THE CHALLENGEWelcome! and thanks for your visit. I'm Kasey creator of the Picstack, an invention to make robot arms more useful and interesting. This patreon was created to fund my endeavor to make it a reality. To prove it works I'll be taking on challenges from you, the public. Send me your robot challenges I'll make videos of the tasks you request, just like the video above. Your support is needed to make this project a reality and will be greatly appreciated, Thanks You.
THE PROJECTAnyone who owns a robot arm knows how limited and awkward it can be when you use robot grippers alone to do simple tasks. Also, manually changing the end tool on a robot arm is annoying and defeats the purpose of automation. The Picstack aims to make robot arms more interesting and useful by allowing you to change end effectors automatically. Its currently in development and will soon be available on Indiegogo.
FAQsIf the project will be on Indiegogo, why is it on Patreon?
Patreon allows for content creators to easily connect with supporters and build a community around their project. It gives me the ability to interact and share things with my supporters as opposed to Youtube where I could only post videos and view comments. Along with helping to make awesome robot videos, contributions will help to finalize the product for crowdfunding. In addition, YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL ROLLOVER TOWARDS YOUR INDIEGOGO PURCHASE should you choose to get a Picstack for yourself. This gives you added security and an added layer of trust by seeing the project develop to a final practical working product without putting up a lump sum of money.
Throughout the development process I'll post regular progress updates and videos of the robot arm doing tasks you request. Whether its washing the dishes, topping a pizza or whatever you can imagine SEND ME YOUR ROBOT CHALLENGE for tasks you wish to see the robot arm perform.
What is the Picstack?
The Picstack is a robotic automation platform, the first of its kind. It combines motion control and programmability with an automated tool changer so your inexpensive robot arm can morph into a mini desktop factory. It has output ports for dc, servo and stepper motors controllable and programmable through a software interface.
How does it work?
The Pickstack has three major components. A tool changing adapter called a “pictool” is attached to the end of the robot arm. The pictool contains the attachment mechanism for “picends”. The picends are base units to attach your end effectors such as grippers or suction cups. When the robot needs to change the tool it rests the pictool in the tool dock. The stack moves to the desired picend to attach to the pictool. See video here
Why would I want one and what would I use it for?
The Picstack is for robot enthusiasts. With a tool changer your robot arm becomes a little desktop factory. Along with standard end effectors such as rotary actuators, grippers, suction cups you can create your own custom end effector with servos and motors and attach them to the picends. For instance, you could make an egg cracker and whisk end effector and create an automated routine to crack eggs and mix them, the possibilities are endless.
The PicStack is intended for hobbyist, makers, robot enthusiasts and academics. Factory robots take heavier payloads, are more accurate and durable than hobby robots. However, if at any time you choose to include the Picstack in a production line punching out gingerbread men or anything else for that matter, please drop us a link at www.picstack.cc/contact.
What development platform is the Picstack built on?
The Picstack is built on Atmel based chips with Arduino IDE.
Can I hack the Picstack?
Yes it can be programmed like any other arduino board. You can build your own firmware and upload it to the microcontroller with the arduino IDE. If you mess things up you can grab the original firmware code which will be available at www.picStack.cc.