Kauai Labs announces “Generation 2” navX2-Micro Robotics Navigation Sensor for FTC and FRC Robotics

Kauai Labs announces the release of the “Second Generation” navX2 – a “drop-in replacement” for the “Classic” navX-Micro sensor, with several upgrades significantly improving accuracy.

In a nutshell, the startup time is now less than 5 seconds, accuracy of pitch, roll and yaw measurements are much improved, and due to lower accelerometer noise levels, the velocity and displacements are significantly improved.

navX2-Micro is completely compatible with the “Classic” navX-Micro, and internally features these upgrades:

  • navX2-Micro features the new 6-axis LSM6DSM IMU and LIS2MDL Magnetometer circuits from ST Microelectronics; these modern sensors feature lower noise, higher accuracy and improved shock resistance than the Invensense MPU-9250 found in the “Classic” navX-Micro sensor.
  • navX2-Micro features an upgraded onboard microcontroller which doubles the speed of that found on the “Classic” navX-Micro.
  • navX2-Micro uses a new Kalman Filter-based algorithm with improved accuracy and running at a much higher 415Hz update rate.
  • As a result of these enhancements, yaw drift is now much lower, startup time is reduced to only 5 seconds, and pitch/roll accuracy is also increased.

For more information, visit the online navX2-Micro Product Site.

VMX-pi FRC Programming Beta Kickoff

On July 15, 2019 Kauai Labs kicked off the beta of WPI Library Support for VMX-pi. This exciting software release allows FRC-compatible robots to be built with VMX-pi, using C++ or Java with the WPI Library – and using the same development tools and software used for competition FRC programming.

FRC Programming support via the WPI Library in Java and C++ on the VMX-pi platform allows FRC teams to learn and grow year-round:

  • Pre-season: train FRC software developers using the same FRC software development tools in Java and C++ used during competition – on the inexpensive, full-featured VMX-pi platform.
  • In-season: use VMX-pi as a vision coprocessor during competition to implement vision and motion processing, and control CAN devices.
  • Post-season: easily port your competition robot software to VMX-pi, freeing up your expensive control system for other uses.

For more info, please contact [email protected]

navX-MXP sells out on first day of FIRST Choice 2019, Round 1

Kauai Labs is proud to support FIRST Robotics and recently donated 150 navX-MXP Robotics Navigation sensors to the 2019 FRC FIRSTChoice program – making them freely available to FRC teams.

We’re happy to say that all 150 navX-MXP sensors were ordered on the first day of Round 1!

For those of you who missed acquiring one of the free sensors, Kauai Labs has plenty in stock – please visit the navX-MXP product page for more details.

VMX-pi sells out in first day of FIRST Choice 2018, Round 2

Kauai Labs is proud to support FIRST Robotics and recently donated 100 VMX-pi Robotics Controllers/Vision & Motion Co-processors to the 2018 FRC FIRSTChoice program (Round 2) – making them freely available to FRC teams.

We’re happy to say that all 100 VMX-pi units were ordered on the first day of Round 2!

For those of you who missed acquiring one of the free sensors, Kauai Labs has plenty in stock – please visit the VMX-pi product page for more details.

navX-MXP sells out on first day of FIRST Choice 2018, Round 1

Kauai Labs is proud to support FIRST Robotics and recently donated 100 navX-MXP Robotics Navigation sensors to the 2018 FRC FIRSTChoice program – making them freely available to FRC teams.

We’re happy to say that all 100 navX-MXP sensors were ordered on the first day of Round 1!

For those of you who missed acquiring one of the free sensors, Kauai Labs has plenty in stock – please visit the navX-MXP product page for more details.

2017 FIRST Robotics Challenge: “Steamworks”

Kauai Labs, a FIRST FRC supplier, is providing several open source products to FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) teams competing in the 2017 “Steamworks” competition.

These include:

  • navX-MXP Robotics Navigation Sensor
  • navX-Micro Robotics Navigation Sensor
  • SF2 Sensor Fusion Framework

These open source sensors and software libraries and framework enable sophisticated navigation capabilities to student-built robots, providing open access to examples, source code, schematics and training materials – helping inspire them Build Better Robots®.

Kauai Labs announces new SF2 Sensor Fusion Framework

logo_sf2New for 2017.  Integrate navX-MXP/Micro with robotic Vision Processing to increase accuracy.

Kauai Labs announces the release of the new Sensor Fusion Framework (SF2).  SF2 is a free, open-source software framework making navX-MXP and navX-Micro even more powerful – fusing multiple sensors together to help you build even better robots.  Available in LabVIEW, C++ and Java for the RoboRIO, the initial SF2 release enables Video Processing Latency Correction on FRC robots.

navX-Micro sells out on first day of FIRSTChoice 2017 Round 1

Kauai Labs is proud to support FIRST Robotics and recently donated 200 navX-Micro Robotics Navigation sensors to the 2017 FRC FIRSTChoice program – making them freely available to FRC teams.

We’re happy to say that all 200 navX-Micro sensors were ordered on the first day of Round 1!

For those of you not fortunate enough to acquire one of the free sensors, we have plenty in stock – please visit the navX-Micro product page for more details.

Kauai Labs announces new Canadian Distributor

navX-MXP is very popular among FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) robotics teams, including the Runner-up FRC Alliance Captain Team (2056 – OP Robotics) at the 2016 FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.

In order to make navX-MXP more easily available to Canadian teams at a lower cost, Kauai Labs is happy to announce that Studica will be distributing navX-MXP starting immediately.

If you’re a Candian FRC team, we encourage you to visit and purchase navX-MXP from the Studica Canadian online website.

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Kauai Labs releases navX-MXP and navX-Micro v3.0 firmware

As of May, 2016, navX-MXP is aboard over 700 FIRST FRC robots, and 100 FTC robots.  Kauai Labs is dedicated to continually increasing the functionality of the navX-MXP and navX-Micro, and has been listening to our customers requests for additional functionality.  In response, Kauai Labs has released the third-generation firmware, version 3.0 and associated libraries which support several key new features:

  • Increased update rates of 200Hz (5 milliseconds/sample)
  • Support for video-processing latency correction in distributed processing environment

To access these new features, please visit the “upgrading firmware” instruction page.