Archive for the ‘New Kits / Products’ Category

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.

New Phidgets!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Phidgets is just fun to say, Phidgets! Phidgets! Phidgets! The Phidget people of the Phidget company have made more Phidgets.

Phidget Temperature Sensor IR

Phidget Temperature Sensor IR

Phidget Temperature Sensor IR

How hot is your baby? The 1045 is an intelligent non-contact temperature sensor with a 10° field of view and a USB interface for easy connection to your computer. It measures the temperature of objects placed within its cone of detection.



Phidget Analog 4-Output

Phidget Analog 4-Output

Phidget Analog 4-Output

Gimme some juice! The PhidgetAnalog 4-Output Produces a voltage over -10V to +10V. This voltage will be asserted up to +-20mA. An error will be reported when this current is exceeded, and the voltage the customer is getting is no longer accurate. The voltage is produced with 12 bit resolution (4.8mV).



Phidgets Dual SSR Relay

Phidgets Dual SSR Relay

Phidgets Dual SSR Relay

Double your pleasure. The SSR Board is safe to use with sensitive control devices like microprocessors, and will not damage a Phidget device or your PC. Optoisolation between the control inputs and outputs of the SSR in the form of a GaAs LED paired with a set of optically-controlled MOSFETs provides protection from output to input. An on-board 47V bidirectional transorb across the relay output protects the board from static electricity and surges from inductive loads.



Phidget Sound Sensor

Phidget Sound Sensor

Phidget Sound Sensor

Can you hear me now? (Really, what other quip did you think we would use here?)  The Phidget Sound Sensor can be used to detect sounds, and approximate how loud the sound is. The 1133 measures sound across a very wide range, with a frequency range of 100Hz to 8kHz and pressure level from 50dB to 100dB.



Phidgets MotorControl 1-Motor

Phidgets MotorControl 1-Motor

Phidgets MotorControl 1-Motor

  • Controls direction, velocity and acceleration of one DC Motor
  • Requires external Power Supply (9 to 28VDC)
  • Built-in 2 digital inputs, 2 analog inputs, 1 encoder input
  • Protected against over-current, over-voltage, and over-temperature
  • Connects directly to a computer’s USB Port



Phidgets USB Isolator

Phidgets USB Isolator

Phidgets USB Isolator

You aren’t a serious hacker/builder/maker until you have burned out a few USB ports. We’ve been there too many times to count. That sudden moment of, “Wait, what? Why did everything just stop working?” The USB Isolator is designed to protect your PC from harmful voltage that can flow from devices attached to your PC through the USB cable. The isolator is inserted between the Phidgets board and your PC.



Phidgets GPS

Phidgets GPS

Phidgets GPS

Do you get lost often? Have your robots inherited this trait from their master? The Phidget GPS provides the longitude and latitude of the board’s position in signed decimal degree format. The position accuracy (best case) is 2.5m CEP (Circular Error of Probability).

The 1040 also provides altitude, heading and velocity as well as the time and date. It will also let you know when it has a satellite fix.

The PhidgetGPS has a 3V rechargeable lithium battery to provide “hot starts” by remembering its previous positions. With a live battery, the 1040 can perform a signal re-acquisition in less than 1 second. The battery provides up to 1 month of operation before having to be recharged. Recharging an empty battery takes 24 hours.

4 New Products for your Workshop

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Some more tools and goodies for your robot workshop!

3S LiPo Battery Monitor LED/Audio

3S LiPo Battery Monitor LED/Audio

Don’t let you robot die in the middle of battle. This is a simple to use 3S LiPo Battery Alarm. It utilizes multi-color LEDs and an audio alarm to give visual and auditory feedback on the current voltage level of your LiPO battery pack.

Phidgets FlexiForce Adapter

Phidgets FlexiForce Adapter

The Phidgets 1120 FlexiForce Adapter makes it easy to turn a Tekscan FlexiForce Force Sensor into an analog sensor. Phidgets even supply a round plastic disc of the right size for the sensing pad. Aren’t they nice?!

DSO Nano v2 Pocket Oscilloscope

DSO Nano v2 Pocket Oscilloscope

An Oscilloscope that fits into you pocket?!?!?! What is this? The future? Yes. Yes it is.

Arduino Project Box

Arduino Project Box

Don’t you hate it when your friends come over drunk and try to lick your Arduino projects? Us to. What is up with that? Here is an Arduino Project Box to protect your Arduino projects!

New Robot Products

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
GS-12 2-Axis Gyro Sensor

GS-12 2-Axis Gyro Sensor


The GS-12 2-Axis Gyro Sensor from Robotis allows you to balance sensing to your Bioloid kits like the Bioloid Comprehensive Kit or other robot projects.

Dual VNH3SP30 Motor Driver Carrier MD03A

Dual VNH3SP30 Motor Driver Carrier MD03A

If you are looking to drive two high-power motors through one compact unit, these dual VNH3SP30 motor driver carriers are perfect for you. With these boards, it’s easy to get a medium-sized, differential drive robot running in no time.

Ollo Explorer Programmable Robot Kit

OLLO Explorer Programmable Robot Kit

The OLLO Explorer Programmable Robot Kit is an excellent starter kit for introducing kids to the exciting world of programmable robots! This is a reconfigurable robot construction kit for beginners ages 8 and up!

Ollo Inventor Programmable Robot Kit

OLLO Inventor Programmable Robot Kit

The OLLO Inventor Kit takes the OLLO Explorer kit up another level. With the added expansion kit kids can do even more.