Designed exclusively for Quanser, the 6 DOF serial manipulator with a two-finger gripper is a customized 6-DOF MICO2 robot arm by Kinova with high-speed RS-485 interface. By exposing the serial interface, access joint angles, motor currents and torque measurements for each joint at minimum 500 Hz communication rate. The higher communication rate and open architecture framework allow for the development of advanced, high-performance control algorithms. A complete blockset available in QUARC real-time control software for Simulink® provides an intuitive environment for designing and implementing control algorithms. With a compact, lightweight design the 6 DOF manipulator can not only be used on a stationary surface, but it can also be integrated with a majority of existing mobile platform.