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Lego Calculator – a working digit!

I’ve been working on a Giant Lego Calculator using Lego Mindstorms EV3s to drive a large mechanical display. Here you’ll see some of the progress I’ve made in designing a working digit. I’m excited to show a much improved version of my previous design that is more readable, and has a nice cover made of(…)

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Rebrick contest – SuperBots!

Rebrick contest – SuperBots!

It’s a SuperBot competition! It’s time to put on your thinking caps for some superpower thinking. Design, build and make a video of a Super Robot; your very own SuperBot!  Make it super cool, super geeky, super smart, or super fun, and show what makes your robot a SuperBot. What dilemma, challenge, or chore will(…)

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Creating custom part bins in LDCad

LDCad is a great tool for designing LEGO sets. One powerful feature is it’s ability to create part listings from LEGO set inventories. This allows you to build using exactly the set of parts provided in an official LEGO set. I wrote a python tool that will create the necessary files for LDCad to install(…)

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2016 – a year in Lego Mindstorms

2016 – a year in Lego Mindstorms

2016 was another amazing year for Lego Mindstorms around the world. Marc-Andre Bazergui put togetger this graphical timeline that shows creations and projects from around the world throughout the year, along with events and notable news.

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Calculator keyboard design

Calculator keyboard design

The calculator will have a working keyboard, with a layout familiar to anyone who’s ever used a real calculator. When you press a key the display will update in real time. I also wanted to have a selection of common mathematical functions on the calculator keyboard. And most of all I wanted it to be(…)

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Book review: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Essentials eBook

Book review: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Essentials eBook

I received a review electronic copy of Packt Publishing’s ‘Lego Mindstorms EV3 Essentials’ book. This book covers Java and leJOS programming on the EV3, so it differs from most other books on the market in that it choose a 3rd party environment rather than relying on the Lego-supplied one. It also requires a Linux environment(…)

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Review: The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book

Review: The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book

Yoshihito Isogawa is well known for his excellent Technic Idea book series, and now he is back with an idea book targeted for the EV3. The ideas are as imaginative as ever, captured in Isogawa-san’s signature style of close-up images. Read on for my review of The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book from NoStarch Press…

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‘Incredible Lego Technic’ book review

‘Incredible Lego Technic’ book review

I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Sariel’s latest book titled Incredible Lego Technic and published by NoStarch Press. Unlike Sariel’s previous book this is a compendium of amazing and inspiring Lego Technic models by builders around the world. You won’t find detailed building instructions here, instead each model is presented in stunning colour with(…)

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Review: Lego Mindstorms EV3 discovery book

Review: Lego Mindstorms EV3 discovery book

I was very excited to receive a copy of Laurens Valk’s latest book; The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book published by NoStarch Press. You may know Laurens from his previous Lego Mindstorms titles, and if you own any of his previous works you’ll know he puts considerable time and attention into his books . This edition is(…)

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