Suryansh Chandra has claimed the cost effective robotic that arm his company ‘Automata’ is building, will lead to robots being as mainstream as desktop 3D printers.
“Today, every design studio has a 3D printer,” Chandra says. “Soon, we hope to get to the point where every design studio has a robotic arm.”
Suryansh started ‘Automata’ with Mostafa Elsayed a mere 5 months ago, after becoming frustrated by the cost and complexity of standard industrial robots whilst working at their previous research division at ‘Zaha Hadid’ Architects.
“If you’re out to get a robot today, you’d have to spend 50 or 60 thousand dollars,” Chandra explains. “Our goal is to democratise robotics through a low cost hardware platform and easy to use software.”
Their companies 1st product is a plastic-based 6 axis robotic arm named ‘Eva’, weighing under 2.5 kilos and costing $3,000.
It is designed to be easy to operate, with users able to move the arm into positions by hand, and the robot will repeat the movement.
“We’ve made the software so simple that you can practically do it without any programming,” Chandra says. “You can physically move the robot from one point to another and it records the motion and plays it back flawlessly.”
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