Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

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.

The LIDAR-Lite Is In Stock at Trossen Robotics!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

lidarTurret

You may have heard about the LIDAR-Lite , a small, low cost, high performance distance sensing module. With a range of up to 40m and an accuracy of 2.5cm, we absolutely love the LIDAR lite. The LIDAR Lite is very easy to work with – you can connect to it via I2C or PWM to read distance data. We’re including several goodies with the LIDAR Lite, like cable ends and heat shrink tube so you can solder onto the LIDAR Lite’s cable that will let you plug it directly into the RobotGeek Sensor Shield or the ArbotiX-M Robocontroller. You’ll also get mounting hardware to help you mount the LIDAR-Lite to any of our robots with the centimeter grid pattern.

We’ve created two demos with the LIDAR Lite using Interbotix Robots. First we put a LIDAR Lite on our PhantomX Hexapod and programmed the Hexapod to move back and forth depending on where an object is. Move the object closer to the Hexapod and it will back up, move it farther, and the hexapod will run after it. After we did that project, we built a small scanner application that will take data from the LIDAR lite connected to a Robot Turret and display the perimeter of the room on your screen – see the video below to see it in action.

Intel Video Featuring the HR-OS1

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

intel video HR-os1

Check out this Intel video featuring the HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton and our Own Andrew Alter. Andrew talks about the different things that the HR-OS1 can do and how its designed to interact with the world.

WidowX Robot Arm Integrated Into Senior Design

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

widowx arm

Check out this University of Pennsylvania Bioengineering Student’s Senior Design Project using the WidowX Robot Arm. The setup is a mock up as an Robotic Arm Device for Cerebral Palsy Users. The user presses a colored pad and the robot moves a small cube to the corresponding color pad.

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

3 Kids from the Bronx Help to Design Shells for the HR-OS1

Monday, October 20th, 2014

bronxnet video

The 21st Century Robot project wants to create ‘A Robot Built By All of Us”. One great example of this is a recent project built around the HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton. Intel chose 3 students from the Bronx to work with 3d Designers to create custom shells for the HR-OS1. The result are the three robots Jason, Callim and Ritz Bitz. Check out
this great video from BronxNet that shows off the robots and the kids that helped to design them. You can even catch a glimpse of the Trossen Team in action!

You can see more about the genesis of these robots on the 21st Century Robot Blog

Andrew’s Mobile HR-OS1 Command Station

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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When Andrew isn’t busy working on the HR-OS1 he’s…well working on infrastructure around the HR-OS1. He needed a mobile station to connect, control and debug the HR-OS1/HR-OS5 – so he decided to build one!

He built his system around a Core i5 Intel NUC running Ubuntu connected to a Retina iPad Display. His rig also has a built in USB2DYNAMIXEL and XBee Connection for easy hardware debugging. He even put in an ASUS router which makes networking with the HR-OS1 a snap. Andrew’s wireless keyboard fits nicely into the small case, and he’s ready to go! What would you add to your Robot Command Station?

The HR-OS1 on CNBC

Friday, September 19th, 2014

HR-OS1 On CNBC

The HR-OS1 AX-12A Humanoid Endoskeleton is almost here! Last night on CNBC’s ‘Fast Money’ Brian David Johnson announced that Trossen Robotics will be offering pre-orders for 50 limited edition HR-OS1 Humanoid Exoskeletons on Septmeber 20th at at 10:00am EST.

Each HR-OS1 is powered by the Intel Edison, a full linux computer about the size of an SD card! The Intel Edison has a dual core 500MHz CPU, 1GB of ram, 4GB of on board storage, and integrated WiFi and Bluetooth!

This new robot is designed to be customized, whether you want to use a pre-designed 3D shell like Jimmy shown in the video, or design and print your own custom 3D shell.

The first batch of HR-OS1 units are expected to ship in January 2015. The kit will come with everything you need to build a functional endoskeleton. The kit does not come with 3D printed shells.

PhantomX Hexapod FPV Gear

Monday, August 25th, 2014

crawlerFPVDo you remember the awesome first person view from the PhatomX Hexapod ? Well we never posted this video of the stablized brushless gimball for the gopro camera. It really makes us want some for our in house PhantomX Hexapods!