Elephant Robotics has unveiled its latest robot arm design, and this one's a little different — because you get two, rather than one, six-axis robot arms along with a central display designed to encourage an emotional connection between the user and what the company has called the "myBuddy 280."
"MyBuddy is [the] first dual-arm robot product of Elephant Robotics powered by Raspberry Pi, belonging to [the] service robot [class]," the company explains of its latest robot design. "A dual-arm 13-axis Humanoid Collaborative Robot."
The number after myBuddy's name indicates its working radius of 280mm, while the machine is claimed to offer a 250g payload capacity — making it suitable for hobbyist use rather than industrial projects. At the center of the design is a 7" touchscreen display, while up to two two-megapixel cameras provide input for computer vision systems.
"The whole machine motion control drive library of myBuddy is open [source]," the company claims, "[with] more than 100 control interfaces such as joint angle control, coordinate control，etc. Therefore, users can realize robot motion path planning algorithm research, dual-arm interference avoidance algorithm research, robot vision learning, and other artificial intelligence applications development. myBuddy effectively helps developers and students to improve their personal scientific research ability."
The new twin-armed robot comes two months after Elephant Robotics unveiled the MechArm, a modular six-axis unit powered by a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computer. This, in turn, was a follow-up to the myPalletizer, a four-axis design developed with M5Stack.
The myBuddy 280 is now available on the Elephant Robotics store, priced at $1,699; the base and clamp is an additional $49.99, the adaptive gripper $99.99, the camera flange $99.99, and the suction pump accessory $129.99.