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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.