Ever wonder what it would be like…

October 29th, 2013

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a huge robot spider stalking prey in the night? Well now you can know. Check out this cool FPV view from a PhantomX Mark II at night. At 6:19 you can see the head tracking set up.

 

 

New Product: Desktop RobotTurret V3

October 29th, 2013

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The new Desktop RobotTurret V3 is finally here! This Robot is a great way to get started with the world of Arduino and robotics. Using our example code, you can get up to speed in no time, and soon you’ll be programming custom behaviors into your robturret.

Features of the new RoboTurret include:

-New RobotGeek Servos give the RoboTurret 2x the torque
-Improved mounting frames make the RoboTurret easier to build and more dependable
-Arduino Compatible Geekduino board and RobotGeek Sensor Shield make wiring simple and clean
-Each kit comes with a RobotGeek Joystick and a RobotGeek Pushbutton for easy control
-Optional Nunchuk and Vision tracking kits give you multiple control options

For more information check out the Product Page and the new RoboTurret video

REV3 3D Printing Seminar, Oct 29th

October 28th, 2013

Rev3 is having their first seminar. Tomorrow, October 29th Mike Vasquez will be giving a talk about 3D printing. If you want to learn more about the wonderful world of 3D printing head over to the IIT Rice campus at 6:30pm!

 

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Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, Illinois that is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, software and technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts, to technology that changes business models – Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities.

Like many co-working spaces and incubators, a key feature of Rev3 will be the opportunity to collaborate with and share ideas with other users. Rev3 is a place you will want to come to work. Even if you are a solopreneur, Rev3 will give you the opportunity to develop your business in a communal environment.

DYNAMIXEL PRO Accuracy/Precision Test

October 28th, 2013

We recently got our very own H54-100 DYNAMIXEL PRO so we’ve been running some various tests on this powerful little motor.

In this video we did some quick tests to take a look at the DYNAMIXEL PROs 502,000 Steps/Turn resolution and 3.8 arcmin backlash using a high-powered laser and a little math.

2 New DYNAMIXEL PROs and New Frames!

October 25th, 2013

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There are 2 new DYNAMIXEL PROs ready for order – the H42-20-S and the H54-200-S . Along with the H54-100-S , the entire line of ‘H’ series DYNAMXIEL PROs are available. These three servos sport some serious torque (5.6 – 39.131 Nm) and some amazing resolution (304,000-502,000 steps/turn).

In addition to the new servos, ROBOTIS has released 8 new frames for the DYNAMIXEL PRO line. Now it’s even easier to build around the DYNAMIXEL PROS!

Call us at 1-877-898-1005 for pricing and delivery information on the DYNAMIXEL PROS.

Win a Box of Robot Refuse!

October 23rd, 2013

Update: And they’re all gone! Keep an eye out for our next give-away next week!

Trossen Robotics Robot Refuse

Woot has their Bag of Crap and Sparkfun has their Dumpster Dive – well we want in too!

We’re introducing the Trossen Robotics Robot Refuse Box. This package is chocked full of all sorts of odds and ends from our office. So what all might be inside these mystery boxes?

  • -Robot Prototypes and Chassis
  • -Stickers
  • -Product Samples
  • -Retired boards and plastic plates
  • -Did I mention Stickers?
  • -Assorted Junk

There might have even been a product or two from the photo-room that snuck into the mix. Keep in mind that these boxes are a completely random assortment of parts, none of which are explicitly designed to work with each other. Each box is different, no two are the same. These boxes come with no warranty, support, instructions or documentation.

We have 10 boxes to give away, and each person who gets one will have the added opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate. Just build something using parts out of the Robot Refuse Box, and send us a picture or video. Our favorite entry gets the gift certificate!

So how do you get your hands on one of these amazing parcels? Keep an eye on our Facebook Page over the next couple of hours and find out!

Note: We will only be shipping Robot Refuse Boxes to addresses in the U.S.A.

Air and Liquid Pumps and Tubing and Relays… Oh My!

October 22nd, 2013

Winter is coming! Time to head indoors and that means it is time to build some stuff. And by stuff we mean bar bots for Xmas parties and auto plant watering bots for your long trips to the Bahamas. We have all the parts you need, so get started people.

First up, our large liquid pump. This pump can do 2 liters/minute and has a self priming height of 2 feet at 12V. It is a strong pump that can handle moving a lot of liquid.

 

 

If you don’t need that much power, check out our small liquid / air pump. At half the size and with less noise this pump still can move up to 0.8 liters a minute at 6V.

 

 

 

If you need more accuracy for pumping specific amounts of liquid, such as in a bar bot, then you can add a solenoid valve inline with the pumps. Placing a solenoid valve near the pouring point at the end of the tubing stops the liquid from running back up the line after the pump is turned off. This helps create more accurate pours. A perfect drink is important to the high class lady or gentleman.

 

 

You will need tubing of course! We stocked the perfect tubing to match our pumps and solenoids. Our silicone tubing is food safe, soft, flexible, and the 3.5mm inside diameter makes a perfect tight fit on all our pumping accessories.

 

 

You will need a way to turn your pumps on and off from your arduino or microcontroller. Our RobotGeek Relay board is perfect for the job.

 

Lastly, you will need some power supplies. Head on over the the power supply section to pick up some 6V or 12V power supplies. You can also pickup a female pigtail to avoid cutting up the power supply cable.

Zero Moment Blog Finds the First “Robot” US Patent

October 15th, 2013

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Erik Sofge over at the Zero Moment blog has a great post about Patent #2058306 – the first U.S Patent to use the word ‘Robot’.

Erik’s post gives us some insight into the nature of the patent (a navigational system something akin to a retro GPS system) as well as some information about a much earlier “teleautomation” patent by none other than Nikola Tesla.

The ArbotiX-M is here!

October 11th, 2013

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The next generation of the ArbotiX Robocontroller is here! The ArbotiX-M uses the same ATmega 644p processor, but has a variety of features that make it even easier to build robots with:

  • -A smaller footprint(61mm X 61mm)
  • -10 more general purpose I/O pins
  • -Barrel Jack for DC Power
  • -Separate Power Bus for 4 PWM Digital outputs for Hobby Servos
  • -Improved 5v Regulator
  • -Still compatible with ArbotiX Robocontroller code
  • -Price Dropped to $39.95

Pick up one of these new boards by itself, in the ArbotiX Starter kit, or in any of our InterbotiX Labs Robot Kits. For more information on the ArbotiX-M check out our Documentation Page

Checking out the Chicago Public Library Innovation Lab

October 10th, 2013

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Last week we had the opportunity to check out the Innovation Lab, a Maker Space at the Harold Washington Library Center. At the innovation lab users can learn to design objects on a computer, and bring them to life with the Lab’s hardware. This hardware includes three MakerBot Replciator 3D printers, 2 Full Spectrum Laser CNCs and a vinyl mat cutter. The lab also has a large library of materials to create your objects from, ranging from oak and bamboo to plastic and textiles.

The innovation lab even has the hardware to scan people using a Kinect Sensor, then print the model out using the Replicator! So next time you’re in Chicago, check out the CPL Innovation lab and get a personalized bust!

Check out more photos after the jump.

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