The Mind Project's Iris 1.2 Robotic Arm

Overview:

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MODULE DESCRIPTION:
The Iris 1.2 robot is a robotic arm designed by The Mind Project development team. It is a combination of software and hardware that has been years in the making. Students are fully able to interact with the Iris 1.2 arm by constructing the arm, creating scripts for arm movements, and utilizing the Iris software package. Video and PDF instruction sets are provided on The Mind Project website to ensure that the Iris robotic arm is constructed properly. The step-by-step instructions and videos on how to use the software gives students a full tutorial on how to utilize the Iris software package.

MODULE COMPONENTS:

VIDEO INTRO TO THE MIND PROJECT'S IRIS 1.2 ROBOTIC ARM
PARALLAX FIRMWARE DOWNLOAD

The Parallax motor controller is a key part of the Iris 1.2 arm. This section is dedicated to providing the necessary tutorials and software to use the Parallax board.

IRIS 1.2 ASSEMBLY/SOFTWARE TUTORIALS AND DOWNLOADS
The assembly and software of the Iris 1.2 arm is detailed in these tutorials/downloads:
    Software Downloads and Instructions
  • Iris Software Installation
    • If not already installed, install .NET 3.5
    • Unzip Iris from the downloaded zip file. In windows you can do this by right clicking the file and clicking "Extract All..."
    • You can run Iris by double-clicking the Iris1.bat or Iris5.bat file that is contained in the Iris\Run directory. To make it easier to access, you can create a shortcut to this file on the desktop if you wish.
    Iris Software Tutorials

The Iris software package can be difficult to navigate. These guides should help familiarize the reader with the features of the Iris 1.2  software package.

CURRICULUM IDEAS

The Iris 1.2 robotic arm is a physical example of the principles of robotics in action, but the Iris 1.2 arm is just a small part of The Mind Project's robot curriculum. Explore these links to learn more about robotics and those principles that serve as the foundation for robot behavior

  • Comprehensive Robotics Module (Official Version)

    This is our comprehensive online introduction to robotics module, including one stand-alone top-down virtual robotics lab and two bottom-up virtual robotics labs embedded in an introduction to robotics that includes dozens of videos of robots in action, with a special emphasis on their use in the medical field.

  • The Iris 1.2 Classroom Activies

    Here you can download a "map" to use with the Iris 1.2 robotic arm. You can create your own activities (and we will post them on this page) or you can do some of ours. The most elaborate is to ask the students to solve the "Farmer Problem". Hope these work with your students.