Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Mindstorm That Inspires Your Inner Engineer

Sometimes there comes a thing that ignites the imagination and in turn starts the firs of invention. Recently I crossed to project created by the Department of Bio-mechanics at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. These people used just your "ordinary" off the shelf Lego Mindstorms NXT kit to create one of the most realistic biped gaits done on any Lego! It reminds me of the early versions of Honda's Asimo when they were learning on how to perfect bi-pedal robotics. This is just one project and I know of many others that have pushed the limits of the NXT kit even out to space (or close or it)! What I mean to say is that it does not matter if you are young or old, if you want to step into robotics get a Mindstorms NXT kit. If you know of someone that may get inspired into design, engineering, robotics, programming and/or just plain solving problems get them this kit. Not even space is the limit for you and/or them! Take a look at the videos (one of the Lego NXT project, the other of the history of Asimo) and share your projects with me if you have any. Enjoy!

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