Monthly Archives: April 2015

BrickLink Order: #5339500    Send article as PDF   
I’ve been occupied in the development of an EVShield Controlled Container Handling Crane. Thus far I have most of the Brick related Bugs ironed out, but have ran into the LEGO Engineer’s number issue: I need more Bricks.

A Better Replacement for the traditional LEGO Cord/String

1.8mm Atwood Rope    Send article as PDF   
I posed the question, “Does anyone know of a suitable replacement for the LEGO String that I can use that is stronger and more reliable?” I was struggling with the issue that all my long lengths of LEGO Stuff seems to regularly SHRINK on me….. I basically would like to have a 50-100 Reel of it at hand.

Great Ball Contraption Module: Akiyuki’s Ball Factory    Send article as PDF   

Author: Blakbird’s Technicopedia

Posted 01 April 2015 – 11:57 PM

Although I find the whole concept of the Great Ball Contraption fascinating, I have to admit that I have not been particularly tempted to build one myself in the past. I can’t say for certain why this was so, save perhaps that I saw too many versions of the standard conveyor built with tracks. Then Akiyuki started creating modules and posting YouTube videos and I was blown away. He has not only created some of the most mechanically complex LEGO creations ever, but he has managed to make them beautiful and mesmerizing at the same time. My favorite of these is the Ball Factory, a stunningly complicated mechanical creation powered by only a single motor. This model not only performs the standard GBC function of moving balls from left to right, but also integrates a similar system of moving buckets which is seamlessly integrated with the ball functions. See for yourself.

Trusting Robots: How much should we hand over to robots?

Trusting Robots    Send article as PDF   
The Insight program brings together surprising and unpredictable guests: people with first-hand experience of the issues, as well as experts and those with strong opinions on the subject.

BrickLink Order #5316246 and Storage Solutions    Send article as PDF   
Its been over 18 months since I have order from BrickLink. This is a minor miracle for me, as prior to this I was ordering almost monthly. But it’s a big one to make up for it.

I have quite a few permanently built LEGO Mindstorms Robots which I use for exhibition purposes now, and as a result my Technic Liftarm resources where somewhat depleted. So off to BrickLink I went. To in Germany, in fact. Tom has a fantastic range of Technic Parts, including Liftarms in particular. And all at very good prices.

LEGO Minstorms EV3 Segway Uses Microinfinity Cruizcore IMU

EV3 Segway    Send article as PDF   
I have been working on creating a LEGO Minstorms EV3 Segway which uses Microinfinity Cruizcore IMU (Inertia Measurement Unit). The Robot is programmed using RobotC v4.xx for LEGO Minstorms, and uses the ROBOTC 4.x Driver Suite for NXT and EV3 written by Xander Soldaat. I originally need an extra Segway to exhibit at Brixhibition Launceston 2015, and as all my NXT Bricks were in use I decided to put together an EV3 based version.

Virtual Robotics Toolkit for LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Virtual Robotics Toolkit Sumo    Send article as PDF   
For people thinking of purchasing a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit, but are a little worried about the learning curve, then spending $50 on a copy of the “Virtual Robotics Toolkit” before outlaying $500 on the LEGO kit its self.

Mindstorms EV3 Dual-Wheeled Holonomic Platform

Technicolour Holonomic Platform    Send article as PDF   
I have been working on an LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Holonomic Platform, with Dual-Wheels on each of its three sides. It is controlled via a Sony PlayStation Wireless Remote Control. The PS2 Remote interfaces to the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Brick via Mindsensors PSP-Nx-v4 Adapter.

OpenElectrons’ UI module for EVShield

UI Mon EVShield    Send article as PDF   
OpenElectrons’ have released a UI module for EVShield. The module has a color display and a navigation switch. Use this UI module on your EVShield for easy user interaction with your Programs and Robot.

EV3-Basic: Microsoft Basic Programming for the EV3

EV3-Basic    Send article as PDF   
Introducing EV3-Basic which allows programming the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 with Microsoft’s ‘Small Basic’. EV3-Basic is a basic compiler to target the Lego Mindstorms EV3 intelligent brick. EV3-Basic is a programming language that is designed to make programming extremely easy, approachable and fun for beginners. EV3-Basic’s intention is to bring down the barrier and serve as a stepping stone to the amazing world of computer programming.

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