Kyle shows off the RobotGeek RFID Lock Box Kit in this informative video! The RobotGeek RFID Lock Box kit combines Arduino, RFID and a Project Box to make your very own personal safe! The lock box kit allows you to to program your arduino to lock and unlock the box with the swipe an RFID tag or card, it even stays locked if unplugged. Mildly secure your semi-valuables in this decorative conversation piece!
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We’ve got a gripper with some new moves at RobotGeek. Snapper Arms now come with our new Parallel Gripper, which is a major improvement over the old 9G Gripper. With a more powerful RGS-13 Servo and smooth parallel action, this gripper takes the cake (or whatever you want it to take, really). We also carry a new Wide Gripper, for larger cakes. Wider cakes. Cake would probably make a terrible mess of these, you should probably not try to lift cake with them. If you do lift cake with them, we’re not responsible for any damage the cake does to your gripper. Even though cake is really tasty, the gripper won’t appreciate it as much as you do. Fair warning.
RobotGeek has rolled out two Floor Switch Mat kits to make your Halloween SUPER SPOOKY. The first is the RobotGeek Floor Switch Tail Kit, a simple kit that turns on any AC powered device when someone steps on a Floor mat switch. The more advanced (but super simple to set up with our How to Guide) RobotGeek Floor Mat Experimenter’s Kit Gives you extensive control over tons of things, such as sounds, lights, and external devices (such as a halloween prop) when the floor mat switch is activated.
The Geekbot Advanced with BrainOS is here! This is a special edition of our Geekbot Platform powered by Brain Corporation’s BrainOS. This robot can be controlled via an iPhone App or set to run autonomously. The Geekbot uses a Raspberry Pi to process image data from its RobotGeek Webcam and traverse obstacles in its environment.
Brain Corporation’s work on BrainOS is unique because they are designing a system that is intended to be trained instead of programmed. The idea is that there are tasks that are far easier to ‘train’ a robot to perform vs program the robot to perform. Brain OS is great for service robots that need to interact with their environment in a complex fashion. Training can be shared among multiple robots, allowing you to deploy a whole swarm of BrainOS based robots!
New kits, parts, and upgrades!
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We’ve designed several new RobotGeek kits to get you started in the world of physical computing. Each kit comes with our Geekduino and sensor shield for easy programming and wiring, as well as a RobotGeek Workbench to mount all of your electronics to.
At the core of the RobotGeek Arduino kits is the workbench to mount your projects. All RobotGeek products are compatible with the bench and each include mounting hardware giving you the opportunity to continue to expand your portable arduino workstation!
New Kits, tons of Grove modules, and some handy tools – We’ve got what you need to get off to a great start!
We have two new kits, the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit and the Grove Mixer Pack V2. Both are cleverly designed to get you playing with electronics quickly and learning through guided exercises. You can dive into the world of Arduino with the ARDX kit, or learn the basics of electronics with the Lego-like pieces in the stand alone Grove Mixer Pack.
We have a six new Grove modules for you: The High Temperature Sensor, Hall Sensor, GPS, Screw Terminal, Piezo Vibration Sensor, and Bee Socket. Each is unique in function and works great with the Geekduino with sensor shield, using the Electronic brick to three pin converter cable to Grove!
We have a few useful little tools for your next project. The Gesture R TINY is the smallest gesture Sensor we’ve ever seen, and a great addition to any control interface. It was successfully kickstarted, and now we’re bringing it to you! Also tiny is the .28 Inch LED Digital DC Voltmeter. Give your project a clever and useful voltage readout. Lastly, we now carry a Screwdriver Magnetizer/Demagnetizer. Most of our drivers come magnetized, but the strength of the magnetization eventually wears off, leaving you dropping bolts. Worry not, you can quickly give your tools new magnetic powers with this handy tool.
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Doctors, Gators, Splices, and Cerberus – We have what you need to get your prototype hooked up and tested out!
The USB Charger Doctor is a handy tool that measures the working voltage and current output for any USB port and project. Plug the Doctor between a USB port and your USB device, and it will check the current draw with a 0.05 ohm resistor in line with the power pin. Data lines pass through as normal. You can use this device from 3.5-7VDC input voltage (although most USB devices tend to hover around 4.75 to 5.25) and up to 3A of current. It flips between voltage and current readouts roughly every 3 seconds.
You are in the middle of working on your latest robot, when you need to program a new board you just got in. You dig through your bin of USB cables only to find that you have hundreds that have the wrong end, and exactly zero that have the end you’re looking for. As luck would have it, you remember that you ordered the Sparkfun Cerberus USB Cable! With this cable, you will always have the right connection.
The Cerberus USB Cable has the standard A-type connector, which you can plug into your computer or USB power supply; At the other end are three common USB connectors: B, mini-B and micro-B. Want to transfer data and power three devices at the same time? This cable comes standard with a USB hub built in, so you’ll never have to worry about deciding between charging your phone and moving your extensive collection of sci-fi movies to an external hard drive.
Get connected quickly with a Cold Splice! These little wonders bite into any 22-26 AWG solid core wire with a quick squeeze from some parallel-jaw or slip joint pliers, making a solid butt splice connection. Though not waterproof, the splices contain silicone jelly to keep the cold splice from oxidizing. They come in packs of 10 splices, and can join 2 or 3 wires.
As always, there’s more to come soon. Prototype well, and check back often, we have exciting things happening this year!
We’ve got some fantastic new products to light up the night and get you moving!
The NeoPixel Jewel is a lovely round PCB, home to 7 tiny WS2812 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs. Each LED has a driver chip built into it, making them individually addressable. Many units can be chained together and run by a single microcontroller by connecting the output of one Jewel into the input of another! Each NeoPixel has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and runs on 5V.
Want to make a hexapod walker? Maybe you’re making a piece of art with tons of moving parts, or you need to drive a ton of LEDs with precise PWM output. Your microcontroller has a limited number of PWM outputs, and you find yourself running out! Not with the Adafruit 16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver – I2C interface. With this pwm and servo driver breakout, you can control 16 free-running PWM outputs with just two pins! Need to run more than 16 PWM outputs? No problem. Chain together up to 62 of these beauties for up to an outstanding 992 PWM outputs.
The Analog Feedback Micro Servo may appear to be a normal micro servo, but it is so much more. What makes this little fella special? Beyond the metal gears which keep this servo solid for the long haul in hobby systems, this servo has feedback via a potentiometer wiper on a separate wire that can be read with an analog input, such as those on an Arduino, to get the servo’s position. This gives you the ability to “record” the servo’s motion, or improve stability.
The SparkFun Transceiver Breakout – RS-485 is a breakout board for the SP3485 RS-485 transceiver IC, which will convert a UART serial stream to RS-485. The SP3485 is a half-duplex transceiver, so it can only communicate one way at a time, but it can reach transmission speeds of up to 10Mbps. This board requires a very low amount of power and can operate from a single +3.3VDC supply.
This breakout board includes the SP3485 RS-485 transceiver, filter capacitor, and other components shown on the schematic. The RS-485 output has been broken out to three different connections: (1) an RJ-45 connector, (2) a 3-pin 3.55mm screw terminal, and (3) a 3-pin 0.1″ pitch header; none of these output connectors come populated.
This pack of 5 5mm Plastic Bevel LED Holders will keep your LEDs in place. Made of the ever ubiquitous black plastic, with a subtle bevel that gracefully leans into the curve of your LED, people will take notice of your great taste in flush mounting hardware.
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New items to get your motor running this holiday season!
Is the Arduino Uno’s hardware just not cutting it? Do you need a more powerful platform, but you’re not ready to move away from the Arduino IDE? Then the Teensy 3.1 is the perfect ARM based microcontroller for your next robot project. The Teensy 3.1 is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system and is as versatile as it is powerful. A custom Teensy installer and bridge application will easily allow you to write sketches for the Teensy and load them on to the Teensy. All programming is done via the USB port just like the Arduino – no special programmer is needed.
Have you ever wanted to hook up your robot to your iOS device? Now you can utilize Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) technology in your robot with the BLE Mini. The BLE Mini requires only a serial port for communication so it supports all major development platforms that have UART interface including Arduino, ArbotiX-M Robocontroller,Geekduino, Raspberry Pi, etc. In addition, you are given access to all Ti’s CC2540 I/O pins and the ability to upload firmware via USB, making the BLE Mini an ideal development/protoyping board for your BLE project/accessory/Appcessory.
We have two new Dynamixel Pro robot actuators from Robotis, the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-50-S500-R and the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-30-S500-R. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications. Using ROBOTIS’s frame system for the DYNAMIXEL PRO, you’ll be able to rapidly create a variety of different systems and robots. These new servos have position, speed, AND torque based commands.
Get your rover rolling with our new custom Robot DC Gearhead Motor & Wheel Starter Kit. Each kit comes with 2 motors and wheel sets as well as a pair of brackets to mount your motors to your robot. Each wheel is 90mm in diameter (including the rubber tire). The motors in this kit use Hall Effect Quadrature sensors to achieve an encoder output of 520 ticks/revolution, allowing you to control the motors very precisely. Each motor includes a 6-pin cable that breaks out motor inputs and the associated encoder I/O. Single wheel and hub sets are also available.
That’s all for now, thanks for checking it out. Stick around for more updates as products roll in.