While some of us use our phones to communicate or play awesome games, there are those who take science and spare time to the next level. Mike Partain is one of those people. Using an off-the-shelf Lego NXT robotics kit, a Motorola Droid and a whole bucketful of ingenuity and smarts, Mike has added sensors the robotics kit was missing -- camera, GPS, and compass. Hit the break to read about it in Mike's own words, a link to the source code (special thanks Mike!), and a couple videos seeing different views from the Droid's unblinking eye. [spike3 on PBase]
We reached out to Mike for a bit of an explanation about this project, because frankly, we needed things brought down to a level we could understand a bit better. He was helpful enough to give us the lowdown, which is here in it's entirety.
Awesome sauce right there. Here are the videos Mike's included:
And finally, if you have the know-how and the time, here's a link to the source code Mike was kind enough to provide. Thanks again Mike, this is one of the coolest things ever!
this is awesome. it opens up alot of possibilities for others myself included. thanks for making the information available to us.
Uh oh, droids helping droids... they may get smart and kill us off next!
"(AssClient) that communicates with the Droid Java server." Assclient? This must be brand new tech... I'd like to learn more, but I dare not do a Google search for that at work.
oh man i wish this was as easy it sounds making a lego robot? is it becasue i want to try!!!!!!!!!! lol
I did a similar thing using existing libraries (nxt-python, SL4A, PY4A and PyBluez). It works really well, you don't need any technical knowledge to set everything up, all the code is mature and it allows you to do all your coding in Python. Happy days :) I wrote a quick how-to on blogger a while back: http://nbcloud.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/python-powered-nxt-robots-on-andro...
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