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OWI Robotic Arm Edge Plus OWI-535/SOFT USB Interface Kit

Today we are taking a look at the OWI Robotic Arm Edge and OWI-535/SOFT USB Interface with Programmable Software:

OWI Robotic Arm Edge Features:

  • 187 piece kit
  • No Soldering Required
  • Multiple movements and functions
  • Robotic arm gripper opens and closes
  • Radial wrist motion of 120°
  • Extensive elbow range of motion of 300°
  • Base rotation of 270°
  • Base motion of 180°
  • Vertical reach of 15 inches
  • Horizontal reach of 12.6 inches
  • Lifting capacity of 100g
  • Search light on the gripper
  • Audible safety gear indicator is included on all 5 gear boxes to prevent potential injury or gear breakage during operation
  • Manipulation using the “5’s”, five-switch wired controller, 5 motors, 5 gear boxes, and 5 joints
  • Remote requires no extra batteries


  • Costs about $40 on Amazon
  • Requires 4 D-size batteries (not included), get these before you even begin. You will put it together faster than you think(1-3 hours)
  • There are no sensors on the robot
  • There is no gripper rotation
  • Test motors before you assemble in case they are defective in anyway. You do not want to have to take this apart and reassemble
  • Smaller than it looks

OWI-535/SOFT USB Interface with Programmable Software for Robotic Arm Edge

Costs about $35 on Amazon

This package allows you to connect the OWI Robotic Arm Edge to a PC and have real time manual control of the robotic arm and program the arm to perform a sequence of movements.

The USB Interface Kit comes complete with a CD, printed circuit board, USB cable and accessories, and a detailed instruction manual.

NOTE: This software does not have any driver signature so you will have to disable Windows Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 8. Anyone installing this software in Windows 8 / 8.1 please view our tutorial on “How to install unsigned drivers in Windows 8.1” https://www.sysrecon.com/operating-systems/how-to-install-unsigned-drivers-in-windows-8-1/


OS: Windows XP (SP 1,2,3), Vista and Windows 7.

64-bit Windows is now supported and can be downloaded here: https://www.owirobot.com/pages/Downloads.html

CPU: Pentium3, 1.0GHz or higher

Memory: 256MB or higher

Hardware Disk Space: 100MB or more