8 comments on “Internet Controlled Robotic Arm

  1. Good stuff! I know this thread is ancient, but thanks for keeping it up. I’ve been drawing up plans for a “desk assistant” animatronic and instead of taking a few months to build my own board, I’d just rather buy a shield for my Uno and use my ssc32. I was worried that the Tx/Rx over to the ssc32 would get jacked up because of the ethernet shield, but it doesn’t look like it. My desk assistant will essentially watch my email account, facebook, etc, and notify me of anything new via voice from sd card and movements coming from Arduino->ssc32.

    • Sounds like a great project. Make sure you write it up somewhere and take photos, I’d like to see how it turns out.

  2. i am working on getting this working. i am fairly new at this so i think i am missing some pieces. the code you supplied runs on the Ethernet shield board? and you used a html page to control the arm?

    • Yes, you are correct. If I was making this now, I would use one of the boards with Wi-Fi to keep things simple. I did use a web page to control it, which may not be the best solution, but at the time it was what I was comfortable creating.

  3. Hi Alligator,

    For a project I am trying to control my arm remotely using a webpage kinda like your project. How did you set up your webpage so the arm would be able to receive commands from it? I’m pretty new to all things web/Arduino but I heard you can use something like AWS to connect the two?

    • Good question! I used a series of URLs assigned to buttons on the web page, and then when a specific URL was passed with an ending character of a certain type, the Arduino stripped off the character, checked to see what it was, and then followed a command based on that character. My code is available on this site, so I’d encourage you to try to dig through my code to see how it works.

      • Thanks so much for your earlier reply Alligator! I got my web part to work, but I am unable to make the Arduino and SSC32-U on the arm ‘talk.’ How did you connect yours? The instruction manual for the board says TX (on Arduino) to RX on the 32, and GND to GND. But nothing happens! And both the Arduino and the 32 are brand new. Do you have a picture of how you connected the two?

        • I don’t recall exactly how I had them connected, and unfortunately I don’t have a photo. This project has since been torn down and components used for other projects. One thing to check is the baud rate. I believe it needs to be set to 9600. This has tripped me up in the past.

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