Jimmy in the News!

June 26th, 2014

Jimmy in the news

Jimmy the Research Humanoid is at it again, going on another media blitz! Jimmy (along with Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson) has been showing up everywhere from Wall Street Journal Live and Bloomberg to CNBC and Fox News. Jimmy has been making quite an impression as he shows off what he can do.

You can even see the AX-12A version of Jimmy hanging out with his big brother! We’re excited to share more details on this mini-jimmy in the coming weeks.

Check after the break to see a list of shows Jimmy’s been on this week!

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Take Cover! Foam Dart Gun Kit Released

June 23rd, 2014

Foam Dart Gun Kit Photo

Look out for flying darts! Our newest pan tilt turret accessory is now available: the Foam Dart Gun Kit. If you want to add a little fun and firepower to your robot turret (or any other project) you’ll love this foam dart gun kit. The included single shot dart gun packs quite a punch, with a typical range of about 30 feet! After a little projectile motion calculation, we estimate the average dart speed to be 40-50 feet/second.

The kit includes everything you need plus several different attachments to give you flexibility in mounting. Combine it with one of our robot turrets, a crawler, or your favorite sensors to expand the possibilities. Check out the awesome game that you could make using this kit in the video below:

Full line of DYNAMIXEL Pro servos are now available

June 18th, 2014

The full line of 2014 DYNAMIXEL Pro servos and accessories by ROBOTIS are now available for order from Trossen Robotics. These new servos take precision to a whole new level, with resolution up to 501,900 steps/rev while spinning at up to 30 RPM and putting out 44 Nm of torque! Prices start at $590 and go up to $2,790. Get ready for professional grade precision and durability; compactly packaged to meet your most challenging design requirements.

The nine different models are divided into two basic footprints (42 mm2 & 54 mm2) and three performance series (L, M, & H) to meet all of your requirements. Combine them with the ROBOTIS frame system and accessories to upgrade your designs from hobby to professional-grade.

L-Series Servos M-Series Servos H-Series Servos Frames, Adapters, & Idlers

Not sure where to start? Check out the DYNAMIXEL PRO M42-10-S260-R servo for a fantastic combination of performance (263,168 steps/rev, 1.5 Nm of torque, and 28 RPM)  and compact size 42 x 42 x 84 mm. Full specs, dimensions, documentation, and 3D models for each servo can be found on the individual product pages.

Jimmy in the Press

May 28th, 2014

Earlier today Jimmy walked onto stage at the Re/Code conference and he’s been showing up over the media ever since! From Gizmdodo to The Wall Street Journal, Jimmy is everywhere.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also talked a little bit about our next Jimmy related project – a smaller version of Jimmy. We’ll have more details on this AX-12 based robot soon, but in the mean time check out the smaller Jimmy on CNBC

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Introducing the Jimmy Research Humanoid!

May 28th, 2014

the jimmy research humanoid

For the last several months we’ve been working tirelessly on a secret project, and we’re finally ready to share it with the world! Today at the Re/code conference we’ll be unveiling the Jimmy Research Robot. Jimmy is the first robot platform to be released by the 21st Century Robot Project.

The 21st Century Robot project is the brainchild of Intel’s Futurist Brian David Johnson and is the result of the collaboration of developers from USC, Olin College, and Trossen Robotics.

The 21st Century Robot Manifesto:

A Robot Is: Imagined first. Easy to build. Completely open source. Fiercely social. Intentionally iterative. Filled with humanity and dreams. Thinking for her/him/itself.

The 21st Century Robot Project aims to imagine a radically different kind of robot. A robot that is designed, constructed and programmed like never before. We can imagine and build a far more amazing future than we have today, a much more creative and rich tomorrow for robots and their relationship to humans. It’s time for a 21st Century Robot

Hardware

Jimmy’s internal endoskeleton is manufactured from 5052 aircraft aluminum, and is completely modular and expandable. The outer shell of the robot is designed to be 3D printed, which means modifications and aesthetic tweaks are very easy and affordable. The robot features 12 MX-106T, 6 MX-64T, and 2 MX-28T DYNAMIXEL servos from Robotis. The on-board CPU is comprised of an Intel NUC D54250WYK, which features an Intel Core i5-4250U 4th Generation Haswell chipset, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (up to 16gb expansion), and a 32GB SSD for internal storage. Wireless connectivity options are available in Xbee, Wifi 802.11N, and Bluetooth. Onboard IO for expansion and development include 4x USB 3.0 & 2x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI & Display Port video output, Gigabit Ethernet, SATA port, 2x mini-PCIe slots (used for SSD & Wifi/Bluetooth), and up to 8-channel audio. The sub-controller used to communicate with the Dynamixels is the Robotis CM-730 Cortex-M3 based microcontroller, which will eventually be replaced by our own Arbotix-PRO (currently in development, scheduled release is Q4 2014). Onboard LiPo batteries provide 4S 14.8v 4000mAh of power, which produces approximately 30-60 minutes of runtime per charge.

Software

The humanoid robot platforms of the 21st Century Robot project aim to run a unified software framework. The robot is offered in two flavors of Linux- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for developers who wish to take advantage of a full-featured desktop OS, or Yocto Project Poky distribution OpenEmbedded Linux which has a custom 21C Robots layer to allow for unified support across many different CPU configurations and hardware.

This framework is being actively developed, and is based upon the open-source and highly featured Darwin-OP framework from Robotis and Virginia Tech University. We will continue to refine and expand this software, providing multiple control interface solutions as well as a REST based API so that the robot can be connected to ROS & the Intel XDK for cross-platform application development, as well as a variety of different software environments. The goal of the API is to easily expose higher level functions of the robots, so that developers can bring the robots to life without having an in-depth knowledge of the more advanced lower level functions that make the robot move and walk. Like the hardware, all of the software will be available completely open-source and available for anyone to download.


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RoboGames 2013 Videos

May 15th, 2014

Last year we went to RoboGames 2013 for the Mech Warfare competition. We had had an absolute blast, and took the oppurtinity to talk to some of our favorite roboticists about their mechs.

We talked to Xevel about his amazing Xachikoma robot and watched Xachikoma take his cousin, the PhantomX Quadruped for a walk!

Che showed us some of his tricks for the Mech Warfare Hardcore match and some history of the matches.

And finally Team Anubis gave us a brief history of their robots competing in the challenge.

Thanks again to everyone involved in the competition and for taking time with us to talk about their robots.


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PhantomX Hexapod & Quadruped Updates!

May 8th, 2014

PhantomX Hexapod

We’ve just updated our PhantomX Hexapod MK-II and PhantomX Quadruped MK-II. These updates are designed to improve the durability and expandiblity of the crawlers.

Improved Body Plates

The Hexapod and Quadruped Body plates have been updated, reducing the length of the mounts for the Coxa servos. This makes the body plates more robust during the assembly/dissasembly process. This change also reduces the number of nuts/bolts required for assembly which makes it easier/faster to build and re-assemble

The body plates also have 2×3 cm hole patterns, making it easy to mount a variety of RobotGeek Sensors directly to the Hexapod.

Top Deck Mounting System

The PhantomX Hexapod now comes with a Top Deck Mounting Plate. This plate can be secured to the main Hexapod Chassis, making it easier to add more batteries, sensors, controllers and more. The top deck come covered in a 1×1 cm pattern, making it easy to attach a variety of RobotGeek Sensors, Turrets and more to your robot.

Future Trossen Robotics products will include 1×1 cm grid compatible MX turrets and adaptor plates for other computers and controllers.

The top deck can be configured to rest at multiple heights, allowing you to customize the look and function of your robot for your exact needs.

Improved Power Distribution

The crawlers now route all power through the new 6 Port AX/MX power Hub. This provides improved power balance and eaiser wiring. This also makes it easier to confiugure the Quadruped in Developer Mode, giving you easier access to the ArbotiX while developing.

Updated Assembly Guides

Both crawler assembly guides have been re-designed from the ground up, making it easier to build the robots. Quadruped / Hexapod


If you have previolsuly purchased a PhantomX Hexapod or Quadruped MK-II and would like updated plates, please Contact Us via this page and include your name and order number.

MorpHex MK-II in Action!

March 19th, 2014

morphex mk-II

Zenta has just posted a video of his MorphHex MK-II in action! This robot is an improved version of the original MorpHex robot. This robot still can transform from 6 legged cralwer to a rolling robotic bawll. The latest version of the MorphHex has 2DOF on the upper half of the sphere, giving it much more freedom and the ability to make a variety of different shapes and patterns. We can’t help but think that the MorpHex looks like a robo-flower during some parts of the video.

The video also shows off the new and improved symmetric rolling engine and a special test at the very end. And don’t forget to check out Zenta’s MorpHex Forum Thread on the Trossen Robotics Community.

CORE Studio’s Robotic Kinetic Sculpture

March 18th, 2014

Core Studio's Kinetic Sculpture

Trossen Customer CORE studio has just unveiled their newest creation: a DYNAMIXEL and Arduino / ArbotiX based kinetic sculpture.

CORE Studio is the virtual incubator for the structural engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti, so it was natural that CORE Studio would build this sculpture in the Thornton Tomasetti San Francisco office.

The group started by building a quarter scale model of the final sculpture, which allowed them to test motors, sensors, code and their custom 3D printed assemblies.

Once the prototype was shown to be viable, the group began work on the final sculpture. Using their in-house MakerBot 3D printer, the CORE Studio team printed out over 350 custom parts! Over three days the group installed the 150 square foot sculpture. Each DYNAMIXEL servo can move the carbon fiber rods independently while several ArbotiX boards keep the DYNAMIXELs synchronized and working together. ArbotiX boards can be controlled via XBee wireless communication. The overall orientation of the sculpture is effected by movement in the room, which is reported to the ArbotiX boards by a series of sonar sensors.

Over the coming weeks the CORE Studio team will be fine-tuning the sculpture’s behavior to create new and interesting configurations.

Toro-bots – the PhantomX Based Robotic Japanese Garden Lamps!?

February 25th, 2014

torobot
Trossen Customer Cassinelli Alvaro has just posted a video of his newest creation, the Toro-Bots. These robots have Japanese style lanterns affixed to the top of a PhantomX Quadrupeds. The cralwers allow the lanterns to become a dynamic part of a garden landscape.

From the videos description,

We propose here a garden that takes care of itself, that somehow understands and re-interprets the rules of harmony and equilibrium, and reconfigures itself depending on the season, the presence or absence of a human observers – that develops structure in a generative way, creating a dynamic conversation between the elements in the garden.

Each lamp is programmed with a different behavior, giving it it’s own personality. Using infrared rangefinders, allowing them to sense the presence of other objects and react by moving away or towards those objects. The robots are connected to an XBee network with a central computer allowing for easy control of the robots from a mobile device, like an iPad as shown in the video.

And as if this setup wasn’t cool enough as is, each lamp has blinking infrared beacon at its top. An infrared camera watches the entire garden, allowing for tracking of the lamps within the garden. This can allow the system to react to many more variables and perform more complex behaviors.