I have an escape room company and we’re interested in using a robotic arm that would allow our players to retrieve something.
Can anyone suggest and off the shelf option/kit that would fit our needs:
Here are the parameters:
Durability: While customers will not have access to the robotic arm itself, it will be used frequently and in service for a long period of time.
- Regular operation will likely be 5 to 10 minutes, 5 to 10 times a day, 3 to 4 days a week.
- Its reliability will be critical to paying customers who will require its functionality to achieve their goal and complete their experience.
- In many cases, props/puzzles in our room will have duplicates/backups in case one fails. Having a secondary arm that could be installed in case of an issue would be sound practice.
Reach: From the point of retrieval to the point of delivery it should not need to be more than 2.5 to 3’. This number could be shortened if critical.
Controls: Must be very accessible to all persons. Ideally a joystick/button that controls each function of movement.
- Additionally we’d like to place the controls in another room - players will have to work together/communicate in order to give one person instructions while another watches.
Movement: it must be able to rotate at its base, extend the arm outward and inward from the base. articulate a grabber, and grab and release.
Payload Capacity: it would need a lift strength of at least .5kg. Ideally it would have a lifting capacity 20% above the final weight of the hand so as not to put the machine under heavy stress each time.
Resources when designing a scenario must be allocated to a number of props, puzzles, technology and design elements. For this particular feature we’d like to allocate $600 towards a robotic arm. We would be prepared to spend an additional $600 if we could have a secondary backup as well.
Thanks for any help.