New RobotGeek Geekduino Experimenter’s Kits

June 26th, 2015

We’ve designed several new RobotGeek kits to get you started in the world of physical computing. Each kit comes with our Geekduino and sensor shield for easy programming and wiring, as well as a RobotGeek Workbench to mount all of your electronics to.

At the core of the RobotGeek Arduino kits is the workbench to mount your projects. All RobotGeek products are compatible with the bench and each include mounting hardware giving you the opportunity to continue to expand your portable arduino workstation!

 

 

 

HR-OS1 3D Printed Shells and GitHub Repository

June 24th, 2015

HROS1-Endoskeleton-Jack

3d Printed Shells are up at Shapeways!

The HR-OS1 Orion Armor Set is in beta but available for download, printing and customization at the Interbotix Labs Shapeways Store. *please note 3D printed shells are still in beta phase as maximum payloads have not yet been established.

 

GitHub Repository Active!

Check out our Github Repository for the latest software, 3D shell files, Arbotix Pro firmware and design files and the HR-OS1 Framework! The framework is completely open source so you can tweak current behaviors and build your own custom software on the HR-OS1.

 

Beta Pre-Order Round Two, Units Still Available!

Make sure to reserve your HR-OS1 before they’re gone again! We started with only 50, and they’re running out quickly!

PhantomX Hexapod With Cooling Fans Installed

June 23rd, 2015

phantomx cooling fans

User QuadFu/r3n33 created brackets and grills, fitting 30mm fans to the femur AX-18 Servos on their PhantomX Hexapod. Femur servos do tend to run hotter than the rest and this improvement can increase run time and servo longevity. They also look pretty sweet, and the Hexapod is very flashy. Definitely worth a look.

HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton Beta Round 2!

June 22nd, 2015

round2

We’ve gotten some feedback, written some code, shored up some documentation and now we’re ready to release 50 more HR-OS1 Endoskeleton Beta kits into the wild! Pre-orders are available starting June 22th and will conclude when the 50 units are exhausted. Get them while they’re hot!

Pre-Orders will begin shipping in late August 2015

Laser Cutters Get Dirty

June 15th, 2015

After two and a half years of daily use, we decided it was time to swap out the honeycomb bed on our laser cutter. After a while, one forgets how clean these things actually start out.

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This fella has served us well for over two years.

sfafa

This comb is charged with the task of serving us for years to come.

The sun has set on one honeycomb, and the crown has been passed down to a new one. Goodnight sweet prince, long live the new king.

Injured Robot Learns New Gaits!

June 11th, 2015

robot learns new gaits

Watch this modified PhantomX Hexapod get brutalized by scientists, adapt, and get back up and moving in no time! This is an amazing example of clever programming allowing a robot to adapt like an animal. There is an obvious advantage in field use for robots with the ability to respond intelligently to injury, and this is a wonderful specimen to pay attention to.

Robots aren’t great at understanding laundry.

June 8th, 2015

BRETT attempts laundry

The roboticists at UC Berkeley are really ramping up their game with a very clever robot named BRETT (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks). BRETT has been challenged with the task of understanding and folding various bits of laundry. What seems like a very simple task is actually quite problematic from the viewpoint of a robot. The team at UC Berkeley have focused primarily on the tasks that robots are currently limited in their understanding of. It’s easy for a human to determine the difference between a towel and a sock in a pile of laundry, but that is a major stumbling block for a robot at this time. To fold a towel, it takes a human a couple seconds. We inherently understand that the material of the towel is not solid, it drapes and crumples up. A robot does not have the ability to sense these things, and has to jump through extra hoops to reach a workable understanding of the material. In this case, BRETT finds the corners of the towel, and solves an easier problem. This is still a time consuming process, taking between 11-20 minutes, assuming a sock didn’t throw off the reading. Very interesting work, and it is worthwhile to see the team pushing past the current limitations of robotics!

Robotic Exoskeleton Soccer Match

June 4th, 2015

Robot assisted soccer match

The roboticists at UC Berkeley are working the design of a robotic exoskeleton with a low price point. There are other robotic exoskeletons in existence right now, HULC being developed for the military in the United States, and Cyberdyne’s HAL being leased to the elderly for medical purposes in Japan, but each of these projects is met with the limitation of access, typically due to price point and lack of availability. This is a hefty task, but worthwhile, as you can see in the video. Giving the ability to walk back to those who have lost it is an amazing and noble goal, and the future of robotics augmenting human ability looks bright.

Have you ever seen a Cockroach launch a Bird?

June 2nd, 2015

velociroach

UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is up to something interesting! VelociRoach and H2Bird are a robot team that works together to take flight! There are so many angles to look at this work from, whether it be the fact that they are mimicking the biology of cockroaches and birds, using sensors to determine the proper velocity and angle at which to launch the robot bird, or the fact that these robots are working as a team to accomplish the task of flight. There is a distinct advantage to using two separate robots to handle the task of liftoff, being that the cockroach handles all the necessary movement to lift off, and the robotic bird doesn’t carry the extra weight that would be necessary if locomotion was integrated into its design. Specialization of these tasks allows greater capability for the robotic team, which is pretty amazing.

Make it Clap

May 22nd, 2015

cheeky nandos

Turn up your speakers! Customer teethoflions posted this entertaining video of his HR-OS1 being cheeky. What song will your robot dance to?

A video posted by Matt McNair (@teethoflions) on