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DynamixShield Kickstarter!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


Our friend at NeuroRobotic Technologies has been developing an Arduino Due Shield that plays nice with everything in the InterbotiX and RobotGeek product lines (and subsequently, his PhantomX Hexapod is playing nicely with the kids)! This is a comprehensive shield that lets you connect AX, MX, and XL Dynamixel Servos! The DynamixShield is an electronics board that fits onto an Arduino Due microcontroller to give you the ability to control Dynamixel smart servos and regular servos, while also providing numerous Grove and RobotGeek connectors. Grove and RobotGeek are hardware frameworks for modular sensors and actuators. There are tons of off-the-shelf modules for these two frameworks that can be plugged into the shield with a single cable. This includes everything from GPS sensors, RFID scanners, and LCD displays that are plug-and-play ready for use with the shield. This makes it very easy to build your robots by combining modules and servos. Check out his Kickstarter, and if you want to see it happen, you can make it happen!

HR-OS1 at TADHack!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


Team ProbatioNerds from IIT worked with Matrix to control an HR-OS1, sending commands through a chatroom (in the presentation, from a phone) to move the robot from anywhere in the world! They subsequently won an HR-OS1 from Matrix, which we’re sure is being put to good use. Check out their presentation! They explain the architecture a bit, and programmed the HR-OS1 to do the macarena, which is endlessly entertaining. Congratulations, ProbatioNerds! We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

Giant Robot Duel

Thursday, August 20th, 2015


Trossen Robotics’ own lead engineer, Andrew, has been hanging with the Megabots team (You know, the guys who are going to pilot America’s MK. II against Japan’s Kuratas in the first large scale robot duel that this planet has experienced in all of recorded history). If you want to see America become the first Mech battling champion of the world, you can back the kickstarter! While you’re waiting for the giant robot battle to happen, check out our gallery of Andrew’s miniature MK. II build!

Marquette University’s HEIR Lab Participates in RoboCup

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015


HEIR Lab (Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics), at Marquette University took their robot to RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China! The team is lead by Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., who has written up a fantastic post on the subject.

This week, our students in the Marquette University Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab are participating in perhaps the largest and the oldest robot hackathon in the world, RoboCup, in Hefei, China. RoboCup is sometimes referred to as the World Cup of robotics and artificial intelligence. This is the tenth anniversary since I founded and led the Spelman College SpelBots to our first RoboCup in Osaka, Japan and it is a privilege to lead our current, outstanding team from Marquette University College of Engineering: Matt, Adrianna, Ryan, and Sally.

For the rest of the post, check out his blog, and make sure to watch their Qualification video from RoboCup 2014 below!

Oregon State University’s Bipedal Robot: ATRIAS

Monday, May 11th, 2015


ATRIAS, built by the Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory, directed by Dr. Jonathan Hurst, is an awesome bipedal robot. ATRIAS is capable of balancing itself on changing terrain, rolling hills, and even while being pelted by dodgeballs! This robot is clever, and we wish the team lots of luck at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in Pomona, CA on June 5-6, 2015.

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator – Applications Due in a Few Days!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015


Qualcomm Robotics wants to select 10 robotics teams to receive access to a wide range of expertise and resources with the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator program! Companies selected for the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator will have access to the range of expertise and resources from Qualcomm to help bring their vision for an automated future to life. Successful applicants will get:


  • An investment of up to $120,000
  • Access to Robot Reference Designs — mechanical designs, hardware, circuits and radio frequency control guidance — and low power robotics solutions built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
  • Mentorship from key Qualcomm Robotics executives, other leaders in the robotics space, venture capitalists, and the broader entrepreneurial community.
  • Access to Techstars’ network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and corporate partners.
  • Demo day, where each company will have the opportunity to pitch their company to robotics leaders, investors, press, and other community members.
  • Dedicated Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator space at the company’s headquarters in sunny San Diego.
  • $350,000 worth of partner perks.

Applications are due by March 8, 2015, so there are only a few days left to get your team involved! This is an excellent opportunity for small companies to make a big leap toward an automated future. Check out their website and apply!

ROBOTIS is looking for DYNAMIXEL XL-320 Beta testers!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

XL320ROBOTIS has posted a news article asking for applicants to beta-test their new XL-320 servos. These new servos are similar to the AX-12A servos, working with the DTYNAMIXEL data packet, allowing you to set position and speed of the servo as well as retrieve positional data, temperature data and more! You can even set the compliance slopes on the servo, just as you could with an AX-12A. The new servos are smaller than AX-12As, making them great for projects like ROBOTIS’s mini-darwin project.

To apply for the beta program, ROBOTIS has asked customers with DYNAMIXEL experience to share the news post on facebook and describe what makes them a good candidate for testing the XL-320. 10 teams/individuals will be chosen by ROBOTIS. Beta testers will receive 2 XL-320, a CM9 control board, 2 Li-ion battery packs, a charger and several OLLO pieces.

There is no release date for the XL-320s as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted on any news!

Robot Refuse Winners!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Last week 10 industrious roboticists each won a box in our Robot Refuse competition. Now they compete for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the Trossen Robotics Store!

Check out the pictures that won them the contest below!

Check out the 2013 Mech Warfare Photos!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This year’s Robogames and Mech Warfare was an absolute blast! We watched Com-Bots battle it out, Kung-Fu bots compete, and of course the Mech-Warfare contestants fight for supremacy. Check out this gallery for a taste of the Robogames experience.

Stay tuned for more photos, videos, and news from Robogames/Mech Warfare 2013

Trossen Robotics Contest #9 Winners!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

2012 has come and gone, and its finally time to announce the winners for the Ninth Trossen Robotics Community Contest! There were a lot of amazing entries, but six of them battled to the top to win our contest. Check out the end of this post for videos of all of our winners in action.

Sixth Place – OARC Rover by Yosheli

The Obstacle Avoiding & Remote Controlled Rover (or the OARC Rover) is a great little project by Yosheli. It has everything you need for a roving robot – a drive system (4 DC motors with encoders controlling 2 treads), a distance sensor (an ultrasonic range sensor), wireless communication(XBees) and a main processing unit (an Arduino Mega).

This robot has a two modes of operation – the first is direct remote control via a custom wireless controller. The second mode is a purely autonomous one. The OARC Rover will go forward until it detects an obstacle – at which point it will move to avoid the obstacle. To help overcome the limits of the ultrasonic sensor, Yosheli mounted the sensor on a pan servo, enabling the robot to get better readings on curved surfaces. This panning motion also gives this little robot a lot of character.

The idea of an obstacle avoiding robot certainly isn’t anything new, but its a great example of how many problems you need to solve when building a basic robot. Yosheli gets points for overcoming these obstacles on his first fully fledged Arduino Project

Yosheli will be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.

Fifth Place – Maxwell by Lnxfergy

Maxwell is lnxfergy’s Mobile Manipulator Robot. This robot can map a room and traverse the room based on that map. Then it can use its custom arm and manipulator to pick up objects and interact with the room. The latest version of Maxwell even has a linear actuator to move the arm up and down, allowing it to pick up things from the floor as well as table-height objects.

Maxwell’s arm is comprised of 2 EX-106s, 2 RX-64s and 3 AX-12s. Lnxfergy’s did a lot of work in ROS to get his custom manipulator running properly, which is a great thing for the robot community. Lnxfergy’s is commited to open source projects and his work in open source robotics has been the basis for robot after robot in the comunity. We absolutely love that Lnxfergy has made all of Maxwell’s code available. Check out this thread post for mor information about Maxwell.

Lnxfergy will also be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.