Controlling the Maplin Robot Arm with Scratch V2 Offline on Microsoft Windows 10

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.

Maplin USB Robot Arm

Maplin USB Robot Arm

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.

Click to read more and the full instructions.

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2 Responses to Controlling the Maplin Robot Arm with Scratch V2 Offline on Microsoft Windows 10

  1. Pete says:

    Thank you very much for posting these instructions. Being able to use Scratch and Python to control the Maplin Robotic arm makes it a far more powerful educational tool.
    I found that white, opaque, 35mm film cans are great objects to move around and they glow nicely when lit by the arm’s LED light. 😉

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