About Mark

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LEGO enthusiast, avid Mindstorms fan, Ireland Mindstorms Community Partner (MCP).

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Three new bonus models announced for EV3

Three new bonus models announced for EV3

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 has three new bonus models announced at the Maker Faire in California this week. And the best news is that they are designed by LEGO fans who are part of the expert panel advising LEGO on the EV3 development. This week we have: An Electric Guitar using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 to(…)

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 FAQ available

Lego Mindstorms EV3 FAQ available

Lego has posted an FAQ addressing some common questions about the new EV3 set. One of the key points is the compatibility between the new EV3 and existing NXT motors and sensors. The good news is that your existing NXT motors will work with the new EV3 brick, and the new EV3 motors can be(…)

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Lego Mindstorms EV3 announced!!!

Lego Mindstorms EV3 announced!!!

The Lego Group have announced the new Mindstorms EV3 programmable brick at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. It’s an exciting development in the world of amateur robotics, as the new kit is  eagerly anticipated by Lego fans around the world.

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Book review: The Unofficial Lego Technic Builders Guide

Book review: The Unofficial Lego Technic Builders Guide

It is a rare opportunity that a master Technic Lego builder shares the “tricks of the trade” in an easily accessible book form. Sariel is such a master, well-known and respected for his amazing Lego Technic creations which he documents on his website http://sariel.pl. Sariel’s creations are the most-viewed Technic model videos on YouTube, and(…)

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World Robot Olympiad 2012

World Robot Olympiad 2012

World Robot Olympiad 2012, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia The World Robot Olympiad was held this year in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, at the Sunway Resort Convention Centre. Four hundred teams of children from 34 countries competed in challenges to build robots to solve complex problems. I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest of Lego(…)

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NXT breadboard adapater

NXT breadboard adapater

Dexter Industries have released a simple yet incredibly useful sensor – a breadboard adapter that allows you to connect your NXT to a prototype project on a breadboard. Definitely a must-have for any advanced sensor work.

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SoundMachine – building music with LEGO bricks

SoundMachine – building music with LEGO bricks

SoundMachine is a LEGO drum sequencer that “builds” music using standard LEGO bricks. SoundMachine is an interactive music tool to collaboratively develop music. SoundMachine scans 2×2 colour LEGO bricks arranged in 4 tracks of 8 beats. The colour information is converted to MIDI messages by a Processing sketch, which sends MIDI to Ableton Live to(…)

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NXTified 9398 Rock Crawler with wifi control

NXTified 9398 Rock Crawler with wifi control

The new LEGO 9398 RockCrawler is out, and I really enjoyed how the designers chose to mount the motors directly on the pendular axles. Looking at it I realised that by replacing the power-function motors with NXT motors I could make the RockCrawler driven by the NXT. I had a new NXT2WIFI sensor from Dani(…)

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