Raspberry Pi powered robot arm for young makers
10 February 2017
Mime Industries launched its latest product on Kickstarter; a Raspberry Pi powered robot arm kit that’s simple enough for kids to build.
Ben Pirt from Mime Industries said “we believe in helping children to have fun whilst learning about technology and the MeArm Pi is completely designed around that goal”. Based on the original MeArm, which was launched on Kickstarter in 2014, this version has seen a complete re-working in order to make it much simpler for children to build.
The MeArm comes as a flatpack kit, so it easy to assemble. The kit integrates smoothly with the Raspberry Pi, the ubiquitous educational computing platform, using a HAT (a plug-on board that fits on the computer) with on-board joysticks for control. Because of the large ecosystem of programming language support for the Raspberry Pi it is also possible to program the movements of the arm using a wide range of popular programming languages.
Two versions are available for purchase; the maker version where you supply your own Arduino or Raspberry Pi or the Deluxe version which comes with an Arduino and joystick controller. Prices start from £32.99
Mime Industries enables people to learn through play and exploration of technology. Its build-it-yourself kits have inspired children and adults to break through their own barriers and learn to build and code whilst having fun. Its products are simple to build and can be easily understood. Meaning you can use them to learn whilst playing, adding your own imagination to make something great.
Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.