Help fund a programmable robot arm made of cardboard

first_imgRobots are expensive, partly because of the materials required to build them. And that cost escalates the bigger the robot is. But a Kickstarter project by Ken Ihara has found a way around the high cost by making a giant robot arm, by constructing it out of cardboard.It has to be seen to be believed, but the engineer really has made a fully working robot arm out of cardboard. The arm has two functions. The first is as a 3-fingered claw crane (Claw Crane Kit), which is perfect for replicating those grabber machines down your local arcade. The crane is capable of picking up a whole range of objects, but shouldn’t carry more than 325 grams with the arm fully extended.The other function, and perhaps the more useful of the two, is as a camera crane for your smartphone (Cinematographer Kit). The built-in smartphone attachment means you can become a film director in your own home, recording video with panning shots and time lapsed movement.The arm has a reach of 5ft 6″ and the choice of corrugated cardboard was made because it’s cheap, safe, easy to maintain, and flexible in its design. Cardboard also makes it relatively easy to construct modifications for the crane.The robot plugs into a USB port on your computer and allows you to program the 4-axis motor controller to carry out tasks or to form part of another project you have planned. Even the source code is being made available to hack away with.If you’ve ever wanted or needed a giant robot arm, this is the most cost effective way to do it. An actual industrial arm would cost around $100,000. This cardboard version may have much more limited functionality, but only costs $225 for the complete kit, or $175 for a working crane with one of the attachments. That’s at least in reach of most consumers.There is a lot of potential in such a creation, and it’s not going to be long before people start modding the crane if it gets funded. The creator only needs $10,000 to fund the project, over $3,000 of which he has already secured with 39 days to go. It seems likely this robot will reach its goal.More at Kickstarterlast_img

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