OWI Robotic Arm Edge
The Robotic Arm Edge is an affordable follow-on from the award winning Robotic Arm Trainer. It concentrates on robotic arm technology, and is a fun project for any youngster to learn about robotics.
The kit needs to be built with some adult supervision, I think, as some plastic parts need some trimming, and some parts do need to be positioned accurately. But no soldering is needed, and no programming is necessary.
Having said that, there is an option to program the arm through a windows PC using a special USB interface bought separately (detailed below), but it is not essential.
The mechanics of the unit employ 5 motors, 5 gear boxes and a five-switch wired controller.
You can command the gripper to open and close, and it will operate within the following specifications:
- Vertical reach: 15 inches
- Horizontal reach: 12.6 inches
- Lift capacity: 100 grams
- Radial twist motion: 120 degrees
- Elbow range of motion: 300 degrees
- Base rotation: 270 degrees
- Base motion: 180 Degrees
An enhanced feature is an audible safety indicator on all five gearboxes to prevent any gear damage, or potential injury whilst being operated. There is also a search light on the gripper to enable night-time play and increase the fun from this robotic toy.
You can buy separately a USB Interface that will enable you to connect your Robotic Arm Edge to a Windows computer. It doesn't work with a Mac.
It includes an interactive script writer capable of writing up to 99 robotic arm functions into a script file for your use.
This enables you to program the arm to perform a sequence of movements, giving you real time interactive control via your computer.
This toy is for kids aged 10 years and older - boys or girls - and is a good quality introduction to robotics. It comes with full instructions but you will need to buy some batteries (D cell).
The OWI Robotic Arm Edge is well priced at Amazon. Check it out here
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[Updated 15 August 2018]