Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

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.

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.

DYNAMIXEL Based Robotic Arms at CES

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Marita Cheng, Trossen Customer and founder of 2Mar Robotics was at CES last month demonstrating her latest Robotic Arms and control apps. Venture Beat has a great article on Cheng and her goals to use these DYNAMIXEL based arms to assist disabled person’s with everyday tasks.

Who Will Win – Man or Machine?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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Kuka Robot Group has just posted a teaser trailer for an upcoming table tennis match. On March 11th Table Tennis wonder Timo Boll will be facing off against the Kuka KR Agilus, the “Fastest Robot on Earth”.

There’s no cash prize for this competition, but the victor (who/whatever it is) will have some impressive bragging rights. Now we’re going to be wondering about all sorts of matchups – maybe THOR MANG could go up against David Beckham?

Find out more here.

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!

Team Mojavaton Enters the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

Monday, December 9th, 2013

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Last week DARPA announced the latest 4 teams that will compete in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. These 4 teams have built their robots’ hardware and software solely using their own funds, which is no small task.

One of the Robots, Buddy was created by Trossen Customer Team Mojavaton! Mojavaton has been working hard to get ready for the trials December 20-21.

Buddy, like the other entrants, was designed to assist first responders in the event of a national emergency. The robot uses 34 robotic servos – many of them DYNAMIXELS from the Trossen Store – to complete 8 Different Tasks that simulate common conditions in disaster areas.

Team Mojavaton hopes to go on to the DRC finals in 2014 for a change to win the grand prize – $2 million.

Check out more information on Buddy at Team MojavatonYoutube Channel and the team page.

Congratulations and good luck to Team Mojavaton!

Sorting Objects with the PhantomX Reactor

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

User anestsurfer has posted a videos of his PhantomX Reactor sorting colored blocks. It looks like he’s using a downward facing camera, vision processing software and a grid pattern to locate objects, then sending data to the arm to have it move the blocks to different locations. On his channel he has also shown off his custom inverse kinmenatics engine for the arm. We really love seeing the Reactor used with vision processing software.

Check out Thor-Mang, the DYNAMIXEL PRO based Humanoid!

Monday, November 11th, 2013

ROBOTIS has just posted a video of THOR-MANG to their youtube channel. THOR-MANG is a collaboration between ROBOTIS, Virginia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania and Harris. This human sized robot uses the new DYNAMIXEL PRO line of robot actuators. THOR stands for Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot – a humanoid designed to operate in environments that are hostile to humans. This teaser video shows THOR-MANG activating a shut-off valve, and you can see even more tasks in another teaser video released earlier last month.

Robot Refuse Winners!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Last week 10 industrious roboticists each won a box in our Robot Refuse competition. Now they compete for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the Trossen Robotics Store!

Check out the pictures that won them the contest below!

New Product: Desktop RobotTurret V3

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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The new Desktop RobotTurret V3 is finally here! This Robot is a great way to get started with the world of Arduino and robotics. Using our example code, you can get up to speed in no time, and soon you’ll be programming custom behaviors into your robturret.

Features of the new RoboTurret include:

-New RobotGeek Servos give the RoboTurret 2x the torque
-Improved mounting frames make the RoboTurret easier to build and more dependable
-Arduino Compatible Geekduino board and RobotGeek Sensor Shield make wiring simple and clean
-Each kit comes with a RobotGeek Joystick and a RobotGeek Pushbutton for easy control
-Optional Nunchuk and Vision tracking kits give you multiple control options

For more information check out the Product Page and the new RoboTurret video