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Coming Soon from Mindsensors: GlideWheel

Do you like Power Function motors but hate the way you can’t use them with any degree of accuracy?  You love how compact they are but are not impressed with how many extension cables and converters you need to use them? Well, soon, most, if not all, your reasons to not use a Power Function motor will disappear!  Enter the ... Read More »

Preview of a new Robot: Skittles

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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 whole thing uniformly.  So I figured I may as well ... Read More »

Mindsensors Digital Pneumatic Pressure Sensor (PPS58-Nx)

Mindsensors PPS58-nx

Mindsensors have made a new pressure sensor and it’s really sweet.  It uses their new compact sensor housing and it’s very slick and robust looking.  Rather than calling it the PPS v3, they gave it the uebercatchy name PPS58-Nx. So what can it do?  It can measure pressure from 0 to 400 kilopascal (1 to 58 PSI) with a 1 ... Read More »

Happy and Prosperous 2012

Happy New Year!

I’d like to wish all of my readers a very happy and prosperous 2012. 2011 was a big year for my blog and NXT-sensor land.  I moved from a hosted WordPress blog on wordpress.com to my own one on HostGator.com.  I’ve never been happier about a hosting company.  We had some major issues with our previous one (Hostway) which hosted ... Read More »

UI Frame Work – More Button Pushing

Today I’ve been quite busy programming a more generic framework for using buttons, strings and multiple windows on the NXT.  Things like button pressing is now handled centrally, as well as rendering the windows and the buttons in their current state.  It’s starting to take shape now and it’s not looking too badly.   The buttons respond to presses anywhere ... Read More »

Pressing my Buttons!

Mindsensors TouchPanel

I thought it would be kind of fun to modify some of my program to make use of the Mindsensors TouchPanel sensor.  Having buttons on the screen would make it a lot more intuitive to use.  So here’s a first short video of a 3D button that you can press with the TouchPanel using a stylus.  It’s not much yet, ... Read More »

New from OpenElectrons: NXShield-D

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 up to 4 NXT motors and 4 NXT sensors as ... Read More »

Mindsensors TouchPanel: Noise-a-Tron

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This is possibly the most annoying musical instrument in the world. My dogs weren’t all that impressed with it either.  It’s like the Theremin from hell without any of the redeeming features.  It is to music as ketchup is to pasta sauce. So it is not without some pride that I present to you: the Mindsensors TouchPanel Noise-a-Tron also known ... Read More »

First Look: Mindsensors TouchPanel Sensor

Mindsensors TouchPanel

The mailman brought me a package from Mindsensors today!  The TouchPanel sensor is here and it looks great.  I’ve taken some quick pictures so you can get an idea of what it looks like. Front view, the screen is slightly less bright when viewed straight on but doesn’t seem affected at all if viewed at a slight tilt. I take ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Mindsensors Touch Panel Sensor

This is what the NXT should’ve had in the first place!  Thank goodness for companies like Mindsensors.  They’ve created the first touch panel sensor for the NXT that sits on top of the standard screen and allows you to draw and press on it with a stylus. I haven’t got it yet but I just got a mail saying that ... Read More »