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Mindsensors GlideWheel-AS, Worth its Weight in Salt

Mindsensors GlideWheel-AS weighing scalesI wanted to come up with a fun project for the new Mindsensors GlideWheel-AS Angle Sensor.  I wracked my brain as to what I could make that would be fun and not something obvious.  Maybe it was my man-flu/Ebola induced fever, but I came up with an idea: a weighing scale, one of those old fashioned pendulum letter scales.

LDD model of the weighing scalesIt’s quite a simple model, I’ve created an LDD file which you can download here: [LINK].  It doesn’t include the sensor, obviously, but it’s pretty clear where it should be, especially if you take a look at the picture on the right here.  It’s been pre-calibrated but you can recalibrate it quite easily, just follow the instructions on the screen.  You can make this with a standard NXT 2.0 set with only the addition of the GlideWheel-AS.

The program will be part of the Driver Suite, but you can download it here for now: [LINK].  You’ll need the latest driver suite (3.1+) to use it.

About Xander

Xander Soldaat is a Software Engineer and former Infrastructure Architect. He loves building and programming robots. He recently had the opportunity to turn his robotics hobby into his profession and has started working for Robomatter, the makers of ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Words.