Oct 31, 2014

Movie time; Maker Fair NY, LEGOWORLD 2014

A lot has happened, in the last two months. If you are linked to The MINDSTORMS EV3 Facebook page, you already saw nice things, form the Maker fair NY, and LEGOWORLD in Utrecht (the Netherlands).
Here are some videos:

A robot shark at Maker fair NY., by Kyle.

Andy with his Minecraft CREEP3R

a LEGOMakerBot 3D printer by Will, it can print with 2 by 2 bricks, how cool is that!.

a cool, fun, GoPro robot by Benjamin

Bazmark with a nice overview and his R2D2.

LEGOWORLD 2014 Utrecht, the Netherlands, an overview

Anika made a nice shark

Victor made also a cool video:

And some pictures of taken at LEGOWORLD 2014. With about 82000 visitors, FLL, moonbots team dutch delta, and teachers of the Libanon college form Rotterdam trained over 700 kids (and some adults) on how to program a EV3 robot. Matthias brought a nice set of robots from his new upcoming German book, and Laurens had his robot form the EV3 discovery book on show. I also showed the police car made form the mindstorms laboratory book by Danielle. With a massive LEGO car, Harald showed that you can build 10 times as big as normal.
the team

Super Cool Shark Robot made with one 31313 kit

Remember #robotmak3r Kyle, the Kid with the Timmyton?

Well he came and visit me at the LEGO MINDSTORMS kiosk at the World Maker Faire in New York last month. He brought along his latest version of his Timmyton now at V5.5 ... WOW!

Meeting Kyle once again and trying out his robot in person was really cool. Kyle's work didn't go unnoticed, it's a really good model he designed.  Filippa, LEGO MINDSTORMS community manager took the time to interview Kyle and produced this great video: 

Read more about his cool projects, see pictures and download LDD and programs by visiting Builderdude35 profile on the LEGO MINDSTORMS Community page http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/community/profile?builder=Builderdude35

Are you a #robotmak3r?
If any of you have some cool robots you want to share with the world let me know, reach out, email, comment, find me on FB or on any other social media, post your robots on the LEGO Community page or document your work on your own blog. I'll be happy to share your story as well ;)

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Aug 29, 2014

Team "The Incredibots" win the 2014 MoonBots Challenge !

PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge. The competition, which aims to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, challenges teams of students ages 9 to 17 to design, program and build robots that simulate lunar missions mirroring the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, an international competition for privately funded teams to build a rover to land on and explore the Moon’s surface.

The Grand Prize Winner and Runner-Ups are:

Grand Prize Winner: Team The Incredibots (Columbus, Ohio)
First Runner-Up: Team Dalton BRobots (Barcelona, Spain)
Second Runner-Up: Team Dutch Delta (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Third Runner-Up: Team Starling (Ballwin, Mo.)
Third Runner-Up: Team Electric Dreams (Erie, Pa.)

For the full list of finalists, visit http://moonbots.org/teams.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo to test out their robot on the slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano.

All runner-up teams will receive free team registration for the 2014-2015 FIRST® robotics season, and all winning teams will receive a MATRIX Base Set, a 3DR Rover from 3D Robotics and GoPro Hero 3+ cameras. Please note, because the talent pool was so strong, we decided to split the Third Runner-Up position between two deserving teams that received equal scores.

This year’s MoonBots Challenge, which began in March 2014, attracted a record number of entries with over 300 teams from 24 different countries. Teams were initially asked to submit a video answering the question, “Why should we go back to the Moon for good?” From there, a panel of judges selected 25 finalists, who were tasked with building and programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot, as well as their own lunar landscape for their vehicle to explore.

First Video of The Incredibots

The winning mission, of the Incredibots

the Dalton BRobots

Team Dutch Delta, with their STEM outreach

Team Starling's live mission

Team Electric Dreams Live Mission 100% autonomous.

and their massive STEM outreach.

To All teams; it was great FUN and I did love to judge all the great robot missions and videos.

Aug 25, 2014

Programming EV3 in ANSI C

Today we have a guest blog post by JAsVAp who was active in the area of EV3 programming with C:

"Ever wanted to have a simple way for programming your Lego EV3 in it's native programming language ANSI C? Well now it is possible! I have made an IDE application for it.

Your code will be running super fast as it is compiled to run directly on your CPU and not for an intermediat virtual machine!!!

And the best thing I want to share it with everybody for FREE. You can download it at my temporary website or on my onedrive.

A first version of documentation is included in the program it self ( README.txt ), but it may not be sufficient enough for everbody. When I find some more time I will create some more example project.

Some important features:
  • No need for a firmware upgrade!!! So an EV3 out of the box will do. 
  • Your program can be executed from original Lego EV3 menu on your device!
  • You can setup a Telnet connection ( wifi connection - linux remote terminal ) and start your application in the terminal and even see println outputs!!! ( very handy for debugging )
  • Compile errors will be put in an output window to help you direct you to the line where the error occured!
  • Search with replace possibilities, for easy renaming and more
  • One click compile, download and run your application! 

If a lot of you Lego fanatics love to use my program I will try and create updates on request!

Hope you enjoy it,

Steven Persyn
Alias: JAsVAp"

Aug 24, 2014

Bonus model BRICK SORT3R: Sort LEGO bricks by color and size

Laurens Valk made an extra bonus model that Sort LEGO bricks by color and size, for those who have the book.

By finding the right program name in the book, you can enter a special section of the acompaning website.
The program and building instructions are in the same high quality as the book and in full color.

Aug 20, 2014

The Castle of Mysteries

Meet Avery Dean, a wiz kid with great sense of humor and some pretty awesome skills. He used parts from his LEGO collection and his MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create this elaborate school project.
Sit back and relax as he explain his amazing creation the "Castle of Mysteries"

EV3RYTHING IS AW3SOME in this video ;)
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Aug 17, 2014

Aug 10, 2014


Here's a guest blog post by lama-mantis:
Tumors arise when there is a mutation in your cells. The cells will duplicate without stopping. This can be dangerous for the human body, and can kill people. It is already possible to remove tumors by cutting them away. But when a tumor is on a difficult to reach place, such as in the brain, the tumor can’t be removed without destroying the brain (and when the brain is destroyed, the person will still die).
I wanted to make it possible to help people with a brain tumor. My idea was to create something that can remove/destroy the tumor from the inside. Because big stuff can’t go into brains, you need a small thing…

My idea was GammaBug, a nanorobot that can remove tumors by using Gamma Rays. Of course, it's not possible to make a nanobot with the MINDSTORMS NXT hardware. So I made a prototype on 'normal' scale by using my NXT 2.0 set. For more info about tumors, how GammaBug removes them and the NXT prototype of GammaBug, see the web site associated to the robot.

GammaBug by lama-mantis

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