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The WidowX Robot Arm Can Draw Better Than We Can!

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TRC Member userasp9185 showed off some great examples of what you can do with the InterbotiX WidowX Robotic Arm. First asp9185 created a custom IK engine and control software in Visual Studio/C#. The ArbotiX robocontroller running the ROS sketch acts a pass-through, allowing the computer direct control over the servos. The software axxepts XYZ Cartesian coordinates and moves the arm to that position. A forward kinematics solver than confirms the position based on positional feedback values from the servos

The software can now preprocess an image to detect adges and contrast, and then randomly select pixels. The IK algorithm determines the best path to draw the pixel on the paper, allowing the robot arm to draw a version of the photo that was input into the software.

Be sure to check out this gallery for more information on the project and images that the arm produced!

GoPro Pan Tilt Mounting Kit Released

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Now you can easily add the portable and rugged goPro Hero camera to your pan tilt or robot turret project with our GoPro Pan Tilt Mounting Kit! The kit includes everything needed to mount your GoPro to any of our robot turrets or to any project you can think up. Check it out doing time lapse and panning in the video below:

Jimmy in the News!

Take Cover! Foam Dart Gun Kit Released

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Look out for flying darts! Our newest pan tilt turret accessory is now available: the Foam Dart Gun Kit. If you want to add a little fun and firepower to your robot turret (or any other project) you’ll love this foam dart gun kit. The included single shot dart gun packs quite a punch, with a typical range of about 30 feet! After a little projectile motion calculation, we estimate the average dart speed to be 40-50 feet/second.

The kit includes everything you need plus several different attachments to give you flexibility in mounting. Combine it with one of our robot turrets, a crawler, or your favorite sensors to expand the possibilities. Check out the awesome game that you could make using this kit in the video below:

Full line of DYNAMIXEL Pro servos are now available

The full line of 2014 DYNAMIXEL Pro servos and accessories by ROBOTIS are now available for order from Trossen Robotics. These new servos take precision to a whole new level, with resolution up to 501,900 steps/rev while spinning at up to 30 RPM and putting out 44 Nm of torque! Prices start at $590 and go up to $2,790. Get ready for professional grade precision and durability; compactly packaged to meet your most challenging design requirements.

The nine different models are divided into two basic footprints (42 mm2 & 54 mm2) and three performance series (L, M, & H) to meet all of your requirements. Combine them with the ROBOTIS frame system and accessories to upgrade your designs from hobby to professional-grade.

L-Series Servos M-Series Servos H-Series Servos Frames, Adapters, & Idlers

Not sure where to start? Check out the DYNAMIXEL PRO M42-10-S260-R servo for a fantastic combination of performance (263,168 steps/rev, 1.5 Nm of torque, and 28 RPM)  and compact size 42 x 42 x 84 mm. Full specs, dimensions, documentation, and 3D models for each servo can be found on the individual product pages.

Jimmy in the Press

Earlier today Jimmy walked onto stage at the Re/Code conference and he’s been showing up over the media ever since! From Gizmdodo to The Wall Street Journal, Jimmy is everywhere.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also talked a little bit about our next Jimmy related project – a smaller version of Jimmy. We’ll have more details on this AX-12 based robot soon, but in the mean time check out the smaller Jimmy on CNBC

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