Archive for the ‘Featured Projects / Robots’ Category

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!

My Keepon says take me home!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Keepon bopped into our hearts in 2007 dancing to Spoon’s “I Keep My Camera On.” It was an instant love affair and everyone wanted him. Problem was, Keepon is a research bot and cost a wee bit too much. On April 1st 2009 we came out with what we thought was a much better and affordable version. (Video here.) But we must have missed the mark somehow because we didn’t sell any…

But now you can finally own an official Keepon called MyKeepon and preorders are already available.  The price has dropped a little from 30K to $50. So he might fit into a few more Christmas budgets this year.

Another great bonus is that sales of MyKeepon help to fund Autism research. For those of us who have a loved one with Autism that is great news. Read more about the original research here.

TRC Member Spotlight: Gertlex

Friday, August 26th, 2011

We actually get a good number of our forum members from the TRC dropping by to chat and hang out, so figured we’d better start sharing the awesome robots they bring in! This week we had Gertlex drop by and show off his first walking robot project, Numa, which he is building for Mech Warfare. Check it out!

AX-12 Robot Arm & Arbotix Demo

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Banter, robots, video. Go!

Cross Dressing Robots!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Our old friend Che is a bit special. He has pet ducks, snakes, really ugly dogs, and a really hot wife. He wears his mom’s leather pants. He’s also into robo-masochism: meaning he lets his paintball-equipped robots shoot the crap out of him, all the while filming it for the internet’s enjoyment. We have weird friends.

He also has a great custom humanoid project that he has shared with the TRC, Hi No Hikari. This rather large humanoid robot is a kung-fu competitor and Mech-Warfare veteran. “It” also wears dresses, kimonos, and sometimes has flowers tucked into it’s mechanics. I don’t know, don’t ask me. We’re fully supportive of alternative robot lifestyles, but sometimes it’s better that we just not ask. Giger did not appreciate the dress at last year’s Mech-Warfare. He muttered something about “damn hippies” and proceeded to shoot Hi No Hikari in his/her flowery face.

With all that said, it’s been a great learning experience for Che, and one that he has shared with us every step of the way. This was his first attempt at a PLM design and he started off using AX-12+’s, eventually upgrading to the more powerful RX-28s.

Seeing this project progress from Hi No Hikari’s first steps to what he’s achieved now has been great! Check out his latest progress in the video below, we can’t wait to see even more come from this project!