BimP: Jake McKee Interview – LEGO, User Community, Mindstorms and NXT

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This may seem a little bit like the "You got chocolate in my peanut butter", "No, you got peanut butter in my chocolate" routine, but however it happened, we love the resulting fusion of our personal passion (robotics) with one of our favorite toys/hobbies (LEGOs), delivered via our favorite method of getting information (podcasts). That's exactly what we were delighted by when we ran across the February 3rd "Bricks in my Pocket" podcast interview featuring Jake McKee. Jake reveals a lot of the background behind the LEGO NXT build-up, and how they scored the Wired magazine cover article.


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The Story Behind The Story Behind The Story

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The LEGO Army on the cover of Wired Magazine! A major coup. Very, very cool – especially for all of us dyed-in-the-wool LEGO Mindstorms fans who happen to also be avid readers of Wired. Jake McKee, Global Community Relations Specialist for LEGO, gives some additional insight into how it happened and what it felt like on his personal blog. Then, a few days later, he surprises all of us with his “The Brick has lost a stud” post announcing that he’s leaving LEGO.

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From LEGOS to Rough Terrian to Deep Space

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We really enjoy prototyping new concepts and ideas with LEGO Mindstorms. It’s fast, easy, and keeps us from investing a lot of time and effort in a lame-brained idea (yes, we do have plenty of them,  we just don’t talk about them . . .). So, it’s always great to see other robot experimenters taking the same approach – like Chris Schur’s SkidBot and GeoBot-1.


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Takes One To Control One!

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Pavel Petrovic and Richard Balogh have managed to figure out how to control a Robopet using IR signals they send from – are you ready for this? – a LEGO Mindstorms RCX roving robot! With a little encouragement and nudging from Robot Robert Roschler, the designer of the Robosapien Dance Machine, they not only managed to crack the code, they’re sharing it openly on their website.


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