December 9th, 2013
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.
Buddy, like the other entrants, was designed to assist first responders in the event of a national emergency. The robot uses 34 robotic servos – many of them DYNAMIXELS from the Trossen Store – to complete 8 Different Tasks that simulate common conditions in disaster areas.
Team Mojavaton hopes to go on to the DRC finals in 2014 for a change to win the grand prize – $2 million.
Check out more information on Buddy at Team MojavatonYoutube Channel and the team page.
Congratulations and good luck to Team Mojavaton!
December 5th, 2013
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.
November 21st, 2013
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.
November 11th, 2013
ROBOTIS has just posted a video of THOR-MANG to their youtube channel. THOR-MANG is a collaboration between ROBOTIS, Virginia Tech, the University of Pennsylvania and Harris. This human sized robot uses the new DYNAMIXEL PRO line of robot actuators. THOR stands for Tactical Hazardous Operations Robot – a humanoid designed to operate in environments that are hostile to humans. This teaser video shows THOR-MANG activating a shut-off valve, and you can see even more tasks in another teaser video released earlier last month.
October 31st, 2013
Last week 10 industrious roboticists each won a box in our Robot Refuse competition. Now they compete for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the Trossen Robotics Store!
Check out the pictures that won them the contest below!
October 30th, 2013
RobotGeek is the new brand of robotic kits and accessories from Trossen Robotics. The RobotGeek system is designed to be easy to build, wire, program and modify. Modular parts like the Panning Range Kit and the Pan and Tilt Kit can easily attach to boards like the GeekBot and the RobotGeek Workbench. The RobotGeek I/O Boards are on the same 1 centimeter hole pattern, so adding them to your robots is a snap!
Check out our latest video detailing sone of the awesome new products.
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.
October 29th, 2013
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
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!
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.
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.