LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 – Project „Mak3rBot“

The Mak3rBot is a LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot that consists of 3D printed Parts. The design is based on Damien Kees RileyRover / Joe Menos Retailrover as this design only needs a few parts. All parts were printed on a Vellemann k8200 3D printer. Most of the parts could be found on Thingiverse, some needed to be exported from Ldraw/LeoCAD. The LEGO ActionCam Camera mount has been designed by Andy Milluzzi. The mission of this robot is to travel to Maker Faires and share the #MINDSTORMSMAGIC with the makers around the world and show them that it is possible to combine LEGO with your maker hobby and create your own parts and robots.

The pictures were taken at Legoworld Utrecht 2016. The Mak3rbot robot and pictures were made by me, Sebastian Trella. Feel free to share pictures or contact me if you need more information or help with creating your own robot.

Video showing LEGO MINDSTORMS booth at Legoworld Utrecht 2016


Pictures from Legoworld Utrecht 2016

Pictures from Maker Faire Ruhr 2016

Personal Intelligent Robots with Android Phone and LEGO

ELFi Robotics startup by Google Science Fair finalist Mark Drobnych is now on Kickstarter

 

28 of October 2015 – New startup ELFi Robotics based in Ukraine announced today that it is raising funds via  rewards crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to finish the development of their revolutionary Android apps for robotic applications. The company set out to raise £33,000 on KickStarter to finish development of innovative software platform for DIY smart robots built with wide-accessible construction sets of Lego, Tetrix, Arduino and Raspberry Pi .

ELFi Robotics offers a Minimal Viable Product – Robotic Platform for learning and building intelligent robots. This platform comprises of: Brain App for Android (iOS soon), Robots, Platform Tools, RoboMarket, Training program.

ELFi Brain App is a robotic brain which can be installed on Android device and connected to LEGO EV3, Arduino or Raspberry Pi controllers. So any LEGO Robot can receive its missed brain from now on!

ELFi Educational Program covers both hardware and software aspects required to understand basics of robotics. Both aspects start from very simple patterns and don’t assume any previous experience in robotics. ELFi Robotics WorkBook and Building Instructions Book by Mark allow a quick start for any beginner.

The powerful concept of RoboMarket and “Robotics for programmers”  book allows third-party developers to write applications for ELFi Robots and even sell them.

According to Mark Drobnych, 15 years old CEO of ELFi robotics: “Our main target is to provide robots to everybody. Nowadays, real robots are really expensive and rare. I think it’s time to enter  the new era of technologies. Build your own robot, with own design, and own set of functions! Our Brain app and platform are flexible enough to support new robotics ventures.”

The story begun two years ago when 13-years old Mark Drobnych worked on his personal scientific research: School Presentation of  Microscope. The results of this work were presented at the Final of Google Science Fair 2014 in Mountain View, California. As functions of microscope started being more complex Mark had an idea to create an universal Robotic Brain on top of Android operating system. This Brain had to create human-friendly spoken interface not only for his Presentation of Microscope but for ANY ROBOTIC BODY built with Lego, Arduino, Tetrix or Raspberry Pi parts. It was ELFi birth.

To enforce his progress on software part Mark involved his dad, Oleksiy Drobnych, PhD, into the project as an experienced software engineer.

In the UK Mark is represented by Androcommerce Ltd., registered in England family firm focusing on mobile e-commerce offering.

LEGO® Education im Klassenzimmer der Zukunft 2015 auf der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Grasbrunn, 12.10.2015. Zunächst verbindet man die Frankfurter Buchmesse
(14.-18. Oktober 2015) nur mit Büchern, Lesen, Autoren, Literatur. Doch im
„Klassenzimmer der Zukunft“ der Frankfurter Buchmesse geht es um viel mehr
als nur das Fach Deutsch. Das Anliegen der Frankfurter Buchmesse, Bildung
innovativ, digital und international zu präsentieren, wird im Konzept des
Klassenzimmers umgesetzt, und internationale Innovationen und Entwicklungen
im Bildungsbereich werden hier erlebbar gemacht. In diesem Jahr zeigt sich
das Klassenzimmer der Zukunft noch digitaler, innovativer und vielseitiger
als in den Vorjahren: Hybrides Lernen und hybride Schulbücher stehen im
Mittelpunkt, und das Motto „Phantastische Inseln des Lernens“ führt
Schülergruppen auf neun Expeditionen zu fünf verschiedenen Themenbereichen,
mit besonderem Fokus auf Indonesien, dem diesjährigen Ehrengastland der
Buchmesse. Innerhalb des Gemeinschaftsprojektes „Hybrides Schulbuch“ können
Schülerinnen und Schüler übrigens auch auf die kniffelige Herausforderung
von LEGO® Education gespannt sein, bei der es darum geht, mit LEGO®
MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 einen Roboter zu konstruieren, der es schafft,
Müll von einem Korallenriff zu beseitigen. Kurz: Im Klassenzimmer der
Zukunft wird die Vision eines effektiven Lernens in der Zukunft schon heute
Realität.

Es sind viele gute Gründe, die für eine Integration von LEGO® Education in
das Klassenzimmer der Zukunft sprechen, denn LEGO® Education setzt mit
innovativen Lernkonzepten Meilensteine: Aus dem schulischen Sekundarbereich
der naturwissenschaftlichen Fächer ist LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education seit über
eineinhalb Jahrzehnten nicht mehr wegzudenken. Die bereits dritte
Robotik-Generation des LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 beinhaltet ein
äußerst vielseitiges, zeitgemäßes Lernkonzept, das in Zusammenarbeit mit
mehr als 800 Lehrkräften weltweit erschaffen wurde. Schülerinnen und Schüler
können mit der EV3-Plattform einen vollständig funktionsfähigen Roboter im
Rahmen eines 45-Minuten-Unterrichts bauen und programmieren. Ganz neu ist
eine mobile App, mit der sich nun auch außerhalb der Umgebung eines PC-Raums
oder eines Klassenzimmers Roboter-Programme erstellen lassen.

„LEGO® Education passt perfekt in das Klassenzimmer der Zukunft der
Frankfurter Buchmesse, da wir ganz besondere, innovative Konzepte für
lebenslanges Lernen entwickeln, die Schülerinnen und Schüler jeder Begabung
und Lernvoraussetzung aktiv in den Lernprozess einbinden. Zudem fördern wir
wichtige Schlüsselkompetenzen des 21. Jahrhunderts wie kreatives Denken,
Problemlösungs- und Teamfähigkeit, die für den Erfolg in der Schule und im
späteren Beruf so wichtig sind. Die Aufnahme ins Klassenzimmer der Zukunft
passt perfekt zu unserer Vision“, so Dr. René Tristan Lydiksen, Managing
Director LEGO® Education Europe.

Über LEGO® Education

Seit über 30 Jahren arbeitet LEGO® Education mit Lehrern und
Bildungsspezialisten zusammen, um Lernkonzepte und Unterrichtsmaterialien zu
entwickeln, die den Schulstoff lebendig werden lassen und Freude am Lernen
vermitteln. Das Angebot von LEGO® Education unterstützt Lehrkräfte im
kompetenzorientierten Unterricht in Geistes- und Naturwissenschaften,
Technik, Informatik und Mathematik und fördert bei jungen Lernenden das
Erlangen von Team-, Kommunikations- und Problemlösungsfähigkeiten. Diese
sollen Kinder letztlich dazu befähigen, den sich wandelnden Anforderungen
ihrer Lebenswelt gewachsen zu sein und aktiv ihre eigene Zukunft zu
gestalten. LEGO® Education hat seinen Sitz in Billund, Dänemark und Büros
auf der ganzen Welt. Mehr als 180 Mitarbeiter teilen die Vision, alle
Schülerinnen und Schüler für lebenslanges Lernen zu begeistern. Mehr unter
www.LEGOeducation.de

LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Introduces Mobile Programming With New EV3 Programmer App For Tablets

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today the LEGO Group announced the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Programmer App, a new application that allows builders to create programs for MINDSTORMS robots directly from iOS and Android tablet devices. Featuring a streamlined selection of the most-used commands, the EV3 Programmer App allows for more interaction away from the desktop or laptop computer, giving users even more freedom to explore and tinker with the MINDSTORMS platform.  The EV3 Programmer App will be available in free versions for iOS and Android tablets in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean and Russian in late November 2015. The app is not a standalone experience, but designed for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, the LEGO construction set that allows you to build and program robots that do what you want them to do (U.S. SRP $349).

The EV3 Programmer App consists of the 11 most popular programming blocks in the LEGO MINDSTORMS software, including action blocks, flow blocks and comment blocks. After writing and saving a program within the app, a user can progress to more advanced programming by opening it in the LEGO MINDSTORMS desktop software.  To provide additional inspiration for beginner robot makers, the app will feature building missions, videos and building instructions for five starter robots that represent a variety of building and programming experiences all while delivering the fun factor for which LEGO building is known.

„By extending MINDSTORMS robotic programming to tablets, we are embracing the ‚anywhere, anytime‘ of mobile devices to unleash even more creativity in building and programming with MINDSTORMS,“ said Filippa Malmegard, LEGO MINDSTORMS community manager. „When we untether the experience from the desktop, programming really becomes a playful extension of building, allowing users to add a new behavior or interactivity to their LEGO creations. This extra level of mobility will make the EV3 Programmer App an accessible and convenient programming starter experience for a new generation of users, while at the same time adding play value for our existing MINDSTORMS Community.“

From Play to Prototype: LEGO MINDSTORMS at World Maker Faire and Smithsonian Innovation Festival
To further inspire the next generation of innovators, the LEGO Group is showcasing the creativity and innovation of the MINDSTORMS Community at two high profile events this weekend, World Maker Faire, September 26-27, in New York, NY, and the Smithsonian Innovation Festival, September 26 – 27, in Washington, DC. At each event, MINDSTORMS makers will demonstrate inventions they’ve built using MINDSTORMS building sets as prototyping tools in addition to showcasing a variety of fun LEGO robots.

A number of recipients of LEGO Prototyping Kits from this summer’s Play to Prototyping Challenge, launched during the National Week of Making in June, will participate in World Maker Faire. LEGO MINDSTORMS Community Manager Filippa Malmegard will also moderate a panel on the topic „From Play to Prototype“ where featured builders will discuss how LEGO bricks and elements can serve as a creative prototyping platform for new concepts and inventions ranging from prosthetics to 3D printers. (Saturday, September 26, 3:45PM – 4:15 PM)

At the Smithsonian Innovation Festival in Washington, DC, Shubham Banerjee, the 14-year-old founder of Braigo Labs will demonstrate his braille printer built entirely from LEGO MINDSTORMS and share his process of invention with attendees.  Alongside Shubham, Cameron Kruse, Fulbright alumni and LEGO MINDSTORMS builder will demonstrate a prototype for his baseball mudder, a machine that can apply the same amount of mud to each new baseball, eliminating inconsistencies in the ways mud was applied to new baseballs before they were used in a game. Both Shubham and Cameron will participate in 15 minute Q&A interviews as part of the event as well.

The EV3 Programmer App for tablets will be available through the App Store and Google Play in late November 2015. For more information on LEGO MINDSTORMS and examples of robots built using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, please visit www.LEGO.com/MINDSTORMS.

Open Roberta Video from Tufts

The Tufts University made a nice video clip about Open Roberta Lab:

RoboSnap – Vision for your Robot

Truckee, CA, May 22, 2015 – 10 Imaging Inc. launched their debut product on Kickstarter, RoboSnap.  RoboSnap provides “Vision for Your Robot”, by detecting objects in the environment by their color, location, shape and size.  The creator of RoboSnap, Shari Vedovato says, “We created RoboSnap to add a new dimension to your robot to allow it to have more understanding of the environment and be more autonomous.”

RoboSnap currently works on the LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 as well as the Raspberry Pi with the BrickPi add-on board.

 

Not only can RoboSnap add vision to your robot, it can be programmed with Snap!, a Scratch extension or with the Python and C programming languages.  Shari says, “We provide many choices to program RoboSnap in order to support our youngest customers to our most experienced.  We received a lot of positive feedback about the ability to program the EV3 with Snap! at our demonstrations at the San Mateo Maker Faire.  Many kids are learning Scratch at school and it is comfortable for them to continue to program with this language as they move into robotics.”  Kickstarter backers can select to receive the “JUST THE SOFTWARE”  reward if they are interested in programming their robots with Snap! on the EV3.

Riley Breuner, a high school student who recently competed in the FIRST Robotics League competition said, “It’s great that there’s a new sensor that can detect colors accurately and reliably. It’s almost impossible to use the existing Lego sensors because you can run the same program and get different results or it just detects the wrong color. RoboSnap is a much better option.“  Shari agreed, “When watching the recent FIRST LEGO League missions I noticed that it was difficult for the robots to perform the ‘Search Engine’ mission in one pass.  It was necessary to use the ‘eyes’ of the players to determine the color.   We have shown that RoboSnap can do this mission in a single pass.  Although RoboSnap is not currently sanctioned to be part of the FIRST LEGO League competition, we are working on having it accepted.”

 

RoboSnap will be available exclusively on Kickstarter from May 13 to June 12, 2015 with the first shipments of RoboSnap cameras in October 2015.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robosnap/robosnap-vision-for-your-robot

Mehr als 1.000 Teilnehmer aus 15 Ländern werden zu den RoboCup German Open erwartet

Am kommenden Wochenende wird die Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg wieder zum Treffpunkt nationaler und internationaler RoboCup Teams. Insgesamt 200 Teams mit über 1.000 Teilnehmern werden zu den spannenden Wettkämpfen in der Ottostadt erwartet. Die RoboCup German Open finden vom 24. bis zum 26. April 2015 auf der MESSE MAGDEBURG statt. Der Eintritt ist frei. Weiterlesen