Thursday, 23 February 2017

MeArm Pi - A robot arm anyone can build

The MeArm Pi is a Raspberry Pi based version of the MeArm programmable robotic arm kit. We've had the MeArm Pi listed on our kid tech crowdfunding page since it launched (you are checking that page aren't you?), but we thought we'd take a closer look.

The MeArm Pi comes as a kit that kids can build and then control from the Raspberry Pi. This quote made me chuckle: "Children can build it themselves and we suspect adults may be able to build it unaided too." My 10 year old's constructions skills are rapidly surpassing my own, I tend to ask him for help these days.

You can manually control the MeArm using the two included joysticks or you can program the arm using a choice of programming languages.

The MeArm can be programmed via the GPIO ports on the Raspberry Pi which gives you lots of options.

There's also support for web-based programming in a choice of languages.

We love the flexibility of the programming options for the MeArm, there's something for everyone.

The MeArm Pi is being developed by MIME Industries and new company formed by Ben Pirt of Mirobot and Ben Gray of MeArm so it has great credentials.

What will you pick up with your MeArm? We've got some ideas.

Check out the MeArm Pi campaign on Kickstarter - 12 days to go.

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