The Robot Army Starter Kit is a prototype ready to combine the 3D printing technology with the industrial robotics field. In this article, I write about the Robot Army Starter Kit because I believe that it can be a powerful educational tool for hobbyists and students ready to enter in the industrial robotic field or to build several applications based on delta robot design.
The kit includes all components that allow you to build a delta robot and the program to control the robot. The parallel robot kit is a piece of plastic combined with several steel balls and optimized for the 3D printing process using PLA plastic filament.
The plastic arms are driven by standard servo motors and controlled by an ATMega controller completely hackable for many more applications.
The robot is just a platform for learning or spending a few hours playing with electronics, and perhaps this is the reason that the accuracy and the speed of the delta robot kit is not at the highest standards. Even if it is not a perfect system, the kit allows you to attach several other components such as LEDs, sensors, or even your single board computer to expand the usage area.
Robot Army Starter Kit
The impossible could come to life and this is one of the biggest things of a robotic kit. Relatively cheap, easy to program and highly customizable, the Robot Army Starter Kit is a different tool engineered to help you get started with industrial robots.
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Megunolink is a powerful tool for hobbyists and engineers designed for monitoring, serial data plotting, and logging for embedded projects. These kinds of tools are very useful since the Arduino community is growing as well as the number of DIY and commercial applications.
The MegunoLink tool is designed to talk with a series of microcontrollers and especially with Arduino boards. Used together with Arduino IDE, both tools allows you to develop and monitor a large area of serial data as well as simulating serial protocols for devices that are not embedded in the physical system.
In this article, I explore almost all-important features of the MegunoLink software and I give you some reasons to use this software when you need a powerful monitoring tool in your microcontroller projects.
Megunolink Monitor Panel
The tool offers sufficient features to help you with creative microcontroller applications and let you to monitor at any level the embedded project. MegunoLink was designed with a customizable interface where you can create a control center to visualize in real-time any serial streams from embedded systems, Bluetooth, and network based (UDP) devices.
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MOSS is a modular kit with electronic blocks transformed in a kinematic robot construction system that does not require wires or to write any programming line. The magic word is ‘fun’ because using the MOSS blocks you can feel like an engineer even you have 8 years old.
Digging inside the modular system you can find a lot of innovative technologies that makes the MOSS simple, intuitive, and a good tool for learning about robots and how they works.
Even from outside it seems to be a simple modular system, the magic blocks were designed after many years of research and studying several areas including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
As a short overview, the system consists of a set of cubes with sensors, inputs, outputs, and colors for easy assembly the parts.
For a platform dedicated to learning how to control a robot and how to interface several blocks to form a working system, probably you don’t expect to be a system that works without wires and writing any programming line. The biggest surprise is that the MOSS can work even without these essential parts that can be found in a Lego EV3 robot or a DIY robot for example.
The wires have been replaced with a single button contact able to send the power and data, while the ground passes through the steel spheres.
With several years of research, the MOSS system was started in 2010 with several sketches, ideas, and thousands of prototypes.
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The web-enabled Industry 4.0 promises to change what we have today in the manufacturing process, and for this the robotic systems have to be rethinked from a rigid system to a flexible system able to build custom products in mass production. Plans and strategies already exist or are being prepared, but this is not all. What we already have and what is the target for ‘Smart Factories’ can be found in this article, along with many more challenges and how the fourth industry works.
The new industrial revolution consists of a series of new methods for optimizations, configuration, diagnosis, cognition and intelligent support of workers able to govern themselves in a decentralized and modular system.
A smart factory need smart equipments designed to exchange data from machine to human, from machine to machine, or from human to machine. All of these informations are exchanged in real time, while the systems are faced with a large amount of data.
Efficiency and flexibility are the keywords for the fourth industrial revolution; it is about to become a lot more efficient, produce lower cost products, adaptation to customer demands, and a real-time control of production.
What Is and How Works the Industry 4.0
The fourth Industrial Revolution is about the consumer experience, goods customization, Internet of things and remote control using smart devices, about smart machines used in the manufacturing process and proximity to the consumer, in a few words this revolution will bring many more trends able to change our society and build a new industrial world. Continue Reading →
Eindhoven University of Technology has unveiled AMIGO, its new humanoid robot designed for domestic applications and expected to compete in the upcoming RoboCup@Home league. The AMIGO robot catches my attention due to its open-source software system based on ROS and Ubuntu, and by its ability to be part of the RoboEarth network and database, which is a very attractive mind-blowing combination for hobbyists and scientists.
The Autonomous Mate for IntelliGent Operations(AMIGO) has been proven over time its abilities among other advanced projects such as Bobbie Robotics or R3-COP, and the next challenge is to equip the robot with superior features able to learn different things from other robots. This is the case when the robot is able to access the RoboEarth network and database to download autonomously instructions related to a certain task and change information with other robots such as recognition of an apple.
What is very impressive is that the machines will be able to do autonomous tasks like navigation or object recognition just downloading from the RoboEarth project the proper information and store these on a memory card.
This learning method is very fast compared with the method of programming every conceivable situation, and we have to pay close attention of this Cloud Robotics infrastructure and future robotic projects designed to become part of the network.
Amigo Robot At Work
Its anthropomorphic design is limited to the upper side of the body where two of the Philips Experimental Robotic Arms (PERA) are used for interaction with objects or humans. On the lower side is the storage zone with batteries, electronics, and four omnidirectional wheels. Continue Reading →