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CTRL is the robot anyone can control straight from the box

10 January 2017

Launched at the CES Show 2017, ‘CTRL the Robot’ is a scaled down version of an industrial robot designed to be affordable for homes, schools and SMEs.

CTRL the Robot (Credit: Robotics Evolved)

Created by the in-house team at Robotics Evolved, the dream was to create a whole new category of desktop-sized robot arms. CTRL the Robot has been engineered so that anyone can control a robot, straight out of the box. Users will be able to connect the robot via the USB port and start inventing tasks immediately. 

From being able to write names in icing on a cake, to teaching children coding while inventing games, to performing automated tasks for businesses, CTRL opens up a world of possibilities. 

The software is open-source, so CTRL is compatible with any programming language that users may prefer. It ships with example applications with source code and ‘Motion CTRL Studio’ software to easily run diagnostics, visualise movements and script interactively. CTRL can also be manipulated by hand to learn and mimic movements.

The box also contains a gripping tool, with a range of interchangeable arm tools to follow including suction pads, spray nozzles, laser engraving tools and more. This technology is also open-source so users can invent their own tools and 3D print them. By including a camera, the robot will also have the ability to find and recognise.

CTRL the Robot (Credit: Robotics Evolved)

With a full range of movement through six axis articulation, CTRL can lift and carry with precision. It uses specially designed brushless servo motors for smooth motion. Even though it approximately stands at the height of a piece of A4 paper, it can reach as far as a human arm and carry up to 0.77kg (750g). By pairing two or more arms together on a torso, users could soon have a robot helping with the cooking or acting like a miniature factory at the workplace.

Robots are traditionally expensive and therefore only accessible to a few, but the CTRL robot is a game-changer. It gives robot power to the people. Once users have created clever and useful tasks for their personal robot, they can share the code with other users globally. 

CTRL has been prototyped and tested but is looking to crowdfund the final manufacturing preparations through Kickstarter. 

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