Archive for the ‘Featured Projects / Robots’ Category

HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton Shipping Has Begun!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

HROS-1 Staging

We’re happy to let you know that we’ve shipped out the first 15 HR-OS1 kits! If you’re one of the people who we’ve shipped to you should receive an e-mail with your tracking number shortly. We are on track to have the next 20 kits shipped out by the end of the week. The last 15 kits will be shipped out early / mid next week.


Hexapod Navigation Through Environment

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

hexapod navigation through environment

Check out roboticist Christopher’s Hexapod navigation through environment with 33% hole coverage (slow)! Though the gait is slow, this looks like a very intelligent terrain mapping addition to the PhantomX AX Hexapod. We suggest watching this at 2x speed, but it’s worthwhile to see what can be done with a bit of ingenuity!

RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

robotgeek pan tilt unbox assembly and test

Check out customer Jetsonhacks’s RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test! This is a well shot video of a RobotGeek Pan and Tilt being built and tested.

If you’re excited to break open your Trossen Robotics kit and want to share, take a video and let us know!

Time lapse of a PhantomX Hexapod Build

Monday, March 30th, 2015

phantomx hexapod assembly

Check out user Quad Fu’s PhantomX Hexapod build! This is a short time lapse video of the 6 hours spent building a PhantomX Hexapod. It’s easy to get started with an InterbotiX Hexapod Robot Kit, just follow one of our Getting Started guides, and you’ll be running on all 6 legs in no time.

This is a super cool video, and we’d love to see what you can do with any of the Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

Hexapod Stabilized

Friday, March 27th, 2015

hexapod stabilized

Check out user Gezac’s PhantomX Hexapod with stabilization! By modifying the PhantomX AX Hexapod, Gezac has added stabilization that maintains the roll and pitch of the hexapod’s body, even when in motion. The walking gait on this robot is pretty amazing, too. Even with the pitch rolled all the way back, the hexapod moves with an incredibly natural, smooth action.

This is a great demonstration of what you can do with one of Trossen Robotics Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm Autonomously Sorting Objects

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

widowx arm

Check out user m herbert’s PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm autonomously sort objects! In conjunction with the PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm, m herbert is using a Kinect, the ROS Robot Operating System, and Python code based on the Turtlebot_Arm block manipulation demo to sort blocks by color completely autonomously.

This is a great demonstration of how the InterbotiX Robot Arms can be integrated into your own custom project!

The LIDAR-Lite Is In Stock at Trossen Robotics!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


You may have heard about the LIDAR-Lite , a small, low cost, high performance distance sensing module. With a range of up to 40m and an accuracy of 2.5cm, we absolutely love the LIDAR lite. The LIDAR Lite is very easy to work with – you can connect to it via I2C or PWM to read distance data. We’re including several goodies with the LIDAR Lite, like cable ends and heat shrink tube so you can solder onto the LIDAR Lite’s cable that will let you plug it directly into the RobotGeek Sensor Shield or the ArbotiX-M Robocontroller. You’ll also get mounting hardware to help you mount the LIDAR-Lite to any of our robots with the centimeter grid pattern.

We’ve created two demos with the LIDAR Lite using Interbotix Robots. First we put a LIDAR Lite on our PhantomX Hexapod and programmed the Hexapod to move back and forth depending on where an object is. Move the object closer to the Hexapod and it will back up, move it farther, and the hexapod will run after it. After we did that project, we built a small scanner application that will take data from the LIDAR lite connected to a Robot Turret and display the perimeter of the room on your screen – see the video below to see it in action.

PhantomX Hexapod Climbing Stairs?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Hexapod Climbing Stairs

When we take one of our PhantomX Hexapods out for a walk, we almost always get the question ‘Can it go up stairs?’. Our normal response is ‘Nope!’. But it looks like Youtube user AndrewHumphries is working on that problem!

Check out this video of the Hexapod climbing stairs. The hexapod doesn’t move very quickly and needs a helping hand at the end, but it’s always fun to see what tasks our robots are up to.

You can see more videos of AndrewHumphries’s Hexapod in action here

Andrew’s Mobile HR-OS1 Command Station

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


When Andrew isn’t busy working on the HR-OS1 he’s…well working on infrastructure around the HR-OS1. He needed a mobile station to connect, control and debug the HR-OS1/HR-OS5 – so he decided to build one!

He built his system around a Core i5 Intel NUC running Ubuntu connected to a Retina iPad Display. His rig also has a built in USB2DYNAMIXEL and XBee Connection for easy hardware debugging. He even put in an ASUS router which makes networking with the HR-OS1 a snap. Andrew’s wireless keyboard fits nicely into the small case, and he’s ready to go! What would you add to your Robot Command Station?

The WidowX Robot Arm Can Draw Better Than We Can!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

TRC Member userasp9185 showed off some great examples of what you can do with the InterbotiX WidowX Robotic Arm. First asp9185 created a custom IK engine and control software in Visual Studio/C#. The ArbotiX robocontroller running the ROS sketch acts a pass-through, allowing the computer direct control over the servos. The software axxepts XYZ Cartesian coordinates and moves the arm to that position. A forward kinematics solver than confirms the position based on positional feedback values from the servos

The software can now preprocess an image to detect adges and contrast, and then randomly select pixels. The IK algorithm determines the best path to draw the pixel on the paper, allowing the robot arm to draw a version of the photo that was input into the software.

Be sure to check out this gallery for more information on the project and images that the arm produced!