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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World’s first LEGO NXT powered wheelchair

World’s first LEGO NXT powered wheelchair

Simon Burfield has built a prototype for the world’s first powered LEGO wheelchair using LEGO Mindstorms NXT. It uses Rotacaster wheels for multi-direction driving, and is powered by a total of 7 NXTs. I don’t fancy changing the batteries on that after a day out!

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Building LEGO in Chrome

Building LEGO in Chrome

    Now you can enjoy hours of Lego building fun right at your desk, building Lego on a virtual map of Australia and NZ directly in your Chrome browser!  

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LEGO Turing Machine

LEGO Turing Machine

In celebration of the centenary year of Alan Turing’s birth Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam (Netherlands) built a LEGO version of a Turing machine – the universal computing device that theoretically models how all computation is done. You can read about it at LEGO Turing Machine.

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