Recent News

Lower Prices and a New Shopping Cart

We're excited to roll out our new BirdBrain Technologies webstore, a one stop shop to buy Finch robots and Hummingbird kits and parts. Along with the launch, we are also simplifying pricing for the Finch and reducing overall prices. As of today, all US domestic customers qualify for free shipping on Finch, a savings of anywhere from $6 to $15.

Major Improvements to Scratch 2.0 and Snap!

We just rolled out several improvements to the BirdBrain Robot Server, the application that connects Finch and Hummingbird to Scratch 2.0 and Snap!. Improvements include:

Snap! and Finch for Ages 4-7

Snap!'s flexibility in hiding blocks and creating custom, iconic blocks allowed us to quickly put together an interface for programming Finch for very young kids. Check it out here!

Finch Christmas Delivery Schedule

Finches are back in stock! US customers ordering before December 16th can guarantee arrival by Christmas with ground shipping; you can order even later if you live east of the Mississippi. Here is our UPS transit time map - we will ship your order same day if it is placed by 1 PM EST:

Major Updates to Raspberry Pi Support

We just made two major improvements to our Raspberry Pi support. First, we designed a mechanical shell (see pic) to mount the Pi and a battery to the Finch robot. We've released the STL file so you can 3D print these yourself, and have also posted it to Shapeways so you can buy them. If we get sufficient interest, we can injection mold these (which would reduce the cost from $100 to $25).

Finch Robot Loan Program

The Finch robot loan program lends robots to schools,  after school & summer programs, libraries, and maker spaces around the country. Read more about it here, and if you're interested, apply by January 26th, 2015.

Scratch 2.0 and Finch

We've released an alpha version of software that allows you to program the Finch or Hummingbird in Scratch 2.0. Try it out today!

Python for Finch

Thanks to the efforts of Jay Jin at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science we now have a native Python library for Finch! We have been supporting Python users with a Jython library for a couple of years, but the new library allows users to use Python 3.3 and its associated libraries.

C for Finch

Thanks to Steve Strom at PSU Behrend, the Finch now works in C (it already works in C++ and C#, but now we have a C-only library!).

Check it out here.