A beginner friendly, minimalistic and open source robot arm simulator I wrote in python for a robotics class back in 2012. Stoolbotics is designed to be a general purpose arm and kinematics simulator aimed at being a teaching tool for aspiring roboticists.
Linear algebra and mathematical concepts behind robotics are difficult for a beginners without any visual context. This is especially true for people who are primarily visual learners (like me). This tool will hopefully fill a gap in education environments where robotics is being taught.
Stoolbotics (right) simulating a phantom omni (left).
Stoolbotics has many features that make it attractive to the aspiring roboticist and the robotics education classroom:
Written by Lucas Doyle, a software engineer with a Robotics / GIS / UI focus in the SF Bay Area