Programmable Robotic Arm [Mechanical engineering]

Programmable Robotic Arm

This programmable robotic arm is basically your own personal JARVIS

If you’ve ever wanted an automated assistant similar to Tony Stark’s JARVIS robot, you should probably stop whatever you’re doing right now and go check out Dobot on Kickstarter. In contrast to robotic assistant devices geared specifically towards makers and designers, Dobot is a robot arm that can serve virtually any purpose around the home, from artistic projects to stirring just the right amount of sugar in your coffee. Even if you’re not a fan of Iron Man, Dobot’s fully programmable robot arm functionality is so adaptable, it’s poised to be the personal assistant of the future.

The arts and crafts functionality of Dobot covers all the bases that makers have come to expect from programmable robotic assistants. 3D printing, laser cutting, painting, writing, and printing are all part of standard Dobot demonstrations, and while these tasks may seem like standard offerings for robotic assistants today, they also demonstrate what’s unique about Dobot’s hardware and software design. Dobot’s high accuracy, high repeat precision arm seems to be its greatest selling point, so beyond the detailed tasks set out in artistic projects like laser etching, Dobot can do basically anything you want it to.

Related: Makerarm is a digital fabrication system that lets virtually anyone make virtually anything

Dobot is powered by Arduino, and can move along four different axes with incredible precision. Depeding on how you program it, the arm can be used for anything from playing games, to writing letters, to helping with scientific experiments. Again focusing on the non-professional interest in robotic arm devices, Dobot is built with a stepper motor in order to keep volume levels down for home use.

Because of that emphasis on ease and accessibility for tech-challenged users, Dobot is equipped with a variety of different control methods. At completion of the Kickstarter campaign, Dobot will ship already enabled with seven different control methods, including PC, mobile app controls, voice commands, Leap Motion integration, and physical gesture recognition. The Dobot team also promises EEG controls, but considering a history of questionable success with brain control technology in commercial applications, that seems like a fairly lofty goal.

Dobot has already far surpassed their original Kickstarter funding goal of $36, 000, and with less than a week to go in the campaign have amassed more than $430, 000 from over 800 backers. A minimum pledge of $499 earns backers a basic version of the Dobot robotic arm with a starter kit of attachable heads, and higher pledges can earn perks like power tool kits, Leap Motion tools, and EEG extras. If all goes according to plan now that the project is fully funded, Dobots are expected to ship starting in December of this year.

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Global Specialties Global Specialties R700 Vector Robotic Arm, Programmable, 18" Arm Length, 14" Arm Height, 7.5" Base Diameter
BISS (Global Specialties)
  • Fully assembled heavy gauge aluminum robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom and ATmega64 microprocessor
  • Easily control the arm via computer or included keyboard; Using included RACS software you can record and play back the movements of the robot
  • Expandable with I/Os and I2C bus; Wireless options available
  • Comes with Robot Loader and WinAVR software; Easily download included sample programs or write your own custom code in C
  • Includes R700 Vector Robotic Arm, software CD, 64-page manual, keyboard controller, USB interface and cables, and 12V DC power supply
  • Fully assembled aluminum robotic arm for student and hobbyist study of mechatronics
  • ATMEGA64 processor can be controlled using included RACS computer software or C programming language custom code
  • Robotic arm actions can be recorded and stored for download and control of robotic arm
  • 12V DC power adapter
  • Wireless control option sold separately
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