Ziro, the world's First Hand-controlled Robotics Kit

Ziro, the world

There are a number of modular kits available in the market based on robotics and coding. The popular ones include LEGO Mindstorms EV3, Kano and many others. There's a unique one called Ziro which is deemed the first hand-controlled robotics kit in the world. The kit is yet to be launched in public but the production has already become a reality. Today we'll see the various unique attributes of this kit that makes it a standout robotics kit.

 

Introduction

Ziro is conceived to be a DIY (Do-it-yourself) robotics kit. As per the concept and the features, the kit's immensely fun, engaging as well as simple. This kit is made in a manner that can be used by anyone irrespective of age. The kit has been designed by Karthik Ramani. The Ziro kit consists of individual automated motors. These automated motors are controlled through the use of a wireless smart glove. The kit's unique feature is the use of various hand gestures to control the robot. The hand gestures can be performed through the smart glove that comes with the kit itself. What do you reckon? Is this concept too avant-garde to be true? We can't say for sure whether the concept is avant-garde because it's for you to decide. But we can say for sure that it's a unique kit which is not a part of the science fiction world. It's a very part of the reality.

Components

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Kit components

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Ziro consist of only 3 components that are:

  • The modules,

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  • The smart glove,
  • The app that will be available on google play and apple IOS.

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Image courtesy- https://ziro.io/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/GloveandApp.gif

Technical Specifications

Actuator Module Specifications:

Processor: 32 bit Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) CPU @ 80MHz

Motor: DC motor

Battery: Rechargeable Lithium ion battery (9V, 880 mAh)

Play hours: 7 (estimated), depending on the usage

Charging time: An estimated 2.5 hours

Weight: 105 g

Communication: Wifi.

The module setup has to be done once and after that you'll be set to go. The module uses a Wifi connection for the following reasons:

  • The private Wifi network can be used for effective streaming of large data.
  • Live updates from the kit to other devices. The user just has to tap into the home Wifi network to avail the updates.

Smart Glove Specifications:

Processor: 32 bit Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) CPU @80MHz

Sensors: Flex sensors and IMU (Inertial Measurement unit) based on 5 axes

Battery: Rechargeable Lithium ion battery (3.7V, 250 mAh)

Play hours: 4 (estimated), depending on usage

Charging time: An estimated 2 hours

Weight: 2 g.

How to work with Ziro

The basic working can be summed up in 3 steps:

Step 1: Think about the various ways to implement your building ideas with Ziro. Unleash your creativity. For starters, it's better to use the pre-made building components that come with the kit so that you get the basic concept of Ziro. After that, you can experiment with virtually anything as per your choice and assemble your very own designs. Do you want to make a bot using a cardboard box and control it with the Ziro smart glove?  It's possible. Don't throw away your Amazon or Flipkart packaging boxes. This can be a good way to reuse them for your benefit and fun.

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Step 2: Start implementing your ideas into action. Bring them to life. The modules need to be attached into your designs for wireless control using the Ziro smart glove. Modules can be customized to perform a 360º rotational movement. This will provide your bot the versatility required in their movements. The modules can be attached to any material of your choice and you'll see that your creations are brought to life. You may also use the pre-made building components that come with the kit to build some basic bots.

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 A basic bot made with the building components of the kit

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Step 3: This can be deemed the last step which is comparatively simpler than the other two mentioned above. The configuration of the modules has to be done by the users using Ziro's smart-phone app that should be available on Google play and Apple IOS. The configuration can be done through the use of the pre-designed programming templates that are available in the app or the users can also provide the input using their very own customized commands. The Ziro app is used to pair various hand gestures to the various types of movement of each module. After the connection is done, the users can use their smart gloves to control their bots. The hand gestures convey various commands to those modules and hence, when you move your hand, those modules move as per their customized commands.

You can go through this video to get a basic idea of Ziro.

Ziro is suitable for anyone ranging from children to adults. It's the perfect companion of robotics enthusiasts, students and for anyone who wants to expand his/her realms of creativity. Ziro is expected to be released for the public in early 2017. You can go through the entire project here and you’ll see that it definitely is a noble project based on a novel idea.

FUTURITE

Futurite aims to bring high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to school students in India. Our mission is to use cutting-edge technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing to impart a thorough grounding in STEM subjects and concepts to school students while making their learning experience fun, engaging and hands-on. Futurite has been operating in Dubai successfully (as Premier Genie) since a number of years, working with over 25 of the top international schools and teaching 1000+ students. Futurite has been founded by alumni from IIT, IIM, JU and HEC Paris.

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