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Bot Bench is coming to Prague

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I’ve been invited to speak at the Cafe Neu Romance in Prague for the International Robotics Performance Festival.  Steven Canvin and Mike Brandl will also be there to give presentations.  There will be many other interesting speakers and demonstrations.  You can find out a LOT more about this festival here: [LINK].  If you’re in the area and you love robots ... Read More »

Mindsensors GlideWheel-AS, Worth its Weight in Salt

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I 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. It’s ... Read More »

New from Dexter Industries: NXTChuck

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I am sure you’ve seen the pictures of the Wii Nunchucks attached to the NXT before on the Internet.  However, they either required a very specific Nunchuck to be used or some modifications on the device itself.  Dexter Industries, together with Matthew Richardson have come up with a great new Wii Adapter for LEGO MINDSTORMS, the NXTChuck.  With this sensor ... Read More »

Review: The Unofficial LEGO ® Technic Builder’s Guide

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When I first heard this book was coming out a few months ago, I couldn’t wait for it to become available on Amazon.  Fate would have it be that last week I was contacted by No Starch Press to ask if I was interested in reviewing this book.  It took all of about 1 ms to make up my mind; of course ... Read More »

May the Force be With You: HiTechnic Force Sensor

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If to be able to sense the Force you want your robot, an excellent choice this HiTechnic Force Sensor is.  Hmmmmm. ..  Due to come out in early October, this little bad boy can measure the amount of force applied to an axle that presses into the axle receptacle (image below left), which you see in the front of the ... Read More »

New Hispabrick Magazine: HBM014

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There’s a new Hispabrick Magazine out! Another installment packed full of great articles, models and tutorials. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find: Lots and lots of droids (the ones you were looking for) How Kickstarter helped fund two very cool projects Another installment of the Mindstorms NXT programming tutorial The next chapter in the LDraw tutorial (part 13) Reviews ... Read More »

Very cool Omniwheelchair

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Simon Burfield, a.k.a. Burf has made a super cool model.  By model I mean chair and by chair I mean omnidirectional wheelchair. Oh and it’s life-sized, too.  Yeah, it is capable of handling no less than 90 kg!  I saw a video of an early prototype a few weeks ago but this new one is even better-er! Some facts: It ... Read More »

See you at the LEGO Festijn @ Hardenberg!

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I’ll be at the LEGO Festijn in Hardenberg this weekend.  Martijn Boogaarts and I will be displaying our robots and answering questions about life, the universe and Mindstorms. It’ll be a blast, so be sure to drop by if you can!  More information on where, can be found here: [LINK]. Be there or be square! Read More »

Re-launch of the Dexter Industries dSwitch + Contest!

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Dexter Industries have re-launched one of their first products, the dSwitch.  The dSwitch is a device that allows you to control a main-operated device with your NXT!  Pretty freaking cool, if you ask me!  The possibilities are endless: Setup your NXT to turn on the coffee maker in the morning, wake up to the smell of a freshly brewed cup ... Read More »

LEGO Heavy Weapons

When NoStarch Press contacted me a week or two so ago about doing a review about a book called “LEGO® Heavy Weapons”, I must admit I was a little skeptical.  I am not a big fan of guns or violence but when I saw a PDF preview of this book I was blown away (pardon the pun). The book is ... Read More »