LEGO Mindstorms, one of the best robotics kits, is about to get even better!
Earlier this month LEGO unveiled the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas. As technology becomes more a part of us, LEGO Mindstorms is evolving to provide us greater connectivity to our creations.
Scary Robot Snake!
Like its predecessors, LEGO Mindstorms EV3 will come with hundreds of bricks, four motors and five sensors including a new infrared sensor that will enable the robot to track a remote control. The brick has been expanded. It employs an ARM 9 central processor that can access 64 MB of RAM and 16 MB of Flash for stored programs. It also provides an SD-slot that allows one to expand the memory. Most important is its new ability for connectivity. With a new Bluetooth chip, the LEGO brick can now connect to the Android and iOS operating systems so that one can use a smart phone, an iPhone or an iPad to control the robot! There will also be a USB port that will allow connectivity via WiFi.
The operating system is a version of Linux for which LEGO will release detailed documentation as well as an SDK. This is great news for hackers.
I am looking forward to letting this scary LEGO robot snake slither around my house!
NASA’s Robonaut 2 (robotic astronaut), which is called R2 for short, was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2011. Last week, R2 came to life and greeted Commander Dan Burbank with the first “man-robot” handshake in space.
First Robonaut-Astronaut Handshake
R2 can controlled by telepresence either from Earth or from the ISS. R2 runs on 38 PowerPC processors and has over 350 sensors which makes it extremely dextrous and able to sense its surroundings.
In keeping with the thread of creepy androids, meet ‘Repliee R-1’ an android made at Osaka University. It was designed after a five-year old girl, and has flexible silicone skin with 50 sensors and motors.
It seems like there is something really wrong with this girl…