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Step 2: Features

The Multipurpose Mobile Manipulator is an advanced research-grade mobile manipulator platform, designed with modularity, accessibility, compatibility and affordability in mind:

Modularity

  1. The base, arms and chest can be attached and detached for easy transportation and storage.
  2. There are plenty of mounting holes to add custom sensors and electronics.
  3. The top can run independently of the bottom and vice versa.

Accessibility

  1. Open source software gives users unlimited freedom.
  2. Open hardware lets users fully understand how the robot works.
  3. Laptop-for-a-face greatly simplifies the testing and development pipeline.
  4. Arduino Mega makes interfacing with the robot's sensors and actuators a snap.

Compatibility

  1. The robot is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
  2. Libraries for Python 2.7 and Arduino are currently supported.
  3. Libraries for Unity, Processing, ROS, MATLAB, C++, and Scratch are planned.

Affordability

  1. The entire cost of building the robot (parts and fabrication) is estimated to be 2000 USD.
  2. This makes the robot around the same cost as a modern hobbyist 3D printer.
  3. And a fraction of the cost of similar research grade robotics platforms.
<p>Hi, I think this is the best robot ever made! It's so incredible, what it can do is amazing! Normally, most robots can do only one task, but your project broke this rule. Congratulations!</p>
<p>Thanks MohamedElkhatri! Wait till you see version 2 ;)</p>
<p>Pretty sure it will be amazing as well. Just a small proposition if you don't mind : why don't you give it &quot;home assistant&quot; tasks such as home control and make it familiar with its environment. Hope you a good luck!</p>
I need someone who will pick up what is dropped and ask where it goes then put it away.
<p>An interesting idea. The robot can be made a little shorter to pick things up from the floor. Speech recognition is also definitely something to explore.</p>
I plan on having my students build something similar to this using an electric wheelchair as base. This design gives me more ideas!
<p>Glad to hear! Feel free to use whatever you need and I hope you will learn something useful going over this Instructable. Let me know if you need help with anything and I will be glad to advise :) </p>
Amazing build, looks incredibly modular! Any thoughts on dressing it in a tux when you're done, to make it a robot butler? ;)
<p>Certainly. I'm thinking painting it black,, making the acrylic front plate white and giving it a bow tie :)</p>

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