Just before Christmas I received this fantastic book and over the last few months I have been making my way through it.
I think this is the number 1 book if you are coming from a LEGO MINDSTORMS background and want to know more about electronics and the Arduino platform or are coming from an Arduino background and want to integrate it with an easy to use building framework like LEGO.
The book features nice big colourful photos and building instructions. It features a wide range of projects from a robotic clock to a drawing bot, you can even make a drinks dispenser. The book also covers the basics of electronics, history and in-depth details of LEGO MINDSTORMS and the Arduino platform and how to connect a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT to an Arduino.
I would say the only sticking point that people might find with this book is that it requires a Bricktronic Shield/Motor Controller to build most of the projects. Full instructions on how to make your own shield are provided in the book which is useful if you don’t have one. If making one is not your thing, you can buy one from Wayne and Layne (co-writers of the book) for a fairly cheaply. Wayne and Layne also have some other cool projects on their site including an Arduino Mega Shield that allows you to run 6 LEGO NXT motors and 4 sensors. I will be doing a review of that soon.
As I have already said, this book is awesome if you want to extend the possibilities of your LEGO MINDSTORMS kit or use LEGO with the Arduino platform.
If you would like more information on this book, check it out on Amazon
So this year I got invited to show the LEGO Wheelchair at LEGOWORLD in Copenhagen as part of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 display. It was a fantastic event and our stand was hugely popular. The LEGO Wheelchair was pretty busy for the whole 4 days!
There where some special highlights that I wanted to show
First the LEGO Mindstorms Harlem Shake (which I was part of). This makes me laugh so much!
The next highlight for me was meeting both Jørgen Vig Knudstorp (CEO of LEGO) and Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (Owner of LEGO) who both tried out the LEGO Wheelchair!
The other main highlight was spending time with the LEGO Mindstorms team who seriously rock. Extremely nice people!!
I also got quite a bit of time playing with the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set and that is a major cool bit of hardware. I think a lot of people are going to be happy when that comes out!
Woo-hoo, the LEGO Wheelchair and I will be at LEGOWORLD in Copenhagen tomorrow for the 4 day event on the Mindstorms display. If your at the show, please say hi, if your thinking of going, GO! There will be some amazing LEGO models and people to meet!
I will post some pictures and videos of the event very soon.
MakeBlock is an aluminum robotics kit powered by the Arduino. I first saw it on Kickstarter and was instantly interested as it is possible to use it with LEGO. This is the first Kickstarter project that I have backed and am very excited about it. Check it out and watch the cool video!