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Preview of a new Robot: Skittles


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 »

New site: Robot Square


Laurens Valk is proud to announce the birth of his new site: Robot Square.  Apart from a place where he intends to host designs and examples of some of the cool robots he’s made over the years and is working on now, it will also have tutorials and much more. Robot Square is a gathering (hence the Square) of robots ... Read More »

HCC Robotica Open Day

Are you in the Netherlands and want to come see lots of cool robots?  Then come to the HCC Robotica Open Day in Hooglanderveen this coming Saturday 1 October. I’ll be there with my NXTs, so if you want come by, to say “hello” or check out all the cool stuff that’s there, don’t hesitate to drop by!  It’s always ... Read More »

Controlling your NXT with the Kinect

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 easy to get it working, though but with the help ... Read More »

Programming Robots in Virtual Worlds

Original article here: [LINK]. Carnegie Mellon will release a fully working, downloadable “Technical Demonstration” of their new Robot Virtual World (RVW) programming tool to the world on February 9, 2011. The first world takes students to planet H99 where they will be able to program their robots using feedback from encoders, sonar, and compass sensors. The RVW project is designed ... Read More »

Apollo, The Littlest LineLeader

This is Apollo, the smallest NXT based line follower I’ve ever made.  It’s loosely based on A-Maze-Ing, which I designed and built quite a while ago. Apollo is equipped some pretty cool stuff: The new Mindsensors Numpad A Mindsensors LineLeader sensor Two Rotacaster wheels The program in this robot is based on the same one I wrote for the Mean ... Read More »


My current project, well, the one I seem to be spending the most time on is a robot called A-Maze-Ing. It is based on a Lego Mindstorms NXT brick. This robot is, or rather, will be, a line-maze solving robot. The first challenge in building this robot was its size. Rules dictate the robot should not exceed 15x15x15 cm at ... Read More »