Archive for March, 2016

Low cost laser rangefinder that works outdoors

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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Ever since the LidarLite went on indefinite backorder, we’ve been looking for a cheap and reliable alternative. Researchers from MIT and CSAIL are a couple months away from presenting this infrared depth sensing system using a cheap laser attached to a smartphone. They’re aiming big, with hopes to use this sensor for autonomous golf carts, wheelchairs, and drones.

“My group has been strongly pushing for a device-centric approach to smarter cities, versus today’s largely vehicle-centric or infrastructure-centric approach,” says Li-Shiuan Peh, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science whose group developed the system. “This is because phones have a more rapid upgrade-and-replacement cycle than vehicles. Cars are replaced in the timeframe of a decade, while phones are replaced every one or two years. This has led to drivers just using phone GPS today, as it works well, is pervasive, and stays up-to-date. I believe the device industry will increasingly drive the future of transportation.”

New Instructable – Controlling Arduino Robot Arm With Arm Link Software

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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Take command of your RobotGeek Snapper Arm with Arm Link! Arm Link lets you pose and play back a sequence of movements on your robot arm easily. We put out an Instructable that covers set-up and usage, so you can get your robot arm ready to entertain!

We had one of our arms:

feed Kyle a tasty snack

hack the planet

open an RFID Lockbox

dish out the high fives

help clean up office clutter

and even drive a hexapod around.

We’d love to see your robot arm doing some crazy things!

You can find the Instructable here, or go to the RobotGeek Learning site here and here for the same instruction.

Ashton Kutcher will drop your phone from a RobotGeek Gripper

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

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What a sick, twisted world it is when Ashton Kutcher will drop your phone over a lie of omission. What horror exists in this disturbed mind that would take a benign gripper for use in such destructive ends? Why, of all things, would they measure the purity of a human being against the scales of carnage against a phone, hopelessly clung to by a gripper that would send it crashing headlong into the ground by the true force of gravity? We may never know, but it sure is entertaining to watch. If you have one of the discontinued RobotGeek Grippers featured in this video, we advise you that it may or may not be possessed by the evil spirit of Ashton Kutcher, and may or may not decide to drop your phone if you don’t tell your parents about the loss of your virginity. We can assure you that the new RobotGeek Parallel Gripper is not evil, so upgrade today!

New Product – More RobotGeek Workbenches

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
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RobotGeek Workbenches have been a staple of the RobotGeek system since the beginning, so we’ve given them some love and attention. Listening to the will of the people, we’ve made workbenches in more sizes and colors than ever before! You can get a patriotic set of Red, White, and Blue workbenches, or keep it classy with a black satin finish bench. Let’s talk about the new bench sizing:

RobotGeek Small Workbench
  • The smallest workbench we offer. Great for small projects, awesome for stacking.
  • 16 X 15 CM
RobotGeek Large Workbench
RobotGeek Double Wide Workbench
  • This workbench is twice as wide as the Large Workbench, giving a good amount of room for a project with displays and sliders.
  • 44 X 21 CM
RobotGeek Mega Workbench
  • This workbench is a kit of two Double Wide Workbenches with Joiner Brackets. If you have a project that can fill a table, this bench is for you.
  • 44 X 42 CM
RobotGeek Workbench Joiner Brackets
  • If you already have a bunch of RobotGeek Workbenches and you’d like to make them into one giant bench, these Joiner Brackets make it a breeze.
  • 2 per pack, with bolts
RobotGeek Geekbot V2 Deck
  • The Geekbot got an upgrade, so we are now offering the top deck for rad customization, or if you just prefer circles to rectangular benches.
  • 265mm Diameter

That’s all for now!

New Product – GeekBot V2!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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The GeekBot has evolved! Introducing the RobotGeek Geekbot V2 Basic Kit. The Basic Kit has everything you need to build a fully programmable rover robot, while the Core Kit gives you the battery, the chassis, and the servos to build a geekbot with your own Arduino board.

The GeekBot Rover is a highly flexible wheeled rover created from the ground up to be completely modular and easy to customize. Powered by two high speed continuous turn robot servos, GeekBot has a strong payload capability of 1kg/2.2lbs and moves fast at up to 0.4Mps / 1.3fps. Each Geekbot comes with a 4400mah 7.4V rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, allowing your Geekbot to run for hours! Integrated protection circuitry protects the battery from under/over voltage. Each kit comes with a wall-charger so you can recharge your battery when it runs low.