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!
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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!
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!
Engineer Martin Stoelen has released some videos showing the operation of a 3D printed robotic arm called GummiArm! This isn’t just any robot arm, it uses AX-18A Dynamixel Actuators to turn spools with elastic bands, acting as pliant linear actuators. This gives the GummiArm a unique, springy response to its environment! The mounts are available on Martin’s GitHub. This project is assosicated with the DeCoRo project at Plymouth University.
Forum User r3n33 is at it again, this time with a new way to move the HR-OS1! WinRME is a .Net application that’s capable of relaying all the standard RME commands to the robot via manual entry, as well as a growing list of features. Based on RME (netRME), this program is shaping up to be a fantastic companion to the HR-OS1 for anyone using the Windows OS environment. This is exciting news. WinRME is being designed with a graphic user interface (a major improvement on the original), and will utilize multiple windows to allow you to keep your movement list on hand and ready to rock (a massive improvement on a personal pet peeve). There isn’t a download version available just yet, this is still in early development, but it’s worth checking out the screenshots below and following the forum post for more details!
Trossen Robotics’ own lead engineer, Andrew, has been hanging with the Megabots team (You know, the guys who are going to pilot America’s MK. II against Japan’s Kuratas in the first large scale robot duel that this planet has experienced in all of recorded history). If you want to see America become the first Mech battling champion of the world, you can back the kickstarter! While you’re waiting for the giant robot battle to happen, check out our gallery of Andrew’s miniature MK. II build!
This video, posted by Ben Greer, is EXTREMELY DRAMATIC. Featuring a PhantomX AX Hexapod with a GoPro mounted to it (not to mention a sweet software stack), the video really captures some of the awesomeness of owning a Hexapod. This video was apparently made in Ben’s free time, which is really amazing, considering the high production value. Give it a watch!