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RobotGeek Sensors and Boards Videos

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Not a huge deal, so no need to get hyper or anything. But we posted some new short videos on the Robot Geek Arduino-Compatible Sensors.

Some things that are cool about the Robot Geek Sensors are:

  • Simple normal 3 pin connectors! No fancy special cables needed to plug them in.
  • Standard hole patterns. Most of our sensors are on a 2 X 3cm pattern and anything that isn’t is still on a 1cm x 1cm grid. Logical right?
  • We go further! Need an LED board? You get a board with two connectors (horz & vert) and FIVE colors of LEDs. Not one soldered to the board. FIVE. We don’t know how you want to mount this thing or what color you may want. What if you change your mind too? Here, take five colors. Just don’t hurt us. Or yourself.
  • Cross compatible with all the other systems out there, Phidgets, Seeed Grove, Seeed Brick…


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Download the 3D files for our Robotic Arms!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

PhantomX Reactor Arm 3d

The Interbtotix line of Robotic Arms now all have 3d files in Inventor and STEP formats! These 3D models are great tools if you want to preview our arms or integrate them into your own 3D models. Having the exact dimensions of each arm can save time when your planning a project and help your project get up an running even quicker!

PhantomX Pincher 3D files
Reactor Arm 3D files
WidowX Arm 3D files
PhantomX Parrallel Gripper 3D files

Theses files can be used with Autodesk Inventor or any program that can use .stp files. Stay tuned for more 3D models and more resources from the Interbotix Line!

New Dynamixel MX Series Servos Pack a Powerful Punch

Friday, July 13th, 2012


Robotis wowed the robotics community with the MX-28T, and recently they’ve expanded the MX line to include the TTL MX-64T and the MX-106T, as well as the RS-485 variants, the MX-28R, the MX-64R and the MX-106R.

These new servos have a contactless magnetic encoder, which offers 4x the resolution of the RX series. This makes them more accurate and even smoother than the old servos. Also upgraded, is the processor in each of these servos – a 32bit 72mhz Cortex M3! This beefy processor handles the newly implemented PID control algorithm. It can be used to maintain shaft position and can be adjusted individually for each servo, allowing you to control the speed and strength of the motor’s response. The new setup also offerers a 3Mbps bus. The ‘T’ variants use TTL communication and are compatible with other TTL servos like the AX-12 and the AX-18. Meanwhile the ‘R’ variants use RS-485, just like the RX series.

You might remember Don and Jason’s new robotic arm, which uses the new MX servos. But the real question is, what will you do with them?

AX-12 Robot Arm & Arbotix Demo

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Banter, robots, video. Go!

Dynamixel Positional Feedback Demo

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

This video does nothing to dispel my friends’ belief that all I do is sit around and play with robots all day at work.

– Andrew – “Robot Whisperer”

Dynamixel Controllers Overview

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Andrew discusses the different options available for controlling Dynamixel servos. Sexily.

Here is where to find the Dynamixel Controllers.

And here is where to find the Dynamixel Servos.

That concludes this blog post. Cake will be served in the lunch room now.

Featured Product: Electronic Brick Starter Kit

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Arduino is still blowing up and taking over the world. Soon they will be everywhere and in everything. Better start learning to use them now or risk being laughed at by everyone you know.  <<< See that, that is called fear marketing.

Just a quick overview of a nifty little kit from Seeed Studio. For a great price you can be up and running quickly with the Electronic Brick Starter Kit. The kit comes with a handful of sensors, output devices, and breakout board. Great for getting started fast and avoiding the breadboard.

Which Dynamixels to use? An overview on size and strength.

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Apologies for the empty post Friday.  I pulled it down. Or tried to anyway. Apparently posting a blog is more permanent than building pyramids. Video format converting sucks. It sucks worse than the worst sucky thing you can think of. Now that the audio isn’t 15 minutes off by the end of the video here you go :)

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It is late Friday night so I don’t have anything really funny to intro this video with. I can’t be funny all the time for you people anyway. I’m not some kind of dancing clown. I have feelings too. So I’m just going to give it to you straight and you are just going to have to cope. Maybe I’ll come back and post after a few drinks. On second thought, that would be bad. I’ll be hiding my keyboard and mouse in the freezer now to avoid any mishaps. Someone text me in the morning where they are because I’m sure I’ll forget.

A New Informative Video! Yay. Andrew goes over the full line of Robotis Bioloid and Dynamixel servos. This video should help people understand the general strength and speed of each model to help make design decisions.

Products Shown in this video:
Full line of Bioloid and Dynamixel Servos
Robotis Humanoid Robots

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”

Arduinos back in stock!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Arduinos!

We’ve been having a hard time keeping the new Arduino Unos & Arduino Mega 2560′s in stock these days, but we just got a decent sized shipment of them in and they’re ready to go! If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, now is the time to jump on it; our last batch sold out in a matter of days.