We just wanted to officially announce that we will be hosting several robotics camps in Boise, ID in the summer of 2017. In these camps we are going to introduce kids to the world of robotics and some of the big thinkers in it today. And then the kids will be building their own robots and competeing in several different tasks for their robots.
More details bee be coming soon. If you are interested in having you child attend simply e-mail us and we will put you on the waiting list.
-The Team at Slant
We have started a new chapter with the LittleArm. The LittleArm 2C. It is the toughest, simpliest, easiest arduino robot arm available. And it is still 3D printed. Check it out below and get yours on Kickstarter
After a year of getting feedback from teachers and working with hundreds of students that have used the robotics kit, we have redesigned the LittleArm.
Check out the preview below to see the LittleArm 2C. We think that it is the best arduino robot arm kit created. It will become available in 2017.
Here are a couple of tools for training the LittleArm Arduino robot arm.
It is easy to train the LittleArm arduino kit. But the issue comes when you need to get repeatability. The arm will move to the exact same place every time. But if anything in the environment changes then it will not do what you expect.
In factories robot arm ar put into very controlled situations where everything is always the same, because the arm can't tell when something changes.
So we have created a "Training Sheet" and some special blocks just so new users and students can understand how the robot works.
The training sheet details where to place the arm and either several dice or blocks so that they are always in the same location. Then the arm can be trained and nothing will ever change.
The blocks have special depressions in them so that they are easier to grab. These are also a good design to introduce kids to 3D printing. They can learn about overhang, and ahesion, and scaling. The blocks are exactly the size of dice when printed. Kids can measure their prints and compare to real dice to see if them printed well.
Hope these help a few teachers with their robotics curriculum.
There are many arduino robot arms out there. But here is a list of arduino robot arm that are under $150. But the main issue that have is that few come with with the electronics to make it run. The LittleArm is the only arduino robot arm that actually comes with an arduino.
LittleArm Arduino Robot Arm - $95
The LittleArm is an Arduino STEM robot kit for hobbyists and students to learn robotics and progrogramming. Anyone can train the robot arm using the desktop application, regardless of experience. The LittleArm has a broad support ecosystem maintained and grown by its user community. Due to its highly versatile nature, as a robot arm, and unique capabilities for education the LittleArm is used by STEM schools all over the US, and is even utilized by organizations such as STEMBus USA. The LittleArm is an ideal robotics kit for beginners or advanced hobbyists. It provides a means to explore robotics, engineering and programming to a degree that no other robot kit can offer.
MeArm Arduino Robot Arm - $50
The MeArm is a laser-cut robot arm that is a decent robotics kit with a lot of parts. But while the kit is very affordable it does not come with an arduino.
Sainsmart Palletizing Robot arm - $140
The Sainsmart arduino robot arm is one of the largest arms on this list. But despite its price it does not come with an arduino.
Sainsmart Palletizing Robot Arm Version 2 - $100
The Sainsmart arduino robot arm is another large arm. But despite its price it does not come with an arduino. It also has little to no software support so it is difficult to get the arm moving.
Arduino Robot 6 DOF Aluminium Clamp Claw Mount kit - $38
This Arduino robot is very ungainly. It can not reach very far with much weight. It also have no arduino and almost no software.
- Rotation angle of 180 degrees
- Radius of gyration: 355mm
- Height: 460cm (holder closed)
- Clamp Max open is 55mm
- Holder of the widest distance: 98mm
- The Kit without servos( In this clamp claw kit, you'd better use MG996R
servos for the joint bears larger force,while MG995 servos for joints bears
relatively smaller force.)
- Color: Silver
We have upgraded the Desktop GUI application for the LittleArm arduino robot arm. Here is what we did.
We have launched a new verison of the Android app to control the arduino of the LittleArm. The LittleArm app now allows recording and is better laid out.
If you would like to connect a bluetooth module to the arduino of your LittleArm here is the wiring diagram.
Note 1 : A larger power supply (6V 2-3 amp) is reccomended to reliably power the arm at start-up and at high speeds. The original LittleArm power supply provides only 1 amp.
Note 2: While many tutorials (including this one) show how to connect a bluetooth to the Arduino without any extra components there is a danger that the module can be damaged. A safer way to connect the Blutooth module to the arduino is shown below.
We have launched a basic Android application to control your LittleArm Arduino robot. Using the app you can add a bluetooth module to the LittleArm and then control its motion with your smartphone.
The LittleArm App was made with MIT App Inventor to control the Arduino. We will post wiring diagrams, videos, and tutorials on building the app yourself and controlling the arm in the next few weeks.
The LittleArm is one of the most advanced Arduino robot kits on the market, and 1 of the easiest to start with. Using its desktop software this arduino arm can be trained like industrial arms or reprogrammed from scratch. The modifiable breadboard also allows expansion of the Littlearm arduino arm with sensors and other components. Despite its capabilities the LittleArm can be built and programmed by anyone from age 10 and up, making it ideal for STEM education
The Bioloid STEM is a kit that has 21 weeks of educational material around the seven robots you can build form it. The kit is good for teaching STEM from basic to advanced levels in topics ranging from electronics to programming. The kit is ideal if you are just getting started in robotics, adult or student.
Hexapod spider robots are a common in the Arduino maker space. But the Alum Allow Hexapod Spider is a special arduino kit because it's legs are among the most articulate. While it is a relatively complex and expensive kit it would be a fun arduino project.
This Arduino Crawling Quadruped Robot kit has everything you need to make a walking quadruped robot. Each leg has three joints driven by servos. Using the Sunfounder Mobile Robot Remote Controller can easily direct the robot in any direction. The kit uses the SunFounder Nano board as the main controller. A SunFounder Servo Control Board integreate the battery Nano, servo, and nRF2401 wireless module together.
While the this arduino robot kit is cool when it is done, it is fairly complex to build and is not recommended for beginners.
The Official Arduino Robot Kit had to be on this list. While soldering is required to put this robot kit together is is not a difficult robot kit. Once it is built just use a USB cable to connect the robot to the Arduino IDE on a desktop computer and download an example program. The robot comes with all kinds of integrated inputs: two potentiometers, five buttons, a digital compass, five floor sensors, and an SD card reader.
Here are a few of the best STEM toys available for the Christmas Season. Theses toys will help your child learn all about programming and other technologies.
The Sphero SPRK is a nice introduction to programming. The graphical app lets kids create a set of programmed instruction for the SPRK to execute.
Lego Mindstorms NXT
Mindstorms is a great kit for kids wanting to actually build robots. Their software also lets the machines be programmed in pretty great detail.
The most versatile robot arm kit on the market. The LittleArm can easily be trained with its application. Kids can also learn about 3D printing from the kit.
A good kit for more advanced builders. The MakeBlock is a set similar to Mindstorms
Dash and Dot
These interactive robots give great tangible feedback for programming exercises. They are also fun toys for just about any level.
Another robot to learn programming on. The Finch can be programmed with many different languages. Very similar to Dash and Dot this robot is meant to provide quick feedback from programming excises. It is more of a tool than a toy.