LEGO has officially announced that the firmware for the NXT will be open source. In addition, they will be releasing developer kits for hardware, software, and bluetooth. From the press release: The Software Developer Kit will include the NXT driver interface specification and necessary tools for creating third-party programming environments. The Hardware Developer Kit will […]
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Tom Atwood, over at Robot Magazine, has put a review of the Robotis Bioloid “edutainment” robot kit on their website. You can also find more information on Robotis’ website, though, be warned that it’s a Korean company and the “English” version is a bit confusing. ROBOT Magazine recently took a close look at two Robotis […]
Jim Kelly, over at our favorite LEGO Mindstorms NXT blog, The NXT Step, is putting together a “shopping list” of questions that folks have about Mindstorms NXT and the Mindstorms Development Program (MDP). Jim is one of the lucky few that actually made it into the program. However, the MDPers are under an official gag-order […]
I recently found two interesting articles on pathfinding. The first one, Using Genetic Programming to Evolve a Better Pathfinding Algorithm, is specifically targeted to video games, but easily applicable to robots. The second one, A* Pathfinding for Beginners, is platform agnostic and is a good primer to the popular A* pathfinding algorithm.
Recently, Jim, over at The NXT Step blog let me know he’d added GoRobotics.net to his blogroll. Since we don’t currently have a blogroll, the “nxt” best thing is to give him a shout-out in a post! The NXT Step is now on my feed list. It’s a great site for information about about LEGO’s […]
“The street finds its own use for things. It’s all in the mix.” — William Gibson Feral Robotic Dog project is proof of this. It started with Natalie Jeremijenko, who advocated hacking robotic dogs and using them as a tool for exploring the environment. These wild dogs in effect became low cost sensor platforms, their […]
In a tribute to Joseph Weisenbaum, Andrianne Wortzel has wired up a Robosapien to a chatbot and a webcam. The Robosapien sits in the studio and provides psychoanalysis over the Web. The project is Eliza Redux and is named after Weisenbaum’s famed Eliza. Curious idea, though more as an art piece than a technology triumph. […]
Here is a link that recently came to our attention: Crab Fu Steam Toys! If you have ever wondered what would happen if a Gakken Mechamo Centipede or Mechamo Crab was crossed with a steam engine, Crab Fu shows the way. There are videos of these creations in action. As an aside, the downside of […]