n 2021, robotics – and their AI – truly became humans’ best friends and even saviors in many instances. the bots proved to be quite just cool gadgets;
they evolved to step in as doctors, law enforcement, and builders because the world was – and still is – battling to know, control, and accept COVID-19. our TOP 9 robotic and AI stories of 2021 highlight these moments of positivity. they showcase our smart technologies in function, from artistic, musical, and conceptual through to the down-right practical.
continuing our TOP 9 round-ups of 2021, we glance back at 9 virtual and augmented reality stories that attracted our and, most significantly, designboom readers’ attention over the past 12 months.
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Top 9 Picks
This Yahboom dreams up Dofbot use 15kg smart serial bus metal gear digital servo, which is conducive to separately controlling and reading the angle of each steering gear. Thus, scorbot equipped with a fully functional expansion board, reserved for continued expansion, the robotic arm of fully anodized aluminum alloy with a beautiful and structure. The robotic arm can recognize colors, specific gestures, and faces, respond to the recognized gestures and track the recognized faces, track the corresponding colors, and grab the corresponding designated color objects. Furthermore, covariant ai The programmable robot arm kit can use the multi-function APP to operate most of the functions, the kit is equipped with a USB gamepad remote control to achieve the best control feeling, it can also be used PC upper computer view image transmission, 3D simulation model construction of a ROS system.
In addition, Five kinds of interconnected control methods can enjoy the fun of robotic arms.
- Package Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
- Item Weight: 4.4 pounds
- Manufacturer: Yahboom
- Robotic arm custom learning action group
- 6 degree of freedom inverse kinematics control
- Fun fixed action group
- Synchronous teaching of the robotic arm
- Artificial Intelligence Robotic Arm with Camera
- DOFBOT Motion Control
- Freely enjoy five control methods
- Top Configuration
- Easy to urge Start & Online Technical Support
This Hiwonder invented position feedback, voltage feedback functions, and high torque, and convenient wiring. Also, first ai robot xArm 1S supports wireless handle control, smartphone APP, and mouse control. PC software/Smartphone APP/Offline manual action programming. Moreover, stanford arm with an ARM core CPU, a built-in 4.0 Bluetooth module, and 16M storage memory, the robotic arm can save 1020 actions for each action group.
In addition, connect to the 7.5V 6A DC power supply directly without any voltage regulator module.
- Size: 154 x 140 x 246mm
- Body weight: about 0.9kg
- Material: aluminum alloy and surface sandblasting and oxidation
- Power supply: 7.5V 6A DC power adapter
- Controller system: xArm 1S bus servo controller
- Software: PC software and mobile APP
- Servo: single shaft/LX-15D/LX-225 intelligent bus servo
- Control method: iOS/Android mobile APP/PS2/mouse/PC software
- Package size: 500 x 295 x 155mm
- weight: about 2.2kg
- Product Dimensions: 6.06 x 5.51 x 9.69 inches
- Item Weight: 3.64 pounds
- Manufacturer: Hiwonder
- PC software debugging-Save to controller-Send command.
- Mobile APP Action Programming
- Offline Manual Action
- Intelligent Bus Servo
- Multiple control methods
- Three Programming Methods
- Powerful system
- Quick Wiring: hook up with the 7.5V 6A DC power supply directly with no transformer module.
This Freenove created needs to be assembled and DOES NOT contain Raspberry Pi and battery. Likewise, robo ai Provides detailed tutorials and complete code (Python). The download link can be found in the product box. Furthermore, robot and human hand Raspberry Pi 4B / 3B+ / 3B / 3A+. (2B / B+ / A+ / Zero 1.3 / Zero W is also compatible but needs extra parts.)Controlled wirelessly by your Android devices, iPhone, and computer (Windows, macOS, and Raspberry Pi OS).
In addition, See “AboutBattery.pdf” in the downloaded file to buy.
- Package Dimensions: 11.02 x 10.31 x 3.43 inches
- Item Weight: 5.79 pounds
- Manufacturer: Freenove
- This big hexapod robot has multiple functions.
- Provides detailed tutorial and complete code (Python): The download link is often found on the merchandise box. (No paper tutorial.)
- Compatible models: Raspberry Pi 4B / 3B+ / 3B / 3A+. (2B / B+ / A+ / Zero 1.3 / Zero W is additionally compatible but needs extra parts.)
- Control methods: Controlled wirelessly by your Android devices, iPhone, and computer (Windows, macOS, and Raspberry Pi OS).
- Needs battery: See “AboutBattery.pdf” within the downloaded file to shop for.
- One Spider Shield for Raspberry Pi
- One set Machinery Parts (14 kinds)
- Two MG90S Servo
- One set Acrylic Parts
- One LED Module
- One Camera
- One HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Module
- One MPU6050 Module
- One Connection Board
- One Jumper Wire F/F (4Pin)
- One LED Cable (3Pin)
- One 15Pin Camera Cable (25cm)
- Two Battery Holder
- One Cross Screwdriver (2mm)
- One Cable Tidy (150cm)
- One Multifunctional Spanner
- One Calibration Graph
This Elenco thinks up robotic arm has an extensive range of motion through all pivot points. Therefore, an intelligent robot It’s an introduction to Robotics and Mechanical Engineering that will excite young and old engineers. This STEM robot has five motors that power five joints for optimal control and movement. Moreover, robotic arm Develop problem-solving skills while assembling and while having fun! Lifting capacity: 3.5oz (100g). Horizontal reach 12.6in. (320mm). Vertical reach 14.96 in. (380mm). Base rotation range 270°. Base motion range 180°.Elbow range 300°. Wrist motion range 120°.4 D batteries required, not included.
In addition, Elenco Teach products are based on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to teach and encourage kids in their development, all while having fun! Perfect for future engineers ages 12+.”
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 11.5 x 3.5 inches
- Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Manufacturer: Elenco Electronics, Inc.
- Robotic arm Wired controlled can rotate, grab objects, and even move them!
- This stem robot has an in-depth range of motion through all pivot points.
- Five motors power five joints for optimal control, movement, and fun!
- It is an excellent thanks to learning basic robotic technology.
- Learn by doing. Perfect for young engineers 12+.
This Adeept comes up with RaspTank Pro is a robot based on Raspberry Pi 4/3 Model B+/B, it is an educational kit designed for beginners and professionals to learn electronic technology, programming, and robotics, programming, entertainment, innovation. Thus, ai robotic Automatically self-built signal hot spot after power on, the user just needs to connect smartphone (iOS/Android APP) or PC with the robot’s signal to control. Furthermore, scorbot controls your Robot Car by Android and iOS App, allowing many functions such as line tracking, color recognition, motion detection, real-time video transmission, obstacle avoidance, etc.
In addition, HEAVY-DUTY Aluminium body structure, Easy wiring, no soldering required.
- Package Dimensions: 10.39 x 8.78 x 3.78 inches
- Item Weight: 3.58 pounds
- Manufacturer: Adeept
- RaspTank Pro may be a robot-supported Raspberry Pi 4/3 Model B+/B, it’s an academic kit designed for beginners and professionals to find out electronic technology, programming, and robotics, programming, entertainment, innovation.
- EASY to ASSEMBLE: HEAVY DUTY Aluminium structure. Easy wiring, no soldering required.
- Automatically self-built signal hot spot after power on, the user just must connect smartphone (iOS/Android APP) or PC with the robot’s signal to regulate.
- Control your Robot Car by Android and iOS App, allowing many functions like line tracking, color recognition, motion detection, real-time video transmission, obstacle avoidance, etc.
- Two F624ZZ bearing
- Four 481 metal gasket
- Two Track (including coupling and wheels)
- One 51105 Thrust Bearing
- One 0.96‘’ OLED screen
- One 18650 double battery box
- One RobotHAT driver board
- One MPU6050 (pin)
- Two 130 rpm DC motor (with cable)
- Two WS2812 light bar
- One Ultrasonic (horizontal anti-reverse connection)
- One Tracking module
- Two MG946R
- Three AD002 servo
- One Camera black long cable
- Two 3pin cables (2812)
- Two 4pin
- One 5pin
- Two Servo extension cable
- Other necessary accessories(Wires, Nuts, Screws, Copper Standoffs, etc.)
This Top Race forms Control Robotic Arm, 18 Channels Full Metal Robotic Excavator Engineering Kit, TR-R1 Robot arm out of heavy steel and heavy plastic gears and rubber tires. Also, covariant ai isn’t just a toy but rather a hobby-grade mechanical engineering machine great for older children and adults, the set contains 151 parts to put this robot arm together, you can do numerous things and challenges with its remote control. Moreover, first ai robot with the heavy rubber grasping forks the imagination is endless, this Top race robot is a full set everything included ready to use, the only thing you will need is 2 x AAA batteries for the remote, the robot arm a large 1300mAh Lipo rechargeable Battery, USB Charger, 2 Balls to play with and a very clear instructions booklet,
In addition, Charging Time: About 90min, Control Distance: About 70 Feet, Enjoy the science of robots.
- Package Dimensions: 17.05 x 13.66 x 4.37 inches
- Item Weight: 4.8 pounds
- Manufacturer: Top Race
- Top Race Remote Robotic Arm, Full Metal Robotic Excavator Engineering Kit
- Made out of heavy steel, Heavy plastic gears, and Rubber tires
- 18 Channels Full Control with the five motors, Not just a toy but rather a hobby-grade engineering machine
- 151 parts to place this robot arm together, everything included able to use
- large 1300mAh Lipo rechargeable Battery, USB Charger, 2 Balls to play with, and a clear instructions booklet,
- Charging Time: About 90min, Control Distance: About 70 Feet, Enjoy the science of robots
This Robot Hand conceives The hand 2.0 robotic hand uses acrylic and aluminum alloy as the bracket, and the five LFD-01 anti-blocking servo drives five fingers. Likewise, stanford arm A hand bionic real 1:1 finger, elegant structure design, suitable for secondary development of robots. Moreover, robo ai 184.8g, 165*90mm(6.5*3.54in), LFD-01 anti-blocking servo, Acrylic, and aluminum alloy.
In addition, 14 years and up.
This Gewbot produce is a crawler mobile robot platform based on Raspberry Pi, equipped with a 4-DOF robotic arm that can grab small objects. Therefore, robot and human hand RaspTank is designed for beginners and professionals to learn AI, robotics, programming, and electronics. Moreover, an intelligent robot We have written a detailed and illustrated manual with which you can quickly complete the assembly of the robot.
In addition, We have a professional technical support team who can provide very fast technical supports freely.
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches
- Item Weight: 2.07 pounds
- Manufacturer: Gewbot
- Equipped with a 4-DOF robotic arm
- Object Recognition, Tracking, Motion Detection: supported openCV, can track objects of a selected shape or color.
- Line Tracking: it can walk along the route you set
- Real-time Video Transmission: it can transfer the real-time images taken by the Raspberry Pi camera to a foreign computer
- Remotely Controlled by APP: you’ll remotely control the robot through the buttons on the keyboard or the virtual buttons on the GUI
- Equipped with 12x WS8212 serial RGB LEDs
- Compatible with RPi 4/3B/3B+/2B/2B+, Raspberry Pi isn’t included.
- One Set Acrylic Plates
- One Motor HAT V2.0
- One Raspberry Pi Camera(with Cable)
- One Ultrasonic Sensor Module
- Four WS2812 RGB LED Module
- One 3-CH Line Tracking Module
- Five Servo(AD002)
- Two Gear Motor
- Two Motor Seat
- Two Track
- One Battery Holder Set
- One Cross Socket Wrench
- Two Cross Screwdriver(Small and Large)
- One HexWrench-2.0mm
- One Winding Pipe
This SunFounder developed Gripper opens to 3.54 inches and 260 degrees, radial wrist motion of 180 Degree, an extensive elbow range of motion of 180 Degree, base rotation of 180 Degree. Thus, robotic arm 4 Axis design makes the robotic arm move flexibly that can grab objects in any direction. It’s convenient for you to control the arm robot toys in 2 ways – handle and computer. Grippers have double layers with a pointed end and jagged edges which will grab the object firmly. Furthermore, ai robotic Robotic arm kit with R3, four servo motors the MAX torque of the clutch gear digital, upgrade durable and shatterproof plate, Expansion board,4 Potentiometer buttons, and so on.
In addition, Arm robot kit packages with 101 pieces and detailed PDF instruction which it easy for a teen to build them together.
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 3.1 inches
- Item Weight: 1.01 pounds
- Manufacturer: SunFounder
- Robot kit for Arduino: The interactive learning robot kit for teens to find out visual coding, building, and programming
- Gripper opens to three .54 inches and 260 degrees, radial wrist motion of 180 Degree, an in-depth elbow range of motion of 180 Degree, base rotation of 180 Degree
- Convenient Control and Gripper: It’s convenient for you to regulate the arm robot toys in 2 ways – handle and computer.
- Robotic arm kit with R3, four servo motors the MAX torque of the clutch gear digital, upgrade durable and shatterproof plate, Expansion board,4 Potentiometer buttons then on.
- Easy to Build: Our Arm robot kit packages with 101 pieces and detailed PDF instruction which is straightforward for a teen to create together.
- One set x Structural Plate
- One SunFounder R3 Board
- One Expansion Board
- Four Potentiometer Button
- One Button
- Four Servo Motor
- One USB Type-B Cable
- Four 3M Non-skid pad
- Two Cable Spiral Wrap
our TOP 9 robotic and AI stories of 2021 wouldn’t be complete without mention of the black lives matter movement. an enormous ‘Gundam robot showed its first signs of life in footage shared on social media. modeled after a personality from ‘mobile suit Gundam, a 1979 televised anime series, the 18-meter-tall (59 ft) robot has been under construction within the Japanese city of Yokohama for years. filmed at the ‘Gundam factory Yokohama, the speeded-up video shows the automaton taking a knee before demonstrating its ability to maneuver its arms, hands, and fingers.