Archive for the ‘Featured Projects / Robots’ Category

Full size BB-8 Build!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

full size bb8
Star Wars fans, you’ve got to check this out. Instructable user ASCAS (Angelo) has made a full-size, app controlled BB-8 Droid. That in and of itself is cool, but Angelo has been kind enough to make an instructable so that you can build one too! This has gotten some discussion going around the office as to how we’re likely to make one. This is just awesome, and here’s to hoping this inspires many people to get involved with robotics!

HR-OS1 with Jasper Installed

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Jasper Installed

Youtube User panthallion has installed Jasper on his HR-OS1 (with Raspberry Pi), and it’s pretty cool. The age of robotic personal assistance is upon us. Jasper is an open source platform for developing voice-controlled applications, similar to Siri, OK Google, Cortana, and so on. In this case, Jasper is being used in conjunction with an HR-OS1 to make a robot that can assist you with daily tasks, answer questions, tell a joke, and generally be responsive and helpful when given a voice command. It’s interesting to see the HR-OS1 physically reacting to the content it is delivering (it genuinely seems frustrated with one of the questions asked of it). Very clever!

New Instructable – Auto Turret with Pixy and Nerf Gun

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Autoturret with pixy and nerf gun
We have a new project that we’re excited for you to try! With the Auto-Turret Project, you can automatically track down and fire upon your enemies! This project utilizes a Pixy camera module, a RobotGeek pan/tilt base, a foam dart gun, and a Geekduino to coordinate the components. The Pixy can be ‘taught’ to recognize different colors, and when it ‘sees’ an object with the matched color, it will send data to the Geekduino. The Geekduino will then move the pan and tilt servos so that the object is in the center of the Pixy’s field of view. If the object stays still for too long, the foam dart gun will engage, firing a dart at the object!

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

HR-OS1 Tackles the Stairs!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Taking the Stairs
Qian Wang, a student working in a group of researchers from the Institute of Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University has done an excellent job making a set of motions that allows the HR-OS1 to climb up stairs! Keeping in mind the weight balance of each part, the movement looks both careful and acrobatic.

One of the major challenges, and often the first question we hear when discussing bipedal robots is, “Can it take the stairs?” and thanks to the efforts of Qian Wang, the answer is a resounding yes!

This was shared with us by Shihui Guo on the Trossen Robotics Forums, and there is an active discussion about how to improve this movement. They were kind enough to share the motion files, which can easily be added to your HR-OS1’s RME list with r3n33’s WinRME. Try it out, join the discussion, and get creative!

Android & Bluetooth Robot Control with BT Commander!

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Bluetooth Uprade

Want to control your hexapod or other ArbotiX-M Powered InterbotiX robot with an Android Phone or Tablet? You’re going to need the InterbotiX Bluetooth Upgrade Kit so you can get up and scuttling quickly with the BT Commander App! The BT Commander App is an easy to use solution for controlling your robot via Bluetooth. Based on the ArbotiX Commander, the control scheme should be familiar to anyone who has used one, and simple enough to learn for those who are just getting started.

Graceful Fall Algorithm

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Falling Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech have identified a way to teach robots how to fall with grace and without serious injury. In the video, the top robot uses a novel algorithm to minimize impact when the robot falls. The algorithm is not used for the robot on the bottom of the screen.

The work is important as costly robots become more common in manufacturing. The skill becomes especially important, too, as robots are sought for healthcare or domestic tasks – working near the elderly, injured, children or pets.

DynamixShield Kickstarter!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

DynamixShield

Our friend at NeuroRobotic Technologies has been developing an Arduino Due Shield that plays nice with everything in the InterbotiX and RobotGeek product lines (and subsequently, his PhantomX Hexapod is playing nicely with the kids)! This is a comprehensive shield that lets you connect AX, MX, and XL Dynamixel Servos! The DynamixShield is an electronics board that fits onto an Arduino Due microcontroller to give you the ability to control Dynamixel smart servos and regular servos, while also providing numerous Grove and RobotGeek connectors. Grove and RobotGeek are hardware frameworks for modular sensors and actuators. There are tons of off-the-shelf modules for these two frameworks that can be plugged into the shield with a single cable. This includes everything from GPS sensors, RFID scanners, and LCD displays that are plug-and-play ready for use with the shield. This makes it very easy to build your robots by combining modules and servos. Check out his Kickstarter, and if you want to see it happen, you can make it happen!

Drinkinator Lives!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Drinkinator

This project is so cool. Next Project Awesome has been working on a drink serving project known as Drinkinator. Utilizing a load of RobotGeek Pumping Stations, a Geekduino, and operated by a Raspberry Pi touch screen interface made in Kivy, this beautiful project makes for a fantastic automated party bartender. This project is well documented on Next Project Awesome’s GitHub, so if you’re looking for a project to follow, it doesn’t get much better than this. Next Project Awesome is an ambitious new youtube series that covers the use of Raspberry Pi and Arduino to make projects. They’re pretty amazing so far, and if you like what you see, you should subscribe to their channel!

HR-OS1 at TADHack!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

ProbatioNerds

Team ProbatioNerds from IIT worked with Matrix to control an HR-OS1, sending commands through a chatroom (in the presentation, from a phone) to move the robot from anywhere in the world! They subsequently won an HR-OS1 from Matrix, which we’re sure is being put to good use. Check out their presentation! They explain the architecture a bit, and programmed the HR-OS1 to do the macarena, which is endlessly entertaining. Congratulations, ProbatioNerds! We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

Majestic Glowing NeoPixel HR-OS1 Hand

Monday, October 5th, 2015

majestic glowing hand

Renee seems to always be up to something cool. This week, she embedded a NeoPixel into the hand of an HR-OS1! Just look at it glow. Majestic. I’d love to see the entire Orion Shell lit up this way.