arbotiX – Advanced Robocontroller for the Bioloid System

We’re good friends with the folks over at Vanadium Labs; some very talented people who have been in the robotics game for quite awhile but have just now established their official company. This is great news for the robotics community however, as they have some pretty amazing products on the horizon. One product in particular is the new arbotiX Robocontroller, an advanced Open Source microcontroller tailored for the Bioloid system and AX-12+ servos.
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The arbotiX robocontroller is an advanced control solution for small-to-medium size robots. It incorporates a powerful AVR microcontroller, XBEE wireless radio, dual motor drivers, and 3-pin servo-style headers for IO.

The arbotiX robocontroller is specifically designed to control robots built using Bioloid servos, although it is also a very high-end solution for powerful rovers. It is not intended to be a drop-in replacement for a CM-5, rather it is intended as a high level development tool for building more sophisticated robots.

So what we have here is an Arduino IDE compatible microcontroller with a plethora of I/O, plug and play capable with AX-12 servos, and an Xbee Wireless Link to your PC. It’s also worth mentioning that this was the controller used in the robot that won Year 1 of Mech Warfare, Issydunyet. For more information on the controller check out the Vanadium Labs website.

Trossen Robotics will be exclusively distributing this exciting and powerful new Robocontroller with an estimated release date of Mid-October 2009. We’ll have more details in the near future, stay tuned!

Want to see the arbotiX in action? Here is a quick video showing a basic Inverse Kinematics demonstration on Issydunyet!

4 Responses to “arbotiX – Advanced Robocontroller for the Bioloid System”

  1. Olivier says:

    Heys,
    Are these available yet? i want one!

  2. Alex says:

    soon, very soon:)

  3. Olivier says:

    If possible, could you guys write me down for one? and a Xbee (xbee2pc-)kit to go with it? i have a feeling the first batch will sell out very quicklly, but id really really like to have one when they become available :)
    If you need personal details please dont hesitate to email me about it.

  4. Olivier says:

    Quoting a post on ‘Show Us Your Sensors’ from 19 sept;

    http://www.showusyoursensors.com/2009/09/beta-testing-and-future-work.html
    “A final note is that we’re actually running ahead of schedule here at Vanadium, on both the hardware production and software testing fronts, so you should see the arbotiX on shelves at Trossen by the end of the month!”

    So, can i (pre-)order one yet? <3

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