So Christmas has definitley come early this year for me and has come in the form of 3 wise companies!
So the first of these products allow you to build your own circuits and sensors that can be used with the LEGO NXT (and a whole lot more). It comes with a handy Experimenter’s Kit Handbook to take you through the basics up to some more advance stuff. I will be doing a full review of this very soon and hope to build some very neat things!
The second product which has only been released recently is the MiniScope. This is a full featured dual channel digital oscilloscope with an auxiliary 4 channel digital input option. This is the perfect companion for the SuperPro because it will allow you to see what your circuits/sensors are outputting on your PC
The second of these wise companies was Matrix Robotics. They make a metal building kit that is completely compatible with LEGO. You still use the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT as the brain however you plug the MATRIX Controller (supports 4 motors and 4 servos) into the NXT sensor port (amazing!!). Don’t get me wrong, I love my LEGO and I believe that you can build most things out of it however, sometimes you wish there was a longer/stronger beam, a more powerful motor, servo support or that you want your model to be indestructible.
So what did they send me? 1 of each of their sets!!!! (yes I must of been a very good person this year!). My plan is to build a few small models first and then build something epic!! Matrix Wheelchair, a Terminator? who knows!
So who was the 3rd wise company? The popular blog/magazine MAKE who featured my LEGO Wheelchair a few months back.
So what did they send me? Well to answer that I first need to tell you that for Christmas I hope to get some Arduino stuff including a Mindsensors NXShield which will allow me to control 4 LEGO NXT motors, 4 sensors and 12 Mindsensors servo’s from a single Arduino. Also the Arduino I hope to get will have ADK support so that I can control it via an Android phone. Again, I am not moving away from LEGO, I love it however its always good to know what other options are out there that I can use with LEGO.
Knowing what I hope to get for Christmas, you can appreciate how happy I am to get what MAKE sent me: Make: Lego and Arduino Projects: Projects for extending MINDSTORMS NXT with open-source electronics. Another item that I had on my wishlist for Christmas! Again, I plan to do a full review once I get my Arduino!