Robotic arms have been in common use for a several decades now in many areas from manufacturing and industrial uses to hobby projects and amusement park rides. However, there have been very few attempts to make an inexpensive robot arm with a software stack for use in higher education. This paper will outline a control and interfacing software stack built on the Robot Operating System (ROS) and a simulation of the 5 degree of freedom (DoF) robotic arm.
Christensen, Craig, "A Robotics Framework for Simulation and Control of a Robotic Arm for Use in Higher Education" (2017). MS in Computer Science Project Reports. 3.