Disney’s Beachbot is Neat

April 13th, 2015

beachbot

Disney’s Beachbot, designed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab, is a seemingly simple robot turtle that combs impressively large images into damp sand. They claim to want to make large scale images on the earth at the scale of the Nazca lines! Imagine what you could create with a RobotGeek Rover!

The RoboGames are back!

April 10th, 2015

RoboGames I build Robots

After a short break and a successful Kickstarter campaign, RoboGames, the world’s largest robotics competition, is back! Trossen Robotics participated in Mech Warfare at RoboGames multiple times, winning awards and inspiring the next generation of roboticists alongside friends in the robotics community. We’re glad to see them return. If you can’t make it out to the event in San Mateo, California, don’t worry. RoboGames will be producing professional, high quality video of the event to be released online, on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc, so you won’t miss out on the action!

Production value on the videos taken at this year’s event will be of higher quality, but here’s a bit of video from the 2012 Mech Warfare at RoboGames.

We will be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

April 8th, 2015

mini maker faire

We will be at the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, May 2, 2015. This will be our third time attending, and we’re pumped to show off all that we’ve been up to in the last year. We love inspiring people young and old to pursue an interest in robotics. It’s also pretty sweet that we were featured in a Meet the Maker post on front page of the Mini Maker Faire website. We hope to see you there!

PyPincher is cool and useful.

April 6th, 2015

PyPincher

Check out Trossen Robotics forum user PhilW’s pyPincher demonstration! If you have a PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm, you should jump in on this thread and try this user created program out for yourself. Very impressive, PhilW!

Hexapod Navigation Through Environment

April 3rd, 2015

hexapod navigation through environment

Check out roboticist Christopher’s Hexapod navigation through environment with 33% hole coverage (slow)! Though the gait is slow, this looks like a very intelligent terrain mapping addition to the PhantomX AX Hexapod. We suggest watching this at 2x speed, but it’s worthwhile to see what can be done with a bit of ingenuity!

RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test

April 1st, 2015

robotgeek pan tilt unbox assembly and test

Check out customer Jetsonhacks’s RobotGeek Pan and Tilt Unbox, Assembly and Test! This is a well shot video of a RobotGeek Pan and Tilt being built and tested.

If you’re excited to break open your Trossen Robotics kit and want to share, take a video and let us know!

Time lapse of a PhantomX Hexapod Build

March 30th, 2015

phantomx hexapod assembly

Check out user Quad Fu’s PhantomX Hexapod build! This is a short time lapse video of the 6 hours spent building a PhantomX Hexapod. It’s easy to get started with an InterbotiX Hexapod Robot Kit, just follow one of our Getting Started guides, and you’ll be running on all 6 legs in no time.

This is a super cool video, and we’d love to see what you can do with any of the Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

Hexapod Stabilized

March 27th, 2015

hexapod stabilized

Check out user Gezac’s PhantomX Hexapod with stabilization! By modifying the PhantomX AX Hexapod, Gezac has added stabilization that maintains the roll and pitch of the hexapod’s body, even when in motion. The walking gait on this robot is pretty amazing, too. Even with the pitch rolled all the way back, the hexapod moves with an incredibly natural, smooth action.

This is a great demonstration of what you can do with one of Trossen Robotics Quadruped & Hexapod Robot Kits!

PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm Autonomously Sorting Objects

March 25th, 2015

widowx arm

Check out user m herbert’s PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm autonomously sort objects! In conjunction with the PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm, m herbert is using a Kinect, the ROS Robot Operating System, and Python code based on the Turtlebot_Arm block manipulation demo to sort blocks by color completely autonomously.

This is a great demonstration of how the InterbotiX Robot Arms can be integrated into your own custom project!

New Products 3/20/2015

March 20th, 2015

New Kits, tons of Grove modules, and some handy tools – We’ve got what you need to get off to a great start!


 

ARDX - Arduino Starter KitGrove Mixer Pack V2

 

We have two new kits, the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit and the Grove Mixer Pack V2. Both are cleverly designed to get you playing with electronics quickly and learning through guided exercises. You can dive into the world of Arduino with the ARDX kit, or learn the basics of electronics with the Lego-like pieces in the stand alone Grove Mixer Pack.


 

Grove - High Temperature SensorGrove - Hall SensorGrove - GPS

Grove - Screw TerminalGrove - Piezo Vibration SensorGrove - Bee Socket

We have a six new Grove modules for you: The High Temperature Sensor, Hall Sensor, GPS, Screw Terminal, Piezo Vibration Sensor, and Bee Socket. Each is unique in function and works great with the Geekduino with sensor shield, using the Electronic brick to three pin converter cable to Grove!


 

Gesture R TINY.28 Inch LED Digital DC Voltmeter - Red

We have a few useful little tools for your next project. The Gesture R TINY is the smallest gesture Sensor we’ve ever seen, and a great addition to any control interface. It was successfully kickstarted, and now we’re bringing it to you! Also tiny is the .28 Inch LED Digital DC Voltmeter. Give your project a clever and useful voltage readout. Lastly, we now carry a Screwdriver Magnetizer/Demagnetizer. Most of our drivers come magnetized, but the strength of the magnetization eventually wears off, leaving you dropping bolts. Worry not, you can quickly give your tools new magnetic powers with this handy tool.

That’s all for now!