Archive for January, 2014

PhantomX Reactor Lends a Helping Hand (or Gripper)

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Forum member dburongarcia has been doing research and development for using robotics to assist people with cerebral palsy. He’s using a Arduino Uno with USB Host shield to control a pair of motors in a motorized wheel chair, allowing the user to control the chair with limited head movements. The system can even be controlled via facial recognition running on a PC.

What really caught our eye was the second half of his project – using one of our PhantomX Reactor Robot Arms to help the user feed themselves! The video is in spanish, but the project speaks for itself.

Using 4 pushbuttons, the user can pick food from 1 of 3 bowls, put the food back in the bowl, or get a drink of water. There’s also a version that uses facial recognition to feed the user – we’ll have the video of that up soon.

Projects like this really mean a great deal to us – we truly believe that robots are an amazing tool for assisting humans. When we see that our robots have been integrated into thoughtful designs like this, we know we’re doing something right. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more documentation and details on this project.

UPDATE:Here’s the video of the facial gesture based commands

Robot Projects, and Videos, and Pictures, and Discussions Oh My!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

RobotProjects

 

 

 

Do you have a cool robot project you are working on? Have you posted it in the TRC projects gallery yet to share it with others? No? That is very selfish of you. Everyone loves to see cool projects. So come check out what others have posted and add your own.

There are also Community Videos, photos, and of course our active forums.  The Mech Warefare forums are always buzzing because people like building robots that shoot each other.

If you haven’t visited yet, come say hello!

Arduino + RFID = RFIDuino

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

RG-RFIDUINO-BKIT

 

RFID is fun. There is just something magical about swiping a tag in the air and reading information from it. Suddenly you want to tag all the things! The RFIDuino is an Arduino shield that makes learning and implementing RFID super easy. The RFIDuino Basic Starter Kit gives you everything you need to get started with the RFIDuino, Geekduino, mounting hardware, and a variety of different RFID tags. Check out our step by step tutorials which walk you through getting started and teach basic output and wireless reading. You can be experimenting with RFID in no time and start tagging all the things!

RFID Tutorials

New and Improved RobotGeek Joystick

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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The new RobotGeek Joystick is here! We wanted more range of motion for our joysticks so we had a custom tall stick made. Each joystick now comes with both options. You can use the standard mushroom top or use the taller 5cm stick to add both range of motion and better resolution control. We had the sticks made to build better control panels for our robot arms, so keep an eye out for that upgrade coming soon.