We know you’ve missed the TRC contest, so we’re bringing it back! And this time you can win one of our new Reactor or Pincher arms! Just submit a project to get entered into the contest! Entries will be judged on Ingenuity, Originality, and Presentation, so be sure to make those project pages shine! Check out all of the rules here.
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We’ve just finished a round of updates at the Trossen Robotics Community to make it even better!
Have you ever wanted one place to post all of the info on your Projects in one centralized place? Well with the new Robot Projects Page you’ll have just that! Add information about your project, as well as links to your forum/gallery posts related to your project. To celebrate the tool’s launch, we’re giving the first 50 individuals who upload a Project a $10 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!
We’ve added a new Community Video Tool so that you can add and show off your favorite videos. Just upload your video to your favorite video hosting service, and put the URL into our tool. The video will be added to the main repository of videos, as well as your profile page.
Life can’t always be glitter and robots – there’s a lot more that goes on here at Trossen Robotics. Get some insight into our shipping process, our quality tripods, our fine music choices and our new prototype camera dolly systems in our latest video.
Robot Dreams has been covering the Robo-One competition in Japan and just posted this video of one of our PhantomX Hexapods in a qualifying round for the 4.5 meter dash. It’s always awesome to see our crawlers traversing the globe, and soon enough there will be a PhantomX Hexapod in every city, in every country. Not that we’re planning a hexapod uprising or anything. Definitely not.
Well Zenta and Kurt Eckhardt are at it again, this time porting the Lynxmotion Phoenix code to our very own PhantomX Hexapod! Running the Phoenix code, our Hexapod’s movements are smooth as silk while it scuttles across the floor in an incredible life-like fashion. Just check out these videos to see it in action.
The code for putting the Phoenix code on your Hexapod is available here. Keep in mind that this is a work in progress and may require some hardware modification of your Hexapod, so proceed at your own risk.
As you may know, our Desktop RoboTurret is incredibly versatile and can perform a huge number of tasks. Latest on that list is : entertaining your pets! Just load up our Laser Dazer code onto the RoboTurret’s Arduino Compatible controller and you can turn your RoboTurret into an autonomous pet toy. The RoboTurret will fire up its built in laser, then pick random points to aim the laser at Your pet will be chasing the laser around in no time flat.
The code is ready to use out of the box, but we’ve also made it very easy to modify the variables that control the Laser Dazer’s behavior. You can change the speed, range and more on the RoboTurret to suit your pet’s personality. The Laser Dazer Code is available in the standard Desktop RoboTurret code download
We design a ton of parts for our kits, and we make quite a few of them using our Laser CNC. For some parts however, we contract outside companies to turn our designs into reality. Working with different companies can have pitfalls – including not getting the material that you were promised.
So what’s a team to do when they suspect they’re getting shafted by a manufacturer? Test! In this case we used Boedeker.com’s Burn Test Chart to help us figure out what kind of plastic we had on our hands. Between the burn chart and some known plastics, we were able to figure out the that we were in fact getting the wrong plastic for our grippers.
And as a friendly reminder: be smarter than us and take safety precautions when playing testing with fire: you don’t want to end up like Matt in the video below.
Christian Penaloza just posted a great demo video with one of our Desktop RoboTurrets running his custom face tracking code. He’s using OpenCV and C++ to do the facetracking, and C# for a user interface. This is a great example of the kind of thing you can do with the RoboTurret.
We’re really excited to see the code for the project, as well as what else Christian has in store for the RoboTurret.