Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

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

desktop roboturret

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

2 New DYNAMIXEL PROs and New Frames!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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There are 2 new DYNAMIXEL PROs ready for order – the H42-20-S and the H54-200-S . Along with the H54-100-S , the entire line of ‘H’ series DYNAMXIEL PROs are available. These three servos sport some serious torque (5.6 – 39.131 Nm) and some amazing resolution (304,000-502,000 steps/turn).

In addition to the new servos, ROBOTIS has released 8 new frames for the DYNAMIXEL PRO line. Now it’s even easier to build around the DYNAMIXEL PROS!

Call us at 1-877-898-1005 for pricing and delivery information on the DYNAMIXEL PROS.

Zero Moment Blog Finds the First “Robot” US Patent

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

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Erik Sofge over at the Zero Moment blog has a great post about Patent #2058306 – the first U.S Patent to use the word ‘Robot’.

Erik’s post gives us some insight into the nature of the patent (a navigational system something akin to a retro GPS system) as well as some information about a much earlier “teleautomation” patent by none other than Nikola Tesla.

The ArbotiX-M is here!

Friday, October 11th, 2013

ArbotiX-M

The next generation of the ArbotiX Robocontroller is here! The ArbotiX-M uses the same ATmega 644p processor, but has a variety of features that make it even easier to build robots with:

  • -A smaller footprint(61mm X 61mm)
  • -10 more general purpose I/O pins
  • -Barrel Jack for DC Power
  • -Separate Power Bus for 4 PWM Digital outputs for Hobby Servos
  • -Improved 5v Regulator
  • -Still compatible with ArbotiX Robocontroller code
  • -Price Dropped to $39.95

Pick up one of these new boards by itself, in the ArbotiX Starter kit, or in any of our InterbotiX Labs Robot Kits. For more information on the ArbotiX-M check out our Documentation Page

Checking out the Chicago Public Library Innovation Lab

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

CPL Maker Lab panoramic

Last week we had the opportunity to check out the Innovation Lab, a Maker Space at the Harold Washington Library Center. At the innovation lab users can learn to design objects on a computer, and bring them to life with the Lab’s hardware. This hardware includes three MakerBot Replciator 3D printers, 2 Full Spectrum Laser CNCs and a vinyl mat cutter. The lab also has a large library of materials to create your objects from, ranging from oak and bamboo to plastic and textiles.

The innovation lab even has the hardware to scan people using a Kinect Sensor, then print the model out using the Replicator! So next time you’re in Chicago, check out the CPL Innovation lab and get a personalized bust!

Check out more photos after the jump.

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Laser Hexapod?!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

laserhexapod

User Plasma We’s has some fun mod’s to the PhantomX Hexapod – each leg gets a laser and the main chassis gets two super bright RGB LEDs. Just add music and this crawler is a one-bot dance party!

Check out
Plasma We’s youtube Channel for more laser hexapod goodness.

5 Legged Hexapod Learns to Walk Again

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

hexapod damaged

IEEE Spectrum has a great article on researchers with ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris running experiments with out PhantomX Hexapod.

In these experiments the researchers are examining algorithms for robots to ‘recover’ from damage. In this case, they shortned a leg of the hexapod, and use a T-Resilience Algorithm to calculate a new walking pattern/gait.

Their initial gait was able to acheive a top speed of 26cm/s. When they shortened one leg to half it’s original length, the performance dropped to 8cm/s. At this point the robot begins to calculate a new gait. It runs 40 simulations, then trys the best of these simulations in real life. The hexapod will run this experiment 25 times to determine the best new gait. In only 20 minutes the hexapod is able to use a new gait that gets 18cm/s – three times the performance of the original gait under damaged conditions!

Now this is no normal PhantomX Hexapod. This model has a custom chassis, an IR camera, MX-28s, an on on-board computer, and a custom built ‘damaged’ leg.

Researchers Sylvain Koos, Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have done a great job with this experiement as well as documenting it. More information about the paper can be found here and here. A PDF of the paper can be found here.