Today we’ll review this great robot for kids. There aren’t many products on market in this area of robotics. And this is one of the most promising bot. It looks like a model of professional robotic arms used in car manufacturing. We expect it will be easy to build because there is no soldering and programming.
We got our hands on this robotic arm, let’s see how fun can it be!
As we opened the box, we noticed that this is not some “throw it together” robot that can be assembled in 5 minutes. Every part of the bot was by itself. Robot body is made of plastic and its parts is melted into part plates. First they have to be separated from each other and then we can start building the robot. Motors and wires were soldered and ready to be placed in robot. Controller also has to be constructed and attached to robot. We must mention one other cool feature. Commands on gearbox can be customized by the builder by choosing which command will operate which motor. This kit was not hard to build and it was meant to be created by children hands. Actually kids love to build this one. We spent an hour to build and test this robotic arm and we must say it did not disappoint us.
The OWI-535 Robot Kit is a RC robotic arm with 5 degrees of freedom, 100 g lifting capacity, and a white LED light. Using five DC motors, the robot has a 120 degree wrist movement, a 300 degree elbow movement, a 180 degree shoulder movement, a 270° base movement, and a 0-1.77″ gripping movement. In one sentence it can move in all directions and angles.
OWI’s second-generation robotic arm kit, OWI-535, can teach your kids the basic mechanics and electronics. Robotic arm uses five motors with gearboxes and when one of the motors encounters high resistance to movement, robot will alert you to stop the arm’s movement in that direction. White diode is placed to the hand of the arm to illuminate object you are holding. That way it can operate in dark also.
There are a number of kids that like the OWI Robotic Arm. If your child has shown any interest at all in robotics and he likes to build things, this bot will be a great gift. It’s almost like few toys for the price of one. First he must build the robot, and then he can move objects, type on keyboard and any other thing he can think of.