Archive for April, 2010

Mech Warfare at Robogames 2010!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

We came, we blew stuff up, we conquered! Mech Warfare at Robogames 2010 in San Mateo was an absolute blast! We had Fon Davis of Fonco Creative & MORAV show up with his crew and custom build us a fully destructible 1/24 scale urban arena! Needless to say, the arena looked AMAZING this year! We had a total of 14 teams registered and close to 30 people participating this year; the competition is growing leaps and bounds over its first year. We’re still recovering from a long weekend at Robogames but we’ll have plenty of more coverage of the event in short time. For now, here are the winners, some pictures, and a great post & video by BotJunkie that highlights the event very nicely. We had some really awesome and nail-biting matches that were down to the wire, and everyone involved had a TON of fun- we hope to see even more people getting involved for next year!

Firgelli L12 Linear Actuators Are In The House!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The long awaited Firgelli L12 Linear Actuators have arrived! We’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of requests for these actuators but have been largely unable to keep them in stock.

Well, the wait is over! We stocked up on the most popular gear ratio and stroke length varieties and are ready to ship them out today! Control via PWM signal just like a hobby servo, or use industrial control options such as current or direct analog voltage!

A-Pod Comes Back, Better Than Ever!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

A-Pod

Many of you might remember A-Pod, Zenta’s (creator of the Phoenix) incredible life-like ant inspired Hexapod. Well, he’s back and better than ever! As if the original video wasn’t impressive enough, it looks like good ol’ A-Pod got a few upgrades in both the hardware and software categories. You’ll also be pleased to know, A-Pod is serving up drinks once again. Zenta also delivers some new video of his Phoenix and T-HEX Hexapods! Check it out!

iHexi Returns: Now With Android Support!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

You may remember this very awesome Hexapod from a previous post, controlled via a custom iPhone app. Well iHexi has returned with a few upgrades; namely Android phone support which eliminates using a PC as a ‘go between’. Looks to me as though it’s moving a bit smoother too, definitely an impressive piece of work and the video has a pretty awesome soundtrack as well! Check it out!

On an unrelated note; our good friend Rob Farrell of Farrell Robotics posted this video of two DX-117 based humanoids duking it out at last years Korean Robot Festival; these are some of the more impressive lightweight humanoids I’ve seen!

A Humanoid Built Out Of Old TVs?!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

There isn’t a lot of info on this robot and its’ builder (that I could find), but it never fails to amaze me how innovative folks can be. Sam Todo, from the Togolese Republic, built this humanoid robot mostly out of parts from old TV sets, and to be honest, walks better than a lot of higher end bots I’ve seen out there! Check it out!

Found on the JustGiving’s youtube channel!

RX-Bridge Enables DX/RX/EX Series Dynamixels on ArbotiX

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

ArbotiX RX Bridge

Now available!

The ArbotiX RX-Bridge expands the capabilities of the ArbotiX Robotcontroller by enabling the use of DX-117, RX-28, RX-64, and EX-106+ Dynamixel Servos. This add-on board converts your existing ArbotiX Robocontroller TTL serial ports into an RS-485 serial protocol compliant port.

The RX-Bridge answers the call for a high end, fully programmable controller for the higher end range of Dynamixels at a much lower pricepoint than other less-capable controllers on the market.

RXBridge-on-arbotix