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Robotic Arm Kit with USB PC Interface

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4.3  out of 5 based on 47 reviews
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  • Exclusive to Maplin Electronics!
  • Construct a working robotic arm and control it from your PC via USB!
  • A fun and exciting way to explore robotics via a PC

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Robotic Arm Kit with USB PC Interface

Exclusive to Maplin Electronics!• Construct a working robotic arm and control it from your PC via USB!
• A fun and exciting way to explore robotics via a PC
• Use your keyboard and mouse to have real time control over the robot• Includes software for controlling the arm supplied on CD-Rom• Programming option to save or load pre-programmed user files for a series of movements• Maximum Lift 100g
• Requires 4 x D size batteries

The Robotic Arm Kit is a great learning tool for electronics enthusiasts and is exclusive to Maplin Electronics.

First you open the box and get to work assembling the kit.

To assemble the kit you'll need a screwdriver, a pair of wire cutters and some needle nose pliers. The instructions are clear to follow and assembling the arm should take 1-2 hours.

Once built, you can connect it to your PC (or Raspberry Pi) and program it to perform all sorts of robotic movements. The simplest method to controlling the arm is pretty straight forward - once you've got the software installed on your PC, you just point at the part of the arm (on screen) that you want to affect and click. You also have the option to program a series of movements.

Minimum System Requirements:
PC Operating System: Windows® XP/Vista™
(32-bit versions only)
CPU: Pentium 3 1.0GHz or above
Memory: 256MB or above
Hard Drive Space: 100MB or above
Display: SVGA 800x600 pixels or above
Colour monitor with 16 bit colour or above


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10 of 47 Reviews

  • Excellent

    I got this product for Christmas it took me 2 hours to build that is quite short for me. Product comes with everything except a screwdriver and a pair of pliers (that I Recommend) Also if you are giving this to a child they might need help doing up the screws

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  • Fantastic Robotic Arm

    I love it! I spent the morning assembling this with my son and it's incredibly educational and fun all rolled into one. You need to follow the instructions carefully as some parts can be a little tricky to do but it is well built and well designed. The fun starts once you have assembled it and start to use it as it can rotate the base, move the arm at the base, move the elbow, wrist and also the jaws which are surprisingly nimble. I'm intending to expand on this by getting it to work with a Raspberry PI and remotely control it from a P.C. Hopefully once we have worked out this we can power the PI from battery and add some form of movement to it which would really open minds for all sorts of educational (mischief) uses! For this price it is well worth the value and I thoroughly recommend it.

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  • excellent

    I got this for Christmas took me about a morning to complete few errors easy to fix though. Software easy to use i specifically like the keyboard mode. all over its BRILL

    Was this review useful?  Yes No  7 0

  • Good but needs some refining

    Bought this thinking that any Win7 apps will work in Windows 8, the app is OK but the drivers won't install. To get around this Google "disable driver signature enforcement windows 8", follow the procedures and then the drivers will install properly. The kit seems well manufactured and goes together easily, would be nicer if it didn't need 'D' cells for power. The Windows software is basic but works well in manual mode, the servos don't have stops so I expect the gears will wear after a while if you aren't careful. For the money this was good value and I would recommend it.

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  • Brilliant exactly what I wanted!!! It's great

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  • Overall it was good for the money but failed ona few important things. First of all the programming mode was timed for each step and like someone already said it failed most tasks when the program was run. Also the whole programming is never going to work because there is no default reset which sets the arm in a start position where you can always start. Serious downfall, as I did buy it to teach young kids how to start basic programming, a bit of a let down for them when their program they worked on never works.

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  • This is the best arm design i have seenso far! contains software to operate which makes its handling very easy

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  • Firstly, this does work in Windows 7, the CD supplied does have all the drivers. I've run it on Windows 7 64-bit. Additionally you can use this with Raspberry pi and any other Linux, you can find loads of information via google. Good fun too build, easy.

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  • Well made product, build instructions could be better.

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  • I found the Robotic Arm easy to put together as long as you follow the instructions carefully. The arm will run on 2 rechargeable 'D' cells if they are installed in the left hand side of the battery box. Tracing the red wire from the right hand battery terminal terminates in a solder pad with no tracks to it. Good fun to play with but the software supplied is very basic. There are a few articles on the web using a Raspberry Pi to drive this arm. Pity the battery box wasn't designed so the batteries could be changed without having to unscrew the top off the box as the usb lead has to be pushed to one side to gain access to one of the screws. I think that one of the wires will eventually fracture here as the socket on the end of the USB lead has been changed to a Moles type and a dab of silicon rubber applied to where the wires enter the socket. I have attached a small box to the rear of the battery box containing a battery charging circuit board from Velleman and incorporated a change-over switch to isolate the arm while the batteries are on charge.

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    What are the minimum requirements for this item?

    PC Operating System: Windows® XP/Vista™, (32-bit versions only) CPU: Pentium 3 1.0GHz or above Memory: 256MB or above Hard Drive Space: 100MB or above Display: SVGA 800x600 pixels or above, Colour monitor with 16 bit colour or above

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  • Oliver Piotrowski said:

    This does work with 64 bit windows 7, however you will need to select the option to 'disable driver signing' in the F8 boot menu

    Many thanks for the feedback.

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  • Sue said:

    Are the Circuit boards or other spares available for purchase seperately

    unfortunately we do not stock spare parts for this unit currently

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  • Richard Hind said:

    Does the software provide standard DLL files to enable you to control the robot arm by writing your own software in Visual BASIC / C++ etc. ?

    This is not included

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  • Dan King said:

    How far does the arm reach from the base unit?

    Base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 380mm and a horizontal reach of 320mm approximatly.

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