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02-03-2008, 07:29 AM

A very cool site with sensors I never knew existed. One more for the bag of tricks:-Migs



02-03-2008, 08:10 AM
It is always good to have another source for parts. ALWAYS.
That said, this site does seem to have rather high prices. I know that none of this stuff comes cheap, but I don't think a sensor should be a significant fraction of the cost of the microcontroller.

"There are only 10 kinds of people: those who understand binary, and those who don't."

02-03-2008, 10:02 AM
Very good collection of various sensor. But as mentioned at quite high prices.

02-03-2008, 12:11 PM
You could buy finished products and take out the sensor for cheaper than those prices....

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02-03-2008, 01:05 PM
Those are the highest prices I have ever seen. You can find most of them on other sites for a fraction of the price.

02-03-2008, 01:10 PM
A very nice collection of sensors on that site indeed, thanks for posting the link Migs!

However, I have to agree with everyone else that those sensors are at a pretty high price. If you take a look at the sensors, it seems that almost all of them are just slight modifications of sensors we (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/c/2668-Sensors.aspx) or other sites like us carry.

For example, if you take a look at their Advance-645 V1.0 sonar sensor (http://infusionsystems.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/159) it is clearly just a slight modification of one of the LV-MaxSonar sensors (http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/c/3013-Sonar.aspx) from MaxBotix or the actual sonar sensor (name escapes me at the moment) on the MaxSonar itself, at nearly 4 times the cost... I like to give everyone the benefit of the doubt though, so maybe I'm totally missing something here. I'd love for I-CubeX to chime in on this thread to explain what their products are about and the reasons for the extra cost.

02-04-2008, 04:05 PM
This is interesting to see indeed.

Phidgets came out 4 years ago and now we are finally starting to see more companies coming out with modular stuff. This company and the recent arrival of Bug Labs means that FINALLY the idea of modular hardware is catching on. This is good to see since we have wanted to see this area evolve for years. I do question the survival at these prices though. $70 for a flex sensor? Wow. I understand that these systems are more "polished" with labview like software, but good lord. I hope they do well and thus lower prices.

This is really cool packaging:


But at $45?! I'm assuming there is a voltage divider in there and it's a nice clean product with the cable attached and everything. But we wouldn't even think of being a reseller at these prices, not when we sell the same sensor already for $6...

02-05-2008, 05:18 AM
Hi guys/gals:

I agree the prices are high, but if you are like me its good to browse and look. Please do post sites you all really like.


02-05-2008, 08:26 PM
We totally agree :) Look at all the responses it got ;)

02-05-2008, 09:28 PM
Absolutely post links! I love browsing sites I never seen before. I was just really disappointed at their prices is all.

BTW, we're talking about integrating a Links Directory in the TR Community. Check this thread out for more info:


02-06-2008, 06:30 AM
I was searching the net for some non-contact postion sensors to instrument a moving arm and came across this little gem for position sensors:

position sensors (http://www.gillsensors.co.uk/content/position.htm)

tons of cool animations that make you really think...

03-22-2008, 11:21 PM
I'd rather see a Phidget to handle all the things the sensors on this site do. At their prices, Phidgets look a lot more reasonable, but I still have questions about them.


03-23-2008, 12:37 PM
Here's an interesting idea for Matt and the TR gang...
The others were right... The prices are way high. That will hurt them.. but they are doing something that really hits on users.
The videos are slick, professional, simple and impressive (although the technology is nothing new to most robot geeks) their presentation of it is awesome.
Their website is also pretty slick (Although TR's is real good too!)
They have a very good marketing campaign. Even their product names are wonderfully branded. (compare 8x8x8 interface to I-CubeX's bendMicro or GForce3d) And even in the field of robotics, only 20% is substance, 80% is presentation.
So far, with what I've worked with on the Phidgets side, Phidges are the best things since sliced bread, but some more product showcases like I-Cube's would really help market them. (the one's you had on the 8x8x8 and the force sensor is a great start)
That and some cool product branding would be nice. (8x8x8 board becomes "Analog&Digital click-and-go board"?)
Just one person's opinion for what it's worth. :rolleyes:

03-24-2008, 10:59 AM
I'd rather see a Phidget to handle all the things the sensors on this site do. At their prices, Phidgets look a lot more reasonable, but I still have questions about them.

Phidgets will work with a lot of those sensors. You just have to wire in your own connectors to the board. Basically, Phidgets will work with any standard 0-5VDC analog sensor.

Eric - thanks for the ideas:)

03-24-2008, 08:48 PM
So far, with what I've worked with on the Phidgets side, Phidges are the best things since sliced bread, but some more product showcases like I-Cube's would really help market them.

Thanks for the input Eric. We agree completely. We will keep working on that here. It's a resource thing, but we agree completely about the videos. A pic is worth a thousand words a video is worth more. We've talked about it may times. As resources increase so will our ability to increase the content around the products. Right now it's just us grabbing the camera here and there, but that will improve we hope!

04-16-2008, 01:35 PM
One thing you can also do is find some of the stuff that looks interesting in the polished space, and then go to digikey.com and buy the industrial version - if you're not afraid of a little hardware engineering. ;)

04-17-2008, 11:59 AM

This site has lots of RC helicopter stuff and tons of other electronics. The link shows their gyro page, a sensor we don't usually see out of that scope, but that could be very useful in a robot.: -Migs


This other site has some cool lighting to add to projects:


Power meters and temperature meters (tiny and lightweight) for RC batteries etc.


01-29-2012, 02:01 PM
Hi ! Thanks for the mention on this forum. Even though the thread is a bit old, we thought it might still be worthwhile to join in and add a comment.

Our aim is to offer an integrated, yet flexible system to experiment with sensors & media without requiring users to have significant engineering skills. This highly added value approach, for a relatively small user group, leads us to spend a lot of time on development, making sure that all parts work together, while our various software programs and plugins are free. Hence the higher prices for the products than eg. at some electronics component distributor. Regardless, we'd love to hear from you if you have suggestions how we could improve.

In the mean time we'd also like to encourage you to contact us if you're interested in our products as we have various promotional offers going on right now - just ask us about it. Also note that we have very significant quantity discounts. You can find us on the web at www.icubex.com (http://www.icubex.com).

All the best, the I-CubeX team