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  • It’s here: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    It’s here: Dexter Industries 6-DOF IMU

    Sensors October 11, 2011 12:30 6 comments

    Dexter Industries have started selling their new Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that has both a gyroscope and an accelerometer. Gyroscope The gyro has 3 ranges, 250, 500 and 2000 degrees per second with 1/128, 1/64 and 1/16 degree accuracy respectively.  It can measure the rate of turn on all three […]

     
  • Finding Bluetooth paired NXTs with WMI

    Finding Bluetooth paired NXTs with WMI

    C# September 23, 2011 14:55 13 comments

    Windows Management Instrumentation I’ve been programming a fair bit of C# lately and one of the things I needed to do was find a list of all the COM ports used by NXTs that had been paired with the currently connected Bluetooth controller on the laptop. WMI, or Windows Management […]

     
  • Exposed: LEGO Ultrasonic Sensor

    Exposed: LEGO Ultrasonic Sensor

    Exposed September 21, 2011 21:43 43 comments

    This one was a request by one my readers and what a great suggestion! Taking this sensor apart proved a little bit of a challenge.  It wasn’t as eager to give ups secrets as readily as some of the other ones I’ve opened up in the past.  I also didn’t […]

     
  • ROBOTC 3.0 is Here! (and that’s not all!)

    ROBOTC 3.0 is Here! (and that’s not all!)

    ROBOTC September 13, 2011 22:10 13 comments

    After what seems like a dog’s age, a new release of ROBOTC has been, well, released (as is often the case with releases). Here’s what I know so far. Many platforms, one program They’ve done a major overhaul of the internal workings of the ROBOTC program and compiler, you no […]

     
  • LEGO World Zwolle October 19-26 2011

    LEGO World Zwolle October 19-26 2011

    Ramblings August 31, 2011 15:08 1 comment

    In just 6 weeks’, the biggest, most exciting LEGO show is going to take place in Zwolle, The Netherlands. This year the Mindstorms and Technic themes will join forces and have a massive combined stand that will take up a complete separate area at the venue. There will be other […]

     
  • 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 […]

     
  • Kinect SDK Beta Refresh

    Kinect SDK Beta Refresh

    C#, Programming, Sensors August 2, 2011 19:52 3 comments

    Microsoft has released a new refresh of the Kinect SDK. The new beta has a few driver updates and some run time enhancements.  They also worked on improving the documentation. More information about the latest Kinect SDK update can be found on the official website: [LINK] You can download the […]

     
  • Welcome to the new site!

    Welcome to the new site!

    Ramblings July 28, 2011 19:12 14 comments

    Hi and welcome to the new site.  No, I’ve not been hijacked, kidnapped or otherwise subverted.  This is the new home for “I’d Rather Be Building Robots”. Since that whole sentence would make for a really terrible domain name, I did some brain storming for a new name and I […]

     
  • 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 […]