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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

New Edge Kits and an Octopod

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Interbotix Octopod

Interbotix Labs is proud to announce our first entry into our line of Edge Kits!

Edge Kits are robotics kits that we are releasing from our R&D labs early. In an effort to make more kits available to the community and to accelerate the innovation cycle we have decided to start releasing “Edge Kits” for advanced builders. The name comes from the term “cutting edge” to denote that these kits are on the front edge of development. The kits are intended as hardware kits and may or may not come with certain levels of code that we and the community is working on, though code will often be available in unsupported beta formats which people are sharing and banging away on to improve.

We made the choice to release kits in this format due to the demand we have seen over the years from the community wanting to get their hands on advanced kits faster than the normal cycle. We as roboticists are notoriously impatient people and when we want to build, we want to build now. So the Edge Kit was born. The kits do NOT come with the same level of documentation, code, and/or assembly instructions that our fully support Interbotix Kits do. As a result, these kits are best suited for individuals with previous experience with our kits or other similar applications.

Our first Edge Kit is the Interbotix Octopod. As the name suggests, the kit is an eight legged crawler. Community member KevinO has already gotten his kit up and running with some seriously advanced features and sensing capabilities. His robot Charlotte started life as a PhantomX Hexapod running an Arbotix and from there he modified the legs several times to his liking (a great feature of the modular AX-12 bracket system). Soon a Raspberry Pi and Kinect 3d Camera sensor were added, and he ported over the Phoenix-Phoenix code (another community project for our crawlers lead by KurtE) to run natively on the Raspberry Pi. As he experimented with face tracking, obstacle avoidance and gesture tracking, KevinO expressed a desire to make Charlotte a bit closer to a real spider by adding an additional pair of legs and bringing the total up to 8. And thus, the Octopod project was born.

This is a perfect example of how the synergy of small companies and online communities are ever increasing the speed of innovation in technology. A big thanks goes out to Kevin for his VERY impressive project, we can’t wait to see where he takes it next! Check out his video of Charlotte taking some of her early steps:

Gooseneck Camera and Sensor Mount

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

We now have an awesome mounting solution for robot cameras and robot sensors available. Our custom made Gooseneck Mount is compatible with Bioloid brackets and works with all our Camera mounts. It can also work as a stand alone mount with the base or wall mount.

Robot and research cameras are here

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

We now offer a full line of research cameras from low cost entry level to high end research. There is a choice for every budget covering a vast spectrum of needs. Each camera also comes with mounting hardware so that you don’t have to spend time building custom mounting solutions yourself. You can check out the full line of Robotic Research Cameras here.

Of course, the cameras and mounts are all compatible with our line of Robotic Arms.

Below, Andrew talks about the cameras and their features.

Robot Hardware

Monday, June 10th, 2013

We are now selling our custom robot slewing bearings individually for those who need them. They come in two sizes, 120mm slewing bearing or 140mm slewing bearing.

Do you need to mount stuff, possibly your PCBs? Pick up our Metric Nut and Bolt Variety Pack or the Standoff Variety Pack to help.

Finally, we have our gooseneck solution for mounting cameras on robot arms or for mounting stationary cameras or sensors. Goosenecks are awesome for quick and easy positioning without having to build complex custom mounts for each situation.

Arduino Project Treasure Box

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Looking for a treasure? How about a Treasure Box? Because we can help you with that. Take your projects to a new level of style and mystery with our arduino project Treasure Box!

New Sealed Floor Mat Switches Are In!

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Looking for a more rugged solution to our Standard Floor Mat Switches? Well we’ve got it! We now have four different sealed floor mats in stock in two different sizes, and two different trigger weights. These particular switches are a perfect solution for monitoring security points, inventory, and more. While the mats are most often used in security applications but it can also be used for projects such as interactive arts, stage triggers for plays, animal behavior tracking and more. They can even be placed underneath carpeting and welcome mats.

The 9″ x 15″ comes comes in trigger weights of 25lbs and 60lbs. The 18″ x 24″ mats also comes in the same 25lbs and 60lbs trigger weights.

Stay tuned for new products as well as some new videos!

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.

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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New RobotGeek I/O Boards are Here!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

We’ve been busy the last few months perfecting our new line of RobotGeek I/O boards, and they’re finally ready for the debut! We do a lot of rapid prototyping, and we’ve seen our fair share of I/O boards and shields – but none of them have been exactly what we needed. So we finally decided to make our own!

These boards use a standard 2.54mm(.1″) pitch 3-pin connector – just like a standard hobby servo. This makes these I/O boards compatible with standard 3-Pin cables and breaboards. You can even use a Squid Cable to hook a board directly to your Arduino! Also like hobby servos, our boards use a standard ground-voltage-signal pinout, making them compatible with a wide variety of sensor shields and interface boards.

Digital Input

Out basic Pushbutton is great for any project that needs a simple digital input. For basic orientation sensing, we also have the RobotGeek Tilt Sensor. This board has multiple output ports for the tilt sensor, making it easy to mount in any project.
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