Assembling and Controlling a Robotic Arm

In 1979, the Robot Institute of America (RIA) classified the robot as a reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator designed to move material, parts, tools, and specialized devices through variable programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks.

Not including the word “reprogrammable” mentioned by RIA, the first introduction of the robot was in 1495 by Leonardo da Vinci, with his medieval robotic knight. This robot could wave, sit, and move its arms and neck. Of course it was totally mechanic. A representation of this robot is shown in Figure 11-1 (part of Wikimedia Commons under ...

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