In a complete departure from my previous posts, and as a result of buying one of these Arms for my kids for Christmas I thought I would write-up what I have done with it.
This is the Maplin Robot Arm (~£29 discounted), I think originally it is made by a company called OWI from the US.
This is a basic arm with 5 motors and can be controlled from Windows with the supplied software or from Linux (i.e. Raspberry Pi, using some basic Python)
I was looking to see if the arm could be controlled/programmed from MIT’s Scratch programming language so that my youngest kid to join in too, and the answer is yes!
Most of the information, work (and credit) I needed to do was already done at a great blog post by Franco Raimondi.
I have updated the instructions for Microsoft Windows 10 and also modified the Python code needed so that it runs on Python 3.51.