Connecting the Arduino and the LEGO MINDSTORMS: HowTo

Connecting the Arduino and the LEGO MINDSTORMS: HowTo
This week we got back to our hacking spree: we made an Arduino and LEGO MINDSTORMS talk.  This weeks example gets the Arduino and the NXT Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Labview for NXTBee and RS485

Labview for NXTBee and RS485
Andrew Milluzi just posted an in-depth article on using the NXTBee radios with Labview for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM).  He gives some great background information on data Throughput, Latency, and Speed. Check out his blog post here: http://08milluz.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/throughput-latency-and-bus-speed/ You can also find some software on his website for using the NXTBee’s and LVLM.  While RS485 communications are ...

NXTBee and Labview for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM)

NXTBee and Labview for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM)
A few months back, Andrew Milluzi released Laview VI’s for the NXTBee.  This week we tested the NXTBee with LVLM, the LabView for LEGO MINDSTORMS (LVLM).  We also are posting a few examples of LEGO MINDSTORMS programming to show how to use the NXTBee and LVLM. The examples are posted under our Downloads section, and the ...

New Lab: NXT Solar Powered Car

A new lab from K12Lab.com!  This project explores solar energy with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the dSolar 4W. Solar power is becoming increasingly important to scientists and engineers. Solar energy comes from the sun and photovoltaic (PV) cells (among other ways) can turn sunlight into usable electricity. Solar power is growing in size and importance. ...

New Lab: Measure Heat from a Computer With a Thermal Infrared Sensor

A great new lab and resource for teachers from K12Lab.com.  The lab uses the Thermal Infrared Sensor to read the heat coming from a computer: Explore the thermodynamics of modern devices and measure the heat generated by your computer as you run different programs using LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT and the Dexter Industries Thermal Infrared (TIR) ...

Labview for the dIMU

It’s here! We’ve just uploaded a LVLM (Labview for Lego Mindstorms) set of VI’s for the dIMU. A zip file of the vi’s can be found on our downloads page here. A special thanks to Tuft’s CEEO for their help in getting these together! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Dexter Industries now supports LabVIEW LEGO MINDSTORMS Software

Dexter Industries now supports LabVIEW LEGO MINDSTORMS Software
Dexter Industries now supports LVLM 2010.  We have released virtual instruments for LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS.  Download the package here. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Thermometer Trials

We set out to put the new Dexter Industries Thermometers  through trials.  How accurate is it?  How quickly does it respond to temperature changes?  What kind of resolution do we get with it?  Just how good is the thermometer? First, Brian Davis wrote a great blog entry about the Lego thermometers and a really nice ...

Natural Log Iterative Calculation

While working on some temperature programs, we found we needed to use the natural logarithm function. The natural logarithm function provided by Labview is not supported in NXT.  So we went ahead and developed this algorithm.  It works if the operator is greater than 0 (x > 0). The algorithm approaches natural logarithm by performing ...