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.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
The ArbotiX Commander is an Arduino Software compatible, open-source XBEE-wireless hand-held controller built specifically for controlling ArbotiX/NUKE powered walking robots (but it can be used to control just about any Arduino powered robot). This gamepad style controller comes ready to be setup with the ArbotiX Robocontroller. The ArbotiX Commander was meant to be hacked, modified, upgraded, and otherwise tinkered with. Add additional sensors, customize it with your own handle grips, or rewrite the firmware sketch in any way you see fit!
We’ve been a bit quiet around here lately, mostly because we have our heads buried and are hard at work at bringing you guys some awesome new robotics products and kits! Wanted to take some time to showcase a new reworked section of our site that helps builders like you build your robots easier. Our Robot Servos & Brackets section has been completely revamped, pairing up the servos with compatible brackets and frames (tons of new varieties have been added, as well as more to come).
The Robotis Dynamixel Servos section should be of particular intrest, as we now stock individual Bioloid Frames as well as every type of DX/RX/EX Series Brackets and Frames.
Even our Hobby Servos section got a revamp, now offering Micro, Standard, and Giant Scale PWM Hobby Servos and compatible brackets!
We also started rounding up some cool user projects to demonstrate what can be done with these awesome actuators, which can be found on various related product pages. Here are a few examples!
This is an extremely versatile Arduino-software compatible microcontroller that packs a lot of features in a very small footprint. It is also the board used for the target/scoring system in the Mech Warfare robotics competition. Read more below:
The MINI robocontroller is designed for small robots. It incorporates a powerful AVR microcontroller, XBEE wireless radio, dual motor drivers, and 3-pin servo-style headers for IO.
The board includes all circuitry needed to control a small differential drive robot. It can also easily control up to 4 servos.
See the user manual here.
- 16MHz AVR microcontroller (ATMEGA168).
- 20 I/O, 6 of which can function as analog inputs
- Servo style 3-pin headers (gnd, vcc, signal) on all 6 analog inputs, and 4 of the digital IO
- Dual 1A motor drivers, with combined motor/encoder header.
- XBEE radio sold separately. A typical setup will require 2 XBEE radios and an XBEE explorer to be able to wirelessly control your robot from your computer.
- This board requires either an FTDI cable or ISP. We recommend the Sparkfun FTDI breakout.
- 2.4”x2.4” with mounting holes in each corner.
And… we’re back from our vacations during the holidays and hope that all of you had a great 2009!
Inverse Kinematics can be a scary thing to the robot hobby novice. There is a lot of trig involved, and if you’ve learned anything from reading this blog you’ll know that being Norwegian apparently makes it a lot easier to grasp.
Mike Ferguson of Vanadium Labs has just released NUKE (Nearly Universal Kinematics Engine) in Beta form, which is a comprehensive and easy to use IK system built around the arbotiX Robocontroller. To make things even easier, he’s created a step by step tutorial on how to implement NUKE on your arbotiX based robot.
The Nearly Universal Kinematics Engine (NUKE) is finally out in a first beta. NUKE is a PyPose tool that allows users to setup an IK/Gait engine for their ArbotiX-powered bot, regardless of the size, servo orientation, etc (as long as it fits within an available template). Right now our templates only support 3DOF Lizard-legged 4 and 6 leg robots, however 3DOF Mammal-style leg support isn’t far off, and low DOF Biped support is in the works. This is the same system that powered Issy, Roz, and Jeff to take the top 3 spots at CNRG’s Walker Challenge. It takes about 20-30 minutes to setup your bot once you get the hang of what’s going on. The output is fairly straight forward to expand/alter. It’s mostly been running on Quads, I’ve yet to fully test it on Hexapods (first person to post a video of NUKE powering a hexapod gets a cookie at Robogames..)
NUKE is written in Python, and it exports a C/C++ Arduino project that runs on the ArbotiX. NUKE can be downloaded from our Google code site: http://code.google.com/p/arbotix/downloads/list. Documentation is also on that site. We also have a google group for support (it’s very new, hence the low traffic) http://groups.google.com/group/robocontroller .