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

ArbotiX-M

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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REV3 Innovation Center Launching in DuPage County

October 3rd, 2013

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Something exciting is coming to DuPage! (That is where we, Trossen Robotics, are. DuPage is a western suburb county to Chicago.) Choose DuPage is founding a unique center called REV3. Think of an incubator, hacker space, and Tech Shop all rolled together and that is what REV3 is. For local engineers who want to turn ideas into reality here is the juicy bit:

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

The center will also host lectures aimed at informing people how to get started in business, prototyping, 3D printing, engineering, electronics, and much more. It sounds like a dream place that I would never leave if I were fresh out of college again. Rev3 is currently taking applications for tenants (individuals & startups) as well as calling out for businesses and individuals in the community that can lend a hand as lectures, mentors, partners, resources… anything and everything. Creative entrepreneurial minds are needed.

To learn more or get involved visit their website: rev3dupage.com

 

Here is the full official Press release:

REV3 INNOVATION CENTER LAUNCHING IN DUPAGE COUNTY
Rev3 will be a center focused on encouraging entrepreneurial growth within DuPage County by providing a space and support network for companies to design, build and launch products

LISLE, IL, October 1, 2013 — Choose DuPage, an economic development agency dedicated to the attraction and retention of businesses to DuPage County, today announced plans for a new innovation center, Rev3. Named for the third revolution of digital technology, Rev3 provides a space for emerging companies and entrepreneurs to manufacture products, software and technology. The center will also act as a host for networking opportunities, including seminars and training sessions, in order to stimulate the local economy and allow business leaders to connect with other like-minded individuals.
“Rev3 will tap into the diverse business community located in DuPage County, with major companies residing in the technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, and healthcare space,” said Greg Bedalov, President and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Our vision is to allow entrepreneurs and business leaders to connect with like-minded individuals while manufacturing their products and developing software locally, thus stimulating the economy.”

The center, to be located in DuPage County, just 20 miles west of Chicago, will provide affordable access to a range of equipment and expertise that does not exist anywhere else in Illinois. With innovations like 3D printing, cloud computing and the open source movement, technology continues to evolve rapidly and Rev3 will help today’s technology pioneers find new ways to innovate in these and many other areas.

“The development of a center like Rev3 has been a long time coming in an area where there are already so many unique startups and innovators,” said Nic Zito, Business Services Director for Choose DuPage. “We are thrilled to highlight DuPage County’s talent and provide them with an environment to take their products from dream to reality.”

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

Rev3 will also host ongoing events and programs, providing both introductory and advanced lectures and seminars on topics relevant to starting and growing a technology business. The facility will coalesce around passionate entrepreneurs, whether they are developing businesses on their own or commercializing technology invented at one of the area’s many universities, federal laboratories, or established companies.

“The success of Rev3 will have a lasting impact on DuPage County and will serve to further the growth of local businesses, create jobs, increase exports and generate wealth. Our focus is on building and retaining financially viable businesses,” added Bedalov.

Rev3 is currently seeking prospective tenants for Rev3’s planning team. The team will help select the incubator’s location, develop the overall vision of the center and review design, equipment purchases and services offered. The center will be organized as a not-for-profit and encourages volunteerism and community support.

For more information, visit www.rev3dupage.com.

About Rev3
Rev3 is an innovation center that will be located in DuPage County, Illinois, and is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, develop software and build technology to drive the third industrial revolution. Rev3 will have a full complement of resources to allow companies to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products.

About Choose DuPage
Founded in 2005, Choose DuPage is dedicated to supporting municipal economic development initiatives, retaining and attracting businesses, marketing DuPage County as a premier global business location and addressing policy issues critical to the needs of business. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Choose DuPage was created to leverage this growth and continue its momentum for the benefit of County businesses and residents. Choose DuPage offers a variety of resources to help expand or relocate your business and is a reliable, accountable and professional economic development partner.

 

Laser Hexapod?!

September 6th, 2013

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User Plasma We’s has some fun mod’s to the PhantomX Hexapod – each leg gets a laser and the main chassis gets two super bright RGB LEDs. Just add music and this crawler is a one-bot dance party!

Check out
Plasma We’s youtube Channel for more laser hexapod goodness.

The PhantomX Hexapod is ‘Insanely Futuristic’

September 5th, 2013

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The folks over at io9 recently put the PhantomX Hexapod on their 10 Real Technologies That Look Insanely Futuristic list. Everything on their list is a real, working product or prototype, and there are some awesome projects included. We’re humbled that io9 saw fit to include us on the list.

Stay tuned, we’ve got some new code for the MK-II hexapods in the pipeline and we’ll have some new video to show off.

5 Legged Hexapod Learns to Walk Again

September 4th, 2013

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IEEE Spectrum has a great article on researchers with ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris running experiments with out PhantomX Hexapod.

In these experiments the researchers are examining algorithms for robots to ‘recover’ from damage. In this case, they shortned a leg of the hexapod, and use a T-Resilience Algorithm to calculate a new walking pattern/gait.

Their initial gait was able to acheive a top speed of 26cm/s. When they shortened one leg to half it’s original length, the performance dropped to 8cm/s. At this point the robot begins to calculate a new gait. It runs 40 simulations, then trys the best of these simulations in real life. The hexapod will run this experiment 25 times to determine the best new gait. In only 20 minutes the hexapod is able to use a new gait that gets 18cm/s – three times the performance of the original gait under damaged conditions!

Now this is no normal PhantomX Hexapod. This model has a custom chassis, an IR camera, MX-28s, an on on-board computer, and a custom built ‘damaged’ leg.

Researchers Sylvain Koos, Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have done a great job with this experiement as well as documenting it. More information about the paper can be found here and here. A PDF of the paper can be found here.