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!
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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!
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!
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!
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 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!
On 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.
There 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.
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.
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.