The Visual Lego software project allows you to gain full control of your NXT brick via .NET (Visual Basic, C#, etc.). This software wrapper allows you to access all the bricks functionality over the serial bluetooth link. The library, written by Bram Fokke, is almost complete. It can be downloaded as a beta version as […]
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Servo Magazine is giving away a Robonova. Just fill out their reader’s survey and you’ll be automatically entered to win. Click on the picture of the Robonova on their website. They survey has 23 questions and took me under 10 minutes to fill out. Questions range from how much of the magazine you read, to […]
Here’s a nifty project I found off of Hackaday – how to build your own 16 point (4bit) digital compass. Instead of using the popular 3bit Dinsmore compass the author decided to build his own. The author attached a magnet to a reflective encoding disk. Using four infrared photoreflectors he was able to read the […]
RoboGames 2006 looks like it was a big success. Here are some stories, videos, and pictures from the event: MAKE Magazin Day 1 MAKE Magazine Day 2 Flickr Photo Pool LaughingSquid.com coverage Geek Intertainment Inverview with ExoSkeleton maker, Monty Reed I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
Lem over at Robots-Dreams has once again brought us some crazy Japanese robot-lovin’. This time it’s Japanese American-Style Robot Football! The teams are made up of 4 robot players roughly the size of 3kg sumo-robots. Crazy mayhem ensues. Game play is in 2 3 minute halves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_8CtewvTVA
I recently found this article entitled, “The Great Battery Shootout” comparing various brands of recharable batteries. The article is a bit old (last update, Jan 1, 2005) and it’s specifically targeted at digital camera users, it’s still highly interesting and informative for us robot builders.
RoombaDevTools.com is a great way to get started hacking your Roomba. You can read a review of the RooStick (at left) over at TodBot.com. It allows you to easily connect your computers USB port up to the Roomba’s serial hacker interface. Other nifty products include the RooTooth, which lets you communicate with the Roomba via […]