C-Programmable Robot Kit Global Specialties has introduced their new ASURO robot kit. The ASURO is a small autonomous multi-sensored
robot developed for educational purposes by the DLR which
is the German Aerospace Center (like NASA).
Highly versatile, the ASURO is completely
programmable in C. Assembly is easy for experienced
electronic technicians and feasible for a novice. Except for
the printed circuit boards (PCBs), only standard parts are
utilized and freeware tools can be used for programming.
The ASURO comes unassembled and includes a
soldering guide, making it suitable as an introduction into
processor-controlled hobby electronics for projects in
schools, universities, and technical education.
Features include: an ATmega8L, eight-bit AVR-RISC
processor; it’s fully programmable in C language; it comes
unassembled so soldering is required; it has a CD with
software, training manual, and supporting materials; and
there is AVR-GCC freeware for use with Windows or Linux.
ASURO also includes a unique and safe USB IR
transceiver with simple to operate Flash software; remote
control and possible PC-programming via a USB transceiver;
possible wireless control possible with optional Bluetooth
and 433 MHz RF; extensions kits are available; it has six
collision-detector sensors; an optical line-tracker unit; two
independently controlled 3 VDC motors; an onboard
odometer sensor on both wheels; preprogrammed firmware
for hardware testing; three LED indicators; and a one year
warranty. List Price is 99.
For further information, please contact:
Dynamixel Pro Line-Up of
Developer Products ROBOTIS — manufacturers of the Dynamixel smart servo that is widely used for robotics education and research
— has released Dynamixel Pro: a new line-up of products
targeted for professional robot developers in the
field/service robotics market.
The basic all-in-one modular concept of Dynamixel has
been inherited by the Dynamixel Pro. It has integrated the
BLDC motor (up to 200W), controller, driver, encoder, and
gear system into its compact rectangular shape. The key
innovation has been made to the cycloidal gear system
which guarantees minimum backlash as low as 3. 5 arcmin,
yet maintains endurable operation.
In addition to feedback information like position and
speed, Dynamixel Pro has a current-sensing feature that
enables force control algorithms for service robots.
Features include a 32-bit ARM cortex embedded
incremental encoder; plus, an absolute magnetic encoder;
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