early backers to compensate them for waiting patiently
Stelios Psarras
Review from Kickstarter
I requested a refund and was told that it cannot happen at this stage. My son -that algobrix was intended for- will have outgrown the product by the time it arrives. This is my 3rd bad experience with crowdfunding so far and I am getting a bit dissolutioned with it. This is getting a bit ridiculous.