CTRL The Robot - from shop to table
The first prototype working CTRL The Robot was presented to the public at the Consumer Electronics Show ( CES 2017 ) this January.
CTRL The Robot was designed by the Robotics Evolved team, whose dream was to create a new class of desktop robot manipulators.
What is it?
CTRL The Robot is a “modern industrial robot for your desktop”, as its creators position. And indeed - it is small in size and very similar to production robots that collect cars and perform other operations on the conveyors of large factories. Its internal structure and principles of operation are based on the same technical solutions as that of large robots. But the scale, cost and ease of handling it - what CTRL The Robot is radically different from its “older brothers”.
Why is it?
This is the most suitable robot for teaching children and adults to work with robotics.
It is difficult to describe all possible uses for CTRL - you can make it paint or engrave, help in cooking , you can train your programming skills in writing applications for it.
CTRL the robot allows your computer to interact with real objects. It gives the average user access to technology that has been locked in the walls of large corporations.
In the process of development, additional nozzles on the manipulator are now being developed that will allow the robot to significantly expand its capabilities - its future skills will include, in particular, engraving, milling and laser operations, and even 3D printing.
How it works?
CTRL has the same “genes” as large production robots - it is equipped with brushless DC servomotors and cycloidal gearboxes with zero backlash, as well as high-precision encoders.
Very rigid construction, having two ball bearings in each joint, gives submillimeter accuracy.
Any robot requires control over the movements - high-precision brushless DC servomotors are more than relevant here, as is backlash-free cycloidal transmission.
CTRL can be connected in seconds, barely getting out of the package - it does not require assembly or a large number of wires to connect, only the power cord and USB cable to communicate with the computer.
Connecting it is no more difficult than a simple household printer.
What about software?
You can use one of the manufacturer’s programs or write your own.
The robot comes with software - 'Motion CTRL Studio', a program for diagnosing, visualizing and writing movement scripts for CTRL The Robot.
CTRL supports all programming languages and is defined by a computer as a USB device, which makes it easy to control it through a program written in any language.
But programming is not necessary - it comes with several applications, you can use it right out of the box. Open Source Programs - no proprietary software, you can edit and change any parameters. The creators of the manipulator are counting on the support of enthusiasts who will write and post programs for CTRL The Robot in open access.
No assembly, adjustment or calibration is required.
How are you?
The project did not get enough funding for KickStarter this time.
The reason for the failure is the dampness of the project. If the creators first finalized all the declared options, such as a laser, a mill and an extruder, and only then declared the project, then the interest in the robot, and hence the number of people willing to join, would be much higher.
Without these functions, it seems to be just a toy, maximum - a good educational tool, no more.
CTRL The Robot still has the opportunity to “fly up” in the future - provided all the declared new functions are added, it will become something completely new in the field of home robotics.
Would you buy yourself such a robot, if so, how would you apply it? If everything is clear with education - such things will be very useful there, then the question arises about life - does it make sense to create consumer robotics for home use?
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