Awesome 3D Printed Arm Uses a PhantomX Gripper

July 19th, 2013

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Maker n8zach has built himself an amazing 3D printed arm. The arm is powered by 1 MX-106, 3 MX-64s, 1 MX-28 and 2 AX-18As (one of which is used with our PhantomX Gripper The arm is contorlled via a PC using a USB2DYNAMIXEL and the DYNAMIXEL SDK.

This arm on its own is pretty amazing, but on top of everything else, n8zach can control his arm via a Kinect. He can control the arm manually, or he can set it to automatically perform certain tasks.

pyPincher, an IKGUI tool for the PhantomX Pincher

July 18th, 2013

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Phil Williammee has created an application that can communicate with the the PhantomX Pincher through PyPose. pyPincher will allow you to control the Pincher via rotation, extension, and height, along with gripper angle and the gripper itself. The program will then also give you a 3D representation of the arm’s current position. You can even load different coordinates and toggle between them! This is just another great example of how users can leverage the open software and firmware of the InterbotiX robots to create custom setups.

You can grab a copy of the code at his GitHub page

Check Out Chicago’s Innovation Lab

July 16th, 2013

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We’re just around the corner from Chicago, so we’re thrilled to hear that The Harold Washington Library Center is giving free access to its Innovation Lab. The lab has three Makerbot 3-D printers, laser CNCs and even a milling machine.

This is a great opportunity for makers, hackers, teachers, students and, well, everyone. We truly believe that open access to this kind of technology will enable and inspire makers to build more and more amazing things. The future is looking bright, better print up some sunglasses!

Check out ‘Through the Wormhole’ tonight to see one of our Hexapods!

July 10th, 2013

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Tonight’s episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman is titled ‘ARE ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF HUMAN EVOLUTION?’ – and guess who is making a guest appearance? That’s right, one of our PhantomX Hexapods! We know we’re looking forward to hearing Morgan Freeman’s silky smooth voice narrating over our hexapod, we hope you are too! Tune in tonight, Wednesday July 10th at 10pm to see our hexapod. From the Science channel website:

From our smartphones to our vacuum cleaners to our cars, we have robots that live and work beside us. We are designing these everyday objects to think for themselves giving them the power to learn to move on their own. Is it possible that these new life forms evolve to be smarter and more capable than humans or will we choose to merge with the machines, combining the best of our world with the best of theirs?

DYNAMIXEL Pros are here!

July 8th, 2013

The wait is over, ROBOTIS has finally released the first two of their DYNAMIXEL PRO Line! The L54-60-S300-R and the H54-100-S500-R are ready for pre-order. The DYNAMIXEL PRO line of Robot Actuators is ROBOTIS’s new solution for full-scale robots. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications.

These two models use the RS-485 communication protocol and are compatible right out of the gate with the USB2DYNAMIXEL. In the future we can look forward to 7 more DYNAMIXEL PRO models, communication protocols, a robust set of frames, and more gear-box options like right-angle and belt. Check out our DYNAMIXEL PRO page for more information.

The DYNAMIXEL PRO line are built to order and there is an 8-10 week lead time on both of these models. For more information about pricing and availability call us at 877-898-1005 or e-mail us.

Gooseneck Camera and Sensor Mount

June 27th, 2013

We now have an awesome mounting solution for robot cameras and robot sensors available. Our custom made Gooseneck Mount is compatible with Bioloid brackets and works with all our Camera mounts. It can also work as a stand alone mount with the base or wall mount.

RobotGeek Sensors and Boards Videos

June 25th, 2013

Not a huge deal, so no need to get hyper or anything. But we posted some new short videos on the Robot Geek Arduino-Compatible Sensors.

Some things that are cool about the Robot Geek Sensors are:

  • Simple normal 3 pin connectors! No fancy special cables needed to plug them in.
  • Standard hole patterns. Most of our sensors are on a 2 X 3cm pattern and anything that isn’t is still on a 1cm x 1cm grid. Logical right?
  • We go further! Need an LED board? You get a board with two connectors (horz & vert) and FIVE colors of LEDs. Not one soldered to the board. FIVE. We don’t know how you want to mount this thing or what color you may want. What if you change your mind too? Here, take five colors. Just don’t hurt us. Or yourself.
  • Cross compatible with all the other systems out there, Phidgets, Seeed Grove, Seeed Brick…


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Robot and research cameras are here

June 25th, 2013

We now offer a full line of research cameras from low cost entry level to high end research. There is a choice for every budget covering a vast spectrum of needs. Each camera also comes with mounting hardware so that you don’t have to spend time building custom mounting solutions yourself. You can check out the full line of Robotic Research Cameras here.

Of course, the cameras and mounts are all compatible with our line of Robotic Arms.

Below, Andrew talks about the cameras and their features.

Robot Hardware

June 10th, 2013

We are now selling our custom robot slewing bearings individually for those who need them. They come in two sizes, 120mm slewing bearing or 140mm slewing bearing.

Do you need to mount stuff, possibly your PCBs? Pick up our Metric Nut and Bolt Variety Pack or the Standoff Variety Pack to help.

Finally, we have our gooseneck solution for mounting cameras on robot arms or for mounting stationary cameras or sensors. Goosenecks are awesome for quick and easy positioning without having to build complex custom mounts for each situation.

RK-1, a wifi Arduino mobile robot for iOS & Android devices

June 5th, 2013

Today’s Kickstarter shout out is for RK-1, an adorable wifi arduino bot to be controlled by smart phones and tablet devices.

From the project page:

The RK-1 is a fun mobile robot, that uses an ad hoc wifi connection, which is controlled using your iOS or Android device.

The control board on the robot is built on the Arduino hardware/software architecture, which is open source, and the controller software and hardware will also be available open source. The idea is to give the community the ability to make Arduino projects mobile. There is no end to what you can do- you can add sensors and actuators to this fun little device and control it remotely.

I have implemented a new and amazing way of controlling the robot using swipe gestures.

RK-1, a wifi Arduino mobile robot for iOS & Android devices