Rosco (RObot SCOut)

In order for people all over the world to develop their own telerobotic communities. Arxterra has introduced a low-cost, open source rover, Rosco.  Rosco is 3d printable and all plans are available on this website to encourage redesign and modification. We want you to make Rosco into the rover your telerobotic community demands.

To begin building Rosco, click here.

Rosco News

Riverside Robot Expo 2013

Riverside Robot expo was awesome this year. Ran into some familiar faces and reconnected with some other maker groups. Vocademy is opening a Riverside Makerspace space in the area and we can’t wait to see what they start to offer. Thank you the the Riverside Robotics Society for putting this on.

Northern California Maker Faire Tour!

We had a blast at all the Faires. It was Santa Rosa’s first shot at it and the people where great! East Bay Maker Faire was as expected from the people who bring you the larger Bay Area Maker Faire. We couldn’t leave our booths for either event! All in all a good trip. We […]

Rosco Models on Thingiverse

Models for Rosco have been published on thingiverse and are waiting to be printed and built! Download Rosco today and start building your own telepresence robot tomorrow! Rosco Thingiverse Models

Arxterra Minimaker Faire Tour 2013

  Good News Northern California! Arxterra is packing up Rosco and taking the show on the road in October for two special events near you.   First off is the Santa Rosa MiniMaker Faire on October 19th at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. This event is being held in conjunction with the […]

Rosco and Pathfinder Arduino Code Versions Available

Arxterra has released the current beta versions of Arduino code for our telerobotics plaform. The Rosco Code utilizes and Arduino uno and android OS 3.0 and higher. For those of you with Android phones OS 2.3 and higher we suggest you take a look at the pathfinder Arduino code, which can be used in conjunction […]

OC Interactive Meetup

Arxterra was on hand at the OC Interactive Group giving a presentation on Arduino Flash Based Control! Of course Rosco was on hand for a quick demo! Thanks to our own Jeff Gomes for setting everything up. More info on OC Interactive can be found at:

Rosco b1.0v Documentation

Here’s a preview of the Rosco b1.0v Documentation. This is still a work in progress but a good place to start getting some details on the project. 3d models will be posted soon!!!!   Also here’s a helpful spreadsheet (Bill of Materials) with links to vendors b1.0_build_instructions b1.0_BOM1

Arduino Enthusiast Meeting

Rosco and Pathfinder were on display at the monthly LA Arduino Enthusiast Meeting. Great turnout and interesting people from all backgrounds. If you’re in the area and love Arduino, a great meeting to check out! People of all ages and backgrounds! For more information on LA Arduino Enthusiasts go to:

Rosco at the OC mini Maker Faire

Rosco had a great time at the OC mini Maker Faire last weekend and is eager to go to more! If you are organizing a Faire or just want us to come out demo our bot or speak to your club or class please contact us!

Rosco in the OC Register!

The OC register had a journalist on the scene of the OC mini maker Faire and Rosco made it into the video (59 second mark). No mention but definitely could of won “Best in Show”!

Rosco Projects

Fall 2015 RoSco Final Project Documentation

Our project, RoSco, has been a struggle throughout the semester. This document is a testament to our willpower and determination.

RoSco Fall 2015 Prototyping and Design

By Gary Fong (Project Manager/Manufacturing) For our prototype, we put together some parts to simulate the lifting function because we did not have our 3D printed treads and wheels. Using moldable plastic, duct tape, tinker toys, and hard styrofoam, we put together a prototype. Here is a video of our rover prototype and here.  

Fall 2015 RoSco: Schedule and WBS

By Will McKinney (Project Manager/Electronics and Controls) Schedule and WBS A significant tool that we used in our project was our Projectlibre schedule. This allowed us to list all of the tasks that we had to do on this project and plan deadlines. As the project went on we could see where we stood in […]

RoSco Fall 2015 Solidworks/3D Model Design

By Gary Fong (Project Manager/Manufacturing) To begin with, it is important to understand the design process of our rover. The RoSco has four track assemblies that had to be constructed through Solidworks. This comes out to eight wheels, four tracks, 4 legs, pan and tilt, and one chassis that had to be designed. The tracks […]

Fall 2015 RoSco: Verification and Validation

By Will McKinney (Project Manager/Electronics and Controls) Verification and Validation Above shows our verification table. This was used to determine how well our project was built. The verification table was to be done in a lab environment. This is an effort to focus on meeting the requirements without having the course conditions affect the the […]

Fall 2015 RoSco: Power Budget

By Will McKinney (Project Manager/Electronics and Control) Power Budget Item Model Quantity Minimum Current(mA) Stall Current(mA) Voltage(V) Min Power(W) Max Power(W) Servo(Each Track Assembly) HD 1501MG 4 500 2500 6 3000 15000 Motor(Each Track Assembly) Pololu 120:1 4 70 800 6 420 4800 Servo(Pan and Tilt) Micro 2 350 1500 6 2100 9000 Bluetooth HC-06 […]

Fall 2015 RoSco: Field of Vision Experiment

By Will McKinney (Project Manager/Electronics and Controls) To fully simulate a soldier crawling through a barbed wire course we have to think about everything that a soldier might experience. We have to design a rover that will avoid obstacles, match the speed of a soldier, and even see what the soldier is seeing in a […]

RoSco Fall 2015 Software Design

By Youssef Al-Shanti (Mission, Systems, and Tests) Software Design: The picture above is the block diagram for our software. you can see from the block diagram the big picture of how our software works. the blocks in red are the functions responsible for sending and receiving data to and from the Rosco.

RoSco Fall 2015 System Block Diagram

By Youssef Al-Shanti (Mission, Systems, and Tests)   This is our updated/ final Block diagram for Rosco. We updated it according to our final design. since we chose to go with designing our own PCB to replace the Adafruit motor shield and the bluetooth module. Also, originally we were going to go with the design […]

Fall 2015 RoSco Waterproofing Servo Experiment

By: Will McKinney (Project Manager/Electronics and Control) Experiment 1: Waterproofing Servos The rover will be tested on December 16, 2015 in an outdoor environment. This year is an El Nino year which leaves us with a very high chance of rain on the day of test. There are three key components on our rover that […]