Forum member dburongarcia has been doing research and development for using robotics to assist people with cerebral palsy. He’s using a Arduino Uno with USB Host shield to control a pair of motors in a motorized wheel chair, allowing the user to control the chair with limited head movements. The system can even be controlled via facial recognition running on a PC.
What really caught our eye was the second half of his project – using one of our PhantomX Reactor Robot Arms to help the user feed themselves! The video is in spanish, but the project speaks for itself.
Using 4 pushbuttons, the user can pick food from 1 of 3 bowls, put the food back in the bowl, or get a drink of water. There’s also a version that uses facial recognition to feed the user – we’ll have the video of that up soon.
Projects like this really mean a great deal to us – we truly believe that robots are an amazing tool for assisting humans. When we see that our robots have been integrated into thoughtful designs like this, we know we’re doing something right. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing more documentation and details on this project.
UPDATE:Here’s the video of the facial gesture based commands
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.