Archive for category: Robots

  • LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Announced

    LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Announced

    EV3, Ramblings January 7, 2013 09:50 11 comments

    CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for […]

     
  • TinyDuino: Good things come in small packages

    TinyDuino: Good things come in small packages

    Arduino October 11, 2012 07:59 no comments

    When I was contacted a little while ago by Ken Burns of the TinyDuino project, I thought: “Oh here we go, another Arduino clone project.”  However, when I checked out the Kickstarter project I quickly went from “meh” to “WOW”. The TinyDuino is, well, tiny and by tiny, I mean […]

     
  • Skittles on the Threshold

    Skittles on the Threshold

    Robots July 11, 2012 20:26 8 comments

    My robot Skittles is a big robot; he’s probably one of the biggest wheeled robots I’ve made so far.  When the Mindsensors PSP-Nx-V4 came in last week, I knew I had to make it remote controllable. I finished up the last bits of the driver for the new sensor yesterday […]

     
  • Come play with Laurens…

    Come play with Laurens…

    Robots May 4, 2012 13:27 no comments

    ‘s robot! Yes, that’s right, you can reach out and play with Laurens’ Alpha Rex over the Big Interwebs!  He made a cool looking web interface for it and allows you check out what it’s doing via a webcam! I did something similar a while back but not nearly as […]

     
  • Preview of a new Robot: Skittles

    Preview of a new Robot: Skittles

    Robots February 24, 2012 22:09 1 comment

    This is a quick video I shot with my mobile phone of a new robot called Skittles. Why did I call it Skittles, you ask?  Well, it’s got all colours in the rainbow in it because I simply don’t have enough bricks of one or two colours to build the […]

     
  • Sometimes you win…sometimes you get omni-humped.

    Sometimes you win…sometimes you get omni-humped.

    NXT November 7, 2011 22:55 4 comments

    I was working on an omniwheeled robot last night, trying some code that would ensure the vehicle would go straight even if the motors were not perfectly in sync.  Unfortunately, there seemed to be a bit of a bug in the code which lead to some pretty erratic behaviour. So […]

     
  • New from OpenElectrons: NXShield-D

    New from OpenElectrons: NXShield-D

    Arduino November 3, 2011 13:10 no comments

    OpenElectrons, the non-NXT company of Mindsensors, has released a smaller version of their NXShield-M that fits a normal Arduino Duemilanove or Uno.  This one doesn’t have as many servo connections as the NXShield-M (which has an insane number of servo connectors) but has a smaller form factor. You can attach […]

     
  • OpenElectrons NXShield-M + Teemino

    OpenElectrons NXShield-M + Teemino

    Arduino August 10, 2011 20:23 3 comments

    The Teemino As I mentioned in an earlier post, OpenElectrons (Mindsensors) have released the Teemino and will soon release a shield (NXShield-M) that is compatible with this board and the ArduinoMega. Lucky for me, one of each of these arrived in the post this morning, unlucky for me, I don’t […]

     
  • 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 […]