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Review: The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Idea Book

LEGO Mindstorms utilize basic machines like gears and levers that can be used in ways that can create machines that work in unique and creative ways. There is no builder who exemplifies these techniques than Yoshihito Isogawa, and he shares those ideas in The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Idea Book.

Review: The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Activity Book

LEGO robotics are a versatile platform for building interactive creations, but the documentation supplied by LEGO tends to be lacking. When purchasing the LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit, the user downloads software that gives instructions on how to build and program five different robots, but doesn’t teach how to design unique robots or program them. The LEGO Mindstorms Robot Inventor Activity Book by Daniele Benedettelli fills that need while showing how to build seven unique creations.

Touristbot 2.0

I built the original Touristbot for BrickFair 2009. The concept was simple enough, a LEGO Mindstorms robot that could take pictures at the event. Although the execution was slightly more complex than it needed to be, the robot was a success and took hundreds of pictures at BrickFair and subsequent events. Unfortunately, with thousands of pictures taken, the moving parts slowly wore down and it was time to restart and rebuild.

2010 Geek and Tech Gift Guide

It’s that time of year where people are seeking that perfect gift for the people in their lives. Since there are so many people who don’t quite know what their friends like or aren’t sure what to buy. So as a techie and a geek, here are my suggestions for the geek in your life.