|Website of the
:: December 14th -
December 20th ::
||This week we feature an odd innovation in
We love it when NASA thinks
out of the box. Check out...
:: November 23rd -
November 29th ::
||This is what I get when I put Thanksgiving +robots into
...Don't ask me why I did it. Slow
news week? Maybe it's that early morning brain fog I have
before my first cup of coffee? I felt it too weird to pass up
making the site of the week. So before I come to my senses and
change my mind go checkout...
Be Festive and Happy
:: November 16th -
November 22nd ::
||There's a new magazine in town just for us
:: November 9th -
November 15th ::
||We have a great resource this week for those
of you that sometimes want to build something but just aren't
sure how to get started.|
site:There's lots of great food
for though in here, many of which use LEGO! Go get
“Build-It-Blocks is a library of
reusable,functional building blocks and construction
— Build complex, engaging projects quickly.
Edit and perfect your solutions easily.
— Make your
Build-It-Yourself is collaborating
with the MIT Media Lab to design and develop
of our favorites:
- Open Close
- WSquirt Gun
- Program Flow Chart
- RCX Computer Control
- Sling Shot
- Clock LEGO
- Sidewinder Gear
:: October 19th - October
||A humanoid LEGO robot project tops the list
"Feelix is a humanoid robot built
out of LEGO. Controlled by two Mindstorms™ RCX'es, it reacts
to tactile stimulation by changing its facial expression. It
is capable of displaying anger, sadness, happiness, fear, and
surprise. It was built and programmed by Dolores Cañamero and
Jakob Fredslund from Lego Lab at Aarhus University in Denmark."
from the LEGO LAB at the University of Aarhus:
The Jungle Cube
- A Steel Plant Production Line
- Small Car, Big Sound
- Inner Space
:: September 8th -
September 20th ::
||Turn imagination into reality with a future
"You'll have the power to make
a difference! By becoming an engineer, you can help solve
problems that are important to society. You could be
controlling and preventing pollution, developing new
medicines, creating advanced technologies, even exploring new
:: September 7th -
September 13th ::
||Do you have a hankering to build something but don't know
what to build?|
Maybe someone else's creation could be
an inspiration to you. Have a look into...
Looking for robot models in
specific? They're listed here:
:: August 31st -
September 6th ::
||Always fashioned yourself a bit of a
Test your skills at LEGO's new
:: August 10th - August
||This week's site is as pretty as it is
There are a lot of LEGO related web
sites out there but few are as weel put together as this one.
My hat's off to...
is being released in monthly installments. Check out last
- BrickVista July '03
Mindstorm's related web periodicals:
- LEGO Mindstorms
:: June 22nd - June 28th
||Look at what their cooking up in the
Check out this very informative group of
"techlabs" on the BBC website. It's all under...
The Techlab modules cover
everything from plastic injection molding to basic electric
If you are interested in getting parts
for the robots in the techlabs, and don't live in the UK, you
can try the Robot Store.
:: June 15th - June 21st
||It's vacation time and now that you have a
little time on your hands you might be interested in
game is an "intelligent robot simulation" that allows you to
program your virtual robot to compete in a series of
challenges ranging from a simple race to an all out battle.
Download the demo:
- Mindrover Demo (Windows
There is even an RCX Add-on Pack that
lets you control your LEGO Robots with the Mindrover
- MindRover RCX Add-on
:: June 1st - June 7th
||Ready to move beyond Robolab or RIS
Give "C" a try...
or rather David Baum's Not Quite
applications that extend far beyond the discipline or robotics
"C" is a worthy language to learn.
Using an IDE
(Integrated Development Environment) will help create a more
intuitive programming experience. I suggest using
Bricx Command Center (BricxCC)
other IDE's including one for the Mac look here:
:: May 26th - May 31st
||This week's site is a showcase of another
Philo is not only
innovative, he is educational. Most of his projects include
example code and CAD files.
Wrap your brain around...
:: May 11th - May 25th
||This weeks feature is a piece of software
that will keep you occupied for hours. This is what the author
says about it...|
"It's a skeletal animation workshop, with realistic
physics.It's all that and
It's like a virtual Erector set.
It's sort of
like a box of Lego widgets.
It could be a really cheesy CAD
Mostly, it's something fun to play with.
can use it to create robots that walk.
(if they fall down,
you can call them kinetic
:: May 4th - May 10th
||Here's a fun one... |
your robot to complete the course, sound familar? Take a shot
:: April 27th - May 3rd
||This week marks the beginning of the 1st Robocup American Open.
"By the year 2050,
develop a team of fully autonomous humanoid robots that can
win against the human world soccer champion team"...
Robocup consists of many
games and leagues with different styles of play. Check out
these other Robocup sites for all the
- Games List
- Robocup Jr.
:: April 20th - April
||At some point in your robot learning you may
wonder what's beyond LEGO. |
There's no better
place to start than...
makes a variety of easily programmable chips called basic
stamps. They also make a number of robot kits. Check out some
of these bots that use basic stamps. These robots come with
great educational instructions that teach just about
everything you need to know.
- The BOE Bot
- The Toddler - Biped Walking
Educators Parallax has
material for you too. Check out all the online resources for
- Stamps in Class
For a preview of
their materials have a look here. Parallax is nice enough to
post their curriculum online in .pdf
- Parallax Educational
:: March 23rd - March
||Not exactly a robot, but certainly an
amazing piece of engineering.. |
Theo Jansen designs these wind powered creations to walk.
Feast your eyes on the...
creations were featured in a Popular Science news
- Beach Beasts
A few videos of his
creations in action can be viewed here:
:: March 16th - March
||There's not much to say about this team's
project but WOW!. |
Check out Kismet's LEGO
Kismet was a recently
:: Jan. 19th - Jan. 25th
||Have you heard of the Segway? |
Have a look at this
Check out the movies of the Legway
- Following a line
- Spinning in place
achieves it's sense of balance through some clever programming
and the use of some innovative Electro-Optical Proximity
Sensors (EOPD). You can find the EOPD's and other cool LEGO
sensors for sale at:
- HiTechnic LEGO RCX
:: Jan. 1st - Jan. 11th
||They're mean, they're lean, and really
Feast your eyes on the latest craze in
Antweight fighting robots, these little gladiators are
certainly a lot cheaper to build then their bigger cousins.
Check out these other great fighting robot