Robot Projects, and Videos, and Pictures, and Discussions Oh My!

January 15th, 2014

RobotProjects

 

 

 

Do you have a cool robot project you are working on? Have you posted it in the TRC projects gallery yet to share it with others? No? That is very selfish of you. Everyone loves to see cool projects. So come check out what others have posted and add your own.

There are also Community Videos, photos, and of course our active forums.  The Mech Warefare forums are always buzzing because people like building robots that shoot each other.

If you haven’t visited yet, come say hello!

Arduino + RFID = RFIDuino

January 14th, 2014

RG-RFIDUINO-BKIT

 

RFID is fun. There is just something magical about swiping a tag in the air and reading information from it. Suddenly you want to tag all the things! The RFIDuino is an Arduino shield that makes learning and implementing RFID super easy. The RFIDuino Basic Starter Kit gives you everything you need to get started with the RFIDuino, Geekduino, mounting hardware, and a variety of different RFID tags. Check out our step by step tutorials which walk you through getting started and teach basic output and wireless reading. You can be experimenting with RFID in no time and start tagging all the things!

RFID Tutorials

New and Improved RobotGeek Joystick

January 2nd, 2014

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The new RobotGeek Joystick is here! We wanted more range of motion for our joysticks so we had a custom tall stick made. Each joystick now comes with both options. You can use the standard mushroom top or use the taller 5cm stick to add both range of motion and better resolution control. We had the sticks made to build better control panels for our robot arms, so keep an eye out for that upgrade coming soon.

RobotGeek Gripper

December 17th, 2013

RobotGeek-Gripper

 

Introducing our new RobotGeek Gripper! This robot gripper packs a lot of features into a small package. A large 6cm gripping area, adjustable finger tips, geared down ratio for strength, a strong wrist servo, and light weight make this gripper a great solution for a wide range of projects. The included base mount allows builders easily to mount the gripper on the Geekbot rover or any RobotGeek project using the standard 1 X 1 cm grid.

If you need force feedback add a 0.5″ FSR to your project! If you need a whole robot arm check out the RobotGeek Snapper Arm!

RobotGeek Airsoft M74DP Mount Kit

December 16th, 2013

Introducing the RobotGeek Airsoft M74DP Mount Kit! Everyone always wants to shoot stuff with their robots, but hacking together a DIY Airsoft solution can be very time consuming. This kit provides an out of the box solution for adding an Airsoft gun to any robot project. The kit comes with everything you need and multiple mounting solutions. Check out the overview video below.

Introduction Video for the RobotGeek Snapper Arm

December 11th, 2013

If you haven’t heard yet, the RobotGeek Snapper Arm is out. The Snapper is a great hobby/educational arm which merges the worlds of Arduino and robotics. The Snapper has 29cm of reach, a sturdy slewing bearing base, Geekduino controller, and a manual control panel. Did we mention the Snapper has an all black sexy design too? He does!

Here is Kyle giving a quick overview of the Snapper Robot Arm.

Team Mojavaton Enters the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

December 9th, 2013

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Last week DARPA announced the latest 4 teams that will compete in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials. These 4 teams have built their robots’ hardware and software solely using their own funds, which is no small task.

One of the Robots, Buddy was created by Trossen Customer Team Mojavaton! Mojavaton has been working hard to get ready for the trials December 20-21.

Buddy, like the other entrants, was designed to assist first responders in the event of a national emergency. The robot uses 34 robotic servos – many of them DYNAMIXELS from the Trossen Store – to complete 8 Different Tasks that simulate common conditions in disaster areas.

Team Mojavaton hopes to go on to the DRC finals in 2014 for a change to win the grand prize – $2 million.

Check out more information on Buddy at Team MojavatonYoutube Channel and the team page.

Congratulations and good luck to Team Mojavaton!

Sorting Objects with the PhantomX Reactor

December 5th, 2013

User anestsurfer has posted a videos of his PhantomX Reactor sorting colored blocks. It looks like he’s using a downward facing camera, vision processing software and a grid pattern to locate objects, then sending data to the arm to have it move the blocks to different locations. On his channel he has also shown off his custom inverse kinmenatics engine for the arm. We really love seeing the Reactor used with vision processing software.

RobotGeek Pumping Station

November 21st, 2013

Introducing the RobotGeek Pumping Station. A neat tidy box that gives you everything you need to add pumping air or liquid to your Arduino projects. Great for barbots, refilling pet bowls, plant watering, refilling aquariums, or DIY squirt guns. The RobotGeek Pumping Station has an internal relay to run the pump, a manual override button for easy priming and cleaning, a DC jack for easy wiring, and external access to all ports and connectors so you don’t have to take it apart ever.

The pump self primes and does not have back flow when shutting off. That means it can pour accurate amounts of liquid because the liquid doesn’t run back up the tubing when the pump shuts off. Great for barbot applications. At 6 volts it pumps 0.8L/m and at 12 volts it does 1.2L/m.

We also carry food safe tubing to work with the Pumping Station. It is made of soft silicone so it is very easy to work with and conforms nicely to any curve or tight space.

Check out Thor-Mang, the DYNAMIXEL PRO based Humanoid!

November 11th, 2013

ROBOTIS has just posted a video of THOR-MANG to their youtube channel. THOR-MANG is a collaboration between ROBOTIS, Virginia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania and Harris. This human sized robot uses the new DYNAMIXEL PRO line of robot actuators. THOR stands for Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot – a humanoid designed to operate in environments that are hostile to humans. This teaser video shows THOR-MANG activating a shut-off valve, and you can see even more tasks in another teaser video released earlier last month.