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2010 Contest Winners Announced!

First of all, I have to apologize for the delay in getting the results posted. We have been unbelievably busy in the last 2 months (mostly due to the content of our previous blog post) and wanted to make sure we could put aside the proper amount of time and effort to judge our numerous entries.

We judge contest entries in 3 different areas on a 1-10 scale:

1) Ingenuity

2) Originality/Creativity

3) Presentation, Documentation, & Explanation!

However in addition to simply voting this year the TR crew sat down, threw back a few beers, and discussed why we had our top picks. Rather than simply give a numeric score as the basis for winning, I took notes on that discussion and want to convey our thoughts in cliff-note form as I feel they provide feedback to not only the contestants that won, but also others who will enter in our future contests. One thing to keep in mind is that even if your project did not win this time, if you continue to improve and further document your project you are eligible for re-entry in our future contests.

So without further ado, here are the top 3 Contest Winners!

Third Place:

Project - A PLM mech for MW
Creator - jes1510
Prize - Roboni-I
Why it won: jes1510 took a newer concept (PLM) that had been discussed pretty thoroughly here on the TRC, prototyped it using Bioloid components and a bit of hacking, and then blew us away with a ground-up hand built metal chassis. This gave us a really nice peak into how he planned out this project and made it a reality. The hand metal-work is top notch as well! Even though this project is still a work-in-progress, it’s an excellent show of pioneering a relatively new leg design from concept to proof-of-concept to final version.

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Second Place:

Project - Hi No Hikari
Creator - darkback2
Prize - Headplay VR Goggles
Why it won: darkback2 took PLM and decided to run with it as well. He was actually the first person on our forums to dive in and start building after our fairly feverish discussion in the PLM Discussion Thread. He absolutely excelled in documenting his progress, success, and failures. He actively discussed it with the community, took feedback into consideration, and continued to improve the project and push it forward. Somethings would go wrong, but he would quickly come up with a solution and keep pushing on. This is a pretty familiar process to tinkerers in general, and hit home nicely with the judges. Did we mention the entire bot was built using a drill press, vice, and jig saw? Definite bonus points for the DIY approach. Again- the huge number of progress updates as the project developed and community interaction made this project score very highly.

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First Place:

Project - Archer – an IK controlled biped
Creator - Zenta
Prize - InterbotiX PhantomX Hexapod Kit
Why it won: Zenta is pretty famous about these parts- a few years back he nabbed First prize for his Phoenix Hexapod entry which had some of the most impressive IK and smooth motions we’d ever seen. He pretty much conquered Hexapod Inverse Kinematics, so he moved on to the next challenge: Biped IK. In terms of raw technical expertise, Archer is one of the most advanced robots we’ve seen on the TRC. Bipedal IK is not an easy thing to solve, and not only did he pull it off perfectly, the end result and overall smoothness in Archer’s movements is unrivaled. On top of that, he implemented a COG (center of gravity) shifting device that is absolutely brilliant. The videos demonstrate this robot’s capabilities perfectly, and consistent project updates as well as a full release of all of his code is what landed Zenta first place here. He set the bar pretty high with this entry, but with an open source offering we hope other’s can learn from the knowledge he shared with this project. Congratulations to Zenta for the truly awe inspiring project!

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Well that’s it for this round folks! We’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on when the next round of projects will start. Until then, keep building!

Editors Note: Three bipeds won? Seriously? We haven’t had a single biped place in top 3 in the last 3+ years this contest has been running, and this year we had not one but three bipeds place? Wow. Someone better make sure Giger hasn’t killed off the TR crew and replaced us with his humanoid brethren.

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PhantomX Hexapods Have Arrived

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Trossen Robotics is proud to introduce the PhantomX line of pro-hobby & research robotic crawlers. These modular platforms offer an incredible feature list of specs and expandability. With the ability to carry up to 2 kilograms of payload and run at nearly a meter per second these crawlers boast some serious strength and agility. The crawlers come with 6 walking gaits already preloaded and a robust gait engine for further development. Open source software allows for freedom of development and community collaboration. Control wirelessly from the Arduino compatible RC Commander, wirelessly to a base PC, or from an onboard miniPC. Accessory add-ons coming soon include a Claw, RoboTurret, and Telepresence IP Camera. Sturdy, yet flexible ABS material make the Hexapods tough and hackable for individual projects. Drill, cut, screw, and bolt to modify and hack your bot. These crawlers raise the bar on hobby and entry level research robotics while lowering the cost point for so much technology.

Check out these Specs!
Speed (AX-12+): 1.44 fps / 0.44 mps
Speed (AX-18F): 2.82 fps / 0.86 mps
Weight: 4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
Dimensions: L 19, W 20, H 7.5-9
Payload: 4 lbs / 2 kg

Ridiculous Feature List:

  • 3 Degree-Of-Freedom Legs
  • Arduino-Compatible ArbotiX Robocontroller
  • Open Source Software
  • Advanced Inverse Kinematics Driven Gait Engine
  • 6 Different Walking Gaits Available
  • High Quality LiPo Battery
  • Rugged ABS Construction
  • Totally Hackable!
  • Add Arms, Grippers, Cameras, Pan/Tilts, even Computers!
  • Wireless Xbee Control via PC or Handheld
  • Tons of I/O available and fully programmable for autonomy
  • Control Wirelessly from RC or PC
  • Extra nuts and bolts provided for repair
  • High payload means you can load up add ons
  • Great platform for hobby, education, research, and Mech Warfare!

Four Kits Available:
$2,249.95 – PhantomX AX-18F Hexapod Comprehensive Kit
$1,349.95 – PhantomX AX-12+ Hexapod Comprehensive Kit
$  649.95 – PhantomX Hexapod Comprehensive Kit – No Servos
$  269.99 – PhantomX Hexapod Barebones Kit

Accessories Coming Soon!

PhantomX Claw (pre-order Available)
PhantomX Crawler Turret (pre-order Available)
Telepresence WiFi Camera Kit (pre-order Available)

Also Coming soon – Quadropods & Mech Warfare Ready Kits

Demand has been high for these kits so production runs have been going fast. We recommend getting your order in queue to reserve your kit. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we ramp up production!

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Pet Laser Dazer

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Screwing with pets is fun. They are furry and cute but despite what your ex-girlfriend used to go on and on and on about, they really aren’t that smart.  Case in point is the laser game where any seemingly sane cat or dog can be sent into a frenzy over a quickly moving dot of light. Endless fun can be had watching their minds break as they hopelessly chase something they cannot physically grab. This is why humans rule the earth. We should stop showing our children movies where animals talk and are smart, because we are just setting them up for disappointment.

The pet Laser Dazer is a fun project that can be done with the Vision Tracking Starter Kit or the Desktop RoboTurret (need to pick up the laser separate.) The concept is simple, take the age old game of “catch the laser dot” and add robots to the mix! It even works with kids. Watch the end of the video to see Andrew’s daughter throw herself against the wall in excitement. See, robots ARE fun people.

Laser Dazer Demo App can be found here.

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Robot Gift Guide

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Still looking for cool gifts and stocking stuffers for Xmas? Checkout the Buyers Guide for robots :)

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Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale – Robots! Robots! Robots!

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Celebrate the holidays by spending money on the only things that matters… Robots! Buy them for your kids, for your geeky parents, for your pets, even people you don’t like. (Set those ones to kill.) This is America and we only know how to express our emotions through wild unfettered spending of cash and credit. Don’t be left behind.

Seriously though, robots are fun and give many hours of entertainment and education. When skynet comes to your door in 20 years you can show them your vintage collection and instead of shooting you they will fall to their knees, cry, and call you Daddy or Mommy.

The sale is valid while supplies last, but we will also honor it on most back ordered items as well and be sure to get it to you before Xmas. If you have any questions just give us a call at 877-898-1005. Real live humans answer the phones here. (But not until Monday, because we are stuffing our faces with turkeys for the next few days. Yes, multiple turkeys.) Call to order stuff, call to say hi, call to tell us about your awesome Turkey Day dinner (ask for Andrew please).

We hope everyone is enjoying the start to the holidays and isn’t having a nervous breakdown over the weather turning cold. This is normal, it happens every year. It will get warmer again. Unless you live in a really cold place that is cold year round. In which case, you should probably move, because that is really depressing. If you do, don’t expect your dogs to understand it however.

Here are some dancing Christmas lights. You’ll have to think of a different winter project. It has been done. To Death.

Here is the sale link if you didn’t find it in the FOUR spots above :P Trossen Robotics Black Friday to Cyber Monday Robot Sale!!!

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DIY Project Contest Deadline Extended until Jan 1st, 2011

We have received multiple requests from students and hobbyists alike to extend the Trossen Robotics DIY Project Contest so that winter break will grant some extra time to finish up projects.

Ask and you shall receive! The deadline for the contest has been extended until Jan 1st, 2011!

We’ve had a ton of incredible entries in past contests. Because it’s been so long since our last contest, we’ve decided it was time to start showing off some of the work that has kept us so quite by giving away one of our very own Interbotix Hexapods! The goal of our contests have always been to inspire technological creativity, innovation and ingenuity through these talented individual’s unique projects. We invite everyone to help spread the word about this contest announcement to help encourage others to show off their talent.
1st place

Retail: $1,299.00

InterbotiX PhantomX Hexapod

2nd place

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Retail: $399.00

Headplay VR Goggles

3rd place

Roboni

Retail: $150.00

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Please visit our Project Contest Page to learn more about the contest, how to enter and for the official rules and guidelines.

Questions? Contact Us!

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