Online K-12 Education Market Advances with the Introduction of Low-Cost Robotic Arm

Posted On January 05, 2021     

Researchers hailing from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico have invented a budget-friendly robotic arm that can improve online robotic education, enabling teachers to demonstrate the theoretical concepts taught during their lessons. A paper published in a magazine called Hardware X presented this robotic arm, which has been granted as a fully open source and can be assembled easily by all educators and teachers worldwide.

The initiation of this project was in March 2020, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A lead researcher of the project stated that two students named David Elguezabal and Rodrigo Symonds came up with the idea of creating a two-link robotic arm. The robotic arm carries IoT capabilities for their robotics class’ project upon learning about inverse and direct kinematics and its various applications. This invention is expected to be hugely in favor of the Global Online K-12 Education Market.

The research team set a target to create a low-cost robot that would not need laboratory environments or advanced equipment and tools to get assembled. But at the same time, it must have the ability to exhibit complicated robotics concepts in a physical environment. The robotic arm uses the mathematical process known as kinematics, as stated by the lead researcher. The robotic arm needs to follow a trajectory to shift an end effector to a particular place, and the trajectory path is determined by parametric functions or specific coordinates. The end effector, in this context, could be any random object that the robotic arm is trying to move, like a laser, a marker, or a robotic gripper.

This newly invented robotic arm is known to be budget-friendly in comparison to the already existing ones. Furthermore, it can be connected to Wi-Fi as well as controlled remotely by using an online app. All these features make it an ideal source for remote learning, as it enables students and teachers who have been communicating online during this pandemic to experiment using the robotic arm.

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