MechArm 270-Pi lightweight robot arm launches based on Raspberry Pi
Elephant Robotics has launched the MechArm 270-Pi, a robot arm controlled by a Raspberry Pi. The company claims this is the most compact six-axis robot arm; the lightweight gadget weighs 1 kg (~2.2 lbs) with a maximum payload of 250 g (~8.8 oz). Six motors allow the arm to have six DOF, allowing precise motion control within 0.5 mm (~0.02-in).
Ideas for projects using the MechArm 270-Pi include a patrol robot or a chess robot that can pick up and replace the pieces in new locations. You could build an intelligent robot with object recognition or facial recognition with open-source interfaces.
You can now buy the Elephant Robotics MechArm 270-Pi for the discounted price of US$799, 5% off the US$849 retail price. The gadget is also available in bundles with various add-ons, such as an adaptive gripper or a suction base.