Robots today are dexterous, capable of performing incredible feats of engineering and displaying human like qualities. Robotics presents vast potential in every domain and is rapidly emerging as a game changer. This paper analyses the various system designs of robotic arms wherein the user controls the position of the joints. Various means of control are explored, namely external hardware modules, smartphone applications and IoT based control. A comparison between the various methodologies has been made and the possible advantages and disadvantages have been listed. This paper seeks to survey existing implementations and to highlight potential areas of research and development. © IAEME Publication.