Archive for category: Robots

  • Nat Geo: Us and Them

    Nat Geo: Us and Them

    Ramblings, Robots July 28, 2011 18:51 4 comments

    When National Geographic contacted me last week about writing an article about a robotics article they had published on the web I must say I was quite surprised. The article itself is a very interesting one.  It asks the question whether we are ready for all the robots that are […]

     
  • Mindsqualls is Back from the Dead!

    Mindsqualls is Back from the Dead!

    C#, NXT, Programming, Ramblings July 26, 2011 07:48 no comments

    After a prolonged hibernation period, the Mindsqualls project is back from the dead and version 2.0 has been released. I was using an older version in my super secret Kinect project, so it is nice to see that is being maintained again. Mindsqualls is one of the easiest to use […]

     
  • NXTLOG Explorer Bot Challenge

    NXTLOG Explorer Bot Challenge

    NXT, Ramblings, Robots July 26, 2011 07:35 1 comment

    The NXTLog website has a very cool challenge up! I blatantly stole the article below from the NXT Step. Original article: [LINK] There are robot explorers all over the world and even on Mars! We are challenging you this summer to invent the NXT great generation of explorer robots with […]

     
  • Coming soon: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    Coming soon: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    NXT, Sensors July 19, 2011 16:00 15 comments

    Dexter Industries are currently developing a great new sensor, a proper 6 Degree of Freedom (DOF) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) for the NXT. It consists of two sensors on a single board; a 3-D gyroscope and a 3-D accelerometer. Both sensors can measure their respective values on the X, Y […]

     
  • New from HiTechnic: a Barometric Sensor

    New from HiTechnic: a Barometric Sensor

    NXT, Sensors July 16, 2011 20:22 no comments

    HiTechnic have released a new sensor: a barometric sensor that can also measure temperature! If you ever wanted to make your own weather station, then this is perfect for the job! It measures the pressure in 1/1000th of an inch of Mercury, which can easily be converted other units like […]

     
  • Coming soon from Mindsensors

    Coming soon from Mindsensors

    NXT, Ramblings, Sensors June 30, 2011 16:05 15 comments

    NXShield for Arduino This shield is designed to fit on an Arduino. It will have 4 NXT motor ports, 4 NXT sensor ports and several RC servo motor ports. It allows you to use the I2C port on the Arduino. However it will have only a single I2C bus.  That […]

     
  • Improved Thermal Imaging

    Improved Thermal Imaging

    Experiments, NXT, ROBOTC, Sensors June 16, 2011 16:53 15 comments

    After the initial post about my thermal imaging system using the Dexter Industries Thermal Infrared Sensor, I made some improvements with both the speed and accuracy of the whole thing. I made the sensor sampling interval time based, rather than encoder value based.  This proved to be a lot better […]

     
  • Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Kits on Sale

    Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Kits on Sale

    NXT, Ramblings, Robots May 19, 2011 20:59 no comments

    Over at Amazon.co.uk they have the Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit on sale. You can get it for just £176.79, down from £234.99. For those in the Euro zone, that’s down from €266 to €200. My North American readers can get a discounted one at the Amazon.com website where it’s priced […]

     
  • New Rotacaster Wheels

    New Rotacaster Wheels

    NXT, Robots April 13, 2011 12:13 8 comments

    These are the new Rotacaster wheels that arrived Monday morning. The one with the orange hub has dark grey, soft, very grippy rollers; the wheel with the dark grey hub  has slightly harder, orange rollers. These are the latest prototypes and they have undergone some great improvements; the rollers roll […]

     
  • Controlling your NXT with the Kinect

    C#, Experiments, NXT, Programming, Robots, Sensors April 10, 2011 07:34 24 comments

    After seeing the video posted on Mauro Brunato’s website, I got all sorts of ideas in my head for other cool things to do with it. With a little help from my friend SC, I managed to get my hands on one of these Kinect sensors as well. It wasn’t […]