24 May 2018

A Note From Ben Pirt

I first started Mirobot as a side project at the beginning of 2011 and never thought it would consume most of the next seven years of my life. After successfully Kickstarting the first version in 2014, it felt like a good plan to turn Mirobot into a product so that users all over the world could build their own and it’s since been sent to over 60 countries around the world. From then on it’s all been a bit of a rollercoaster ride! Another Kickstarter for the v2, and eventually joining forces with Ben Gray and his MeArm and releasing the v3 with Mime Industries last year.


After seven years, I’ve decided it’s time for a change and so have stepped down from Mime, leaving it in the safe hands of Ben Gray who will be continuing the business. As you probably already know, all of the designs, firmware and code for Mirobot are (and always have been) open source so you are still free to build your own from scratch.

I just wanted to say thanks to everybody for all of your support over the past seven years - I couldn’t have done it without you all!

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11 Apr 2017

Kickstarter Success

On February 7th, 2017. We released our kickstarter, looking for money to help us produce the Mearm Pi, a version of the Mearm that ran using the Raspberry Pi. In less than twenty four hours, we hadn’t only reached our goal, but we’d surpassed it. None of us here were expecting that, and then the ride continued.

Blogs and News Sites picked us up, our little Robot Arm got into Forbes and The Verge. Our friends at Pimoroni did a show just for the Mearm Pi on the Bilge Tank. We were even featured on the Raspberry Pi website!

We went to the Raspberry Pi Birthday Party, spent a weekend there showing off three of our prototypes. It was fantastic to see the reactions of kids, big and small, getting their hands on the joystick controls, drawing and even managing the fabled crayon transfer!

Pi Party Mearms

On March 8th 2017, 852 of you gave us £56,376 to support the production of the Mearm Pi, 563% of what we initially asked for. We continue to be blown away by the support and good vibes you’ve been sending in our direction on twitter and kickstarter itself.

“So you’ve been pretty successful! Good job! What now?”

The past few weeks since the kickstarter ended has been pretty hectic, we’ve been putting the finishing touches onto the Mearm Pi. The polish before we go into production and then, very soon, we’ll be full steam ahead.

“But what if we missed your kickstarter and still want to get one as soon as possible?”

Good news hypothetical person asking these questions! (Where did you come from by the way?) We’re now on indiegogo accepting orders from there. To do so, just go to our page and order one.

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07 Feb 2017

Press Release - MeArm Pi on Kickstarter


Nottingham, UK - Mime Industries launches Kickstarter campaign to fund their Raspberry Pi powered robot arm kit that’s simple enough for kids to build

MeArm Pi

On February 7 2017, Mime Industries launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the production of the world’s first robot arm kit for the Raspberry Pi. Designed to be easy to assemble and not requiring extensive knowledge of electronics, the MeArm Pi STEM kit helps kids and adults learn robotics and teaches them how to code.

Created by Ben Pirt of Mirobot and Ben Gray of MeArm, this is their fourth overfunded technology campaign and is based on the original MeArm, launched back in 2014. “We believe in helping children to have fun whilst learning about technology and the MeArm Pi is completely designed around that goal” said Ben Pirt. “Our products are simple to build and can be easily understood. Meaning you can use them to learn whilst playing, adding your own imagination to make something great”.

The MeArm Pi integrates smoothly with the Raspberry Pi, the ubiquitous educational computing platform. The kit uses a Pi HAT (a plug-on board that fits on the computer) with on-board joysticks for control. MeArm Pi is made from plastic parts for the structure, screws and 4 metal gear servos in addition to the Pi HAT. It can be programmed in Python, Scratch, Java and many other programming languages.

The MeArm Pi campaign launched on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter on February 7 2017 and runs until March 9 2017 with a goal of £10,000 (Approx $12,400 USD). All early birds are sold out, rewards include the standard MeArm Pi Kit of £60 (Approx $75 USD) which includes a robotic arm. All kits deliver free worldwide.

Link to the Kickstarter Page

For any press enquiries, please contact [email protected]. Images below are free to use for promotional purposes (click through for high resolution downloads)

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07 Feb 2017

Launching the MeArm Pi on Kickstarter

It’s a big day for all of us at Mime; the launch of our first new product - the MeArm Pi. We’re back on Kickstarter (where else) so head over there and back us if you already haven’t!

MeArm Pi

The MeArm Pi Kit is a build-it-yourself robot arm that’s controlled by your Raspberry Pi. It includes a standard Pi HAT which attaches to your Raspberry Pi and has a couple of on-board joysticks to control it. Because it’s connected to the Pi you can program it through any of the various programming languages that already run on the Pi. There’s also free software available which lets you program it through a web interface using drag and drop programming environments like Scratch and Blockly or with Python and Javascript for the more experienced.

It’s been some time in development and we’re proud to unleash it on the public now.

If you’re looking for a press release or any other promotional material, head over here

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