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It’s been awhile…

April 11, 2013

Rather than blathering about the usual ‘been busy with life’ I’ll get down to the meaty stuff.

I’m considering working with NXT again. But, I need to state some things.

I have a 3-axis analog(?) accelerometer (from HiTechnic), a single-axis analog gyro (also from HT), and a Dexter Industries dIMU (digital 3-axis gyro and 3-axis accel all in one).

On top of those sensors I have the standard NXT 1.0 kit, although I’m considering gutting the mic and turning into something else, still undecided about what I’d turn it into.

I can’t think of anything else I have off the top of my head—wii motes, a jailbroken iTouch, and a PS3 controller are also in my inventory but those are non-standard.

Lastly, I do things that are challenges. Render grayscale on a black and white screen without knowing other people have done this? Check. Build a balancing bot from a light sensor without knowing that’s how other people did it? Check. Building one from just an accelerometer? Check. building self-driving ballbots, unicycles, and motorcycles? Check, check, and check. Writing a physics engine just for the sake of driving crazy visuals on the display? Check. I could go on, but you get the idea: using something beyond it’s original purposes, thinking outside the box.

So with that in mind… what should I attempt next? I’d like to try my hand at a hexapod, I think, or some take on a walking bot. You guys do some pretty crazy stuff yourself, and while I don’t have fancy stuff like omniwheels or anything, I’ve still got a crazy brain that works around such obstacles.

So I end this post with a vague question, sue me. I’m just trying to get the ball rolling.


Edit: I forgot to mention. If I can’t find anything interesting enough to get me back into NXT, that stuff is for sale, y’all. I’m trying to sell the HiTechnic sensors anyways since I obviously don’t need them…


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