Thursday, July 17, 2008

NXT Batpod - Videos

I have just uploaded a video of the NXT Batpod being autonomous on YouTube, here it is:

Another video of the NXT Batpod in action can be found here

Monday, July 14, 2008

NXT BatCycle ( Batpod )

To celebrate the release of Batman’s latest film, “The Dark Knight”, the NXT BatCycle was created! Armed and dangerous, the BatCycle can handle any opponents it may encounter with its’ hidden rocket launcher that expands from the body of the bike. With its’ large wheel area, the NXT BatCycle can also stand and move unaided! (with minor turning exceptions)

The BatCycle is a possible NXT (NeXT) generation of the Dark Knight’s vehicle collection, and has been designed in terms of style to be as similar to Batman’s other vehicles (Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, etc) as possible (Black TECHNIC panels)

The BatCycle’s documentation has been split up into four main modules, as well as a small section on the NXT BatCycle’s weapon, and how to construct the black TECHNIC panels from the TECHNIC Tow Truck (Set No. 8285). An .LXF file of the basic construction of the BatCycle as well as a basic program, have also been provided on the NXTLog page for this model.

For more information on the NXT BatCycle, please check out its' NXTLog page here

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

NXTLog Summer Olympics Challenge!

With the upcoming Summer Olympics almost upon us, NXTlog has released a new Building Challange! The Summer Olympics Building Challenge requires the competitiors to create a NXT robot that would be able to compete in the Summer Olympic Games. An excellent inspirations list has been compiled on the NXTLog page if you are stuck for ideas. The usual competition rules apply, and the projects that wish to be entered into the competition have to be tagged with "NXT200808". All entries have to be submitted before Sunday 31st August, 2008.

More information on this new challenge can be found at the NXTLog page here

Monday, July 7, 2008

NXT NXT Competition - Results

The results of the NXT NXT competition are in... and the NXT Whac-A-Mole recieved the creative use of NXTlog award! Here are the judge's comments:

"One of the most creative projects submitted to this challenge, a NXT Whac-A-Mole! The idea of this model is to push, or hit as many moles that pop in and out of the "Mole Whacking Platform" as quickly as possible. When a mole is hit, a score indicator mole that is attached to the score tower will be raised. The NXT Whac-A-Mole is controlled and powered by two NXT bricks, one controlling the mole's touch sensors and motors, and the other controlling the score tower and indicator, light sensors, and any other sensors and motors that cannot be plugged into the first NXT brick. LinearActuator provides excellent pictures, a detailed NXTLOG and screen shots of the master and slave prgrams. We would love LinearActuator to share an LDD file and a video of the robot in action. (This is LinearActuator's 2nd project on NXTLOG.)"

I am pleased that the NXT Whac-A-Mole has won an award title, but I am going to try and aim higher during the next competition and try to achieve the Champion award!

More info on the results of the NXT NXT Competition can be found here

More Information on the NXT Whac-A-Mole can be found here

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New LEGO Account system

Hey all,

Recently LEGO updated their User Account System, and if you already have a LEGO account you need to activate it. Once this message appears after you have logged in, you will have TWO weeks to activate your account or it will be deleted.
Also, have a look at the LEGO Universe MMOG webpage and check out the "Creations Lab" and Competitions section if you are looking for some more LEGO competitions to enter.