Archive for the ‘Featured Projects / Robots’ Category

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

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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

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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!

Jimmy in the News!

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Jimmy in the news

Jimmy the Research Humanoid is at it again, going on another media blitz! Jimmy (along with Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson) has been showing up everywhere from Wall Street Journal Live and Bloomberg to CNBC and Fox News. Jimmy has been making quite an impression as he shows off what he can do.

You can even see the AX-12A version of Jimmy hanging out with his big brother! We’re excited to share more details on this mini-jimmy in the coming weeks.

Check after the break to see a list of shows Jimmy’s been on this week!

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PhantomX Hexapod & Quadruped Updates!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

PhantomX Hexapod

We’ve just updated our PhantomX Hexapod MK-II and PhantomX Quadruped MK-II. These updates are designed to improve the durability and expandiblity of the crawlers.

Improved Body Plates

The Hexapod and Quadruped Body plates have been updated, reducing the length of the mounts for the Coxa servos. This makes the body plates more robust during the assembly/dissasembly process. This change also reduces the number of nuts/bolts required for assembly which makes it easier/faster to build and re-assemble

The body plates also have 2×3 cm hole patterns, making it easy to mount a variety of RobotGeek Sensors directly to the Hexapod.

Top Deck Mounting System

The PhantomX Hexapod now comes with a Top Deck Mounting Plate. This plate can be secured to the main Hexapod Chassis, making it easier to add more batteries, sensors, controllers and more. The top deck come covered in a 1×1 cm pattern, making it easy to attach a variety of RobotGeek Sensors, Turrets and more to your robot.

Future Trossen Robotics products will include 1×1 cm grid compatible MX turrets and adaptor plates for other computers and controllers.

The top deck can be configured to rest at multiple heights, allowing you to customize the look and function of your robot for your exact needs.

Improved Power Distribution

The crawlers now route all power through the new 6 Port AX/MX power Hub. This provides improved power balance and eaiser wiring. This also makes it easier to confiugure the Quadruped in Developer Mode, giving you easier access to the ArbotiX while developing.

Updated Assembly Guides

Both crawler assembly guides have been re-designed from the ground up, making it easier to build the robots. Quadruped / Hexapod


If you have previolsuly purchased a PhantomX Hexapod or Quadruped MK-II and would like updated plates, please Contact Us via this page and include your name and order number.

MorpHex MK-II in Action!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Zenta has just posted a video of his MorphHex MK-II in action! This robot is an improved version of the original MorpHex robot. This robot still can transform from 6 legged cralwer to a rolling robotic bawll. The latest version of the MorphHex has 2DOF on the upper half of the sphere, giving it much more freedom and the ability to make a variety of different shapes and patterns. We can’t help but think that the MorpHex looks like a robo-flower during some parts of the video.

The video also shows off the new and improved symmetric rolling engine and a special test at the very end. And don’t forget to check out Zenta’s MorpHex Forum Thread on the Trossen Robotics Community.

CORE Studio’s Robotic Kinetic Sculpture

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Core Studio's Kinetic Sculpture

Trossen Customer CORE studio has just unveiled their newest creation: a DYNAMIXEL and Arduino / ArbotiX based kinetic sculpture.

CORE Studio is the virtual incubator for the structural engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti, so it was natural that CORE Studio would build this sculpture in the Thornton Tomasetti San Francisco office.

The group started by building a quarter scale model of the final sculpture, which allowed them to test motors, sensors, code and their custom 3D printed assemblies.

Once the prototype was shown to be viable, the group began work on the final sculpture. Using their in-house MakerBot 3D printer, the CORE Studio team printed out over 350 custom parts! Over three days the group installed the 150 square foot sculpture. Each DYNAMIXEL servo can move the carbon fiber rods independently while several ArbotiX boards keep the DYNAMIXELs synchronized and working together. ArbotiX boards can be controlled via XBee wireless communication. The overall orientation of the sculpture is effected by movement in the room, which is reported to the ArbotiX boards by a series of sonar sensors.

Over the coming weeks the CORE Studio team will be fine-tuning the sculpture’s behavior to create new and interesting configurations.

Toro-bots – the PhantomX Based Robotic Japanese Garden Lamps!?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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Trossen Customer Cassinelli Alvaro has just posted a video of his newest creation, the Toro-Bots. These robots have Japanese style lanterns affixed to the top of a PhantomX Quadrupeds. The cralwers allow the lanterns to become a dynamic part of a garden landscape.

From the videos description,

We propose here a garden that takes care of itself, that somehow understands and re-interprets the rules of harmony and equilibrium, and reconfigures itself depending on the season, the presence or absence of a human observers – that develops structure in a generative way, creating a dynamic conversation between the elements in the garden.

Each lamp is programmed with a different behavior, giving it it’s own personality. Using infrared rangefinders, allowing them to sense the presence of other objects and react by moving away or towards those objects. The robots are connected to an XBee network with a central computer allowing for easy control of the robots from a mobile device, like an iPad as shown in the video.

And as if this setup wasn’t cool enough as is, each lamp has blinking infrared beacon at its top. An infrared camera watches the entire garden, allowing for tracking of the lamps within the garden. This can allow the system to react to many more variables and perform more complex behaviors.

Golem: The MX-64 Hexapod

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Forum Moderator KevinO just released photos and a video of his newest creation - Golem: the DYNAMIXEL MX-64 based Hexapod.

KevinO wanted to learn ROS and to further that goal he built a custom robotic development platform. Golem is 76.2 cm in diameter and weighs in at 7.3 kg. The body plates are custom CNCed T6 Aluminum plates. Golem’s brain is an Intel NUC D54250 and has a gyroscope, accelerator, and compass attached for positional/orientation awareness. Right now KevinO controls the robot manually via a Playstation 3 controller over Bluetooth. An entire deck of the robot is dedicated to the massive 6000mAh LiPo battery.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! KevinO has plans for Golem, including adding a camera system mounted on the MX-28T turret and using the Intel Nuc’s 4th Gen i5 processor to do some amazing things with vision tracking. If his previous ‘bot Charlotte is any indication, we’re in for a real treat.

We’re excited to see what KevinO will do with his Golem, but until then this gait test video will just have to sate our appetites.

New MorpHex Video from Zenta!

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Forum Member Zenta has just posted a teaser video of his improved MorpHex MK-II. The MorpHex is a robot that is capable of transforming from a hexapod cralwer into a mechanically rolling ball. The Upper half of the robot has been upgraded from a 1 dof linkage to a more flexible leg . We’re excited to see more demos of the MorpHex in action!