Kuka Robot Group has just posted a teaser trailer for an upcoming table tennis match. On March 11th Table Tennis wonder Timo Boll will be facing off against the Kuka KR Agilus, the “Fastest Robot on Earth”.
There’s no cash prize for this competition, but the victor (who/whatever it is) will have some impressive bragging rights. Now we’re going to be wondering about all sorts of matchups – maybe THOR MANG could go up against David Beckham?
Forum Member Zenta has just posted a teaser video of his improved MorpHex MK-II. The MorpHex is a robot that is capable of transforming from a hexapod cralwer into a mechanically rolling ball. The Upper half of the robot has been upgraded from a 1 dof linkage to a more flexible leg . We’re excited to see more demos of the MorpHex in action!
ROBOTIS 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!
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!