The Cardboard Robot is a HUGE robot arm with a reach just shy of 6 feet
Cardboard Robot in the News:
PCWorld- “one benefit of the cardboard arm is that despite being industrial size it can’t kill you.”
Wired- “the choice of cardboard makes this arm light, inexpensive and easily modified.”
Engadget- “one of the main functions is the fun of piecing it together!”
Electricpig- “aims to give people the kind of robotic assistant that’s normally found in labs.”
Ubergizmo- “definitely be useful if you are trying to record your own home made movie.”
CNET- “Thanks to its corrugated construction, the Cardboard Robot lets you command your own industrial-size claw or film crane for a fraction of the cost of a metal arm.”
Element14- “This programmable robot opens the door for creative uses.”
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1. The Claw Crane Kit – Has a 3 fingered claw that enables you to pick up stuffed animals and dirty socks from the floor without having to bend down. The ability to save the path of the arm enables users to take the same moving camera shot with precision and repeat-ability.
2. The Cinematographer Kit- Has a smart phone camera attachment to take fantastic sweeping and swooping time lapse and video shots.
1. Safety: Its light and strong enough to have fun on a large scale. But unlike an industrial robot, it can’t kill you. (max recommend payload with arm fully extended: one medium sized stuffed animal, or 325 grams)
2. Cost: This robot costs less than $200 – where a similar sized industrial robot would start at around $100K.
3. Maintenance: If a part breaks, you can easily fabricate another.
4. Flexibility: You can easily implement your own modifications and original designs. Just get out your Exacto-knife and glue gun
The Cardboard Robot’s custom made 4-axis motor controller can also control other projects that you might dream up. you could use this hardware to make a robot of a completely different design. You could also potentially use it to drive a cnc machine, 3d printer, or similar hardware
The cardboard robot is almost entirely made from corrugated cardboard. Why cardboard?
- Safety: Its light and strong enough to have fun on a large scale. But unlike an industrial robot, it can’t kill you (yes, industrial robots are very dangerous)
- Cost: This robot cost less than $200. A similar sized robot would start at around $100,000
- Maintenance: If a part breaks, you can easily fabricate another
- Flexibility: you can easily implement your own modifications and original designs. Just get out your Exacto-knife and glue gun
What can my kids learn from playing with the Cardboard Robot?
There are so many concepts and skills that your kids can learn while building, using, hacking, modifying and repairing the Cardboard Robot. Just a few examples:
- Physics: mass, inertia, mechanical advantage, pulleys, levers
- Mathematics: basic math, trigonometry, polar coordinates, Cartesian coordinates, matrix multiplication
- Electronics: microcontrollers, USB protocol, stepper motor controllers
- Computer programming: loops, classes, interfacing with hardware via USB
Basic skills: reading directions, patience (waiting for glue to dry)
Open source: I hope this cardboard robot will some day get my son interested in computer science and engineering. To this end, I would like to get this platform into as many hands as possible so that we can improve upon it together. All the design files and source code will be made available to download, modify and hack. The software is currently written for Windows in C#. I aim to have an OSX version ready by the time we ship.
Shipping and Assembly Information:
I aim to ship the units in time for Christmas 2012. Depending on demand and the speed of suppliers, you may receive yours much earlier.
The Claw Crane, Cinematographer and Awesome Kits come flat-packed with all the parts needed to make your own Cardboard Robot. This includes a power supply and a custom-made 4-axis motor controller. The motor controller is soldered, assembled and tested. Some assembly required. You will need a heated glue gun (epoxy works as well), small Philips screwdriver, and a pair of pliers.
**NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS** Please see our website FAQ for more information on international shipping. International buyers may be subject to additional duties and customs. For countries such as Australia, we will not be able to send the three cardboard arms due to size restrictions for parcels.
What is included in the kit?
The complete kit comes flat-packed with all the parts needed to make your own Cardboard Robot. This includes pre-cut cardboard parts, wooden base with swivel plate, screws, nuts, motor attachments and set screws, 12V 5A power supply, USB 4-axis stepper motor controller, software and USB cable.
How do I get one?