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History Repeating Itself? (Videos)

History repeating itself?

I took this video at iHobby 2007 (October 21 2007):

On YouTube there is a video from CIRC 2007:

You will see that Rob’s Lego Mindstorms RCX robot “Not Just Brute Force” (in the middle of the older video), gets beat-up in the same way; both times his robot tips back, and both times it was with a fast robot.

While Not Just Brute Force did not win at iHobby 2007, there is much to be learned from his design!



October 25, 2007 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Vexplorer and Vex Robotics (Video)

At the Revell Models booth at iHobby, I found the Vexplorer, which came out a few months ago.

Last year, Vex said that they where joining Revell to enhance the Vex Robotics line.

This year, the robot was there! 

It was cool to move around, and the camera was a nice touch. During test drives, however, visitors found that if they moved the robot in certain ways (such as moving the arm all the way down), the Vexplorer made a loud clicking noise (I think it was gears snapping). A limit switch detecting that the arm was down could have prevented this.

The Vexplorer (referred to as “Blue” by Vex) has no sensors, no programming, and the electronics can not be used with the older Vex Robotics (”Red”) electronics. I feel that they could have gotten more loyal followers if they would have made the two electronics compatible, as opposed to just the hardware being compatible.

Further “Vexplorer”-style robots are planned for 2008 (see pictures).

Water Bottle (sprays water):


Disk Shooter (shoots soft disks):

A costly mistake that Revell is making on their flyers, banners, and magazine ads is sending everyone to, an unrelated consulting firm, instead of


October 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

MINDS-i, Tough, Strong, Universal!

After I won third place with Mean Puppy in Lego Sumo, I headed over to the neighboring booth, MINDS-i. At first I was skeptical, okay it was not robotics, but like most other booths I stopped by to see what was going on. Mike Marzetta, inventor of MINDS-i, came up to me, and started explaining his ideas for his creation. Something kept me there at the booth; maybe it was his nice personality, maybe the pure coolness of this new invention!

He started by showing me the Buggy:

Then he showed me a rock crawler. At this point it grabbed me: the rock crawler had a Pro-Line body and 2.2 official rock crawling Pro-Line wheels and tires! 

I’ve been waiting for a product where you can use other brands parts, and are not controlled by the company!

If you look at the above picture you can see white “loops” for stock 7.2 volt batteries for power, just above the axels! Not only does this let the robot/RC car have a low CG for climbing, you can use the old 7.2 packs that are on the workbench; NO need to buy “MINDS-i” battery packs (if you don’t have any batteries, just buys yours from MINDS-i)!

Look at this picture:

Stock servos, too!

It all did not set in until I handled the 6 wheel base:

(Notice the Futaba plug and the shocks)

It was not heavy, but light, very strong, and had killer looks!

A combat ‘robot’ is even possible to make with the MINDS-i parts!

Take a close look at the interlocking parts:

While at first it may seem to look like specially-made camoflash part(s) outside of this tank. After a closer look these same parts can be used on other creations also. 

The wiring of the 6 wheeler:

(a stock motor)

On the flyer it says:

“By adding hobby-industry compatible wheels, motors, servos, radios, shocks and more, MINDS-i enables you to ignite your imagination and maximize your fun. For the highest-quality upgrade components, look no further than MINDS-i.”

Of course like most other products, there are those “I just don’t know…” with this one also. Like how would this hold up against a ‘real’ R/C car? Can you put in a brush-less system? How much weight could a Minds-i creation hold? Does every part work with every other part [I mean this up to a point]?

The MINDS-i products are just begging for a microcontroller and a CMU camera!

I was, and am, amazed! YOU control your robots, NOT the company you buy it from!

Coming Spring 2008!



October 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm 1 comment

Burning Safari

This is one of the best robot movies I have ever watched.

I’m still recovering, so I will not try to explane it, just watch it.

The few minutes it takes out of your life is well worth it!


June 22, 2007 at 8:48 pm 1 comment

Watch the Step or Mind the Step? (Video)

While in England, I noticed that their signs read “Mind The Step”, “Mind The Gap”, “Mind Your Head” etc.  Over here in the USA they read “Watch the Step”, etc.

So with this “Minding” and “Watching“, I decided to make a funny video, about this topic for you to watch.

No robots where harmed in the making of the above film, Mind you.



June 21, 2007 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

Vegway, the Vex Balancing Robot (Video)

I’ve been working on Vegway, for about a month and a half, on, and off.

The first Vegway:

The second Vegway (it works a little bit better…):

The third Vegway (uh… yeah still not there):


I have decided to stop working on Vegway for now, I have many other robot related projects going on right now.


Vex Robotics


June 21, 2007 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

G’Day in the UK! Day 1

Some of you may have known that I was in England from May 29 to June 12, to see the gardens, the castles, and take some pictures of robots. I had a GREAT time. The food was good too. I took a lot of pictures, and some videos, so check them out.

Day 1


The trip really started on the plane, when I found three stow-aways, named “Zam”, “Thorg”, and “Ogo”, in my carry on bag.


At The Tower Of London, I saw the crowns.

Day two, coming soon.


June 18, 2007 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

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