Jun 26, 2013

Robot handing out flyers

Leon Overweel had a great idea: with all the visitors on the Rye High School Science Research symposium, why not create  a robot to hand out flyers?

Very imaginative!

More details can be found on Leon's blog.
Do not forget to check out also his other nice robots there.

Jun 23, 2013

The First Robotic Cheerleaders

Remember Mindy Mindstorms, the great dancing NXT cheerleader, by the Vuurzoons?
Well, the have even surpassed themselves with a fantastic sequel: the First Robotic Cheerleaders.

Ah, I love the movie!
More details and pictures can be found here.

Jun 21, 2013

First look at the new EV3 software

After months of seeing the new EV3 hardware, a few of us have now been given permission to show the new EV3 software.

I did an extremely quick overview of how the new blocks work mainly to show teachers but I thought everyone else might like to have a little look as well.

Full post here - http://www.damienkee.com/home/2013/6/20/first-look-at-the-new-ev3-software.html

It's just a teaser and I'll be doing more in upcoming posts.  If you have any questions, ask away in the comments below!

Jun 19, 2013

Sioux.NET on Track: A fully automated train controlled by LEGO® MINDSTORMS and Microsoft .NET

Here's an interesting guest blog entry by Hans Odenthal from Netherlands:
A group of ten enthusiastic colleagues of the Dutch technical software company Sioux Embedded Systems are working in their spare time on a fully automated LEGO® train, called Sioux .NET on Track
The power functions train is controlled by a LEGO® NXT, the Hi-Technic IR Link sensor and Codatex RFID sensor. The LEGO® NXT bricks  themselves are remotely controlled by a PC, using an application written in C#.
The first functional protype has been on display in 2012 at LEGO WORLD in Zwolle (Netherlands).
After that, a new target has been set up for LEGO WORLD 2013, involving improved features like automatic switches and much more.
Some impressive numbers:
  • a total of appr. 2000 hours have been spent for building and programming
  • six NXT bricks are required  for control
  • two trains
  • three switches
  • PUI (Physical User Interface, a new term to indicate the LEGO® Buttons)
  • Codatex RFID tags for train detection
The work in progress can be found at the group's blog and Youtube channel.

Jun 18, 2013

LEGO® Motor Scooter

There's an interesting video on YouTube with a nice application of a Gyro sensor on a NXT motor scooter:

Jun 7, 2013

A life-size and working LEGO® Segway

Simon Burfield, renowned for his great LEGO® Wheelchair, has published a first prototype of his new fantastic invention: a life-size and working LEGO® Segway!

You need to watch the movie to believe...
Even in its prototype state this is one of the MINDSTORMS highlights of the year already right now.

Jun 4, 2013

After Earth Challenge

For those amongst our readers who haven't been aware of the After Earth Challenge by now that is hosted by the XPrize Foundation: the deadline for submissions is drawing near.

Update note: although the mention of LEGO® MINDSTORMS kits on the start page might suggest it, LEGO® is no partner of this challenge.

Jun 2, 2013

Brick sorter with EV3

French LEGO® MINDSTORMS master builder Philo has published a brick sorter that can be built with a single EV3-set:

He states that he will publish building instructions and programs soon after the official release of LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 in autumn. 
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