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Review: OWI Robotic arm kit

We finally had time with my son to open and assemble the OWI Robotic arm kit.

The videos are done, with some pictures.

For the moment, I published the unboxing.

All is done in french as I'm doing this with my 13 son but I can add english comments either here or in the youtube comments section.

I add here the Google Photo album with pictures taken during assembly: https://goo.gl/photos/8XyP2PgsTmWJnkxJ7

Assembly videos are coming soon, just need some polish.

update december, 12th, 2015:

proper movie montage is a long task ;)

in the meantime, the arm has not been used but yesterday, when I wanted to show it to a friend, I saw that wire slip off the connector.


I'll see what to do, but it's surprising as it has been touched with care an not often. For a "no solder" product, it's a bit embarrassing.

Edit: I finally posted the build video. The only difficulty my son had was to assemble the Led in it's suport.

The schemas were maybe a bit light on that but there was a small gap to position properly.

Everything went fine for the rest, even if my son had to run to buy D batteries as it is not usual for us at home.

We need to install the usb interface and the software to try some new things with this nice arm.

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Nice start TitiMoby, looking forward to your next video. Sorry about the wire. It is the first time we see this issue. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need replacement parts.

The wire issue is not a big issue, but as the connector is not reusable, I will have to do some "please daddy fix it" ;)

All video for the main part are done, hope to end the montage this week end and shoot some new video with the Usb kit.

By the way, my 13 son did not had any major issue to build the arm.

Hope your son enjoyed it. He must be looking forward to seeing the arm move.

we successfully used it the day we built it. Nothing special has been done since, just some bacd luck on a connector.

But be sure he already tried the manual operation of the arm without trouble (video or it did not happen ;) )

So glad to hear you finished the build (and are sharing the experience via video!)

I built two of these with my son, and then after we were done with them, we  incorporated them into the shoulders of a larger robot...



you can see one on each side here in this pic:







I like this arm, it was a great project and reasonably priced...

Wowwww!!! That looks wonderful !

The goal here was to try another approach to help my son to figure out his possible future.

We tried coding, he liked but was a bit frustrated. He likes mechanical work, more than programming it after.

We'll see ;)