Measuring EV3 Current Consumption

Measuring EV3 Current Consumption
This week we want to share some data we gathered while running some tests on the new EV3 system. Using a DC Bench-top power supply, measuring down to the milliamp, we roughly measured the EV3 current consumption in different situations.  The tabulated data provides an interesting place to start when estimating the battery lifetime of ...

Storming Robots Win Robocup Jr. With the Thermal Infrared Sensor

Storming Robots Win Robocup Jr. With the Thermal Infrared Sensor
Congratulations to the Storming Robots Team SR-chitect from Branchburg New Jersery, who alerted us that they have won the RoboCup Junior US Rescue B competition and will be travelling to the World Event in June. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Announcing 2012 MoonBots A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge!

Announcing 2012 MoonBots A Google Lunar X PRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge!
This year Dexter Industries will be partnering with Google X-Prize and LEGO MINDSTORMS to bring you the 3rd Annual MoonBots Challenge! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Astronauts Build ISS out of LEGO

It took more than 200 astronauts from 12 countries more than a dozen years to build the International Space Station (ISS). Satoshi Furukawa, an astronaut from Japan, matched that feat in just about two hours — and he did it all while aboard the orbiting outpost itself. It helped that his space station was made ...

GENIUS Team Project for FLL

The GENIUS FLL team from Atlanta Georgia have written and shared their competition project for the Body Forward 2010-2011 Project: a smart cooler!  These ladies have done an incredible job of putting together a smart fridge the call the “Cool Factor” .  The Cool Factor uses two Dexter Industries temperature sensors to monitor the temperature of ...

New Sensor: Accelerometer + Gyro = dIMU

New Sensor: Accelerometer + Gyro = dIMU
New from Dexter Industries: an Inertial Motion Unit Sensor.  We combine the Accelerometer and Gyroscope into one sensor and 6 degrees of freedom.  Both sensors read on the x, y, and z axes. Below are two fantastic videos of Lego Mindstorms NXT Segways by Matthew Richardson and Laurens Valk. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

New, Improved NXTBee Picture . . .

New, Improved NXTBee Picture . . .
Blinding blue lights, blinding high speed . . .  we’ve updated the NXTBee quite a bit since the first time we released it.  Below is a picture of the latest (we just updated it on our website) and below that is the first iteration. Some of the changes were from feedback we got from our ...

Project: Thermal Infrared Turret Bot

Project:  Thermal Infrared Turret Bot
A very cool project from a student at Tufts using the TIR sensor and the dFlex sensor.  Geovid writes: The Turret project will use a heat sensor and motors to find a person in a room and then shoot them with a rubber band.  V1 will be a standstill turret that rotates and shoots – hopefully done ...

Altimeter for Lego MINDSTORMS NXT 2

Altimeter for Lego MINDSTORMS NXT
We’ve just updated our firmware for the dGPS and it now has functions for some new, important information.  When your Lego MINDSTORMS NXT powers up and plugs in, it can now tell you: Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

New Workbook: Beginning GPS for NXT Robots 1

We’ve just finished our first workbook! This book is a full introduction to the basics of GPS and with hands-on activities and tutorials on how to use all of the features of the GPS Sensor with NXT Robots. This workbook was written to bring the GPS system to life and help students understand it, explore it, ...