Category Archives: Competitions

Drop Bottom Container for Forklift

As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been working on building my contribution to the May 2012, NXTLog Competition. I decided to build a ‘Line Following Forklift Truck’ for goods transportation to the factory. Here is the LEGO®  Model of the large open top, pallet type bins used to transport vegetables, such as potatoes, cabbages and pumpkins.

LEGO® Mindstorms NXT Forklift Truck

I’ve been working on building my contribution to the May 2012, NXTLog Competition. Part of my project needs a method to transport models of the large open top pallet type bins used to transport vegetables, such as potatoes, cabbages and pumpkins. I decided on a ‘Line Following Forklift Truck’ to do the job.

NXTLOG Food Factor Building Challenge

To help celebrate the 2012 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival in St Louis, Mo., USA this April. This NXTLOG challenge theme is ‘FOOD FACTOR’! With requires you too develop a robot that can be used in an innovate way for the food industry.
You can choose anything from grow and pick food fresh from the farm, to how it can be safely transported, stored, served, and waste can be turned into renewable energy!

NXT Beer & Soft Drink Bottle Opener

After seeing a couple of LEGO Mindstorms NXT Bottle Openers on the net, I decided to tackle building my own… The task turned out to be somewhat more difficult than I envisaged. The most difficult part by far was the Gripper Mechanisms, as they had to securely hold the Bottle and it’s cap in a manor that allowed them to be unscrewed.

My NXTLOG ‘Crazy Contraption’ Entry

Many robots are designed to do simple tasks in an efficient way to make our lives easier. But what if robotic machines did simple tasks in an over-complicated way? This is the type of Machine that ‘Rube Goldberg‘ envisaged for his weird world. Below is an example of a ‘Rube Goldberg Light Switch’. I have attempted emulate this crazy idea of Goldberg’s, with my very own over complicated LEGO Mindstorms NXT based ‘Light Switch’.

Mazes for Lego MindStorms Robots

There has been local interest in the new experimental International RoboCup “Rescue B” challenge introduced by the committee headed by Dr. Damien Kee. This was used as a demonstration event in the World RoboCup in Singapore in 2010, and I am told unofficially that it will be a competition event in Istanbul in RoboCup 2011. An important change from the traditional RoboCup Junior Rescue Challenge is the inclusion of a maze. In competition, this maze is reconfigurable, and hence can be a constantly changing new challenge to students.



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