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I’ve been working on a very solid, Holonomic Platform to be used with the large 125mm Rotacaster Omniwheels as part of my display for the TAZ-Brick Collector Club’s Brixhibition to be held on the weekend of 20-21 April 2013. LEGO Technics Compatible 125mm Rotacaster Omniwheel This Holonomic Platform is built around a very solid “Triangle” [...]
Courtesy LEGOLAND Everything has finally clicked into place. The dragons, monkeys, and ladybugs and thousands of other LEGO brick models are ready for their legions of fans to descend for the April 5th opening of LEGOLAND Hotel, the country's first hotel devoted to the hugely popular building block. "The buzz surrounding this hotel is massive,” [...]
The third generation of LEGO's programmable robotics platform, the 'EV3' has been shown at the Los Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show. The EV3 is aimed at both enthusiasts, young and old, and educators. The EV3 has a long list of new features that add speed and power, intelligent programing, and more ways to communicate with [...]
by Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder's Guide is filled with building tips for creating strong, elegant machines and mechanisms with the Technic system. Author Pawel Sairel Kmiec will teach you the foundations of LEGO Technic building, from simple machines to advanced mechanics, even explaining how to create realistic to-scale models. Sariel, a [...]
I decided to put my CatCan SmartSensor Lite's Temperature measuring capabilities to use by constructing a simple LEGO Mindstorms NXT Mechanical Linear Display Thermometer. The Thermometer is graduated in 1 Degree Celsius increments. The Display pointer is driven via a NXT Motor connected to a conveyor belt built from old style Technic Track Elements. As [...]
I had a package arrive today from Soren Jensen, in Copenhagen, Denmark containing a pair of LEGO Technics & Mindstorms Compatible 'MinuteBot Baseplates'. The [MinuteBot] Base is a thick, very robust base plate that is a must have for your Technics Models and LEGO Mindstorms Robots. The is a rectangular plate measuring 21 x 30 [...]
Here's a Gripper for Small LEGO Bricks I've developed for a larger project. It is designed to pick-up standard 2×2 and 2×4 LEGO Bricks. The gripper is opened and closed via a with a 24-tooth Clutch in the drive train to take care of the need for limit-switches and encoders. Complete Gripper Assembly for Small [...]
Update on NXT Sound: Dexter Industries have taken on my suggestion of using a "Quadravox QV606M1 Sound Module" for an add-on Audio solution for the LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit! For further updates on developments please check www.rjmcnamara.com regularly. I've been working on a project where I was working with lots of numbers as part of [...]
Marita Cheng , an advocate for Women in Engineering has Won the Young Australian of the Year Award for 2012. While still a university student, Marita Cheng has demonstrated vision and leadership well beyond her years and is dedicated to encouraging young women to become interested in a career in engineering. Prime Minister Julia Gillard(left) presents 2012 Young [...]
Both the LEGO 7.4 Volt Rechargeable Batteries for Mindstorms NXT, are of Lithium-ion Polymer construction. Lithium-ion polymer batteries are light weight rechargeable batteries.
Here’s my ExoForce Wheeled Rover Mark II Chassis ready for the new Dexter Sensors.
Using LEGO® ExoForce Devastator Wheels (160mm D. x 28mm) to go Off-road with your LEGO® Mindstorms NXT Robots is a great idea, but as they are, they are pretty useless for a robot. This is due to the mount arrangement of the wheels hub mounting points. As mentioned in my previous post, 'Using ExoForce Devastator [...]
Using LEGO ExoForce Devastator Wheels (160mm D. x 28mm) to go Off-road with your LEGO NXT Robots is a great idea. But, the biggest problem is creating a solid attachment to you Robot. LEGO ExoForce Devastator Wheel Interface After an hour or two, involving a lot of trial and error, I came up with the [...]