A New Rage is Coming… And a Shipping Hiatus

Work is going steadily on RageBridge 2, set for release in Spring 2015. Check out the prototype! There will probably be a few more board revisions, but the hardware remains the same: real MOSFETs, easily heat sink-able one-board design, and the smart current limiting you know and love RageBridge for!

Ragebridge 2 version 1Single power inputs and more flexible configuration options are just two updated features of RageBridge 2.

Orders placed between 12/12/2014 and 1/04/2015 will be shipped the week of 1/05/2015。

We are visiting the electronics manufacturing capital of the world, Shenzhen. Stay tuned for more details!

June Updates: Sensor Adapter Madness!

Here at Equals Zero, we try to stay on top of the latest developments in the hobby electric vehicle world. We count on your feedback and purchases to see when it’s time to develop a new model of Hall sensor mount for R/C outrunners.

Some of our customers recently have discovered that the SK3 63-54 line have an entirely different face design than the 6364 and 6374! We’re not sure why either, but we’ve developed a Hall sensor adapter to fit:

SK3 63-54 If you have a 63-54 type motor, please select the appropriate option from the Hall Effect Sensor Adapters page when purchasing.

Additionally, we’re aware that there may be in fact several different types of 80mm “C” motor in existence, and that the “C” adapter doesn’t properly fit some of them. We’re monitoring this particular situation and will update the design or develop a new one when it is confirmed!

As always, if you’re unsure about which type your motor is, feel free to contact us with a photo first. If we’re not sure either, you may elect to mail your motor to us and we will create a custom Hall sensor adapter just for it!

Equals Zero announces Alien Power System compatible Hall Effect Sensor Adapters

Recently, a new player in the game of using R/C aircraft and car model equipment in electric vehicle drives has emerged to fill the market left by the departure of Hobbyking from the larger motor sizes. That company is Alien Power System, and we’re now proud to announce Hall Effect sensor adapter rings which are designed to suit their 63mm and 80mm motors!

alienpowerOur Hall Sensor Boards in 63mm and 80mm sizes are already compatible with these motors! Go check the new adapters out now!

Equals Zero New Years’ Sale! Get Your DeWuts Now!

It’s time to prepare for the spring robot competition season! For a limited time, we’re offering some serious discounts on the following products:

  • DeWut?!, assembled with transmission for only $119. Just add a DeWalt motor of your voltage choice.
  • Fully assembled DeWut?! powerdrive system with 18v motor for only $169.
  • Why not pair these up with a versatile and powerful Ragebridge, now only $159?

Now is the time to outfit your robot with Equals Zero gear for the new competition season. Act quickly, before your robot finds out!

Site issues resolved; Orders are open again

Over the past week or so, we experienced some issues with our Paypal shopping cart that prevented orders from being placed. This was ultimately traced to errors in the Add to Cart button code. We’ve since resolved this problem, so once again, your orders are welcome! We’re sorry for any inconvenience (though we’re sure your robot still doesn’t know what’s going on!)

Equals Zero Products Place at Dragon*Con Robot Battles 2013

We’re proud to announce that the first and second place finishers at Robot Battles 2013 in the 30lb division ran RageBridge motor controllers! In first place is Nyx from Near Chaos Robotics, which used one RageBridge for powering its drivetrain:

nyx

Nyx is a heavily drive-centric pushing and lifting bot, so it was an excellent application of the RageBridge’s fine low-speed controllability and current-limiting function.

The 30lber runner-up is no other than our very own Überclocker, which ran RageBridges for both drivetrain and its multiple-articulated lifting fork:

RageBridge’s smart constant-current mode was crucial to the reliable functionality of the lifting fork and clamp. Without it, the motors powering these parts past their mechanical limits would have resulted in very high current draw and destruction of either motor or controller! RageBridge quickly cuts back the current to your preset level before terrible things can happen.

Furthermore, Überclocker uses three of our DeWut?! motors; two for drive, and one for lifting the main fork. The DeWuts pair extremely well in power with what RageBridge can supply, and the two combined are a formidable and demonstrated reliable combination for your robot.

Check out the heartstoppingly close finals match between these two bots!

Finally, placing third in the 12lb category, is Überclocker’s smaller twin, 12 O’Clocker:

Both 12 O’Clocker and Überclocker used one RageBridge for driving and another for actuating the fork and clamp motors.

Do you have an interesting application of Equals Zero products? Send us a link to a picture or build report at e0designs [at] e0designs.com!

See Equals Zero Designs Products in Action at Dragon*Con Robot Battles 2013!

In just a few short hours, Equals Zero will be hauling all the way down to Atlanta, GA for the annual Dragon Con fan convention. What’s there, you ask? Only one of the oldest robot combat competitions in the world: Robot Battles!

30lb-class Überclocker Advance

12lb class miniature Überclocker, affectionately called 12 O’Clocker!

The entire Equals Zero stage combat fleet is running our very own RageBridges this year, and 30lber Überclocker Advance also sports no less than three DeWut!? gearmotor kits.

But there’s a catch. We will be unable to ship orders placed between today, 8/27, and next Wednesday 9/4. If you place an order during this time, it will be held for shipment on or soon after 9/4.

Check out the Robot Battles main event on Monday in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta!

RageBridge powers hockeybots to victory at Robogames 2013

Hugh Reynolds’ Hockeybots at RoboGames 2013

Congratulations to Hugh Reynolds, who used RageBridges in two Bot Hockey robots at this past RoboGames and took the Bot Hockey gold medal!

Bot Hockey matches are strenuous, 10-minute long driving and maneuvering oriented matches with plenty of shoving, pushing, and reversing. RageBridge’s conservative thermal design and large, high thermal overload capacity MOSFETs suit it well to these kinds of applications.

Equals Zero Designs Presents Two New Products: RageBridge Dual-Channel HV Motor Controller and DeWut?! 3 Speed Geared Motor Kit

Equals Zero Designs is proud to officially announce two exciting new products for the robotics, mobility, and mechatronics world. We’ve spent many months and iterations trying to perfect these products, and together they can form a robust and powerful backbone for your next project!

First off, our in-house designed dual channel motor controller for medium sized robotic motors,

RageBridge

RageBridge is a two-channel DC motor driver capable of operating at up to 30 real amps continuously from 8 to 50 volts. Designed to replace obsolete single-channel R/C compatible motor controllers in a robotics application, the board will drive two channels of DC motors in forward and reverse with neutral stick braking and without any built-in delays or “double click” reverse lockout features.

Unlike most controllers, RageBridge’s “continuous” rating is a true thermal equilibrium rating, meaning you can actually push 30 amps through it with no additional convective or conductive cooling. So what if your cooling fan failed – you never needed it anyway!

The board features high-efficiency synchronous rectification to minimize switch heating as well as return some of your project’s kinetic energy to the batteries every time you stop, extending battery life. Massive D2PAK-7 low-on-resistance FETs ensure the board can take a serious beating and survive transient loads much higher than its rating.

And unlike most controller that advertise “current limiting”, RageBridge has true you-adjustable output current limits. This doesn’t mean “shut off and don’t turn on again until reset” like everyone else: RageBridge uses a unique hysteresis-based algorithm in conjunction with current sensors on each motor output channel to actually cap the amount of current flowing into your load at a value between 10 and 90 amperes, adjustable via a single potentiometer. The current limit can also be disabled completely if you dare!

RageBridge takes in up to 3 channels of R/C servo style signals: one for each drive channel, and one for an optional directional inversion (“invert switch”) if your robot or vehicle is two-ended, letting you designate which end is “forward”. You also have the option of selecting independent mode or “stick mix” mode, where the two drive input signals are interpreted as throttle and steering, via a simple header.

More information on RageBridge can be found on its product page. RageBridge options start at U.S.$185.

Next, complement to RageBridge, we present a novel drive solution for your medium sized robot or amusement machine:

DeWut? 3 Speed Gearmotor Kit

DeWut Overall ViewIn years past, power-dense and compact cordless drill motors have been a staple of robotic drivetrains. Yet inevitably, the drill motors themselves could be in several assemblies, have no useful output shaft, and were difficult to mount.

We’ve taken the guts out of DeWalt’s powerful 18 volt hammerdrills, with their all-steel geared 3 speed transmissions, and designed a CNC machined aluminum mount that captures the motor and transmission and mates them to a standard 1/2″ diameter shaft with 1/8″ keyway suspended in two ball bearings. The case has 12 mounting holes distributed on 3 sides for maximum versatility and rigidity in mounting.

The mount allows you to select and retain the drill transmission in any one of its three gears: a low 51:1 speed, a moderate 17:1 speed, and a fast 12:1 speed. Furthermore, the drill’s adjustable clutch feature has been retained on this adapter kit. With only one screw adjustment, you can set the output to slip at virtually no torque, or depress it all the way and fully lock the clutch.

The mount itself is entirely CNC machined 6061 aluminum and the one-piece output shaft that adapts to the drill transmission is made of 1566 alloy steel. The hardware is entirely Grade 8-equivalent ASTM A574 socket cap screws. The gear retainer is laser-machined from black Delrin plastic.

We’ve improved on drill motor mounts of the past by integrating the output shaft and bearings into the mounting face. This means you can actually drive loads and wheels directly from the output shaft, with or without external bearing blocks (We do recommend having outboard bearings for most loads, however!)

DeWut?! is available in three configurations, starting from US $90. Have a look at its product page for more details and assembly instructions!

We hope that with the introduction of RageBridge and DeWut?! that 2013 will be a great year in the hobby and professional robotics and mobility world!