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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.

The Darwin-OP hath arrived!

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Darwin_OP_1

We’ve waited a long time for Robotis to globally release a research-grade humanoid to the academic market, and they have delivered. The wait is over and the Darwin-OP (Open Platform) is here!

The Darwin-OP is a joint initiative project funded by the National Science Foundation and a collaborative effort between Robotis, Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa, Purdue, and Penn Engineering.

So what makes it so special? First off, it’s entirely Open Source. All of the software, the hardware, and of course the OS it runs (Ubuntu 10). The code is well organized and well written, making it easy for programmers to jump right in with custom development. It uses the new MX-28 servo, which is well, awesome. The MX-28 is Robotis’ first 360 degree rotation, magnetic encoder based actuator. Onboard the Darwin-OP boasts a 1.6ghz Intel Atom based FitPC computer. That means your Darwin-OP not only runs a full-fledged operating system, but it has USB and and an HDMI Port. That’s right, your robot can have an HDMI port. I love the world we live in today.

We have our own personal Darwin-OP at the office here to develop on as well as to help us learn this amazing robotic platform inside and out. Lots of videos are incoming! In the mean time, check out Darwin-OP playing with some kids at the KC Maker Faire last month!

– Andrew – “Rocket Surgeon”

Bioloid GP Don’t Care.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
This is the Bioloid GP. Watch it run in slow motion. It’s pretty bad-ass. Look, it runs all over the place. “Woah, watch out!” says that bird. Ew it’s got a snake? Oh, it’s chasing a jackal? Oh my gosh! Oh the Bioloid GPs are just crazy! The Bioloid GP’s been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most fearless animal in all the animal kingdom. It really doesn’t give a shit. If it’s hungry, it’s hungr-ew what’s that in its mouth! Oh it’s got a cobra? Oh it runs backwards? Now watch this, look, a snake’s up in a tree. Bioloid GP don’t care. Bioloid GP don’t give a shit, it just takes what it wants. Whenever it’s hungry it just- ew! And it eats the snakes. Oh my God watch it dig. Look at that digging. The Bioloid GPs really pretty bad-ass. They have no regard for any other animal whatsoever. Look at him just grunting and- ew! Eating snakes! Ew what’s that, a mouse? Oh that’s nasty. Oh, they’re so nasty! Oo look! It’s chasing things, and eating them.
The Bioloid GP’s have a fairly long body, but a distinctly thick set, broad shoulders, and you know, their, their skin is loose, allowing them to move about freely, and they twist around. Now look, here’s a house full of bees. You think the Bioloid GP cares? It doesn’t give a shit. It goes right in to the house to bees to get some larvae. How disgusting is that? It eats larvae. Ew, that’s so nasty. But look, the Bioloid GP doesn’t care, it’s getting stung like a thousand times. It doesn’t give a shit, it just, it’s hungry. It doesn’t care about being stung by bees. Nothing can stop the Bioloid GP when it’s hungry. Oh what a crazy fuck! Look! Ew, it’s eating larvae, that’s disgusting. There it is running in slow motion again. See, now what’s interesting is that other, other animals like these birds here the just like to wait around until the Bioloid GPs done eating and then it swoops in to pick up the scraps. It says, “You do all the work for us Bioloid GP and we’ll just eat whatever you find, how’s that? What do you say, stupid?” Look at this bird. “Thanks for the treat, stupid!” “Hey, come back here” says the Bioloid GP. Birds don’t care, and you know what, the jackals do it, too. Look at these little dogs. They’re like, “Thanks, Stupid! Thanks for the mouse! See ya later!” The Bioloid GP does all the work while these other animals just pick up the scraps.
At night time, the Bioloid GP goes hunting, cuz it’s hungry. Look! Here comes a fierce battle between a king cobra and a Bioloid GP. I wonder what will happen. Look at this, there’s the Bioloid GP just eating a mouse. And then look. “Get away from me!” says the snake, “Get away from me!” Bioloid GP don’t care. Bioloid GP smacks the shit out of him. The snake comes back and it lashes right at the Bioloid GP. Oh! Little does the Bioloid GP know, FYI, it’s been stung! It’s been bitten by the snake, so while it’s eating the snake- ew, that’s disgusting- meanwhile the poisonous venom is seeping through the Bioloid GPs body, and it passes out. Look at that sleepy fuck. Now the Bioloid GPs just gonna pass out for a few minutes and then it’s gonna get right back up and start eating all over again, cuz it’s a hungry little bastard. Look at this! Like nothing even happened, the Bioloid GP gets right back up and continues eating the cobra! How disgusting. And of course, what does a Bioloid GP have to eat for the next few weeks? Cobra.
The Bioloid GP.

Bioloid_GP

This is the Bioloid GP. Watch it run in slow motion. It’s pretty bad-ass. Look, it runs all over the place. “Woah, watch out!” says that bird. Eww it’s got a snake? Oh, it’s chasing a jackal? Oh my gosh! Oh the Bioloid GPs are just crazy! The Bioloid GP’s been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most fearless robot in all the robot kingdom. It really doesn’t give a crap. If it’s hungry, it’s hungr-EWW what’s that in its mouth! Oh it’s got a cobra? Oh it runs backwards? Now watch this, look, a snake’s up in a tree. Bioloid GP don’t care. Bioloid GP don’t give a crap, it just takes what it wants. Whenever it’s hungry it just- ew! And it eats the snakes. Oh my God watch it dig. Look at that digging. The Bioloid GP is really pretty bad-ass. They have no regard for any other robot whatsoever. Look at him just grunting and- ew! Eating snakes! Ew what’s that, a mouse? Oh that’s nasty. Oh, they’re so nasty! Oo look! It’s chasing things, and eating them.

The Bioloid GP’s have a fairly long body, but a distinctly thick set, broad shoulders, and you know, their, their wires are loose, allowing them to move about freely, and they twist around. Now look, here’s a house full of bees. You think the Bioloid GP cares? It doesn’t give a crap. It goes right in to the house to bees to get some larvae. How disgusting is that? It eats larvae. Ew, that’s so nasty. But look, the Bioloid GP doesn’t care, it’s getting stung like a thousand times. It doesn’t give a crap, it just, it’s hungry. It doesn’t care about being stung by bees. Nothing can stop the Bioloid GP when it’s hungry. Oh what a crazy robot! Look! Ew, it’s eating larvae, that’s disgusting. There it is running in slow motion again. See, now what’s interesting is that other, other animals like these birds here the just like to wait around until the Bioloid GPs done eating and then it swoops in to pick up the scraps. It says, “You do all the work for us Bioloid GP and we’ll just eat whatever you find, how’s that? What do you say, stupid?” Look at this bird. “Thanks for the treat, stupid!” “Hey, come back here” says the Bioloid GP. Birds don’t care, and you know what, the jackals do it, too. Look at these little dogs. They’re like, “Thanks, Stupid! Thanks for the mouse! See ya later!” The Bioloid GP does all the work while these other animals just pick up the scraps.

At night time, the Bioloid GP goes hunting, cuz it’s hungry. Look! Here comes a fierce battle between a king cobra and a Bioloid GP. I wonder what will happen. Look at this, there’s the Bioloid GP just eating a mouse. And then look. “Get away from me!” says the snake, “Get away from me!” Bioloid GP don’t care. Bioloid GP smacks the crap out of him. The snake comes back and it lashes right at the Bioloid GP. Oh! Little does the Bioloid GP know, FYI, it’s been stung! It’s been bitten by the snake, so while it’s eating the snake- ew, that’s disgusting- meanwhile the poisonous venom is seeping through the Bioloid GPs body, and it passes out. Look at that sleepy robot. Now the Bioloid GPs just gonna pass out for a few minutes and then it’s gonna get right back up and start eating all over again, cuz it’s a hungry little bastard. Look at this! Like nothing even happened, the Bioloid GP gets right back up and continues eating the cobra! How disgusting. And of course, what does a Bioloid GP have to eat for the next few weeks? Cobra.

The Bioloid GP.

And just in case anyone is wondering what the hell is going on. Click here.

–Andrew “Robot Biologist”

PhantomX Hexapods Have Arrived

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

crawler-announce

Trossen Robotics is proud to introduce the PhantomX line of pro-hobby & research robotic crawlers. These modular platforms offer an incredible feature list of specs and expandability. With the ability to carry up to 2 kilograms of payload and run at nearly a meter per second these crawlers boast some serious strength and agility. The crawlers come with 6 walking gaits already preloaded and a robust gait engine for further development. Open source software allows for freedom of development and community collaboration. Control wirelessly from the Arduino compatible RC Commander, wirelessly to a base PC, or from an onboard miniPC. Accessory add-ons coming soon include a Claw, RoboTurret, and Telepresence IP Camera. Sturdy, yet flexible ABS material make the Hexapods tough and hackable for individual projects. Drill, cut, screw, and bolt to modify and hack your bot. These crawlers raise the bar on hobby and entry level research robotics while lowering the cost point for so much technology.

Check out these Specs!
Speed (AX-12+): 1.44 fps / 0.44 mps
Speed (AX-18F): 2.82 fps / 0.86 mps
Weight: 4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
Dimensions: L 19, W 20, H 7.5-9
Payload: 4 lbs / 2 kg

Ridiculous Feature List:

  • 3 Degree-Of-Freedom Legs
  • Arduino-Compatible ArbotiX Robocontroller
  • Open Source Software
  • Advanced Inverse Kinematics Driven Gait Engine
  • 6 Different Walking Gaits Available
  • High Quality LiPo Battery
  • Rugged ABS Construction
  • Totally Hackable!
  • Add Arms, Grippers, Cameras, Pan/Tilts, even Computers!
  • Wireless Xbee Control via PC or Handheld
  • Tons of I/O available and fully programmable for autonomy
  • Control Wirelessly from RC or PC
  • Extra nuts and bolts provided for repair
  • High payload means you can load up add ons
  • Great platform for hobby, education, research, and Mech Warfare!

Four Kits Available:
$2,249.95 – PhantomX AX-18F Hexapod Comprehensive Kit
$1,349.95 – PhantomX AX-12+ Hexapod Comprehensive Kit
$  649.95 – PhantomX Hexapod Comprehensive Kit – No Servos
$  269.99 – PhantomX Hexapod Barebones Kit

Accessories Coming Soon!

PhantomX Claw (pre-order Available)
PhantomX Crawler Turret (pre-order Available)
Telepresence WiFi Camera Kit (pre-order Available)

Also Coming soon – Quadropods & Mech Warfare Ready Kits

Demand has been high for these kits so production runs have been going fast. We recommend getting your order in queue to reserve your kit. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we ramp up production!