What’s cooler than a cyborg? A LEGO cyborg, naturally #WearableWednesday
Super cool robotics arm made with LEGO Mindstorms! Via cnet.
OK, this one probably isn’t going to be helping any amputees any time soon — but it’s still a pretty freakin’ sweet concept. Lego and robotics enthusiast (and webcomic artist) Dave “Diavo” Voltaggio has been building himself a functional robotic Lego arm.
He’s been working on the concept for over a year, and is currently up to Mk VI: a construction of Lego, Lego Technic, and Mindstorms that fits over his own right arm. Where Voltaggio’s hand sits is a series four buttons, each attached to a motor. When Voltaggio touches one of the buttons, it triggers the motor on the corresponding finger of the hand (three fingers and a thumb).
The whole thing is powered by a Mindstorms EV3, and blue LEDs and a phone mount on the inner forearm provide a little bit of decoration (as well as functionality — Voltaggio can operate the phone using only his left hand). It took a few evenings to build, on and off, and about an hour to program — not including the time spent on the previous models perfecting the design, of course.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.