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Tacos + Quadcopters + Grant Imahara = Amazing!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

While we were at RoboGames 2013, Don Miller from Mad Lab Industries came and asked us to help him with a special project – to deliver up some hot tacos using a modified version of their Grasshoper Hexacopter. A short time later we had successfully delivered taco after taco, just like the mythical Taco Copter. But how do you top delivering tacos with a quadcopter? Why, you deliver them to Grant Imahara himself.

Check out the video below to see the taco drop in all its robot-y goodness.

See EyeTech’s Technology on MythBusters!

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

When the Mythbuster’s team needs a creative eye-tracking solution for one of their myths, who do they turn to? Our friends over at EyeTech of course! Over the the last two years Jamie Hyneman has been working with EyeTech on a cool project that uses eye-tracking technology and one of our PhantomX Robot Turrets. The eye tracking solution is being used as part of the 10 year anniversary project – a rocket powered car! So keep your eyes peeled when you tune in Wednesday May 1st at 9pm EST/PST to see the project in action!

Check out the 2013 Mech Warfare Photos!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This year’s Robogames and Mech Warfare was an absolute blast! We watched Com-Bots battle it out, Kung-Fu bots compete, and of course the Mech-Warfare contestants fight for supremacy. Check out this gallery for a taste of the Robogames experience.

Stay tuned for more photos, videos, and news from Robogames/Mech Warfare 2013

Robogames/Mechwarfare 2013 is upon us!

Friday, April 19th, 2013


It’s finally that time of the year – Robogames 2013! The Trossen Robotics team will be on hand for the weekend’s events, especially for Mech Warfare!

Whether you’re there to see the robot rumble or you just want to talk about or latest products, we’ll be at the mech warfare arena from 3-7 Friday through Sunday. Or you can drop is a note on Twitter or Facebook to figure out what we’re up to.

Check Out the World’s First Hexapod Conference (includes dance-off!) Now open to proposals and registration

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

MIT senior Nancy Ouyang is hosting the world’s first Hexapod conference next month! Saturday, May 4th, 2013 Hexacon will bring together Hexapod lovers from all over the community.

Highlights include a keynote speech by Prof. Sangbae Kim of the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab, a hexapod dance off (humans allowed if they are dressed as hexapods), and presentations by people from Stompy and Hexy! Prizes will be awarded and travel scholarships of up to $100 are available.

Need more info? Check out the following links

Hexacon Website
Registration
Hexacon Flyer
Hexacon e-mail

Meet MAKI, an Open Source Robot

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The folk over at Hello Robo have just launched a Kickstarter for MAKI, their 3D printable Humanoid Robot. MAKI is built around 6 DYNAMIXEL AX-12A controlled with the Arbotix Robocontroller. The current version of MAKI is a robotic head, capable of emoting and interacting with humans via it’s built in webcam.

And while MAKE might just be a robotic head right now, Hello Robo plans to keep on adding functionality to MAKI to make it more and more versatile. The final strechgoal for this project involve upgrading MAKI to have two full robotic arms.

Backers for the Kickstarter will get everything from STL files to print MAKI and T-Shirts to hardeware kits and even a fully built version of MAKI.

Thanks to Arbotix Creator Michael Ferguson for telling us about about MAKI

Arduino Due and Arduino Starter Kits Back In Stock!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Arduino Due

The Arduino Due and Arduino Starter Kit are back in stock! These two new Arduino products were a huge hit, and now we’ve got more ready to ship.

Are you ready for the next generation of Arduino? Then get ready to meet the Arduino Due! This microcontroller board sports an ARM Cortex-M3 microprocessor – a 32-bit microcontroller runs at 84 MHz and has over 512 KB of flash memory. The Due also has 4 hardware serial ports, can act as a USB host, and even has 2 digital to analog converters. If your project needs some serious horsepower, check out the Due!

The Arduino Starter Kit is a great way to get started with Arduino. The exclusive Starter Kit Book will guide you through 15 fun and innovative project that will teach you how yo use LEDS, switches, motos, transitors and more! Creative projects like the Spaceship Interface make working with the Arduino a treat.

Download the 3D files for our Robotic Arms!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

PhantomX Reactor Arm 3d

The Interbtotix line of Robotic Arms now all have 3d files in Inventor and STEP formats! These 3D models are great tools if you want to preview our arms or integrate them into your own 3D models. Having the exact dimensions of each arm can save time when your planning a project and help your project get up an running even quicker!

PhantomX Pincher 3D files
Reactor Arm 3D files
WidowX Arm 3D files
PhantomX Parrallel Gripper 3D files

Theses files can be used with Autodesk Inventor or any program that can use .stp files. Stay tuned for more 3D models and more resources from the Interbotix Line!

Check out the PhantomX Hexapod/Quadruped Mark-II!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Our outrageously popular PhantomX Hexapod and PhantomX Quadruped have gotten a make-over! We’ve re-designed the crawlers in matte black Plexiglas, as well as updated the leg design for a larger range of movements. Check out our sneak peak videos below to see them in action.

These two crawlers are still powered by ROBOTIS’s DYNAMIXEL AX servos, giving them great speed, torque, and control. And just like the previous version, the new crawlers are controlled with our own ArbotiX Robocontroller, making them compatible with the Arduino environment.

The PhantomX Hexapod and Quadruped are two great ways to get into robotics. Whether you need a research grade robotic platform, or or robot to to build on for mech warfare, pick up one of our crawlers today.

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Trossen Robotics Contest #9 Winners!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

2012 has come and gone, and its finally time to announce the winners for the Ninth Trossen Robotics Community Contest! There were a lot of amazing entries, but six of them battled to the top to win our contest. Check out the end of this post for videos of all of our winners in action.


Sixth Place – OARC Rover by Yosheli

The Obstacle Avoiding & Remote Controlled Rover (or the OARC Rover) is a great little project by Yosheli. It has everything you need for a roving robot – a drive system (4 DC motors with encoders controlling 2 treads), a distance sensor (an ultrasonic range sensor), wireless communication(XBees) and a main processing unit (an Arduino Mega).

This robot has a two modes of operation – the first is direct remote control via a custom wireless controller. The second mode is a purely autonomous one. The OARC Rover will go forward until it detects an obstacle – at which point it will move to avoid the obstacle. To help overcome the limits of the ultrasonic sensor, Yosheli mounted the sensor on a pan servo, enabling the robot to get better readings on curved surfaces. This panning motion also gives this little robot a lot of character.

The idea of an obstacle avoiding robot certainly isn’t anything new, but its a great example of how many problems you need to solve when building a basic robot. Yosheli gets points for overcoming these obstacles on his first fully fledged Arduino Project

Yosheli will be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.


Fifth Place – Maxwell by Lnxfergy


Maxwell is lnxfergy’s Mobile Manipulator Robot. This robot can map a room and traverse the room based on that map. Then it can use its custom arm and manipulator to pick up objects and interact with the room. The latest version of Maxwell even has a linear actuator to move the arm up and down, allowing it to pick up things from the floor as well as table-height objects.

Maxwell’s arm is comprised of 2 EX-106s, 2 RX-64s and 3 AX-12s. Lnxfergy’s did a lot of work in ROS to get his custom manipulator running properly, which is a great thing for the robot community. Lnxfergy’s is commited to open source projects and his work in open source robotics has been the basis for robot after robot in the comunity. We absolutely love that Lnxfergy has made all of Maxwell’s code available. Check out this thread post for mor information about Maxwell.

Lnxfergy will also be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.
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