Hi there, thought I'd share with y'all one of the things we are currently working on @ Nido Robotics.
We have several clients who have indicated they could have good use for a basic robotic arm to accomplish simple tasks. After consulting the great oracle we found that most available solutions where really expensive (20k and upwards), and too heavy for the BlueROV2 or similar systems anyway.
Talking with a member in our Maker community who was already working on a robotic arm, we decided to jump on on the challenge and start designing a small 3 or 4 function arm, specifically designed for the BlueROV2.
Everything is in a very basic prototyping phase yet, but you can get an jist of what we want to achieve:
As you can see, the arm will have a telescopic main arm, with a vertical joint at the end to lower and raise the grippers. The grippers are being designed in such a way that thye reach up to the onboard camera and can be stowed in upright position with the grippers at each side of the dome. We're also considering putting the gripper on a swiwel joint.
What do you guys think?