Lego Mindstorm kits are revolutionary pieces of technology which utilise software and Lego bricks to create small robots that can be customized and manipulated. A programmable brick enables these little devices to come to life. The kits are the product of the Mindstorms Robotic Invention System which was first pioneered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The kits contain motors and modular sensors combining with the Lego parts to make industrial robots as well as toys and educational tools. Like most things in life these days there is usually an app available and below we take a look at some videos of the best lego robots out there. You can download the app for your phone from Google Play here. Will you be able to improve on these robots?
Cool Videos of Lego Robots You Control with your Phone
This video demonstrates the dexterity and technological wizardry of the robots. The Rubiks Cube has been a popular puzzle since the 1980’s and there are many competitions to complete it taking part across the globe. This app utilises algorithms and colour recognition software to determine the correct turns.
This robot is similar to the one above in that it completes tasks probably better than humans themselves. It uses a light sensor and takes an initial scan before proceeding. It solves the puzzle by evaluating all the empty squares and then produces an image of the digit which is scanned as the vehicle moves up and down the grid.
Giant Wheeled Robot
This one although impressive has the potential to distress small children. That said the design is simple enough and the robot itself could be customized further to act as a sort of mechanical house keeper. The robot is controlled via an Android app which utilises NXT and RCX ports to operate the wheels, head, arms and face illumination.
This robot demonstrates the ability of Bluetooth technology to be able to facilitate magnetic fields in order to produce compass and accelerator readings in devices. Once perfected, this system could have far reaching uses in the wider industrial fields.
Remote Control Car
This remote control car shows just how accurate the Smartphone apps can be. As seen from the video, the movements are crisp and no delays in signal are apparent.
This video clip highlights how the HTC Android audio input allows the robot to recognise simple voice commands. Although only two words are recognised at present, you can clearly see the lights change from red to green as the words are spoken.
Here we have a robot controlled by an Android phone using texts. Yes texts! This video shows the creator of the app demonstrating how her invention responds to text messages she sends to it. You can see the robot waiting for each message before it performs a move. Quite ingenious!
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