Autonomous

Pulito – Featuring DFlex

Over the summer we installed hardwood flooring – which needs constant sweeping and cleaning .    What to do…  What to do…  Well, most of us would just sweep it, right?  Some of us might even go buy a Roomba.  But, then again, some of us build something to do it for them.  Why?  Because we can… Pulito...
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LEGO Robots

Review – Dexter Industries – DI Thermal Series Sensor Roundup (Updated)

I recently had the chance to test out a set of Dexter Industries Thermal Sensors produced for the NXT. For those that are not aware, Dexter Industries has entered the market of producing LEGO Mindstorms NXT-compatible sensors and has come up with some pretty cool ideas such as the dSwitch...
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Autonomous

DualGrip-NXT Rover

Sometimes I build robots that attempt to solve real world challenges.  Other times, robots are built based on random ideas. This robot is a case of solving a LEGO challenge – specifically, with their Technic tracks/treads #575518.  At no fault of theirs, these plastic tracks are slippery on many surfaces.  Great for carpets, flat areas, dirt (if you dare)...
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Autonomous

BrickSorter

What better way to test a colour sensor then to create a brick sorting robot! After getting my hands on a HiTechnic colour sensor, I first took a stab at creating a robot that could navigate a room and detect colour. There was only one problem, it could not really do what I was hoping for. I was nieve in...
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Autonomous

UNV

April 2007: Your first question is probably “what does UNV stand for?”. Well, its nothing special – I simply could not come up with a name for it, so what better way to tag it then simply unnamed vehicle. After receiving a bunch of the new tread links, I wanted to create something grand with them. Scouting the web, I...
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LEGO Robots

WiFiCamBot

Jan 2008: WifiCamBot was one of my adventures in building a robot that could be remotely driven around while transmitting video via a live feed through an IP-based network camera wirelessly. The idea came from my wanting to do something simple. Survey underneath my deck to see what sort of critters etc were making a home there. The deck was...
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LEGO Robots

DynaTrax

December 2006: Sometimes my robot building ideas are spurred by nothing more than wanting to make use of one or more cool items that I get from time-to-time. In this case it’s two – tread tracks that can be had if you own the Technic Snowmobile (8272) and a TechnoStuff Tilt/Accel Sensor. I was fortunate to have received a huge...
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LEGO Robots

CT1

Feb 2007: CT1 was a quick build to test the HiTechnic Colour sensor that I recently received. Being the type that does not read the fine print that often, I had it in my mind that I would build a robot that could navigate around and rhyme off colours of objects that it “saw”. It was not until I tested...
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