Posts Tagged ‘Lego Mindstorm’

Welcome Alimur and Krzysztof!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

We are please to welcome Alimur and Krzysztof as new members of the project. Alimur is a master student specialized in embedded systems while Krzysztof has just finished his bachelor in computer science.

In the next months they will implements Web Based APIs for the Lego Mindstorm. They both are at their first experience in Opensource and soon we will see them around in our mailing lists and this blog.

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!

Christmas Gift from Microsoft and Lego

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Today we just received a present from Microsoft. Within the Microsoft Educational Program they give us a Lego Mindstorm. It sounds a nice Christmas gift but… now we need to assemble the robot before start to play with it! Any volunteers? ;-)