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OWI Robotic Arm Edge

by OWI
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  • Command the Robotic Arm Edge with for multiple movements and functions
  • Robotic arm gripper opens and closes
  • Movement includes radial wrist motion of 120°, an extensive elbow range of motion of 300°, base rotation of 270°, base motion of 180°
  • No Soldering Required
  • OWI is the premier line of educational robotics kits
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OWI Robotic Arm Edge + OWI USB Interface for Robotic Arm + OWI-536 All Terrain 3-in-1 RC Robot Kit - ATR
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 15 x 9 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (Taiwan)
  • ASIN: B0017OFRCY
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: OWI-535
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 15 years
  • Batteries 4 D batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
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Command the robotic arm gripper to open and close, radial wrist motion of 120°, an extensive elbow range of motion of 300°, base rotation of 270°, base motion of 180°, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches and lifting capacity of 100g. Some of the added features include a search light design on the gripper and an audible safety gear indicator is included on all 5 gear boxes to prevent potential injury or gear breakage during operation. Total command and visual manipulation using the "5's", five-switch wired controller, 5 motors, 5 gear boxes, and 5 joints. For ages 10 and up. Add USB Interface cable and Software, OWI-535USB, (not included) to integrate programming and expand the capabilities of the Robotic Arm Edge.

Product Description

Riding the wings of the award winning Robotic Arm Trainer, OWI has made robotic arm technology more affordable without compromising quality. The Robotic Arm Edge is loaded with capabilities... command the gripper to open and close, wrist motion of 120 degrees, an extensive elbow range of 300 degrees, base rotation of 270 degrees, base motion of 180 degrees, vertical reach of 15 inches, horizontal reach of 12.6 inches, and lifting capacity of 100g. WOW! Some of the added features include a search light design on the gripper and a safety gear audible indicator is included on all five gear boxes to prevent any potential injury or gear breakage during operation. How does this equate to fun? Total command and visual manipulation using the 5s: five switch wired controller, five motors, and five joints. Night time play is possible and extended life on the gearbox to prolong your control and predictions of the robots behavior. Requires 4 D-size batteries (not included). This is an intermediate kit recommended for ages 9 and up.

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Customer Reviews

The quality of the plastic is quite good.
E. Gutierrez
I highly recommend the robotic arm to any experienced kit builder to learn how industrial robots work.
B. Brierly
Instructions are great and he has as much fun playing with it as I had helping in put it together.
N. Mcclellan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

157 of 167 people found the following review helpful By E. Gutierrez on February 16, 2009
My 7 yr old daughter built this in about 8-9 hours. Supervision all throughout is required as parts need to be cleaned from excess plastic, and tightened properly. Some parts will need to be positioned precisely (like the clamp module). The quality of the plastic is quite good. It is similar to plastic model toys. While building, test the motors with a pair of wires to a battery if they can turn the gears properly before closing them in their housing. One electric motor failed to even work out of the box, so to make it work, I had to open it up and reposition the rotor and clean the contacts. My daughter now has some exposure of how those gears work to move something. She got to use a screwdriver, cutter, pliers, a digital multimeter in this exercise. I think she is no longer afraid of wires, since she tested all the motors before installing them. she now wants a butterfly robot. She also now want something that allows the arm to be mobile rather than be in a fixed base (I am thinking Revell Vexplorer). She plays with it by getting pencils from a case. Great weekend activity, quite educational, even for a 42 yr old. Very good value for the money.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By jcmangino on July 22, 2010
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So, I got this for my 15 year old brother for his birthday. He's all the time tinkering with things like broken VCRs and CD players and such, so I figured this would be perfect.

It shipped fast and very well packaged. When my brother finally got it, it took him all of 45 minutes to have it put together. He loves it, he's currently 'teaching it how to write' with a sharpie! It's very easy to control and seems very sturdy, it's not too big but it's heavier than it looks. Overall, this was a fabulous gift and my brother was thrilled with it. It shouldn't be too much of a challenge for anyone with a little electronics know-how (though it does have some pretty small parts you need to keep an eye on) and it's a blast to play with!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By SpaceSheep1 on November 26, 2011
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I was a little worry after reading all the reviews here, but decided to get one anyway. I purchased this robotic arms in hopes of learning more about how it's made and perhaps one day make my own with servos. You do have to assemble it, but it's not as hard as some people here claim. I'm not a patient person and it took me probably 2 hours, but I was going very slowly and taking greatest care of not to break any part. While it's all made out of plastic it doesn't really feel cheap. I found using small cutters best for detaching plastic parts. Just follow instructions in the book to the letter and you'll be fine! I did make a number of mistakes assembling it and nearly broke gripper. Gripper is the hardest part and manual doesn't mention that long screws are not suppose to be tight (they don't go all the way in) so I stripped two of them :( Another gotcha is size of some screws. They are extremely close in size to each other and I accidentally used wrong screws in couple of places but then realized and redid some parts. Forgot to install washers too, so had to remove and reattach base :)
First thing I noticed right away is how small arm actually is. In the videos I've seen I thought it will be bigger, but it really is a toy size. Another small complaint is battery compartment. Once you close it, it will be hard to replace batteries later on. They should've made an opening at the end for batteries.
Be aware that this arm doesn't have any sensors, so you can break it if you push it beyond it's range of motion. You'll be hearing a lot of nasty clicks but so far I didn't break it. Gripper is actually surprisingly strong and can lift things like a big screwdriver.
Another thing I wish is for another degree of monition - gripper rotation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By IT Lifer on September 22, 2011
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I purchased this for my 10 year old grandson who expressed an interest in a robotic toy. The age range was 10 - 16 years. I don't think most 10 year olds would have the patience to assemble this on their own. It took grandpa, dad and son about 3 hours to assemble. We could do it a second time in less than half that time. There is a little learning curve in making the motor assemblies. The arm worked fine immediately after assembly. This was his first robotic toy. My grandson was thrilled with his gift. Strongly recommended.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. Davenport on June 8, 2009
The most difficult step is building it properly. You must take your time and offer loads of patience. The rewarding part takes place when construction is complete. The robotic arm is adjustable(you can assign different functions to different buttons and switches), flexible, and inexpensive when compared to others of similar quality. If you like toys and gadgets of this nature, I would strongly recommend it, I really enjoy it!!!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Koppelman on September 30, 2012
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This thing is awesome! And, for less than $40, it's a steal.

I'm 37, and it makes me feel like a kid. I bought it for my office to have as a fun conversation piece and stress-reliever. I built it in under 3 hours. Lots of little pieces and tricky things to pay attention to, but it was actually a lot of fun to build. The instructions are very good and easy to follow. I've assembled IKEA furniture that was harder than this, so its not that bad.

Do yourself a favor and buy some D batteries from Amazon at the same time you order your robot arm. You'll want them handy when you finish building it so you can start playing with it immediately. It only runs on batteries. No AC adapter. You'll also need a mini-philips screwdriver. I used the Stanley 66-052 6-Piece Precision Screwdriver Set, also available on Amazon. You'll also need some basic needlenose pliers, and some nail-clippers to clips the plastic stubs off when you're breaking apart the plastic pieces. Think of old plastic model sets where you have to break out the pieces. It's like that. The instructions say to use an exacto knife and a file. I just twisted them and broke them by hand and used the nail-clippers to trim the stubs. Faster that way I think and good enough.

You have to be careful. There is no auto-shutoff when you're using it. If you close the pincers for example and keep the motor going, you'll strip the gears. I made this mistake, had to disassemble a portion of it, re-seat the gears and then it was fine again. But, you have to be careful. If you hear the gears slipping (it'll sound like clicking) you need to ease off the controls and make sure your next move is in the other direction because you maxed out in one direction. Other than that very easy to use.
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