Four Wheeled Robot Unicycle…? (Video)

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There are tons of "how many ... does it take to ... " jokes. For example,

Q:  How many astronomers does it take to change a light bulb?
A:  None, astronomers prefer the dark.

Here, in "Robots-Dreams-Land", a similar riddle might pose a question like "How many wheels does it take to build a robot unicycle?" Thanks to a very kind heads-up from Maurits, we know that one very practical, non-joking, answer is four, as you can see in the video below.


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UK TV Celebrity Fathers Robot Child

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Two years ago, November 2004 to be precise, Jason Bradbury - one of the hosts of the popular UK Gadget Show program - made a trip to South Korea that changed his life forever. Like most adventuresome young men on the loose in Asia, Jason immediately fell deeply in love with one of the local inhabitants. It happens all the time. Only in Jason's case, the object of his affections was a cute little humanoid robot named Robonova-1.

Although the relationship wasn't consummated at the time (the Robonova-1 hadn't been released for sale yet) Jason never forgot the experience and kept longing to be reunited with his robot soul mate. Now, after all these years of separation, Jason reports on his personal blog that, "I'm a robot dad!". So, next Monday, November 20th, the world (at least those with access to the program in the UK), will get a chance to see Jason and the other Gadget Show hosts cavort and play with a whole range of robots, including Jason's new-born robot child. From the behind the scenes photos below, it looks like they had an absolute blast.


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NXT Kids Must Be A Whole Lot Smarter

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Kids today must be a whole heck of a lot smarter today then they were when we were growing up. At least that's what The Discovery Channel and Amazon seem to think.

We were searching the Amazon toy section looking for an appropriate gift for our 2 year old grandchild. Much to our surprise, one of the first listings that popped up on our search was the new LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics system. Amazon's recommended age for the 'toy' is shown as 24 months to 5 years!


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LEGO Bartender? (Video)

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It's a common misconception that LEGOs are only for kids, even though it's been documented that roughly 70% of the LEGO Mindstorms robotic system are adults with an average age in their mid-thirties. Another common misconception is that Mindstorms are only good for simple robot projects with a low level of complexity. But, at the CEBIT 2006 show in Hanover a LEGO bartender is proving them wrong.


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Tri-lingual Robotics NXT Style

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We know from personal experience how hard it is to keep a weblog regularly updated with fresh content, and that's only in one language. Imagine our surprise when we ran across Filip Verhaeghe who doesn't just publish an interesting and informative Mindstorms NXT blog, he does it in three four languages!


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The Rest Of Us Will Have To Wait Impatiently – LEGO NXT Robotics

It’s been rumored before, but now it’s finally official. On Friday LEGO released information about the selection of the lucky 100 applicants that will make up the Mindstorms NXT developer team. According to an report on Techweb, which unfortunately characterizes Mindstorms as “Robotics Toyland”, there were 9,610 applicants from 79 countries. It’s interesting to note that their ages ranged from 18 to 75, and that roughly half of the new team is under 35 years old.

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New LEGO Mindstorms NXT Photos

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What is probably the premier toy event of the year - the International Toy Fair - opened a few days ago in New York, in the midst of a blizzard that almost shut down the city. Thankfully, the toy press and reporters braved the storm and have been filing lots of stories and photos - including some great photos of the new LEGO Mindstorms NXT system.


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