Archive for the ‘Featured Projects / Robots’ Category

PhantomX Hexapod Running Phoenix Code

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

phantomX hexapod running phoenix code

Well Zenta and Kurt Eckhardt are at it again, this time porting the Lynxmotion Phoenix code to our very own PhantomX Hexapod! Running the Phoenix code, our Hexapod’s movements are smooth as silk while it scuttles across the floor in an incredible life-like fashion. Just check out these videos to see it in action.

The code for putting the Phoenix code on your Hexapod is available here. Keep in mind that this is a work in progress and may require some hardware modification of your Hexapod, so proceed at your own risk.

Desktop RoboTurret Face Tracking Project

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Desktop RoboTurret Face Tracking

Christian Penaloza just posted a great demo video with one of our Desktop RoboTurrets running his custom face tracking code. He’s using OpenCV and C++ to do the facetracking, and C# for a user interface. This is a great example of the kind of thing you can do with the RoboTurret.

We’re really excited to see the code for the project, as well as what else Christian has in store for the RoboTurret.

They Did It!

Monday, August 6th, 2012


Early this morning, over 8 years of hard work paid off as the Curiosity Mars Rover succesfully landed on Mars. Shown here is the NASA team celebrating after the rover’s successful landing. The rover, weighing in at 900 kg, is the largest rover ever sent to the red planet. Because of it’s large size, engineers at NASA needed a new way to safely land the rover on the surface of mars. The method they devised was the Sky Crane, a rocket propelled platform that could safely lower the rover to the martian surface. You can see an interactive rendering of the landing here

Here’s one of the first image transmitted back from the rover – a beautiful black and white still of the rover’s landing site. And while we want to wish the Curiositya and NASA congratulations on a job well done, we know this mission is still only getting started. Over the next few weeks NASA engineers will test the rover’s systems and start the final preparations for its mission to explore mars and pave the way for a manned mission to mars. Projects like this really showcase the amazing feats that science, math and engineering can pull off.

Robots + Vision Tracking = Keeping Your Room Clean Forever

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Robots really shine when you give them great sensors to read in data about their world – and what better sensor to give a robot than sight? Well minokur built an amazing little bot, the TrashBox and remotley tethered it to a Microsoft Kinect. The Kinect is capable of sensing 3d environments, and pinpointing moving objects in space. When you combine this power with the mobile little TrashBox, you get a trash bin that will race to catch every bit of trash you throw.

There aren’t a ton of details on the program running the show or what kind of range this robot is accurate to, but just the TrashBox’s design and performance are enough to make this an awesome project.

Via [Oh Gizmo!]

From the TRC: The MorpHex!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Zenta's MorpHex Spherical Robot
WARNING: This post might make you think twice before you spin a globe violently or kick that unassuming ball down the street.

Our own TRC Member Zenta has posted an amazing video of his MorpHex Robot. The dream for this project was to ceate a spherical hexapod that can…

  • Roll freely as a ball
  • Move in any direction
  • Vary its inner-body dimensions
  • Transform between hexapod and sphere mode
  • Walk/work as a normal hexapod

By looking at the video, we’d say that the dream is a reality.

In hexapod mode, the MorpHex elegantly traverses terrain – then, very subtly, it begins to constrict its size until it’s ready to transform. In sphere mode the MorpHex can roll, stop and even dance around. And while there are a million things to love about the MorpHex, the fact that the body was constructed out of a earth globe is the cherry on top.

Zenta has entered the MorpHex into the Boca Bearing 2012 Innovation Competition and could win a $10,000 grant to further develop the MorpHex. We know who we’re voting for! Maybe one day we’ll see a whole army of MorpHexes rolling down the street!

For more history, pictures and general information about the MorpHex, check out the MorpHex section on Zenta’s Website

Quadcopter Invades Trossen Robotics!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

It’s just another day at the office here at Trossen Robotics. You know, the usual paperwork, service calls, order packing, and Awesome Quadcopter Demonstrations.

Don and Jason of Mad Lab Industries came by to show off their amazing Quadcopter. They gave us a great demo, and shared some of their stories about the ups and downs of working with aerial vehicles. One small glitch, and suddenly your vehcicle can drop out of the air, or fly head first into the nearest building, the duo told us.

Their Hoverfly based monster of a Quadcopter is a amazing piece of machinery. This beast can quickly zip to an fro or it can hover in a stationary spot, compensating and resisting for wind. In addition, this machine also has a servo positioned/controlled camera. Here’s a shot of our team marvelling in awe at the Quadcopter.

Flying robots might not actually be a part of daily life here (though someday, they will be) so it’s great to see what people like Jason and Don have built. We love to see these kinds of projects, so if you’ve got a great project, show off in the Project Showcase in the forums!

Thanks again to Don and Jason for bringing in their quadcopter.

Maximum Security CaseMod

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Maximum Security CaseMod

Our friend Will Lyon from over at thebestcasescenario.com is a master Computer Mod Designer. If you don’t believe me you can check out his latest project called Maximum Security. This badboy looks like he was yanked off the Nebuchadnezzar from the Matrix.

The project sports a liquid cooling system, LCD readout, RedBee RFID reader and self opening door powered by a Firgelli Linear Actuator. Checkout the project thread here and the video below. Nice job Will!

R/C Steampunk Trike

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Not exactly a robot. Awesome nonetheless.

That is all.

Watch the video.

Stop reading this.

Now. I mean it.

Rocket Brand Studios now open!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Our friend Chris the Carpenter has finally launched his own robot shop, Rocket Brand Studios, with some awesome Arduino and Picaxe based kits and components! He has been a driving force among robot hobbyists and the LMR community, and we’re eager to see what sort of products pop up from his creative mind. We have already picked up a few of his items, so keep your eyes peeled for some new items from Rocket Brand Studios!

MORAV Project Needs Your Help!

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Fon Davis and his production company Fonco Creative are good friends of Trossen Robotics; they’re our neighbors at Robogames and they even were kind enough to lend their superb modeling skills in designing and building the arena for Mech Warfare!

MORAV has been a pet project of Fon’s for a number of years now, and he’s finally reached a point where it needs some extra help to get off the ground. Up to now, it has been exclusively self-funded and built from volunteered time. This is the true definition of a grass roots project, and something that is truly a labor of love for all of those involved.

They’re in the process of building a set to shoot a pilot for “MORAV: Missions” and need your help! They started a Kickstarter with a goal of $39,782 and they’re almost there! Every dollar counts, and there are less than 72 hours left for the donation deadline and they must meet the goal amount to receive even a single penny. If you’re a fan of giant robots blowing things up, awesome sci-fi stories, and grassroots efforts pursuing dreams, stand up and help out!

And check out this plug with Mythbuster’s Grant Imahara!