‘The Swift’ Is A Robotic Arm For All Wanting To Have Robot Fun
When I was in a computer drafting class in 7th grade, there was a machine that would take what you designed, then it would take a plastic block and turn it into what you input into it. I got a crappy block that looked like it was run over by a train because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. That’s what happens when you don’t pay attention in class, kids. As I moved on in school, I saw a demonstration of a robotic arm that did something similar, but not as incredible as what you’ll see with The Swift robotic arm. It also probably cost at least $10,000+ in those days.
The Swift robotic arm is a crowdfunded venture that promises the user of the arm to have as much fun as possible for the lowly cost of only $300 for the early models. The crowdfunded effort brought initially had a $10,000 funding goal. It went on to make $849,755 or 8498% of the initial goal.
There are two versions of The Swift — the standard model, which is a bit louder and the Pro model, which has a more accurate stepper motor. Both can can perform such tricks as laser etching, light painting and assembly (plus, it cuts up potato chip bags like in the gif above). Both are programmable using UFactory’s Scratch-like programming language. It also has the ability so that you can move the arm manually and it will recreate your movements. It’s kind of like Ripley from Alien, except you would totally get owned by a Xenomorph while trying to etch your name into a piece of wood.
The Swift plans on shipping in May of this year, and the package will cost about $500. I’d say this would probably be more fun that spending that same amount of money on crap like toy arms from a Toys R’ Us. So much promise, yet so little delivery on the picture on the box.
Check out the demo below:
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