Posted by Robotica May 08, 2014 RoboCamp MINDSTORMS and WeDo learning courses Share Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps 1 comment
As to the Swiffer idea, now all that he needs is the ability to find and plug into a "dock" to recharge the battery, and his little sweeper robot could run at night (signaled by low light level) while hibernating and recharging during the day. Hehe.
Brian "I still can't take the time to host my own website" Davis
About docking and recharging. That might be posible with the Luthinium battery.
Maniac "still signes his name whith capitol letteers even though it won't show up" 000
Jim and Brian and Mattias, sorry to post such a negative comment, but I really feel that many in the MDP did not live up to the expectations of the general public. There seems to be a small subset of the MDP who are contributing, yourselves included, and this is very disappointing. Since the MDP is over, I don't know how much influence you still have with Lego, but if you still have contact with them, tell them that 10 profiles out of 100 just isn't enough.
I'm still limited by the NDA I have with LEGO, so I have to be careful what I say here...
First, regarding the 10 profiles... Steve's was just added, so it's possible there might be more coming...
Second, most of the MDPers, I believe, have real-world jobs. I work from home, so my job does allow me some freedom to post more frequently and respond to comments... I imagine most of the MDPers come home at the end of their work days and have families and/or other obligations. I'm just adding this because I think a lot of the MDPers probably had just enough time to play with the NXT and provide feedback to LEGO, not the rest of the world.
And finally, there may be a lot more content out there that just hasn't been found yet... we're all aware of Philo's site or Matthias' site, but there may be some floating out there that we just haven't discovered.
I think putting all the responsibility on us MDPers to provide continuous content is probably a mistake. I don't want to get into a debate or argument on this issue, so I'll just let this be my final word on the subject... but others may chime in - some in support of your complaint and others against...but I do thank you for your comments and for keeping it civil. I ask that anyone else replying do the same... thanks.
On the other hand, I know some of them are too busy building to document...
In response to anonymous
First, I never expected all 100 profiles. That would be overboard. They are doing good, they give the profiles of the most prominent and most active MDP'ers
Second, I think that the MDP'er have doen their job. But it isn't to inform us, that's an afterthought. They where there as bata testers for the NXT system. LEGO brought them in (or rather sent kits out) so that they could be pushed to the limits outside of a lab.
In response to Jim
Well I agree with almost all of what you say...yeah, all.
In response to steve
You still have a sense of humor. But it takes minutes to snap a few photos and write up a paragraph. That's all we want.
And (again from my own experiences) I can acknowledge that it's not the easiest task for full-time working people to find the time to be creative with NXT and to publish the results to the community at that.
Matthias "The Wimp" Paul
...and Never will!
I am an MPDer. I have a full time job (posted in my MDP profile) and a part-time job with very little time otherwise. Let me explain.
I leave work at 4pm everyday. I race home to hug my family (wife, 3 1/2 yr. old boy, and a brand new baby boy born during the MDP period). Now, I'm not saying that I am a god, but I managed to find a few seconds here and there to create something NXT. I mean seconds! Usually, right before bed when I am so tired I couldn't see. If any sour readers out there have children you will know how much personal time parents actually have for self-improvement. For those that do not have children I can say we have seconds weekly.
I like the dream production of "5 - 10 Projects"... The fun was trying to use the new toolset effectively all within the MDP period (2 months?). Learning the new NXT programming software was a time hog of its own. New motor shapes and studless elements were difficult at first (some could not get past this trouble).
All in all, the MDP group did a fine job. There are very many creations that would have taken months or years to create were all created before the NXT was released. Something the RIS never received.
Funny thing... I have seen only 2 non-MDP creations since the release of the NXT to the public.
Well, I cannot type any longer. Back to work...soory for my low turnout/production. I want to do more. Time is...well short.
I can't sympothize (you're talking to a 14 year old kid here), but I understand your delima. But surely there are more than 2 non-MDP creatins out there. What about all the ones that NXTasy.org has posted about? Where they made by MDP'ers?
Thank You for the URL! I had not seen this site. I see a couple from non-MDP builders.
Really though... As Jim touched on... Most MDPers may not have produced much in the way of actual NXT creations with the elements, our primary function was something different. The creations were a side bonus. Those few represent thousands of man-hours and are meant to inspire others to create more and build on the community! Yes, in this case more would likely have been better. But, too many very very cool creations too quickly might discourage some people from trying.
Since I do not have a website of my own, several of my creations are waiting for the treatment.
Now, where do I get a site?