Meet the CTRL robot: a desktop robotic arm that can be easily programmed for your projects. It works out of the box without calibration. Just plug it into your laptop, and you are ready to manipulate things with it. The CTRL also has a visual control interface.
CTRL has an open source interface, so you can command it using your own favorite programming language. You can also physically teach it to perform tasks. Various end effectors are expected to be available for the robot.