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Would you buy this robot?

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Duane Degn:
First off, that is one cool robotic hand/arm. I don't see myself personally buying one but it sure looks cool.

A big consideration for myself would be how much the arm could lift and how precisely it could control an object.

I've actually been looking for a robotic arm that could lift a little over two pounds (a quart jar full of water). I'd also want the arm to have a reach of about 18 inches (0.5m). I doubt your arm comes close to this. I realize my application isn't what your arm is intended for.

Besides the strength issue, I'd also want to know how dexterous it is. Can it spell out letters in sign language? I think the letter "N" is a tough one for a lot of roboic hands. If your hand/arm could do sign language, I'd think there's be a much larger market for it.

Another use for a robotic arm I have is one to pick up vials and place them on a balance. Do you think your arm could pick up a vial about an inch in diameter, three inches tall weighing about 50g?

Again, very cool arm. Just because it may not meet my needs doesn't mean it would meet someone's needs.

Im not sure you are asking your question in the right place, most people on a website like this are interested in making their own robots and probably more importantly the learning and development that goes into that process.

 If you want to conduct market research on a completed robot or as you put it something to play with (ie. toy) then you need to ask your questions to the people that want that option. Im not sure where.

 As a way of helping with your market research though, I'd suggest that you are asking your question backwards.

 I would approach this by working out how much the materials and components cost and how much the unit costs to produce (you must know this if you have built it or put some thought into planning it.) then work out how much profit you want to make per unit. Then you have a specific question where you could say "would you buy this for $2,000" etc... its a lot more specific then letting somebody say "i'd buy it for $200" when it costs $1,500 to make. An answer like that is worse than getting a "no" to a specific question because it actively allows people to devaluate your product.

just pez:
is a good idea did you have the plans?


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