Monthly Archives: January 2013

LEGO Mindstorms NXT Bin Emptying Robot – Mark I    Send article as PDF   
This is Mark I of my LEGO Mindstorms NXT Ball Sorting Factory, which I have been working for a number of weeks. The whole project consists of three main parts. Firstly there is the ‘Ball Sorting Factory’, made up of Gantry System with 3-Axis: Front-Back, Left-Right, and Up-Down for the Ball Gripping Claw. The Second Part is the Forklift Truck which carries the ‘Ball Bins’ from loading to emptying positions. The final part is the ‘Ball Bin Emptying” mechanism & Conveyor system.

NXT Tower Defense Programmed with Urbi    Send article as PDF   
I came across the NXT Tower Defense project while cruising the web and felt compelled to share it. NXT Tower Defense is a system that lets you build, develop and play with your own robot. This robot is designed with Lego Mindstorms NXT for hardware and uses URBI, Qt and OpenCV for the software. This means that this robot can be used by anyone who has some knowledge of development – and Lego – and the desire to learn about robotics and especially URBI.

LEGO® Group celebrates its 80th Birthday    Send article as PDF   

As The LEGO® Group celebrates its 80th Birthday, we take a look back at its history with this short animated film.

The History of Lego spans almost 100 years of the existence of a toy that grew from small wooden playthings in the early 20th century into the center of a vast market of plastic building bricks that dominated the world markets for decades. It is one of the oldest plastic toys in the world. Its manufacturing was started in Denmark, but was eventually replaced by factories throughout the world. Today it is one of the most successful toys and has remained an iconic brand with a loyal and continuing following. The traditional date for the first Lego blocks is 1947, and the toys have continued to be produced with little interruption since around that time.

The New LEGO Mindstorms ‘EV3’ Announced    Send article as PDF   
The third generation of LEGO’s programmable robotics platform, the ‘EV3’ has been shown at the Los Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show. The EV3 is aimed at both enthusiasts, young and old, and educators. The EV3 has a long list of new features that add speed and power, intelligent programing, and more ways to communicate with the robots.

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