New Product: dLights for your Robot!

New Product: dLights for your Robot!
Let there be light! Introducing the dLight, Dexter Industries latest accessory for the  LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT!  The dLight is an LED lighting system for LEGO robots.  The multi-colored LED’s are programmable for color, power, and blink rate.  Give your LEGO robot a bright future with the dLight! Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Raspberry Pi and LEGO MINDSTORMS Sensors

Raspberry Pi and LEGO MINDSTORMS Sensors
This week we’ve posted a quick tutorial to show how we connected an amazing little computer called the Raspberry Pi and some amazing LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT sensors. For those that haven’t heard, the Raspberry Pi is a small, $25 Linux computer, about the size of a (large) credit card. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

NXTBee and The Flying Fortress LEGO Blimp 3

NXTBee and The Flying Fortress LEGO Blimp
We recently discovered this fantastic video of a LEGO MINDSTORMS creation: The Flying Fortress LEGO Blimp.  The project is a fantastic two-ballooned flying blimp made of LEGOs and controlled with a pair of NXTBees. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Segway with Robot Driver

Check out Laurens new Segway with Robot Driver, using the dIMU for balance. This project is based on my universal balancing robot code. These small balancing robots are fun, but I wanted to make something that more closely resembles a real Segway. Alpha Rex gives sends ‘high-level’ commands like steering and speed to the Segway via ...

Robot Control Over WIFI for LEGO MINDSTORMS (Video)

Robot Control Over WIFI for LEGO MINDSTORMS (Video)
Ever wanted to control a robot with your web browser?  Dexter Industries has written an example and library to help you do that.  Now you can communicate very quickly, with a webpage, from anywhere in the world.  The new example software allows a user to dynamically control the robot from a webpage from a browser ...

Coming Soon for WIFI . . .

Coming Soon for WIFI . . .
A quick preview on something we’re working on with the WIFI Module for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT.  Over the past few months, we’ve shown how the sensor can be used to connect to the internet and fetch and post information.  You can connect via TCP, post a webpage, post information via Twitter, Pachube or Thingspeak. Did ...

Unicycle Balancing Robot

From Robot Square – A new type of Segway . . . but it’s missing a wheel!  A self-balancing LEGO MINDSTORMS unicycle! You’d think I’d be bored with self balancing robots by now but I’m not! The Technic Unimog has huge wheels and I thought I might as well put them on Anyway. Then I thought ...

Live Plotting Map Data from the dGPS

This is a fantastic program put together by Mark Crosbie.  Mark wrote a program using the dGPS and the NXTBee to plot his car’s location on a map, and send information back to his computer.  While this is a very advanced project, Mark has broken it down step-by-step in NXC. See Mark’s project on his ...

Early Computers

Early Computers
We saw this fascinating article on the New York Times about mechanical computers. Long before the digital age, computers were being used for practical purposes. We saw this post in the NY Times and it reminded us of something that we saw on our first trip to China: a Jacquard Loom.  Arguably, it might be ...

Engineering is Not Boring

Engineering is Not Boring
We saw this article in Popular Science and had to share.  Many who follow this blog are interested in engineering; either you teach, you study, or you practice.  The common perception remains:  studying engineering is boring.  However, in Sept. 2011′s issue, Popular Science ranks 25 awesome places to study science and engineering. Did you like ...