MeArm Robotics Blog

Official Launch of Mime Industries

September 22, 2016 Benjamin Gray

Mime Industries enables people to learn through play and exploration of technology. Their groundbreaking build-it-yourself kits have inspired children and adults to break through their own barriers and learn to build and code whilst having fun. Their products are simple to build and can be easily understood. Meaning you can use them to learn and play, adding your own imagination to make something great. Their products are fully Open Source. This means that as well as providing the physical and computational parts you need to build them we provide all of the design and production files you need to reproduce them. It...

Unofficial Pre-launch of Mime Industries!

September 22, 2016 Benjamin Gray

Those paying attention to the activities at MeArm Towers and the Mirobot Volcano Lair will have noticed that we've been working together a whole lot lately. This process ultimately started when Ben Gray wrote this blog post back in 2014 praising the design and openness of the Mirobot design. The two founders met at Maker Faire 2014 and found a lot of common ground and mutual respect. Mirobot from Alasdair Allan on Vimeo. Since then they've met at various events and realised that they'd been running the same business, with the same ethics and similar products for the last two years. The logical...

Soft Gripper for the MeArm - MeArm Mod by XYZAidan

February 23, 2016 Benjamin Gray

It's exciting to see what can be done when you start to hack and modify the MeArm. One amazing customer / hacker has made a high tech soft gripper for the MeArm, using some 3D printed parts and some tubing. Check out the video here In addition to the video XYZAidan has made an instructable and has entered into the Full Spectrum Laser contest. It would be fantastic for such a creative maker to have access to his own laser cutter, so please visit his page and give him your vote!  

MeArm on the Raspberry Pi

January 26, 2016 Benjamin Gray

Running a MeArm on a Raspberry Pi is initially very simple. We hope to make it simpler still with some good example code. Right now it's very easy to get up and running with just a few jumper cables and an external power supply (like our 6V 2A power supply). We're assuming you have a Raspberry Pi up and running and all of the goodies that you need to achieve that. With that running you're going to want to attach the Pi to the servos as shown below. We're using GPIOs 4, 17, 18 and 27. These will become servos...

An Addition to the MeArm Workshop - Reflow Oven

December 11, 2015 Christian Fraser-Williams

In the past week an addition has been made to the equipment we use here at MeArm. Say hello to Gregg, our own specially hacked Argos value-range toaster oven. With the aid of an Arduino Uno, Gregg's role has changed from being just a simple toaster oven to being our handy little re-flow oven for our MeArm Brains Boards. With some tweaks and some really burnt PCB's the Arduino has been programmed to set a target temperature for Gregg to heat up to. The temperature is then regulated by current temperature readings taken from the thermocouple so that our PCB's are...