Back in the previous century, one of the most common expectations about the future was that it would include robot assistants for all. The Jetsons had one, the crew of the C-57D had one, the Robinsons had one, and so on. Even if we haven’t really made it to fully functioning robotic assistants quite yet, recent advancements in technology have given us automatic vacuum cleaners and other assorted autonomous helpers. And now we can add the amazing Rotrics DexArm robot arm to the list.

The Rotrics DexArm is the most versatile desktop robot arm, and with its open-source, modular design, there’s virtually no limit to all the different functions and features it can be equipped with. It can function as a 3D printer, a laser engraver and cutter, a pen plotter, and a multipurpose AI assistant robot that might make you feel like Tony Stark chatting with JARVIS. The DexArm can help you build gadgets, create myriad different art projects, perform simple monotonous tasks (like addressing envelopes) so you don’t have to, or even pour your beers. And for anyone interested in robotics, engineering, 3D printing, and other related fields, it’s a perfect pastime.


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But don’t mistake the DexArm’s value as a hobby with a lack of quality in its design and functionality. It’s able to perform precise tasks accurately down to 50 microns, and its printing module can print using a wide range of different materials, like PLA, TPU, wood, and carbon fiber. Its laser engraving module is similarly versatile, and can engrave, etch, or cut through anything from cardboard to wood and ceramics. With its pen holder module you can teach it to draw anything your imagination can devise, while its multipurpose soft gripper and air picker modules can be customized to perform all kinds of different tasks.

Interested in learning to code? The Rotrics DexArm is quite possibly the best way to teach yourself, since you’ll be able to see the tangible results of whatever you try to code being performed by an honest-to-God robot -- and the same goes for any kids in your house who might be interested in coding as well.

To that end, the DexArm is fully compatible with Scratch, the MIT-designed app that teaches kids to code. And of course, for more advanced users it also works with programming languages like C, C++, Python, Java, Javascript, and ROS as well as its own proprietary Rotrics Studio software. Basically, whether you’re an experienced robotic engineer or a complete novice, the DexArm can be a useful, enjoyable, and educational hobby.


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You can choose between three differently priced “kits” when you order a Rotrics DexArm. The top of the line is the Luxury Kit, which includes the DexArm, a 3.5-inch touchscreen controller, plus the pen holder module, laser engraving module, 3D printing module, soft-gripper module, and air-picker module. But you can also opt for the less expensive Maker Kit or Starter Kit, depending on your budget.

Whichever Rotrics DexArm kit you choose can be found at the Rotrics online store here, ranging in price from $799 to $1049, with monthly payments also available. With a 30-day money back guarantee and a free one-year warranty, there’s no reason for anyone interested in robotics to give it a try.

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