uArm Swift Pro: You Can Program This Robot Arm To Serve As A Handy And Versatile Assistant

uArm Swift Pro: You Can Program This Robot Arm To Serve As A Handy And Versatile Assistant
FEBRUARY 14, 2017

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Ever see an industrial robot arm and silently wish that there’s a residential version that you can put to work at home? Now you can with the uArm Swift Pro, an open-source robot arm that you can program to do whatever dastardly things your mind can come up with.

An Arduino-powered robot arm, the rig boasts four-degrees of articulation for executing complex movements, with a joint that moves using a customized gearbox and stepper motor module. A parallel mechanism structure allows it to weigh a light 4.9 pounds, too, ensuring you can move around the house without any issues.

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The uArm Swift Pro comes with a suction cup, a gripper, a universal holder, a 3D printing finishing kit (yep, it will finish your 3D objects for you), and a laser engraving kit, each of which can be attached to the head to accomplish any desired tasks. For control, it can be manually operated either via mouse-and-keyboard or a companion mobile app, as well as programmed using a graphical interface based on Blockly. It can also learn movements by physically moving the arm, as it can remember motion sequences and repeat it when triggered.

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Do note, it handles maximum payloads of just 1.1 pounds, so while it can carry a brush and paint your walls, you won’t be able to use it to hold your power tools in the workshop. It’s compatible with a variety of tools available in the market, too, including those from GroveKits and OpenMV.

An Indiegogo campaign is currently running for the uArm Swift Pro. You can reserve a unit starting at $449.

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