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Code Project Contest – Round 2!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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Code Project had so much fun the first time around that they are doing it again. Up for grabs are more cool robot prizes. This time they decided to concentrate on Beginner Tutorials to help introduce people who are new to the basics of Physical Computing. This is a great chance for the robotics and physical computing community to show computer programmers what they are missing. Anyone can go join the community over there and post articles. Just please read the guidlines they have carefully first. Good luck to all who enter!

The contest begins on December 6, 2010 and will end February 6, 2011 at 11:59:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time.

Contest Page (Beginners Hardware and Device Programming Competition)

Contest Rules

General Article Submission FAQ & Guidelines

The Hardware Zone (Where the articles are posted)

Winners from last time

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale – Robots! Robots! Robots!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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Celebrate the holidays by spending money on the only things that matters… Robots! Buy them for your kids, for your geeky parents, for your pets, even people you don’t like. (Set those ones to kill.) This is America and we only know how to express our emotions through wild unfettered spending of cash and credit. Don’t be left behind.

Seriously though, robots are fun and give many hours of entertainment and education. When skynet comes to your door in 20 years you can show them your vintage collection and instead of shooting you they will fall to their knees, cry, and call you Daddy or Mommy.

The sale is valid while supplies last, but we will also honor it on most back ordered items as well and be sure to get it to you before Xmas. If you have any questions just give us a call at 877-898-1005. Real live humans answer the phones here. (But not until Monday, because we are stuffing our faces with turkeys for the next few days. Yes, multiple turkeys.) Call to order stuff, call to say hi, call to tell us about your awesome Turkey Day dinner (ask for Andrew please).

We hope everyone is enjoying the start to the holidays and isn’t having a nervous breakdown over the weather turning cold. This is normal, it happens every year. It will get warmer again. Unless you live in a really cold place that is cold year round. In which case, you should probably move, because that is really depressing. If you do, don’t expect your dogs to understand it however.

Here are some dancing Christmas lights. You’ll have to think of a different winter project. It has been done. To Death.

Here is the sale link if you didn’t find it in the FOUR spots above :P Trossen Robotics Black Friday to Cyber Monday Robot Sale!!!

Code Project Winners Announced

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010


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Two months ago we partnered with the excellent coding site Code Project to put up some prizes for hardware articles. It is great to see more communities getting involved with DIY and Physical Computing. The programmers over there really delivered with a pile of great articles which were REALLY in depth and well done. One thing is for certain, they really know how to write articles over there. The contest ended recently, the votes are tallied, and the winners are in!

Here are the lucky winners who will be receiving prizes for their efforts:

First Place: Bioloid Beginner Robot Kit
Winner: Ian Johnston
Article: Radio Control Transmitter – Joystick

Second Place: The RoboTurret Vision Tracking Kit
Winner: Amro Fawzy
Article: 3G Modem Internet Dialer

Third Place: RFID Experimenters Kit
Winner: Alex Opoulos
Article: AVRILOS: A simple OS for AVR microcontrollers

Great job to everyone, but you know who the real winners are here? Its the robots, because they will have new homes and new friends to play with. Stay tuned for more contests announcements at Code Project. For those who are too impatient to wait. Our regular DIY Project Contest just had it’s deadline extended to January 1st! Still time to get in.

DIY Project Contest Deadline Extended until Jan 1st, 2011

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
We have received multiple requests from students and hobbyists alike to extend the Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest so that winter break will grant some extra time to finish up projects.

Ask and you shall receive! The deadline for the contest has been extended until Jan 1st, 2011!

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

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Retail: $399.00

Headplay VR Goggles

3rd place

Roboni

Retail: $150.00

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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!

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

headplay

Retail: $399.00

Headplay VR Goggles

3rd place

Roboni

Retail: $150.00

Roboni-I

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!

Like Us! Like Us!

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 :P

“Like” us on Facebook and up your geek cred :)   http://www.facebook.com/trossenrobotics

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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!

SPEED!

STRENGTH!

Also: PAINTBALLS!

The RFID Experimenters Kit is Here

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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RFID is an exciting new technology that is finding its way into a variety of different industries; pet identification, keyless entry, hospitals, inventory management and tracking, tollway collections, security, data collection, wildlife tracking, and much more.

Beyond that, RFID is just plain cool and fun to play with. RFID has found its way into many DIY and interactive art projects over the last few years as people experiment with the possibilities of the technology. Now anyone can learn about RFID with this great RFID Experimenters kit.

This kit includes everything needed to get started:

  • RedBee RFID reader
  • RFID tag variety pack (13)
  • Project CD with 5 Projects
  • USB Cable

The projects disk comes with 5 great projects to do at home including RFID Login for your computer!

RFID-login-300The 5 Projects Include:

  • RFID Login (Windows 7)
  • RFID Deadbolt
  • RFID Safe
  • RFID Racers
  • RFID Logger (With database integration)

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The RedBee RFID Reader is a ground breaking first in many areas. Capable of being used as a tethered device to a PC or microcontroller OR as a preprogrammed stand alone device it is the only hobby reader with both options. The RedBee also comes default with USB and TTL serial with the ability to add Xbee for wireless communication. Very cool!

Checkout the Huge feature list for the RedBee RFID Reader:

  • Supports all EM41xx family 125 kHz RFID tags
  • USB, XBee, and TTL Serial communication
  • Serial Communication Protocol and Shared Serial Devices Protocol (SSDP)
  • .NET programming API
  • Operates as a slave device to PC or microcontroller
  • Onboard programmable microcontroller
  • Xbee point to point
  • Xbee Mesh networking
  • 3 power input options (Barrel Connector, USB, or Vcc)
  • 4 Configurable I/O pins
  • Valid/Invalid Tag LED
  • Xbee Comm LED

Super Duper Mega Ginormous Arduino Section of Goodies!

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The open source concept behind Arduino has been a huge winner in the DIY & hobbyist community. It is the little microcontroller that spawned ten thousand projects and it won our hearts over long ago. Seeing people innovate and create wild, fun, artistic, creative, inspired projects is what we live for here. We set out to create a resource for the ever growing community of Arduino users and filled it with all the goodies we could find. So…

Say hello to our new Ginormous Arduino Robotics Division.  When we do things here at Trossen Robotics we tend to do them over the top. It is probably because we are still yearning for love and acceptance deep down inside. Blame our parents. Rare float switches, Keychain Remote Switches, and a Huge Red Fire-All-Missiles-Button are just some of the cool things you will find in here.

To prove the point about the size of new division we decided to post the absurdly long JPG snapshot of the main section after the jump. Just look at it!  *The voices of angels may be heard
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Dynamixel Servos Are In :)

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

The Mother Load of Dynamixels. Just look at them!

The Mother Load of Dynamixels. Just look at them!

The Dynamixel servos have been hard to keep in stock. They just keep flying off the shelves. This is what happens when you can build amazingly cool stuff with parts. We have bumped up our stock to meet demand and wanted to let everyone know that they are all in again. Ex-106+ / RX-64 / RX-28

Don’t forget to check out our Brackets page as well which allow the serious robotics developer to build just about any kind of robot imaginable. You can buy a whole robot leg if your wallet is deep enough :O You saw Skynet here first!