Piqabrick reaches funding goal

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Piqabrick, the part identification system on Kickstarter, has reached its funding goal! That means it will go into production and backers will receive their unit in the new year.

There's still time to pledge your support and receive a unit if you haven't already: you have until Friday to do so.

Now the hard work for the project team begins: scanning thousands of parts into the system to enable them to be recognised...

18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'm gonna have a hard time waiting until February lol!

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By in Australia,

Brickset crew, can you do a follow up article in a few months? Call for feedback, reviews, potential mods. I want to see how well it works when people have it in their hands. I don't see this gadget as something I need... yet... but I am excited to see how much further we can take the crossover between plastic bricks and smart systems

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By in United Kingdom,

I’m not sure I see the need personally but I know most parts and it’s mainly new elements that I find the information for on the elements themselves. I can see benefits for those who struggle more to identify parts as long as the database is as complete as possible and maintained as new elements are produced. I’m surprised the developers didn’t think to collaborate with those who get sets for review (like Brickset) as you can scan and upload new elements before the sets are released once embargoes are lifted. Also I wonder if the algorithms couldn’t have just been used within an app, given the quality of phone cameras, I’d be surprised if there’s much difference in good light. thus saving a lot of hardware expense to the end consumer... interesting

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By in United Kingdom,

^ They have said that smartphones are not good enough when it comes to consistent lighting and the shadows that are required for the IDing of parts.

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By in Germany,

The 70.000$ stretch goal is identifying third party parts. Uh-oh, this will be hard, I dare say impossible. It will work for parts that have "LEGO" stamped on them but what about parts like the old wands that do not? Ambitious.

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By in Australia,

It's a project to definitely implore. But there is perhaps a much greater, broader need of some of kind sort/organising machine that allows end-users to have an inordinate amount of unorganised lego parts, be sorted in an orderly fashion. This would greatly help people not to have to manually sit down and sort through parts which could take hours on end.

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By in United Kingdom,

That is the holy grail and this is perhaps the first step towards it.

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By in Italy,

^ I totally agree with you, Huw.

Supporting this project all the way.

Bravi, ragazzi: congratulazioni!

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes I realise they said that @ccc but I’m just surprised as a simple light box is a cheap fix

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By in United States,

@Edemontes A light box and a SINGLE CAMERA is the fix.

The problem with making a phone app is that nearly every model of phone has a different camera. The Piqabrick solution only has to deal with one camera, so they don't have to worry about configurations for hundreds of cameras, nor listen to the whining from the people who have phones that are incompatible with the app because their phone's camera does not meet their specs.

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By in United States,

@mklawrenh I love the concept of a bulk sorting machine, as I have 30 61 liter tubs of random parts to sort. One of my customers has a sorting system in their warehouse that scans the barcodes on items as they are unloaded from the delivery truck and automatically sends the product to the right slot in their warehouse on a conveyor belt system. The biggest trick is having a slot for every item they stock cross-referenced with the item that goes in the slot, and having space for the conveyor system to move the products from truck to slot. Back in 2011, National Geographic had an article stating there were 2350 unique parts, not counting color variations, so it's going to take a lot of space to make a real bulk sorter.

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By in Belgium,

This would be awesome for the weirder end of Bionicle pieces.

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By in United States,

Do we know how expensive this will be and when it will be available to the general public? Also, I would be interested to know if the system differentiates between parts that have been remade but look the same (e.g elements 92474 and 35375). I wonder how well it would be able to tell the difference?

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By in United States,

@SeekerBear If both parts are in the database, I would think that both will be listed in the results returned by Piqabrick. Just like if the database actually has 2x4 red bricks with different entries for each variation of the logo, you would get a list of all the variations in the results.

As for the price, my only guess would be "more" expensive. There's still a few days left to get it at the intro pricing, due to ship in February 2020.

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By in United States,

I think the biggest use for Piqabrick will be for minifigs and printed pieces. Also, for modified plates to identify the item quicker on Bricklink. No self respecting AFOL would use it for standard bricks or plates unless it could tell difference of different mould variations.

3rd party elements would also be a big use. Hope they add that.

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By in Italy,

Hi everyone!
Piqabrick is now 120% funded as it reached the 55k goal a few days ago. But there are cool stretch goals left to reach!
There are just 30 hours left to get behind Piqabrick and help bringing it to life taking advantage of a 16% off on the retail price!

http://kck.st/2PgO51X

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By in Belgium,

The problem with Piqabrick is its reliance on the manufacturer for continuing support. They could pull the plug at any time and/or move to a subscription-based service. There are no guarantees in business and if the majority of sales are front-loaded thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, what incentive is there for the manufacturer to keep resourcing the website?

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By in United States,

Piqabrick hit their 2nd stretch goal.

They should have had a 3rd stretch goal for SNOT elements and called it PiqaSNOT.

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