Archive for October, 2010

Diary Of A Mad Roboticist!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here is a little sneak peak at what Andrew and Matt were working on seventy-two hours before they had to go to Korea and compete. So instead of three robots they ended up with four. I guess when you put some time constraints on Andrew he actually makes something that works, go figure. Hopefully Matt and Andrew are doing well in the competition. Wish them luck! Watch and have fun!

RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kit

Friday, October 8th, 2010


Trossen Robotics is proud to announce our partnership with Roborealm to bring an extremely affordable and simple way of getting started with Machine Vision! We present to you the RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kit– everything you need to give your next robotics project the sense of eyesight! At the core of this kit is the MosquitIO Pan & Tilt Microcontroller, an Arduino-compatible board that provides a USB connected pan/tilt unit, I/O, motor control and a solid state relay. We’re also including a ready-to-mount Lifecam webcam and a FULL license of Roborealm to tie everything together on the PC side of things.

But wait- there’s more! We’ve collaborated with Roborealm to create a customized module built specifically for the RoboTurret withing the Roborealm environment, making it easy for those of you with little or no programming experience to jump head first into the exciting world of machine vision! On top of the module to help you get interfaced, we’ve also provided a number of various colored object tracking demos with more to come soon. Want to break out of the GUI of Roborealm and program directly to it’s API? We’ve got you covered there as well with .NET C# and VB code project examples! Never before has it been this simple to get into vision processing, and at only $150 for the entire kit we can’t wait to see what awesome projects you guys come up with. Turrets, motion detectors, robotic-surveillance, object recognition, object tracking, the sky is the limit!

Here’s a quick video showcasing some of the basic colored object tracking that can be done, but remember- that’s not all it can do!

And here is a quick video demonstrating some basic features of the RoboTurret itself (Now, with 75% more Techno Beats!):

Solid Bioloid Walking Gait Tutorial

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Our friend RobertLam18 put together a very straight forward explanation of how he develops custom walking gaits on his modified Bioloid Premium Kit. I had the pleasure of meeting him in South Korea earlier this year for the Korean Robot Games Festival and his tricked out Bioloid was certainly impressive! The same basic principles here apply to most humanoid configurations and it’s nice to see a step by step process put together and the results it produces. Definitely check it out if you’re interested in developing your own walking gaits!