Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Awesome 3D Printed Arm Uses a PhantomX Gripper

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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Maker n8zach has built himself an amazing 3D printed arm. The arm is powered by 1 MX-106, 3 MX-64s, 1 MX-28 and 2 AX-18As (one of which is used with our PhantomX Gripper The arm is contorlled via a PC using a USB2DYNAMIXEL and the DYNAMIXEL SDK.

This arm on its own is pretty amazing, but on top of everything else, n8zach can control his arm via a Kinect. He can control the arm manually, or he can set it to automatically perform certain tasks.

Check Out Chicago’s Innovation Lab

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

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We’re just around the corner from Chicago, so we’re thrilled to hear that The Harold Washington Library Center is giving free access to its Innovation Lab. The lab has three Makerbot 3-D printers, laser CNCs and even a milling machine.

This is a great opportunity for makers, hackers, teachers, students and, well, everyone. We truly believe that open access to this kind of technology will enable and inspire makers to build more and more amazing things. The future is looking bright, better print up some sunglasses!

Check out ‘Through the Wormhole’ tonight to see one of our Hexapods!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Tonight’s episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman is titled ‘ARE ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF HUMAN EVOLUTION?’ – and guess who is making a guest appearance? That’s right, one of our PhantomX Hexapods! We know we’re looking forward to hearing Morgan Freeman’s silky smooth voice narrating over our hexapod, we hope you are too! Tune in tonight, Wednesday July 10th at 10pm to see our hexapod. From the Science channel website:

From our smartphones to our vacuum cleaners to our cars, we have robots that live and work beside us. We are designing these everyday objects to think for themselves giving them the power to learn to move on their own. Is it possible that these new life forms evolve to be smarter and more capable than humans or will we choose to merge with the machines, combining the best of our world with the best of theirs?

DYNAMIXEL Pros are here!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The wait is over, ROBOTIS has finally released the first two of their DYNAMIXEL PRO Line! The L54-60-S300-R and the H54-100-S500-R are ready for pre-order. The DYNAMIXEL PRO line of Robot Actuators is ROBOTIS’s new solution for full-scale robots. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications.

These two models use the RS-485 communication protocol and are compatible right out of the gate with the USB2DYNAMIXEL. In the future we can look forward to 7 more DYNAMIXEL PRO models, communication protocols, a robust set of frames, and more gear-box options like right-angle and belt. Check out our DYNAMIXEL PRO page for more information.

The DYNAMIXEL PRO line are built to order and there is an 8-10 week lead time on both of these models. For more information about pricing and availability call us at 877-898-1005 or e-mail us.

Mini Custom Octapod Project

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013


Forum member tom_chang79 is back with a vengeance! He’s using micro-servos driven by an ARC-32 powered by a 4S LiPo battery for his newest creation – a Octapod that’s super small! Tom bought himself a 3D printer to help teach himself CAD, and he used his new found knowledge to create the body of his ocotopod. He deisgned two custom chassis for his new octopod, he’s calling the OCTCHASSV000.

We absolutley love this little crawler’s movements. Despite its small size, the ocotopod has alot of power and character. Learn more about the crawler here

Come See Us At the Chicago Mini Maker Faire!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

This Saturday, May 18th we’ll be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! The faire runs from 10am-4pm and will be filled with amazing and creative projects from the Chicagoland area, and beyond!

We’ll be demoing some of our crawlers like the PhantomX Quadruped and Hexapod. As well as some of our other robots. So whether you want to try out our crawlers or just chat about robotics, stop on by for a great time.

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.