Do 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!
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TRC Member userasp9185 showed off some great examples of what you can do with the InterbotiX WidowX Robotic Arm. First asp9185 created a custom IK engine and control software in Visual Studio/C#. The ArbotiX robocontroller running the ROS sketch acts a pass-through, allowing the computer direct control over the servos. The software axxepts XYZ Cartesian coordinates and moves the arm to that position. A forward kinematics solver than confirms the position based on positional feedback values from the servos
The software can now preprocess an image to detect adges and contrast, and then randomly select pixels. The IK algorithm determines the best path to draw the pixel on the paper, allowing the robot arm to draw a version of the photo that was input into the software.
Be sure to check out this gallery for more information on the project and images that the arm produced!
Now you can easily add the portable and rugged goPro Hero camera to your pan tilt or robot turret project with our GoPro Pan Tilt Mounting Kit! The kit includes everything needed to mount your GoPro to any of our robot turrets or to any project you can think up. Check it out doing time lapse and panning in the video below:
Jimmy the Research Humanoid is at it again, going on another media blitz! Jimmy (along with Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson) has been showing up everywhere from Wall Street Journal Live and Bloomberg to CNBC and Fox News. Jimmy has been making quite an impression as he shows off what he can do.
You can even see the AX-12A version of Jimmy hanging out with his big brother! We’re excited to share more details on this mini-jimmy in the coming weeks.
Check after the break to see a list of shows Jimmy’s been on this week!
Look out for flying darts! Our newest pan tilt turret accessory is now available: the Foam Dart Gun Kit. If you want to add a little fun and firepower to your robot turret (or any other project) you’ll love this foam dart gun kit. The included single shot dart gun packs quite a punch, with a typical range of about 30 feet! After a little projectile motion calculation, we estimate the average dart speed to be 40-50 feet/second.
The kit includes everything you need plus several different attachments to give you flexibility in mounting. Combine it with one of our robot turrets, a crawler, or your favorite sensors to expand the possibilities. Check out the awesome game that you could make using this kit in the video below:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also talked a little bit about our next Jimmy related project – a smaller version of Jimmy. We’ll have more details on this AX-12 based robot soon, but in the mean time check out the smaller Jimmy on CNBC
Last year we went to RoboGames 2013 for the Mech Warfare competition. We had had an absolute blast, and took the oppurtinity to talk to some of our favorite roboticists about their mechs.
Che showed us some of his tricks for the Mech Warfare Hardcore match and some history of the matches.
And finally Team Anubis gave us a brief history of their robots competing in the challenge.
Thanks again to everyone involved in the competition and for taking time with us to talk about their robots.
Improved Body Plates
The Hexapod and Quadruped Body plates have been updated, reducing the length of the mounts for the Coxa servos. This makes the body plates more robust during the assembly/dissasembly process. This change also reduces the number of nuts/bolts required for assembly which makes it easier/faster to build and re-assemble
The body plates also have 2×3 cm hole patterns, making it easy to mount a variety of RobotGeek Sensors directly to the Hexapod.
Top Deck Mounting System
The PhantomX Hexapod now comes with a Top Deck Mounting Plate. This plate can be secured to the main Hexapod Chassis, making it easier to add more batteries, sensors, controllers and more. The top deck come covered in a 1×1 cm pattern, making it easy to attach a variety of RobotGeek Sensors, Turrets and more to your robot.
Future Trossen Robotics products will include 1×1 cm grid compatible MX turrets and adaptor plates for other computers and controllers.
The top deck can be configured to rest at multiple heights, allowing you to customize the look and function of your robot for your exact needs.
Improved Power Distribution
The crawlers now route all power through the new 6 Port AX/MX power Hub. This provides improved power balance and eaiser wiring. This also makes it easier to confiugure the Quadruped in Developer Mode, giving you easier access to the ArbotiX while developing.
Updated Assembly Guides
If you have previolsuly purchased a PhantomX Hexapod or Quadruped MK-II and would like updated plates, please Contact Us via this page and include your name and order number.
Trossen Customer CORE studio has just unveiled their newest creation: a DYNAMIXEL and Arduino / ArbotiX based kinetic sculpture.
CORE Studio is the virtual incubator for the structural engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti, so it was natural that CORE Studio would build this sculpture in the Thornton Tomasetti San Francisco office.
The group started by building a quarter scale model of the final sculpture, which allowed them to test motors, sensors, code and their custom 3D printed assemblies.
Once the prototype was shown to be viable, the group began work on the final sculpture. Using their in-house MakerBot 3D printer, the CORE Studio team printed out over 350 custom parts! Over three days the group installed the 150 square foot sculpture. Each DYNAMIXEL servo can move the carbon fiber rods independently while several ArbotiX boards keep the DYNAMIXELs synchronized and working together. ArbotiX boards can be controlled via XBee wireless communication. The overall orientation of the sculpture is effected by movement in the room, which is reported to the ArbotiX boards by a series of sonar sensors.
Over the coming weeks the CORE Studio team will be fine-tuning the sculpture’s behavior to create new and interesting configurations.
KevinO wanted to learn ROS and to further that goal he built a custom robotic development platform. Golem is 76.2 cm in diameter and weighs in at 7.3 kg. The body plates are custom CNCed T6 Aluminum plates. Golem’s brain is an Intel NUC D54250 and has a gyroscope, accelerator, and compass attached for positional/orientation awareness. Right now KevinO controls the robot manually via a Playstation 3 controller over Bluetooth. An entire deck of the robot is dedicated to the massive 6000mAh LiPo battery.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! KevinO has plans for Golem, including adding a camera system mounted on the MX-28T turret and using the Intel Nuc’s 4th Gen i5 processor to do some amazing things with vision tracking. If his previous ‘bot Charlotte is any indication, we’re in for a real treat.
We’re excited to see what KevinO will do with his Golem, but until then this gait test video will just have to sate our appetites.