Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Disney’s Beachbot is Neat

Monday, April 13th, 2015

beachbot

Disney’s Beachbot, designed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab, is a seemingly simple robot turtle that combs impressively large images into damp sand. They claim to want to make large scale images on the earth at the scale of the Nazca lines! Imagine what you could create with a RobotGeek Rover!

We will be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

mini maker faire

We will be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, May 2, 2015. This will be our third time attending, and we’re pumped to show off all that we’ve been up to in the last year. We love inspiring people young and old to pursue an interest in robotics. It’s also pretty sweet that we were featured in a Meet the Maker post on front page of the Mini Maker Faire website. We hope to see you there!

PyPincher is cool and useful.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

PyPincher

Check out Trossen Robotics forum user PhilW’s pyPincher demonstration! If you have a PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm, you should jump in on this thread and try this user created program out for yourself. Very impressive, PhilW!

Hexapod Navigation Through Environment

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

hexapod navigation through environment

Check out roboticist Christopher’s Hexapod navigation through environment with 33% hole coverage (slow)! Though the gait is slow, this looks like a very intelligent terrain mapping addition to the PhantomX AX Hexapod. We suggest watching this at 2x speed, but it’s worthwhile to see what can be done with a bit of ingenuity!

RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

robotgeek pan tilt unbox assembly and test

Check out customer Jetsonhacks’s RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test! This is a well shot video of a RobotGeek Pan and Tilt being built and tested.

If you’re excited to break open your Trossen Robotics kit and want to share, take a video and let us know!

Time lapse of a PhantomX Hexapod Build

Monday, March 30th, 2015

phantomx hexapod assembly

Check out user Quad Fu’s PhantomX Hexapod build! This is a short time lapse video of the 6 hours spent building a PhantomX Hexapod. It’s easy to get started with an InterbotiX Hexapod Robot Kit, just follow one of our Getting Started guides, and you’ll be running on all 6 legs in no time.

This is a super cool video, and we’d love to see what you can do with any of the Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

Hexapod Stabilized

Friday, March 27th, 2015

hexapod stabilized

Check out user Gezac’s PhantomX Hexapod with stabilization! By modifying the PhantomX AX Hexapod, Gezac has added stabilization that maintains the roll and pitch of the hexapod’s body, even when in motion. The walking gait on this robot is pretty amazing, too. Even with the pitch rolled all the way back, the hexapod moves with an incredibly natural, smooth action.

This is a great demonstration of what you can do with one of Trossen Robotics Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm Autonomously Sorting Objects

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

widowx arm

Check out user m herbert’s PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm autonomously sort objects! In conjunction with the PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm, m herbert is using a Kinect, the ROS Robot Operating System, and Python code based on the Turtlebot_Arm block manipulation demo to sort blocks by color completely autonomously.

This is a great demonstration of how the InterbotiX Robot Arms can be integrated into your own custom project!

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator – Applications Due in a Few Days!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

qualcomm

Qualcomm Robotics wants to select 10 robotics teams to receive access to a wide range of expertise and resources with the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program! Companies selected for the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator will have access to the range of expertise and resources from Qualcomm to help bring their vision for an automated future to life. Successful applicants will get:

 

  • An investment of up to $120,000
  • Access to Robot Reference Designs — mechanical designs, hardware, circuits and radio frequency control guidance — and low power robotics solutions built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
  • Mentorship from key Qualcomm Robotics executives, other leaders in the robotics space, venture capitalists, and the broader entrepreneurial community.
  • Access to Techstars’ network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and corporate partners.
  • Demo day, where each company will have the opportunity to pitch their company to robotics leaders, investors, press, and other community members.
  • Dedicated Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator space at the company’s headquarters in sunny San Diego.
  • $350,000 worth of partner perks.

Applications are due by March 8, 2015, so there are only a few days left to get your team involved! This is an excellent opportunity for small companies to make a big leap toward an automated future. Check out their website and apply!

A trip to The Plant

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

DSCN0288On a cold Feburary morning, we were contacted by a local group seeking assistance. Plant Chicago is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that acts as a small business incubator, and aims to assist the urban agriculture movement through education. They were in need of equipment in order to collect data from their aquaponic systems, aiming to monitor temperature, Ph, dissolved oxygen, humidity, and even plant growth, via the arduino platform. Being that this project is super cool and we have the Geekduino platform, combined with our Sensor Shield which allows for simple and rapid prototyping using a wide range of sensors, we obliged this request. Excited to see what Plant Chicago had in the works, we arranged a trip to The Plant.

Our first chance to visit was on Valentine’s Day, and what a lovely day to make new friends. Nestled in a group of enormous industrial parks, this old building, known as The Plant, is the home of Plant Chicago. Though it is massive, it stands unassuming among the smoke stacks and steel frame factories nearby. Like your mama probably told you, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and we were excited to see what they had to offer. We met up with the President of the Auxiliary Board, and began the tour.

DSCN0295There is a large, inviting lobby beyond the entry steps. Every room bustles with activity. There are several businesses taking residence there, and more moving in. There are algae bioreactors in the windows, giant water tanks on the walls, and everywhere you look, there are signs of activity. There is a small table in this enormous room, with a small fish tank on it. A healthy fish swims around the tank, as water flows to the plants above. This is the first aquaponic system you see in the building, and it is a teaching tool, showing the nature of a closed-loop system.

Being shown around some of the more seemingly vacant areas of the building, we are informed of business that came and went, as well as ones that are moving in, and plans to use spaces as community areas and markets. There is a bakery and a fromagere on the upper floors. A mushroom farm, and a battery of aquaponic farms reside in the basement. The Plant is bustling with activity, and big changes are happening constantly.

DSCN0299 We got a chance to look at the aquaponic systems that Plant Chicago employs, growing food and providing a valuable learning environment for urban agriculture. Seeing the systems up close and personal was a good way to work out the methods with which experiment data collection could be done with the resources that were available, as well as how we could expand upon them with the equipment we were donating. This is a huge undertaking, but with a Geekduino and the willingness to learn, Plant Chicago will be logging experimental data on these systems in no time. We at Trossen Robotics are confident that Plant Chicago is growing, and we’re looking forward to a relationship that broadens the horizons of both organizations together.