Niryo Arm is a 6-axis robotic arm that is based on ROS, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi. It was manufactured in France as an open source collaborative robot. Niryo Arm is fully programmable and originally designed to carry out research and teaching tasks. Niryo Arm stands out among many other robotic arms since its technology enables learning robotics programming that is within everyone’s reach, thereby enlarging its target audience that ranges from researchers and designers working in various disciplines to students and professors operating in educational settings.
Niryo Arm offers programming in a number of ways. First, it can function in the learning mode, which can be used to move the robot with basic hand commands. This mode is intended for those without any particular programming knowledge as it enables functioning based on the rather generic visual programming provided by Blockly. Niryo Arm, furthermore, can function through the use of an Xbox controller, with which the robot axis can be moved directly. While these low level functioning modes offer a comfortable experience, Niryo Arm also provides a third functioning mode for advanced users through coding. Developers can use Python API to give advanced commands, which can also be used to teach programming. They can also develop their own APIs or use digital pins to connect and communicate the Niryo Arm with any industrial device of their choice. Last but not least, the ROS code that Niryo Arm enables programming not only with Python but also with C++.
Niryo Arm’s origins lie in the works of Marc-Henri Froulin and Edouard Renard. In 2016, these engineers from ISEN created Niryo with the mission to make robotics accessible to everyone. One year later Niryo launched a kick starter campaign for their first collaborative robot Niryo One, which became a rather immediate success at the end of the fundraising campaign. Due to logistical restrictions, Niryo Arm’s parent company Niryo moved to Eura technologies in Lille in 2018, the year when they officially launched Niryo One. Just after two years, the company launched the Vision Set and the Conveyor Belt, which subsequently enable user interaction with the environment of the robot and prototyping production lines. This year, Niryo has raised 3 million euros in funds and launched the successor to Niryo Arm: Ned.
Niryo Arm primarily has been designed to be used by higher education and vocational training institutions, and R&D laboratories. The robot boasts a balanced use in both education and industry, which gives it its credibility. In the aforementioned settings, Niryo Arm can be used for computing, automatism, mechanics, Matlab, electronics, 3D printing, and industrial chain demonstrators. Niryo tends to have the majority of its customers buying Niryo Arm in FMCG manufacturing (Food/Cosmetics), pharmaceutical industry, and logistic companies offering a co-packing service. Finally, what makes Niryo Arm a desirable product according to its customers in these industries is that it offers an effective optimization of their productivity and competitiveness, while a single point of contact for multi-site, multi-line deployment that it provides is the cherry on the cake.