January 29th, 2015
There is a long held joke among software programmers called the “ninety-ninety rule.” The joke goes that you spend ninety percent of your time writing ninety percent of your code and then another ninety percent of your time finishing the last ten percent. The joke of course is making light of just how much work there is in finalizing code and how often that gets underestimated. Creating physical products can be the same way, there’s a long walk from having a single prototype in the R&D lab to shipping a finished product. Creating a prototype can be like the first ninety percent of code and that last ten percent is turning the prototype into a product.
When you are building a prototype (in this case, a robot), it gets taken apart and put back together a dozen or more times and each part evolves as you go. Things like cables, brackets, and sensor mounts are cobbled together from spare parts around the workshop and the design continually changes as you hone in on a working prototype. After you have a proof of concept actually working and the team decides that it should become a product you now face manufacturing, which becomes a whole new challenge with very different obstacles to overcome. Read the rest of this entry »
December 12th, 2014
New items to get your motor running this holiday season!
Is the Arduino Uno’s hardware just not cutting it? Do you need a more powerful platform, but you’re not ready to move away from the Arduino IDE? Then the Teensy 3.1 is the perfect ARM based microcontroller for your next robot project. The Teensy 3.1 is a complete USB-based microcontroller development system and is as versatile as it is powerful. A custom Teensy installer and bridge application will easily allow you to write sketches for the Teensy and load them on to the Teensy. All programming is done via the USB port just like the Arduino – no special programmer is needed.
Have you ever wanted to hook up your robot to your iOS device? Now you can utilize Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) technology in your robot with the BLE Mini. The BLE Mini requires only a serial port for communication so it supports all major development platforms that have UART interface including Arduino, ArbotiX-M Robocontroller,Geekduino, Raspberry Pi, etc. In addition, you are given access to all Ti’s CC2540 I/O pins and the ability to upload firmware via USB, making the BLE Mini an ideal development/protoyping board for your BLE project/accessory/Appcessory.
We have two new Dynamixel Pro robot actuators from Robotis, the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-50-S500-R and the DYNAMIXEL PRO L54-30-S500-R. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications. Using ROBOTIS’s frame system for the DYNAMIXEL PRO, you’ll be able to rapidly create a variety of different systems and robots. These new servos have position, speed, AND torque based commands.
Get your rover rolling with our new custom Robot DC Gearhead Motor & Wheel Starter Kit. Each kit comes with 2 motors and wheel sets as well as a pair of brackets to mount your motors to your robot. Each wheel is 90mm in diameter (including the rubber tire). The motors in this kit use Hall Effect Quadrature sensors to achieve an encoder output of 520 ticks/revolution, allowing you to control the motors very precisely. Each motor includes a 6-pin cable that breaks out motor inputs and the associated encoder I/O. Single wheel and hub sets are also available.
That’s all for now, thanks for checking it out. Stick around for more updates as products roll in.
October 30th, 2014
Check out this Intel video featuring the HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton and our Own Andrew Alter. Andrew talks about the different things that the HR-OS1 can do and how its designed to interact with the world.
October 29th, 2014
When we take one of our PhantomX Hexapods out for a walk, we almost always get the question ‘Can it go up stairs?’. Our normal response is ‘Nope!’. But it looks like Youtube user AndrewHumphries is working on that problem!
Check out this video of the Hexapod climbing stairs. The hexapod doesn’t move very quickly and needs a helping hand at the end, but it’s always fun to see what tasks our robots are up to.
You can see more videos of AndrewHumphries’s Hexapod in action here
October 21st, 2014
Check out this University of Pennsylvania Bioengineering Student’s Senior Design Project using the WidowX Robot Arm. The setup is a mock up as an Robotic Arm Device for Cerebral Palsy Users. The user presses a colored pad and the robot moves a small cube to the corresponding color pad.
This is a great demonstration of how the InterbotiX Robot Arms can be integrated into your own custom project.
October 20th, 2014
The 21st Century Robot project wants to create ‘A Robot Built By All of Us”. One great example of this is a recent project built around the HR-OS1 Humanoid Endoskeleton. Intel chose 3 students from the Bronx to work with 3d Designers to create custom shells for the HR-OS1. The result are the three robots Jason, Callim and Ritz Bitz. Check out
this great video from BronxNet that shows off the robots and the kids that helped to design them. You can even catch a glimpse of the Trossen Team in action!
You can see more about the genesis of these robots on the 21st Century Robot Blog
October 16th, 2014
493K has been working in the rotational molding industry since 2003. For a recent demonstration as the 2014 Rotoplas Exposition, 493K used several RobotGeek Relays mounted to a RobotGeek workbench. The RobotGeek system allowed 493K to quickly and easily prototype their system
Gareth McDowell of 493K said “Trossen Robotics helped make our K-KREATOR rotomoulding machine a success at the ARM show in Chicago; their valuable input and advice allowed us to demonstrate the full capacity of our kit. Thanks to Kyle for his energy and willingness to help”.
We look forward to working with 493K in the future!
October 15th, 2014
When Andrew isn’t busy working on the HR-OS1 he’s…well working on infrastructure around the HR-OS1. He needed a mobile station to connect, control and debug the HR-OS1/HR-OS5 – so he decided to build one!
He built his system around a Core i5 Intel NUC running Ubuntu connected to a Retina iPad Display. His rig also has a built in USB2DYNAMIXEL and XBee Connection for easy hardware debugging. He even put in an ASUS router which makes networking with the HR-OS1 a snap. Andrew’s wireless keyboard fits nicely into the small case, and he’s ready to go! What would you add to your Robot Command Station?
September 19th, 2014
The HR-OS1 AX-12A Humanoid Endoskeleton is almost here! Last night on CNBC’s ‘Fast Money’ Brian David Johnson announced that Trossen Robotics will be offering pre-orders for 50 limited edition HR-OS1 Humanoid Exoskeletons on Septmeber 20th at at 10:00am EST.
Each HR-OS1 is powered by the Intel Edison, a full linux computer about the size of an SD card! The Intel Edison has a dual core 500MHz CPU, 1GB of ram, 4GB of on board storage, and integrated WiFi and Bluetooth!
This new robot is designed to be customized, whether you want to use a pre-designed 3D shell like Jimmy shown in the video, or design and print your own custom 3D shell.
The first batch of HR-OS1 units are expected to ship in January 2015. The kit will come with everything you need to build a functional endoskeleton. The kit does not come with 3D printed shells.
August 25th, 2014
Do you remember the awesome first person view from the PhatomX Hexapod ? Well we never posted this video of the stablized brushless gimball for the gopro camera. It really makes us want some for our in house PhantomX Hexapods!