Think it’s tricky to build and program a robot arm? Think again.
Powered by the Raspberry Pi, the MeArm Pi is a robot arm designed to be simple enough that kids aged 11+ can build and program it.
The lightweight plastic arm, which can pick up small objects such as Lego bricks, comes as a kit that keeps the number of screws to a minimum and is relatively straightforward to assemble using the included hex keys. It can be controlled via the Pi, either using joysticks attached to the included Pi HAT add-on board or by programming it from the Pi.
There’s also a Node.js app that performs various functions, including allowing users to control the servos in the arm via the Pi’s General-Purpose Input Output (GPIO) pins and even to control the arm remotely via a web browser.
The MeARM’s add-on board is compatible with the Raspberry Pi Model B+ form factor, and should work with the Pi Zero but won’t fit in the case.
The company behind MeARM also makes Mirobot, a build-it-yourself WiFi drawing robot that teaches children about technology, programming and mathematics.
The MeARM is available in orange or blue has already passed its £10,000 funding goal on Kickstarter, raising £14,770 with 28 days to go. The standard kit costs £60 ($75).