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Check out the PhantomX Hexapod/Quadruped Mark-II!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Our outrageously popular PhantomX Hexapod and PhantomX Quadruped have gotten a make-over! We’ve re-designed the crawlers in matte black Plexiglas, as well as updated the leg design for a larger range of movements. Check out our sneak peak videos below to see them in action.

These two crawlers are still powered by ROBOTIS’s DYNAMIXEL AX servos, giving them great speed, torque, and control. And just like the previous version, the new crawlers are controlled with our own ArbotiX Robocontroller, making them compatible with the Arduino environment.

The PhantomX Hexapod and Quadruped are two great ways to get into robotics. Whether you need a research grade robotic platform, or or robot to to build on for mech warfare, pick up one of our crawlers today.

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Trossen Robotics Contest #9 Winners!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

2012 has come and gone, and its finally time to announce the winners for the Ninth Trossen Robotics Community Contest! There were a lot of amazing entries, but six of them battled to the top to win our contest. Check out the end of this post for videos of all of our winners in action.


Sixth Place – OARC Rover by Yosheli

The Obstacle Avoiding & Remote Controlled Rover (or the OARC Rover) is a great little project by Yosheli. It has everything you need for a roving robot – a drive system (4 DC motors with encoders controlling 2 treads), a distance sensor (an ultrasonic range sensor), wireless communication(XBees) and a main processing unit (an Arduino Mega).

This robot has a two modes of operation – the first is direct remote control via a custom wireless controller. The second mode is a purely autonomous one. The OARC Rover will go forward until it detects an obstacle – at which point it will move to avoid the obstacle. To help overcome the limits of the ultrasonic sensor, Yosheli mounted the sensor on a pan servo, enabling the robot to get better readings on curved surfaces. This panning motion also gives this little robot a lot of character.

The idea of an obstacle avoiding robot certainly isn’t anything new, but its a great example of how many problems you need to solve when building a basic robot. Yosheli gets points for overcoming these obstacles on his first fully fledged Arduino Project

Yosheli will be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.


Fifth Place – Maxwell by Lnxfergy


Maxwell is lnxfergy’s Mobile Manipulator Robot. This robot can map a room and traverse the room based on that map. Then it can use its custom arm and manipulator to pick up objects and interact with the room. The latest version of Maxwell even has a linear actuator to move the arm up and down, allowing it to pick up things from the floor as well as table-height objects.

Maxwell’s arm is comprised of 2 EX-106s, 2 RX-64s and 3 AX-12s. Lnxfergy’s did a lot of work in ROS to get his custom manipulator running properly, which is a great thing for the robot community. Lnxfergy’s is commited to open source projects and his work in open source robotics has been the basis for robot after robot in the comunity. We absolutely love that Lnxfergy has made all of Maxwell’s code available. Check out this thread post for mor information about Maxwell.

Lnxfergy will also be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.
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New TRC Features !

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

TRC Header We’ve just finished a round of updates at the Trossen Robotics Community to make it even better!

Robot Projects

Have you ever wanted one place to post all of the info on your Projects in one centralized place? Well with the new Robot Projects Page you’ll have just that! Add information about your project, as well as links to your forum/gallery posts related to your project. To celebrate the tool’s launch, we’re giving the first 50 individuals who upload a Project a $10 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!

Community Videos

We’ve added a new Community Video Tool so that you can add and show off your favorite videos. Just upload your video to your favorite video hosting service, and put the URL into our tool. The video will be added to the main repository of videos, as well as your profile page.

TR Videos

The Trossen Team has a huge library of videos ranging from Great Tutorial Videos to our new TRTV series. Now its easier than ever to browse our videos, just check out the new TR Videos page.

We are Hiring! Job Title: Roboticist Apprentice Extraordinaire

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

ATTENTION: We actually have filled this position. We will announce the new team member soon. However, we very much encourage people who wanted to apply to this position to still say hello. We will be continuing to bring on new people as we grow. We always welcome good talent sending in their resumes with a cover letter letting us know a little bit about them. In fact, this is kinda how we do it. We like the organic approach and getting to know potential awesome peoples at any time. So saying hello before the next position is announced is a smart move.

 

We are looking to add a new member to the team. If you would love to get paid to build robots read on.

If you have a place to share this post, by all means, please do! Help us spread the word and help give someone their dream job.

Job Title:  Roboticist Apprentice Extraordinaire

Where? Chicago far west suburbs (Downers Grove, 60515) (With future relocation to Chicago)
How much? 25K to 35K depending on experience and fit
When? We hope to hire the right fit before end of February 2012
Relocate? We are happy to consider the right applicant from outside Chicagoland. We cannot cover all the relocation costs, but for the right rock star we will help out. Also, expect a trial work period before moving permanently to see if we like each other.

Trossen Robotics is looking to add another member to the team. The optimal applicant will be able to handle very very long hours, extremely sarcastic work environments, have a diverse skill set (IE: customer service skills are as good as engineering skills), readily tackle challenging projects, and be able to hold their own in Halo Firefight.

Was GLaDOS of little challenge to you? Do you have a lot of FINISHED electronics and/or mechanical projects that you built lying around your house? Can you be in the zone with Tool/Puscifer/NIN/Ministry/insert-other-awesome-industrial-genius-here blaring on the sound system? Did school bore you because your mind is so brilliant that you were smarter than all your teachers? How many things have you ripped apart, just because you just had to know how it ticked? Does your narwhal bacon at midnight? Are you willing to burn the midnight oil to get projects done? Not because you were told to, but because you can’t sleep until you see it working. Do you want to feel like the work you do is having an impact outside your cubical? Do you not want to work in a cubicle? Good, we don’t have them.

Not-the-most-fun-grunt-things-you-will-have-to-do-part-of-the-time-just-like-the-rest-of-the-team – Help in the warehouse, restock inventory, pack orders, help build kits and count things, process RMAs, answer the same question on the phone with a friendly voice 843 times a year, sing for superiors on command… okay not really.

Main-duties-we-need-lots-of-help-in-right-now – product entry, writing product pages, product photography, project/product videos, blogging, project write-ups, code examples, production runs on laser CNC machine (yes, you can wear a lab coat and be a REAL laser scientist), running community contests, participating in said community, build demo kits and robots, creating product manuals, customer service (talking to customers about robots, answering product related questions), tech support, and in general being an awesome team player.

The-awesome-stuff-you-can’t-believe-you-get-paid-to-do-that-you-will-get-to-do-if-you-get-your-daily-chores-done – assist in mechanical design and programming on robotics products and kits, create & build fun DIY projects and robots, be a part of the product development and prototyping discussion, build giant killer 6-legged robots armed with paintball guns (we’re already half-way there), come up with great ideas to generate PR and viral videos, and did we mention robots? You get to build robots. That is awesome, in case you were wondering.

You will probably be put through the ringer and made fun of a lot in your first six months, but the bright side is that then you will get to make fun of and ridicule the next person we hire. That is how it works. The other bright side is that you will get to be paid to build robots, learn engineering, programming, marketing, community building, laser science, warehouse management (Meaning putting stuff in boxes and closing them. With tape. Repeatedly.), and be proud to be a part of building a great new company.

Seriously, we rock and roll while we work, and we have a good time, BUT we have a very fast paced environment here and we all work very hard. We get a lot done fast because we love what we do and we want to be the best at it. We are very well known in the community and are expanding our offerings rapidly.

We really would like to find someone who is already familiar with the DIY Arduino community and has already done some Arduino projects, but we are flexible. If you don’t know Arduino, then you should at least know programming in C++, python, or processing etc. Must be self reliant and not only be able to do projects unsupervised, we expect you to come back with ideas on how to improve things. We expect the right candidate to be constantly learning and improving their own skill set. A large part of the job will be doing product page write ups, manuals, project write ups, etc. So you will need to know how to write very well and quickly about technical subjects. This is a deal breaker if you can’t. Please be ready to show us something that proves you can communicate in print.

Exact definition of the position is to be determined. We would rather find brilliant hard working innovators and mold the right position around them than to predefine something rigid. Please send resume with cover letter to jobs@trossenrobotics.com. Yes, we are serious about the cover letter. If you can’t take the time to write one and let us know this really hits your passion buttons, then you really shouldn’t be taking a shot at it. Plus, there was that whole thing above about the job being largely about writing stuff. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
The Trossen Robotics Team

Download the full job description here as PDF

Robot Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Time to encourage our little brainiacs to engineer stuff. Because if we don’t, who is going to invent our future immortal robohuman brainswapping technology for us when we are old and frail? Think ahead people. Always be planning.

Trossen Robotics Robot Gift Guide

 

Rocket Brand Studios now open!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Our friend Chris the Carpenter has finally launched his own robot shop, Rocket Brand Studios, with some awesome Arduino and Picaxe based kits and components! He has been a driving force among robot hobbyists and the LMR community, and we’re eager to see what sort of products pop up from his creative mind. We have already picked up a few of his items, so keep your eyes peeled for some new items from Rocket Brand Studios!

DSO Nano v2 Pocket Oscilloscope Price Slash – GONE!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
DSO Nano v2 Pocket Oscilloscope

DSO Nano v2 Pocket Oscilloscope

We are making room for new stuff. We still have 8 of the V2 DSO Nano in stock. We’ve slashed the price on these wonderful pocket sized oscilloscopes. (Was 99.95 now 59.95) If you were wanting one of these for your workshop, now would be the time to grab one ;)

SOLD OUT!

Orders Over $200 = FREE ground / Under $200 $7.99 Flat Rate.

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

free-groundThis post is pretty simple.

For the rest of August -

If your order is over $200 you get free ground shipping.

If your order is under $200 ground shipping is a flat rate of $7.99.

If your order is exactly $200.00 you will rip a hole in the time-space continuum. Don’t do it.

That’s it. Now go shopping for robots :)

Help Vote for a Robot Grant

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Do something good today. Take 30 seconds and vote by text. You’ll erase some bad karma from that one thing you know you did…

RoboGames is up for a $25,000 grant to help bring robotics classes to underprivileged middle schoolers around the San Francisco Bay Area, and you can help!  Pepsi is offering large grants to non-profits such as the Robotics Society (the parent organization of RoboGames), but only the top few ideas will win.

You don’t need to give us any money, you just need to vote!  Please help us get funding to get more kids building robots for the 2012 games! We are poised to make this a great year for community centers, under funded schools, and a whole slew of other folks with your help!  If we win the voting, we can put robots in the hands of about 120 kids and provide them with teachers for a full semester of after-school instruction.  All leading up to them competing at RoboGames.  The classes will get kids autonomous robots, and teach them how to program and build the robots to
compete in multiple events in next April’s event.

And neither you nor the kids have to pay a cent!

Here’s the link to vote: http://pep.si/nHlOZZ or you can vote by texting 107947 to Pepsi (73774) to vote from your mobile phone.

And you can vote once per day!  So vote today, tomorrow, and every day this month!

This will barely take any time at all, but can impact the lives of a lot of kids who’d never get to learn about robotics otherwise.  We can inspire them to keep studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and all you have to do is vote!”

via Robots-Dreams

Summer Sale – Every order over $100 gets 10% off

Monday, July 25th, 2011

JulySale2011

Excuses to tell why we are having the sale

Robots have turned against us, need to get rid of them fast

Feeling generous today for once

We make too much money around here, it is eroding our moral foundations

The weight of the warehouse is creating diamonds under the foundation

Our customers are awesome and we want to say thanks!

(FYI- when you hear a store saying ^^^this^^^ it is really code for this:  Why aren’t you people buying anything in July?!!! We still have bills to pay you know! Just because it is 152 degrees celsius lately doesn’t mean you should stop building robots. Geeks don’t get summer off from being geeks. Get back inside and work on a geeky project. Your skin cannot handle direct sunlight anyway vampire boy/girl. It is dangerous out there. Look at all the shiny stuff in our store! Ohhhh, isn’t it beautiful? We know you want some. Yes! Time to upgrade your servos and sensors. Now you are thinking correctly. There will be cake served at the end of checkout. Just follow me here into the store. That’s good. Just enter summer2011 when you checkout. Hurry along now.)

Ohhh, YAY! Take me shopping!

EDIT: Andrew here. Hey guys, I hate to be the one to break bad news, but Matt is a liar. There is no cake. It will not be served upon checkout. Sorry guys. This communication was not authorized. Please forget what you have read. Here is a companion cube to help your feeble minds remain calm.