What is the RoboClaw, and why did I Make it?
The RoboClaw, as it’s name implies, is a robotic, 5-degree-of-freedom robotic claw that you can control over the internet. It’s based on the popular Edge Robotic Arm, Parallax Propeller Microcontroller, some Solid State Relays, and a PINK serial-enabled webserver. By pairing these things with a custom web interface and a network enabled webcam, it’s possible to both monitor and control the claw over an internet connection. After completing my prosthetics research, a friend got me the robotic arm as a gag gift. I had fun using the arcade-style controller for about an hour, and then I got bored. Conveniently, Parallax had just listed me on their “Winner’s Circle” page, and had sent me a propeller development kit as a congratulations for being an Intel Science Talent Search Finalist. 5 minutes later, the I had stripped the Claw’s control wires, wired up the Propeller, and started programming.
System Demonstration and Video Walkthrough
RoboClaw Schematics, Source Code, and Web Files
The RoboClaw is comprised of entirely open source hardware and software. You can download all materials in the GitHub Repository. This project is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike.