Archive for the ‘New Kits / Products’ Category

Take a Sneak Peak at the PhantomX Quadruped

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The PhantomX Quadruped just crawled into the store and we wanted to share a quick sneak peak of what it’s capable of. Check out this video of our Quad strafing around the warehouse like it owns the place. Stay tuned for more videos and information about this awesome robot.

New Robot Gearhead Motors

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Robot DC Gearhead Motor - 6v 180rpm w/ Encoder

The Trossen Engineering team goes through a lot of motors, so we have pretty high expectations of any motors we want to put in a robot. Well our new Robot DC Gearhead Motors w/ Encoder meet and blow past those expectations!

These motors are perfect for robots weighing 2-5 lbs, and the RPM allows them to pair perfectly with 3-4″ Wheels. Each of our motors have an integrated encoder to help calculate odometry data so these motors will help get your robotic rover up and running in no time!

Check out the video to see one of our test ‘bots zipping around the warehouse.

New RobotGeek Voltage Dividers are in the Store!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

RobotGeek Voltage Divider

Developed in-house, the RobotGeek Voltage Divider is a great little board that will make it easy to connect analog sensors up to our Arduino. Just about any analog sensor, like out Force, pressure, and flex sensors can be used with the Voltage Divider.

The three pin voltage divider can easily connect directly to the arduino, or attached to a breakout shield. Your sensor can connect to the voltage divider using the 2-pin male header, or the screw terminals. Finally, the built in potentiometer will let you adjust the circuit’s sensitivity.

Check out the product page for a wiring diagram and PCB files.

Firgelli Linear Actuators Back In Stock!

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Firgelli l12 linear actuator

We know you’ve been waiting for them, and we’ve finally have the 100:1 100mm mini linear actuator and the 210:1 100mm mini linear actuator back in stock! These linear actuators will fit in the tightest of spaces, and can be controlled via a PWM, voltage or current! And don’t forget that each actuator has a built in potentiometer to give you positional feedback making these actuators are great for all sorts of precision projects.

Fancy display case not included.

New Solenoids are Here!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Coils are awesome. Ignition coils, Tesla Coils and Coilguns to name a few. But our new favorite coils are the ones in our New Solenoids. These solenoids will move their shaft in and out as you apply a voltage to them – they’re incredibly easy to use and amazingly useful for projects ranging from locking mechanisms to home brew pinball machines.

The smallest solenoid can fit into the tiniest of project boxes, while the largest one can move a whopping 7.5 lbs. And right in between, the medium solenoid is a great compromise between size and strength. We have a Strength Chart of all the solenoids at different voltages, as well as technical drawings and 3D .stp files available on the product pages.

Check our video for more information and to see the incredible feats of strength these solenoids can perform.

New Flex Sensors and Power Converters

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

We really love our Flex Sensors – just by bending the sensor, you can feed control data into your Arduino. In fact we love them so much, we’re adding 2.2 Inch Flex Sensors to our catalog as well. This sensor’s diminutive size makes it great for all sorts of small spaces and projects.


We know that power connectors can be a pain, especially when your in the prototyping phase. Loose wires and alligator clips can be messy and dangerous while soldering in power cables tethers your project to your power supply. Get the best of both worlds with the Power Converter 6 in 1 Pack. This pack has several DC power jacks that have screw terminals – making it easy to add them onto your project.

Cool Down With Our New Liquid Pumps

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
A couple of projects ago, we decided that we needed to move some serious liquid. We did quite a bit of searching, and finally found these DC Liquid Pumps! The pumps have a great size to power ratio AND they’re food safe. This makes them great for everything from serving drinks to watering plants, and they won’t take up too much space on your project. Check out the awesome results we got from these pumps, including a 20 foot range when spraying water through a nozzle! Motorized water guns, here we come!

Meet the Newest Grove Modules!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

We just added two new Grove Modules to our catalog that we’re really excited about. Both of them are compatible with our Desktop RoboTurret and they both have a lot of great applications.


One question we get alot about Grove products, is ‘Why do the connectors have 4 pins when most sensors only need 3 pins?”. Well the answer to that question is, “So that we can have products like the Grove – 4-Digit Display!” This sensor uses 2 pins to connect to the on-board TM1637 chip, which controls the 4 digits on the display module. With adjustable brightness and an easy to use software library, you’ll be adding 4 digit displays to your projects in no time!


The Grove – Slide Potentiometer is a compact sliding module that is easy interface with. This module can replace just about any Arduino compatible potentiometer, and is great for measuring linear movement, or just for adding some new controls to your next project. This module even has an LED that can be accessed from the extra Grove pin (we told you the 4 pin connector was handy!)


Go pick up a couple of the new modules, and make sure to show off your creations on the Trossen Robotics Community!

Announcing the Desktop RoboTurret v2!

Monday, June 25th, 2012


It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally happy to officially announce the new Desktop RoboTurret! The Desktop RoboTurret v2 is a customizable, Arduino compatible, robotics platform. It’s great for learning about the Arduino environment, as well as deploying your own projects. You’ll be able to control your kit right away with the Wii Nunchuk controller included in the kit – you can control your turret via joystick or motion controls. You can even use the controller to activate the RoboTurret’s built in laser!

Once you’ve built your RoboTurret and have it up and running, you can start customizing your turret. The kit comes with a sensor shield, so it’s easy to connect a wide variety of our sensors and outputs to your turret. We’ve also made all of the Arduino code available, so that you can build on an adapt our code to your own needs.

In addition to the basic Desktop RoboTurret, we also have a version with the Vision Tracking Starter Kit. This kit comes with a webcam as well as a copy of RoboRealm software. With the Vision Tracking Starter Kit you can turn your turret into a color tracking machine. The turret’s default behavior will allow it to track any red colored objects, but once you start customizing with RoboRelams, you can track different colors, motion, and more!

We’ve got some killer ideas about projects we can build with the Desktop RoboTurret, but what about you? We want to see what you can do with this platform and push it to its limit!

New Products – Feb. 14

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Oh how we love the smell of new products in the morning. Un-boxing all of these products makes it seem like Christmas morning all over again.

First on the block is a great new kit, the Seeeduino Stalker – Waterproof Solar Kit. This is one stalker you won’t mind having around! This kit is a self sustaining, waterproof project kit for all of your logging needs. This kit will battle the elements to keep your project up and running, logging any kind of data you can think of. Just add in your favorite wireless -Bee series module and you’ll be logging and communicating in no time.


Next we’ve got 2 great new joysticks just in. The Medium Robot Controller Joystick – 2D is a solid joystick with your normal 2 potentiometer setup. Solid controls and response make it great for any robot controller. However if you need a little more control out of your controller, try the Medium Robot Controller Joystick -3D. This joystick has a third potentiometer hidden within it – just twist the joystick and you’ve got another degree of control. Use your extra control to turn your robots arms, it’s head and even other people’s heads! And as if that wasn’t enough, both joysticks come pre-wired. Each potentiometer has been lovingly soldered to a female 3 pin connector, and is ready to hook up to your project via pin-headers.


We also have three new products in our “You don’t need to rip apart your perfectly good video game controllers to get cool parts” line. The Grove – Thumb Joystick gives you the potentiometer/push button combination found in Playstation 3 controllers, on a neat and tidy board with a grove compatible connector. The NunChuck Breakout Board is a solid breakout board for your Wii NunChuck – no more needing to cut apart your NunChuck cables or worrying about loose connections. Third in line, is the incredible WiiCamera Board. This board will allow your arduino project to easily interface with the onboard Wii Camera module. The camera senses up too four points of light, then returns the XY position of the light, as well as the light’s brightness.


Two new contenders for ‘Arduino Shield of the Year have just arrived. First is the Arduino Motor Shield Rev3 – the perfect shield for controlling motors from your arduino. This shield has two control channels that will run two separate DC motors, or combine to control on bipolar stepper motor. Second, we have the Grove – Mega Shield. This shield is designed for the Mega family and will get you up and running with the Google ADK.


Well that’s all the products for now, but stay tuned for new products as well as video introductions to some of our favorite projects.