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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 :)


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


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


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.

InterbotiX Robot Turrets

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Robot Turrets hath cometh! We’re proud to announce the first robot kits from InterbotiX Labs, a comprehensive line of high-end pan/tilt turrets.  These high speed, high strength, and high performance robot turrets are built from your choice of Robotis Dynamixel Servos, the ArbotiX Robocontroller, and custom lasercut ABS frame components. Just how high speed and high strength are they might you ask? Funny you should mention that! We have prepared these demonstration videos to showcase exactly that. While they lack any true empirical data, repeatability, verifiable results, control groups, or any resemblance to true scientific testing… they are definitely more fun to watch and also contain stuffed monkey abuse, so check em out! For those of you serious about your panning and your tilting!




Introducing the Desktop Robot Turret!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

We’re proud to introduce the first of many products on the horizon, the Desktop Robot Turret! This Pan & Tilt platform is based around the custom designed Arduino-Compatible MosquitIO microcontroller!

The Desktop Robot Turret is the perfect starting point for experimenters, roboticists, and hobbyists alike to get started in the exciting field of physical computing! This easy to build kit is based around the exclusive MosquitIO Pan & Tilt Microcontroller and includes everything needed to build a fully programmable, Arduino-compatible Pan & Tilt platform. Add webcams, lasers, airsoft guns, a variety of sensors to the available I/O, up to two small motors, and switch things on and off with the built-in solid-state relay! The MosquitIO can also be custom programmed using the Arduino IDE for autonomous behavior using sensory input, or a variety of other custom applications- your imagination is the limit!

We are also working with Roborealm for a fully supported module for the MosquitIO, but for those of you who can’t wait; We’ve created a preliminary colored object tracking demo using Roborealm. Stay tuned for a full-featured Roborealm Module as well as special packaged deals!

Firgelli L12 Linear Actuators Are In The House!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The long awaited Firgelli L12 Linear Actuators have arrived! We’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of requests for these actuators but have been largely unable to keep them in stock.

Well, the wait is over! We stocked up on the most popular gear ratio and stroke length varieties and are ready to ship them out today! Control via PWM signal just like a hobby servo, or use industrial control options such as current or direct analog voltage!

RX-Bridge Enables DX/RX/EX Series Dynamixels on ArbotiX

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

ArbotiX RX Bridge

Now available!

The ArbotiX RX-Bridge expands the capabilities of the ArbotiX Robotcontroller by enabling the use of DX-117, RX-28, RX-64, and EX-106+ Dynamixel Servos. This add-on board converts your existing ArbotiX Robocontroller TTL serial ports into an RS-485 serial protocol compliant port.

The RX-Bridge answers the call for a high end, fully programmable controller for the higher end range of Dynamixels at a much lower pricepoint than other less-capable controllers on the market.


Bioloid Brackets – Now Available in Different Colors!

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

This is a Trossen Robotics exclusive; the infamous Bioloid bracket and frame set is now available in multiple colors! Do away with your old white brackets and spice up your latest Bioloid project with red, blue, or the much-asked-for black colored brackets and frames! I could rant and rave about how cool these are, but pictures do them justice much better than I can, check it out!

Colored Brackets
Anyone who’s ever tried painting their Bioloid brackets knows that it’s near impossible to get the colors to not flake and peel, but these are not painted! The actual plastic color has been changed and is resistant to scratching. Not all the Bioloid frame pieces are available in dyed colors due to their composition being different. To specify these different colors is simple; just click on the drop down menu on the product page of each bracket and select the wanted color!