Due to the appearance of open platforms such as Arduino, RasberryPi, Launchpad etc., more and more people start to explore embedded systems and their potential applications. The various applications of embedded systems in conjunction with the rise of open-software/hardware movement have led to an explosion of creative electronic projects which are driven forward by enthusiasts around the world. These enthusiasts may (but don't need to) be subsumed under the term Maker.
The founders of LXRobotics are firmly convinced that the maker movement has the potential to fundamentally change the world and therefore have set to enhance the creative work of all enthusiastic hobbyists and tinkerers by providing high-quality, open software/hardware assembly kits and modules as their goal. For this reason, our mission statement is:
LXRobotics GmbH was founded on 1.1.2014 by Alexander Entinger (Founder) / and Alexander Schmoll (Co-Founder). The two founders are bounded through a profound friendship which began in elementary school which, despite of different professional orientations, still lasts. Their common interest in entrepreneurial activities led to the founding of LXRobotics GmbH.
Alexander Entinger is responsible for the company's technical side (hard- and software development, testing, ...). He has completed bachelor and master studies at the well known University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg/Austria. Alexander Entinger has been and still is building robots for various competitions which gives him a deep insight in the multidisciplinary field of robotics and embedded systems. Some of his private projects and robots will be presented further down on this page.
Alexander Schmoll is responsible for the company's commercial side (marketing, sales, customer support, ...). Through his economic knowledge gathered at the commercial college in Krems and during his several years of experience at a big austrian bank, he has the tools which he needs for carrying out his duties. Alexander Schmoll has left the company by the end of 2015 due to familial and vocational reasons.
Sergeant Pain is a Mini-Sumo-Robot (weight class 500g, dimensions 10 x 10 x 10 cm) and participated at the Robotchallenge 2011 in Vienna/Austria. Further information about this robot as well as a video summary of the competition can be found here.
Private Paula is a remote controlled miniature antweight class (150g) combat robot and participated at Mad Metal Maschines Vol. 13 in Bochum/Germany. A video of its fights and further information about Private Paula can be found here.
Beauty Queen is the result of Alexander Entinger's Master Thesis. The robot serves as a demonstrator for the Arduino I/O System developed during the thesis. By using the Robot Operating Systems (ROS), Beauty Queen is able to create a digital map of its surroundings and is able to localize itself within the map. This process is commonly known as Simultaneous Localization and Mapping and is achieved through usage of ROS-package gmapping.
Breadboardbot (B3) is a simple test platform for the Antweight speed controller and consists of a breadboard as a base plate, motors, tires, speed controller, battery and receiver.
The Mini-Sumo-Robot Evolution participated at the Robotchallenge 2014 in Vienna/Austria. A special feature of Evolution is its drive train which is powered by two brushless outrunner motors normally used in remote controlled model aircrafts. Further information about the design and build process of Evolution can found here.
Schnauzer is a featherweight class (13,6 kg) combat robot and participated at Mad-Metal-Maschines Vol. 17 in Bochum/Germany where it achieved 3rd place. The electronic speed controller is implemented by two LXRobotics Highpower Motorshields. More information can be found here.
The first iteration of the featherweight (13,6 kg) Schnauzer v1 was not perfect. Nonetheless many experiences could be gathered at Mad-Metal-Machines Vol. 17 event in Bochum/Germany. The numerous shortcomings of Schnauzer's v1 design were eliminated with Schnauzer v2 which led to winning the 1st Place at Mad-Metal-Machines Vol. 19 in Bochum/Germany.
Spectre was originally planned to be a featherweight class combat robot. However, development process was stopped due to rather big design defects. It can be considered a previous version of Schnauzer and has played an important role in learning the skills needed for constructing combat robots.
The featherweight (13,6 kg) Steroid v1 is a newly created featherweight class combat robot based on Schnauzer v2. It participated at Mad-Metal-Machines Vol. 20 in Bochum/Germany and achieved 6th place. Its main features are the 4 RobotPower Magnum 775 which allow Steroid to drive with higher speed and more power than any other robot in the competition. The front plate consists of 4 mm thick titanium.
The featherweight class (13,6 kg) combat robot Schnauzer v3 is internally identically structured as Schnauzer v2. Only the exterior coat of lacquer changed from black with white mustache to white with black mustache and some minor modifications. Schanuzer v3 achieved the 3rd Place at Mad-Metal-Machines Vol. 20 in Bochum/Germany.
LEX (LXRobotics Hexapod) is a six-legged walking robot currently under development that consists of numerous LXRobotics Arduino Shields. For controlling the servos our Servo Shield is used while the Power Shield provides the necessary energy. The current control software is based on ROS and is available under an Open Source Licence on GitHub.
Nyancat Lunchbox started out as a pure fun project. The basic idea was to completely overhaul an old Tamiya Lunchbox. During the process numerous tuning parts such as RS-540, reduction gearbox, oil pressure antishocks, 3D printed axes extensions/adapters, new tires, etc. were integrated. Finally the car was varnished in Nyancat style colours.
Version 4 of the 13,6 kg featherweight Schnauzer is a complete redesign compared to the previous version. The drive train consists of two 775 motors with bevel gears and cogged belt pulleys. Schnauzer v4 competed at the Mad-Metal-Machines Vol. 21 in Dortmund and missed the final round by just one small point.