Archive for the ‘Fun Stuff’ Category

Full size BB-8 Build!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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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!

Thomas the War Engine will Haunt Your Nightmares

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Roboticist Y. Nakajima has produced one of the most creative, yet nightmare inducing incarnations of Thomas the Tank Engine quite possibly to have ever existed. As noted in the blog post announcing the existence of this robot, the name of this creation roughly translates to “Multi-legged Agency Tank Thomas”, and it has a mythology drawing from the Thomas the Tank Engine children’s show involving Sir Topham suffering from madness and obsession after a great war, and modifying the gentle Locomotive, adding legs and a radioactive death ray to be an agent of destruction. In reality, the robot stands about a foot tall, and is outfitted with a 300mw laser, which can do some pretty serious damage to human eyes, balloons, and matches. Watch the video if you would like to ruin your childhood and potentially never sleep again.

Full Size Humanoid Braces for Falls Using Its Hands

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Kick the baby

A group comprised of members of Carnegie Mellon University, The Robotics Institute, and the Advanced Robotics lab at IIT, have been kicking around a full size million dollar humanoid robot. Don’t worry, this robot is fully equipped to brace itself for the fall, much in the same way a human would. Upon having a force acting upon the robot, leading it into what would be a catastrophic fall, it will hold out its hands to brace itself against a wall. It even accurately pushes itself back into proper standing position! Check out the video. It’s impressive work, but you might feel bad for the robot.

Robot Wars is Back!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Taking the Stairs

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the US series BattleBots getting a reboot, BBC has announced that Robot Wars is coming back to BBC2! After a decade of real robot battling blackout, 2016 is apparently a great year for robotic battle entertainment. If you want to enter your robotic creation into BattleBots fighting roster, check out the Rules and Entry page for all the details. Having just gotten the greenlight, details on entry to Robot Wars has yet to be announced. In the meantime, you can check out some savage battle footage from the original Robot Wars series.

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!

Team ProbatioNerds visits Trossen Robotics!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Team ProbatioNerds stopped by Trossen Robotics to build the HR-OS1 They won from Matrix at TADHack! We captured a time-lapse video of the build party you can check out on our instagram. They’re a lovely group of people, and we hope to see them again soon (and we’re really interested to see what they do with their robot)!

Halloween!

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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RobotGeek has rolled out two Floor Switch Mat kits to make your Halloween SUPER SPOOKY. The first is the RobotGeek Floor Switch Tail Kit, a simple kit that turns on any AC powered device when someone steps on a Floor mat switch. The more advanced (but super simple to set up with our How to Guide) RobotGeek Floor Mat Experimenter’s Kit Gives you extensive control over tons of things, such as sounds, lights, and external devices (such as a halloween prop) when the floor mat switch is activated.

Majestic Glowing NeoPixel HR-OS1 Hand

Monday, October 5th, 2015

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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.

HR-OS1 SOCCER Trailer

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Overly Dramatic Soccer

Renee has released an incredibly dramatic video of an HR-OS1 playing soccer. This is a truly inspiring story of a little guy who has dreams of becoming a SOCCER SUPERSTAR. Will he succeed, or is he doomed to fall down for all of eternity?

Giant Robot Duel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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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!