The robot arm can be controlled manually using the “control box” with rotating knobs (potentiometers) that was built in the first article, as well as through the
serial port (USB and Bluetooth) from a PC, Raspberry Pi,
smartphone, etc. The possibilities are almost infinite!
Especially when it comes to software, the choices are
countless: Processing, Matlab, Python, ROS, just to mention
So, I had to keep my feet on the ground and choose
specific software to start with. Read on to find out the
Although I’ve already been experimenting with
Bluetooth connectivity, for now we’ll focus on robot arm
Last month, I showed how I had built my robot arm, describing the construction
of the body, and the design and assembly of the hardware (electronic controller).
In other words, I described the “physical” robot arm. So, now we have a robot
arm fully assembled — which is pretty cool — but what can we do with it?
Nothing yet! It still needs to be programmed in order to actually move and do
other cooler stuff.
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