It’s finally that time of the year – Robogames 2013! The Trossen Robotics team will be on hand for the weekend’s events, especially for Mech Warfare!
Whether you’re there to see the robot rumble or you just want to talk about or latest products, we’ll be at the mech warfare arena from 3-7 Friday through Sunday. Or you can drop is a note on Twitter or Facebook to figure out what we’re up to.
MIT senior Nancy Ouyang is hosting the world’s first Hexapod conference next month! Saturday, May 4th, 2013 Hexacon will bring together Hexapod lovers from all over the community.
Highlights include a keynote speech by Prof. Sangbae Kim of the MIT Biomimetic Robotics Lab, a hexapod dance off (humans allowed if they are dressed as hexapods), and presentations by people from Stompy and Hexy! Prizes will be awarded and travel scholarships of up to $100 are available.
The folk over at Hello Robo have just launched a Kickstarter for MAKI, their 3D printable Humanoid Robot. MAKI is built around 6 DYNAMIXEL AX-12A controlled with the Arbotix Robocontroller. The current version of MAKI is a robotic head, capable of emoting and interacting with humans via it’s built in webcam.
And while MAKE might just be a robotic head right now, Hello Robo plans to keep on adding functionality to MAKI to make it more and more versatile. The final strechgoal for this project involve upgrading MAKI to have two full robotic arms.
Backers for the Kickstarter will get everything from STL files to print MAKI and T-Shirts to hardeware kits and even a fully built version of MAKI.
Mech Warfare is quickly approaching and the entrants are finalizing their bots before game day. Our own Andrew Alter is turning up the heat this year with his newest Quadruped, Envy! Envy uses 16 MX-64T and 2 MX-28T DYNAMIXEL robot actuators to produce its silky smooth movement.
You can see a gallery of Andrew’s newest build here and some earlier pictures of his quad here
Are you ready for the next generation of Arduino? Then get ready to meet the Arduino Due! This microcontroller board sports an ARM Cortex-M3 microprocessor – a 32-bit microcontroller runs at 84 MHz and has over 512 KB of flash memory. The Due also has 4 hardware serial ports, can act as a USB host, and even has 2 digital to analog converters. If your project needs some serious horsepower, check out the Due!
The Arduino Starter Kit is a great way to get started with Arduino. The exclusive Starter Kit Book will guide you through 15 fun and innovative project that will teach you how yo use LEDS, switches, motos, transitors and more! Creative projects like the Spaceship Interface make working with the Arduino a treat.
The Interbtotix line of Robotic Arms now all have 3d files in Inventor and STEP formats! These 3D models are great tools if you want to preview our arms or integrate them into your own 3D models. Having the exact dimensions of each arm can save time when your planning a project and help your project get up an running even quicker!
Our outrageously popular PhantomX Hexapod and PhantomX Quadruped have gotten a make-over! We’ve re-designed the crawlers in matte black Plexiglas, as well as updated the leg design for a larger range of movements. Check out our sneak peak videos below to see them in action.
These two crawlers are still powered by ROBOTIS’s DYNAMIXEL AX servos, giving them great speed, torque, and control. And just like the previous version, the new crawlers are controlled with our own ArbotiX Robocontroller, making them compatible with the Arduino environment.
The PhantomX Hexapod and Quadruped are two great ways to get into robotics. Whether you need a research grade robotic platform, or or robot to to build on for mech warfare, pick up one of our crawlers today.
We’ve been busy the last few months perfecting our new line of RobotGeek I/O boards, and they’re finally ready for the debut! We do a lot of rapid prototyping, and we’ve seen our fair share of I/O boards and shields – but none of them have been exactly what we needed. So we finally decided to make our own!
2012 has come and gone, and its finally time to announce the winners for the Ninth Trossen Robotics Community Contest! There were a lot of amazing entries, but six of them battled to the top to win our contest. Check out the end of this post for videos of all of our winners in action.
The Obstacle Avoiding & Remote Controlled Rover (or the OARC Rover) is a great little project by Yosheli. It has everything you need for a roving robot – a drive system (4 DC motors with encoders controlling 2 treads), a distance sensor (an ultrasonic range sensor), wireless communication(XBees) and a main processing unit (an Arduino Mega).
This robot has a two modes of operation – the first is direct remote control via a custom wireless controller. The second mode is a purely autonomous one. The OARC Rover will go forward until it detects an obstacle – at which point it will move to avoid the obstacle. To help overcome the limits of the ultrasonic sensor, Yosheli mounted the sensor on a pan servo, enabling the robot to get better readings on curved surfaces. This panning motion also gives this little robot a lot of character.
The idea of an obstacle avoiding robot certainly isn’t anything new, but its a great example of how many problems you need to solve when building a basic robot. Yosheli gets points for overcoming these obstacles on his first fully fledged Arduino Project
Maxwell is lnxfergy’s Mobile Manipulator Robot. This robot can map a room and traverse the room based on that map. Then it can use its custom arm and manipulator to pick up objects and interact with the room. The latest version of Maxwell even has a linear actuator to move the arm up and down, allowing it to pick up things from the floor as well as table-height objects.
Maxwell’s arm is comprised of 2 EX-106s, 2 RX-64s and 3 AX-12s. Lnxfergy’s did a lot of work in ROS to get his custom manipulator running properly, which is a great thing for the robot community. Lnxfergy’s is commited to open source projects and his work in open source robotics has been the basis for robot after robot in the comunity. We absolutely love that Lnxfergy has made all of Maxwell’s code available. Check out this thread post for mor information about Maxwell.
We know you’ve been waiting for more video of the PhantomX Reactor Robot Arm in action, so here it is! You can our AX-12A DYNAMIXEL based Robot Arms moving in unison, performing a variety of tasks. This demo video shows the reach, speed, and smoothness of the PhantomX Reactor Arms.
This robot arm can lift 200 grams at 30cm, 400 grams at 20cm, and 600 grams at 10cm! With a 80cm Work area and a 300 degree reach, this arm is great for a variety of applications. And add an additional servo to give your arm wrist-rotation for even more flexibility.