Archive for January, 2009

Bugs and Feature Requests

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I think that it is time to start to use our track system… so I reported few bugs and feature requests that I received in the past few months. So the message is: feel free to use the track system and the discussion forum! :-)

Instrument Element Track System

New Release and Help Wanted

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

We are now starting to think about a roadmap that should lead to the next release so we are looking for cool advices and ideas!  We also post few help wanted requests, if you want to contribute you may have a look to the following link:

Instrument Element Help Wanted

Lego Mindstorm Embedded Console

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This is just a small update about the Lego Mindstorm. The battery recharger for the battery that Lego included in the educational package is almost impossible to find in shops. So, in order to be able to turn on the robot I bought a few battery (six!) and now it works. 

It is worth nothing that this gift comes from Microsoft. Therefore, as expected, nobody mention the LeJOS project. What was unexpected is that they did not include the usual Lego software for connecting the robot to the computer!

I play a little bit with the buttons that are in the Lego brick and I have to say that the interface is quite intuitive. Unfortunately, as usual, more something is intuitive less things you can do with that. 

So far, the only nice program that I was able to build with the embedded console is: 

Loop: 

   <wait for something near you using the ultrasonic sensor> 

   <turn right going back>

   <keep going back>

EndLoop.

If you run this program the robot give you the feeling that it is scared about you and it try to run away :-)

If you have any nice program feel free to drop me a line!  

Lego Mindstorm Assembled

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

We got some volunteers  and at this link you can see the result:

Mindstorm Assembled

A few free thoughts:

  • It is funny!
  • You need approximately 2.5 hours of work if 2 or more people are cooperating.
  • If you are alone you need to spend 5h in the assemblage.
  • The Mindstorm Educational package includes a nice rechargeable battery but the recharger is not included!