In collaboration with the INCIA Neuroscience Institute in France, Pollen Robotics has developed a 3D-printed robot arm that’s 100% open source.
The bio-inspired arm, dubbed “Reachy,” has seven degrees of freedom (DOF), and looks humanoid both in size and shape. Powered by a Raspberry Pi along with a custom shield, it can be programmed via Python and can easily interact with tools such as MATLAB.
What’s really neat is that Reachy’s software allows you to record movements by kinesthesic demonstration (physically moving it around) and have them replayed at any time.
If you’d like something a little different, 3D models and software are available to examine. This enables you to modify and/or extend the arm’s function on an as needed basis. Alternatively, Pollen Robotics can customize and produce their design for you, which may be an excellent option considering their experience.