Well, I picked up my new (old) robotic arm this morning without too much incident. Traffic was light, Laura was a good sport, and the security alarm at Northeastern stopped going off after a few seconds, so it was a quick trip. The whole thing is quite a bit bigger than I anticipated, though. While the arm is reasonably sized (about that of a breadbox), the controller computer/electronics is gargantuan. About the size (and a good part of the weight) of a window-installed air-conditioning unit, the box houses the programmable logic as well as the power supply & servo controllers. As I dig up more information, I’ll put up a page of resources & projects (done: check it).

posted October 1, 2002 – 10:10 am
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