This whole project started with a dead robot that we wanted to bring back to life. If I've learned anything from Bender, its that there is no better way to rejuvenate a robot than to have it open some beer bottles.
The task of controlling a robot to have it interact with specifically shaped objects and operate heavy loads is challenging and required significant prototyping and modelling. After many tests and many failures, we were very excited to watch our robot successfully maneuver through arm movements to open a beer bottle. And now we can relax as our robot cracks open a few beers for our hard work!
The robotic equipment we found was made by Rhino Robotics. The code we use to control it is general enough to work for any type of robotics using dc motors.