LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Promo Video

Today the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 has been announced. Here is the official video from the LEGO MINDSTORMS Edcuation EV3 Press Kit. For more information Please visit
http://ev3lution.com
or
http://robotsblog.net

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Roberta Basketball Arm CAD – Zeitraffer – YouTube

Roberta Basketball Arm CAD – Zeitraffer – YouTube.

LegoWorld Videos from botbench.com

Xander Soldaat from botbench.com has taken some videos. The corresponding blog entries can be found here: http://botbench.com/blog/category/ramblings/

LEGOWorld – Day 0 – Tue 18 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 1 – Wed 19 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 3 – Fri 21 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 4 – Sat 22 October 2011

LEGOWorld – Day 5 – Sun 23 October 2011

MINDSENSORS ARDUINO interface

Infos from TheNxtStep (Author: Daniele Benedettelli):
http://www.mindsensors.com/images/pagemaster/NXShieldwithUnow300.jpg

MINDSENSORS has designed this shield that will allow Arduino to replace *ehm* to be integrated into the LEGO MINDSTORMS system.

It will have 4 NXT motor ports, 4 NXT sensor ports and several RC servo motor ports. The NXShield will attach to an Arduino Duemilanove or Uno or similar Arduino clones. (Picture shown here with a Duemilanove)
The programming for the NXShield will be on Arduino, using usual Arduino C/C++ programming environment. There will be only one I2C port, so you can use multiple sensors on the bus only if they have different addresses.

Roberta-Dokument – Hardware des LEGO Mindstorms NXT Systems

Das Roberta-Thema „Hardware des LEGO Mindstorms NXT Systems“ behandelt die Hardwarespezifikation und Hardwareevaluation verschiedener Sensoren für das LEGO Mindstorms-System. Um Kenntnisse über die Genauigkeit und Zuverlässigkeit der Sensoren und Motoren und deren Zusammenspiel mit dem NXT-Baustein zu erhalten wurden zunächst die Hardware des NXT und verschiedener Sensoren spezifiziert.

Anschließend wurden Testreihen mit folgenden Sensoren durchgeführt:

* Tastsensor
* Geräuschsensor
* Lichtsensor
* Ultraschallsensor
* Kompasssensor
* Infrarotsensor
* Beschleunigungssensor

Das Dokument steht zum kostenlosen Download auf dem Roberta-Portal zur Verfügung.

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Comparison of Programming Languages for the Lego Mindstorms NXT & RCX

There is a free download available at the Roberta Portal, including a comparison of the Programming Languages:

  • NXT-G
  • LeJOS
  • LabVIEW
  • NXC
  • more…

[Link] to download
http://www.roberta-home.de/sites/default/files/images/bersicht%20Prog-NXT.artikelbild.JPG

***updated Version now available***

Vergleich verschiedener Programmiersprachen für Lego Mindstorms NXT & RCX

Auf dem Roberta Portal findet sich seit kurzem ein Vergleich mehrerer Programmiersprachen für die Lego Mindstorms Produkte. Der Download ist kostenlos und beinhaltet u.a. Informationen über folgende Sprachen:

  • NXT-G
  • LeJOS
  • LabVIEW
  • NXC
  • weitere…

[LINK] zum Download

http://www.roberta-home.de/sites/default/files/images/bersicht%20Prog-NXT.artikelbild.JPG

+++überarbeitete Version nun verfügbar+++

RobertaSim – LEGO Mindstorms RCX Simulator – Free Download for Roberta Teachers

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From now on the LEGO Mindstorms RCX Simulator – RobertaSim – is ready for download for all certified and registered Roberta Teachers on the internal pages of the Roberta portal.

RobertaSim can be used to simulate LEGO Mindstorms robots (of the Robotics Invention System 2.0 series). The software enables the user to program a virtual robot with the usual programming languages (RIS/RCX code and NQC). The behavior of the real robot to be expected can be observed in real time on the monitor. The virtual robot’s operation has been adapted from the one of the real robot.

Roberta Robot-Arm Videos

Here are some Videos, found at the Roberta Youtube-Channel. They show a new robot-arm with 4 DOF, completely build of Lego. For more information about Roberta, take a loot at: http://www.roberta-home.de


Press the left or right arrow-button at the side of the video frame to switch between the videos.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book —New from No Starch Press

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A Beginner’s Guide to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0

San Francisco, CA, April 22, 2010—The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT 2.0 set brings robot building to a wide range of hobbyists. But the NXT kit doesn’t come with a how-to guide and it only includes building instructions for four robots. Users new to building complex LEGO models or lacking experience with the NXT programming language need guidance to help them reach the next level. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book is the introductory book that they’ve been waiting for.

In The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book (No Starch Press, May 2010, 320 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593272111), readers learn how to harness the capabilities of the NXT 2.0 set to build and program their own robots. Author Laurens Valk begins by walking readers through the set, describing the pieces and explaining how to get started with the software used to program NXT robots. Once readers understand the basics of the NXT programming language, the book’s tutorials show them how to build robots that move, monitor sensors, and use advanced programming techniques like data wires and variables. With crystal clear, step-by-step instructions, readers will find it easy to create working robots in no time. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book features:

  • A complete introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0
  • Building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots, including a robotic defense system, a six-legged walker, and an autonomous robotic arm
  • 50 sample programs and 72 programming challenges (ranging from easy to hard) that encourage readers to explore newly learned programming skills
  • 15 building challenges that expand on the robot designs to help readers develop ideas for new robots

All of the robots in the book require just one NXT 2.0 set to build; there are no extra pieces required.

„The NXT set can be complicated. Sure, you can build some sort of robot, but can you actually make it do anything interesting?“ said No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock. „This is the introductory MINDSTORMS 2.0 book that everyone needs; the one book that will make sure that that pricey MINDSTORMS kit won’t end up gathering dust in a shoebox somewhere.“

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Collecting the Equipment for Your Robot
Chapter 2: Building Your First Robot
Chapter 3: Creating and Modifying Programs
Chapter 4: Working with Programming Blocks: Move, Sound, and Display
Chapter 5: Waiting, Repeating and Other Programming Techniques
Chapter 6: Understanding Sensors
Chapter 7: Using the Touch, Color, and Rotation Sensors
Chapter 8: Shot-Roller: A Robotic Defense System
Chapter 9: Strider: The Six-Legged Walking Creature
Chapter 10: Using Data Hubs and Data Wires
Chapter 11: Using Data Blocks and Using Data Wires with Loops and Switches
Chapter 12: Using Variables, Constants, and Playing Games on the NXT
Chapter 13: Snatcher: The Autonomous Robotic Arm
Chapter 14: Hybrid Brick Sorter: Sort Bricks by Color and Size
Chapter 15: CCC: The Compact Chimney Climber

Appendix: Transferring Programs to the NXT with USB or Bluetooth

About the Author
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners who help test and develop new NXT products. He has been inventing robots with the MINDSTORMS NXT sets since their introduction, and one of his robot designs appears on the NXT 2.0 packaging. Valk is a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (No Starch Press) and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he teaches robotics.