At the moment only real-time operation of the robot arm is included. So you might expect two 0. Robots Print Edit Send fan mail to authors. First pyusb needs to be installed to allow communication with the usb device. Once you have found your downloaded pyusb

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Unpack PyUSB and build it in the usual python way using. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3. The whole project can be built with a simple make invocation: November 03, How can I set a home point for the robotic arm so that it will return to a standard position when it is done? The arm is also sold under a number of of other names from numerous retailers including:.

I have therefore created the G-Robot arm software which can be used on a Raspberry Pi or other Linux computer. The program works great most of the time but occasionally it does several moves I didn’t ask it to do.

It is not possible to set a home point. The next step is to grant appropriate permissions to the USB device. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. The code is available here: When buying a robot arm you need to ensure that you buy the version that includes the USB computer interface or buy the usb interface separately.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The gripper run from fully open to fully closed takes 1. This is because bits are meant to only control the bit’s display, and not any other hardware. When I use this command MoveArm 1,[0,1,0] in a sequence above, wouldn’t I need to include some waiting command, or is that integrated within the board robtoic the arm? You are logged into reality as robotuc logging in as ‘insane’ is the only safe option.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For this part, as you don’t need the GUI at all, it’s easier to exit the graphic session and use the command line.

Lifting some heavy weights. There is a huge amount of “backlash” in the gear assemblies, do not expect any kind of robottic on trained sequences.

Plug in your Robot arm and type “sudo shutdown -r now” this restarts the Pi. You can now delete the downloaded files.

Controlling a USB robotic arm with a Raspberry Pi

An attempt to conenct will be made every time the user tries to ram the arm. You can clone the development branch with Git by running: This should extract the files. My son was recently given a Maplin robotic arm kit with USB interface by a neighbour of ours who had received it as an unwanted gift.


These can be pressed using a mouse, a touchscreen if you have one or using keyboard shortcuts. Leave a Reply ,inux reply Your email address will not be published.

The extension mechanism for the off-line version seems simple enough: I am also a computational systems biologist. The first two are installed using: Thanks SeZo I followed the instructions but when I tried to run orbotic python script I was getting syntax errors so I moved over to the VM option, but I’m having issues with installing the correct extension pack something about conflicts with the guest additions version, I don’t ribotic why they don’t just bundle all that together so it all works with one installation.

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Exit the graphical session, or open up a terminal window. There appears to be absolutely no decoupling or power supply smooting capacitors anywhere on the board which occasionally makes operation somewhat erratic.

Over the Xmas break I got a chance to help my son build it it only took a couple of hours, and was reasonably straightforward.