Yearly Archives: 2013

LEGO Compatible Raspberry Pi Base    Send article as PDF   
Ever wished/wanted to use a Raspberry Pi as part of a LEGO Robotics Experiment, or need an alternative method to attach you BrickPI to a Robot you are building? Well, thanks to HansH and with the use of a 3d Printing Service you can have such a LEGO Compatible Raspberry Pi Base.

LEGO Technic Compatible Helical Gears    Send article as PDF   
The teeth on helical gears are cut at an angle to the face of the gear. When two teeth on a helical gear system engage, the contact starts at one end of the tooth and gradually spreads as the gears rotate, until the two teeth are in full engagement. This gradual engagement makes helical gears operate much more smoothly and quietly than spur gears. For this reason, helical gears are used in almost all car transmissions.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Alternative Wi-Fi Dongles    Send article as PDF   
Before I start on LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Alternative Wi-Fi Dongles, I came across a solution to the issue that arises with any Wi-Fi Dongle you use with your EV3 Brick. That is, any Dongle connected will stick out from the side of the brick, getting in the road of everything and allowing it to be easily to knocked from the EV3 Brick’s USB Socket.

Thick Technic Liftarms with Even Numbered Holes    Send article as PDF   
Ever needed Thick Technic Liftarms with ‘Even Numbered Holes‘? Well now thanks to the world of 3D Printing they are available thanks to a fellow Tasmanian’s ingenuity.

Control an insect from your smartphone!    Send article as PDF   
The RoboRoach: Control a living insect from your smartphone for $99.99!

What is the RoboRoach?

The RoboRoach is the world’s first commercially available cyborg! That’s right… A real-life Insect Cyborg! Part cockroach and part machine. This is not a gimmick…  just good ol’ fashion neuroscience, evolution and engineering

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Kits Arrive    Send article as PDF   
After a long wait due to getting the cash together, I’m now the proud owner of two LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Retail Kits (31313). I ended up, after a lot of research in getting my kits from Amazon U.K. as I was able to save US$250, compared to buying them here locally in Australia. For some reason that I haven’t managed to determine, LEGO retails for about 50% more than residents of Europe and the U.S.would expect to pay.

Cyborg Insects Mapping Collapsed Buildings    Send article as PDF   


Researchers from North Carolina State University have proposed using swarms of cyborg remote-control cockroaches to map dangerous or uncertain areas like collapsed buildings. Just a few months ago, a team at the same university published research into using Microsoft’s Kinect technology to steer cyborg cockroaches (what they call “biobots”) through a predefined path.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit Released!    Send article as PDF   
Create and command robots that do what you want with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3! The Lego Mindstorms EV3 is the third generation Lego Mindstorms product. EV3 is a further development of the NXT. The system was released on September 1, 2013.

Mindstorms NXT Forklift Mark IV    Send article as PDF   
I have reworked my LEGO Mindstorms NXT Forklift again. This is the Mark IV version of my NXT Forklift with the major difference to previous designs relates to the Boom that moves the Folks Up-and-Down. In this version the Boom is far longer allowing the Forks to be raise 10 Studs from floor level.

Rotacasters: Big, Bigger, Biggest!    Send article as PDF   
Yes it ‘s another Holonomic Platform Robot, but this ones special. I built this Mindstorms Robot to celebrate a package that arrived in the post today from Rotacaster Australia. Yes, more omni-wheels to’ Beta Test’. But these are monsters compared to the original 48mm (2″) Rotacaters.

LEGO Mindstorms NXT Stair Climbing Robot    Send article as PDF   
After seeing this LEGO Mindstorms EV3, Stair Climbing Robot on ‘The NEXT Step Blog‘, I decided to build my own NXT Version. I had attempted a couple before several years ago, but they weren’t overly successful. Now with lots of IMU Sensor add-ons for the Mindstorms NXT, it makes the task a lot easier.

LEGOLAND Hotel clicks open    Send article as PDF   


Everything has finally clicked into place. The dragons, monkeys, and ladybugs and thousands of other LEGO brick models are ready for their legions of fans to descend for the April 5th opening of LEGOLAND Hotel, the country’s first hotel devoted to the hugely popular building block.

The Raspberry Pi gets NXTified    Send article as PDF   
Dexter Industries are currently working a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Interface/ Shield for the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your HDTV. Add a mouse and a keyboard and you have a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It was designed to be used by kids all over the world to learn programming. And the Raspberry Pi will set you back a mere $35.00.

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LEGO Mindstorms NXT Rotacaster Bug Bot    Send article as PDF   
I originally built this LEGO Mindstorms NXT Bug Bot Robot as part of a display at the TAZ-Brick ( Collector Clubs Brixhibition North. The robot proved a hit with the under 10, LEGO Fanatics. Since then I’ve been playing around with the design of my Mindstorms NXT Bug Bot. In this new version I have replaced the 2x RCX type Touch Sensors with 2x NXT type Touch Sensors. The front bumpers had to remodelled to take the NXT Touch Sensors.

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