23 Dec 2014
LUSEP helps launch MeArm – a mini robotic arm for the masses
A pocket size robot arm to make robotics, electronics and programming accessible to the masses has smashed its Kickstarter goal, thanks to a partnership with Des19ncor, a design consultancy based on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks (LUSEP).
A miniaturised version of an industrial robot arm, MeArm is simple enough to build and use with primary school children, but also enables advanced levels of robotics education. As its open-source, all MeArm’s entire design and code files are freely available to download so that makers everywhere can share and enrich their knowledge. There are already well over 250 MeArms ‘in the wild’ in every continent except Antarctica.
MeArm can be cut entirely from an A4 sheet of acrylic and built with standard low-cost servo motors. Kickstarter success will enable the launch of the MeBrain, an innovative platform that make it possible to build something low cost ‘with nothing but a screwdriver and enthusiasm’ from May 2015.
MeArm has also benefited from the creative expertise in the Studio, the University’s graduate commercialisation hub and collaboration with the Department of Computer Sciences will strengthen the ultimate goal of MeArm’s widespread adoption by schools, colleges and universities to encourage STEM education.