The theme for FLL 2011 is Food Factor; details of the challenge for the tournament will be released on the 2nd of September, says the announcement on the FLL website.
Here is an abstract of this year’s theme from the website:
Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of food by finding ways to prevent food contamination? In . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2011: Food Factor Challenge – Keeping Food Safe
Over 140,000 children are participating in this year’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournament, comprising 14,725 teams from 56 countries. That’s almost a 14% growth over last year’s participation, as the chart on the FLL site shows.
Starting from the pilot tournament in 1998 in which 210 teams from 2 countries participated, FLL has grown steadily across the . . . → Read More: FIRST Lego League 2009: 14,725 teams from 56 countries
Here is an interesting creation using Mindstorms NXT, a Rolling-Orbital-Bluetooth-Operating-Thing (ROBOT) as its creator calls it.
Spherical Robot 02 (YouTube)
This project uses two NXT controllers: one inside the “thing” and an external one that acts as the remote control. The two controllers communicate via Bluetooth. The external controller is also uses NXT motors that are very cleverly . . . → Read More: A Remote-Controlled Ball? It's A Spherical-Robot Based On Mindstorms NXT
I found this cool video demonstrating how to build a Wii-like remote control using Mindstorms NXT sensors. This project uses the compass and acceleration sensors that are not part of the standard NXT kit, but can be purchased separately. RobotC is the language used for programming.
Click here to view it in the original page if you can’t . . . → Read More: A Wii-like Robot Controller Using Lego Mindstorms Sensors
New to Lego? Curious about gears, pulleys and stuff? The Lego Constructopedia has cool graphics that illustrate how you can use gears and pulleys to do various things.
Take this quiz and try to solve the problems before you click on the answers.
1. How do you make two pulleys connected by a belt to turn in opposite . . . → Read More: Lego Constructopedia – A Gears And Pulleys Quiz
These are some of the robots that you can build with the NXT kit.
The Humanoid – Alpha Rex
Alpha Rex is very sophisticated. He can walk, talk, hear, see and feel! You can visit Alpha Rex’s Home to learn all about him.
The Animal (Scorpion) – Spike
Spike is like a real scorpion. He can crawl on six legs, . . . → Read More: Mindstorms NXT – Meet The Robots
[This post is part of the article Robotics With Lego Mindstorms.]
Imagine that you are blindfolded and had to feel your way around a room just using your hands. This is exactly how a robot can navigate itself if it had to rely only on touch sensors. In this case, the touch sensors are really like . . . → Read More: Lego Mindstorms NXT – The Touch Sensor
This is a collection of all my current posts on this topic.
Robotics Is Child’s Play With Lego Mindstorms
Lego Mindstorms NXT – An Overview
Meet The NXT Robots
The Touch Sensor
A Gears And Pulleys Quiz
FIRST Lego League . . . → Read More: Article: Robotics With Lego Mindstorms
[Continued from Robotics Is Child’s Play With Lego Mindstorms.]
This is AlphaRex, a humanoid built using the Mindstorms NXT kit. This is among the many forms of robots that you can build with the NXT kit. AlphaRex can walk, swing his arms, greet you, respond to a handshake, respond to light or to objects nearby. He . . . → Read More: Lego Mindstorms NXT – An Overview
For several years now, Lego has thrilled and inspired many kids, hobbyists and students with its Mindstorms Robotics Kit. Lego introduced the RIS kit in 1998. This was an instant success with all the enthusiasts. The RIS comes with an RCX control brick, and about 700 pieces which enable you to build pretty interesting robots. Some . . . → Read More: Robotics Is Child's Play with Lego Mindstorms