Archive for August, 2010

Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Time flies! It’s that time again to officially announce the next Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest. We’ve had a ton of incredible entries in past contests. Because it’s been so long since our last contest, we’ve decided it was time to start showing off some of the work that has kept us so quite by giving away one of our very own Interbotix Hexapods!

The goal of our contests have always been to inspire technological creativity, innovation and ingenuity through these talented individual’s unique projects. We invite everyone to help spread the word about this contest announcement to help encourage others to show off their talent.

1st place

Retail: $1,299.00

InterbotiX PhantomX Hexapod

2nd place


Retail: $399.00

Headplay VR Goggles

3rd place


Retail: $150.00


Please visit our Project Contest Page to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines.

Questions? Contact Us!

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Monday, August 30th, 2010

We are probably a bit behind on this one. We heard of this new site called Facebook and apparantly it is doing pretty well. So we made a Facebook page for TR. It has feeds from both our blog and forums and we will probably leak stuff over there from time to time just to see who is paying attention ūüėõ

“Like” us on Facebook and up your geek cred :)¬†


Interlink FSRs now with Female Connectors

Thursday, August 26th, 2010


It is pretty much a known fact at this point that Interlink FSRs totally rock. For low cost yet durable pressure & force sensing they are a great solution. The brilliant minds over at Interlink even made them standard with thin rubber backing that has an adhesive layer. The only complaint some have is that the sensors only came with thin male tabs which can be a pain to solder. Especially if you were working on a project that required dozens or more sensors. The male tabs are still available and are still a great solution for those that need a low profile sensor, but for those that don’t have a thickness constraint female connectors are now here.

Female connectors make it very easy to connect and disconnect the FSRs now. Each female connector FSR comes with a coupling pin so that it can be plugged directly into 1 pin & 2 pin jumper wires or a breadboard. The female connector is standard .1″ spacing so it can also plug right into board headers if needed. No more soldering hassles.

InterbotiX Robot Turrets

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Robot Turrets hath cometh! We’re proud to announce the first robot kits from InterbotiX Labs, a comprehensive line of high-end pan/tilt turrets. ¬†These high speed, high strength, and high performance robot turrets are built from your choice of¬†Robotis Dynamixel Servos, the ArbotiX Robocontroller, and custom lasercut ABS frame components. Just how high speed and high strength are they might you ask? Funny you should mention that! We have prepared these demonstration videos to showcase exactly that. While they lack any true¬†empirical¬†data, repeatability, verifiable results, control groups, or any¬†resemblance¬†to true scientific testing… they are definitely more fun to watch and also contain stuffed monkey abuse, so check em out! For those of you serious about your panning and your tilting!




RFID Login for Windows 7 Walk Through

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Are your fingers tired? Is your password a jumble of number and letter soup and a pain to type? Do you want to look cooler when you sit down at your desk? We have an answer to all your problems. As long as your problems all involve logging into Windows 7…

Behold, a walk through tutorial on how to add RFID login to your computer. Including a cameo from Amal Graafstra of RFID implant fame. See how he logs into his computer and opens his house with an implant in his hand.

You can purchase this life changing device here: RFID Experimenters Kit.


Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Technically there is only one GIANT ROBOT. I have nothing to say that can top the title, so here is a video of a GIANT ROBOT, aka Japan’s 1:1 scale Gundam, with some awesome¬†time-lapse¬†footage of the sky behind it (though I suggest you check it out in HD directly on youtube for full effect).


Robot Pioneers: A Documentary

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Robot Pioneers is a short documentary about people who are passionate about robotics. We’ve had the privilege of meeting a plethora of fantastic innovators over the years; through our own online community, at Robogames, via various business communications, universities, techshops, hackerspaces, and at a number of tradeshows.

Each of these makers has a story to tell, and with this short documentary we hope to showcase even just a glimpse of the inspiration we draw from connecting with our fellow grassroots engineers. The future of technology is often grown in one’s own backyard and is open for anyone with the will and want to get involved. Build. Create. Innovate. Make. Join the Robot Revolution!

Arduino: The Documentary (trailer)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

If you’ve read the internet at all in the last 2 years, you’re probably well familiar with the Arduino Microcontroller movement. This simple micro has brought together industries from every stretch of the world, bringing¬†physical¬†computing to the mainstream. Robots, 3D Printers, CNCs, data-loggers, LED Blinking, Clocks, UAVs, you name it- the Arduino can do it. Coming this summer, you’ll get to see how the grassroots movement all started, and how the Arduino become the DIY world’s most popular microcontroller!

TRAILER Arduino: The Documentary (available on HD) from gnd on Vimeo.