Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Do Androids Dream of LEGO MINDSTORMS?

"Do Androids Dream of LEGO MINDSTORMS?"

This is the question that given the name to the latest annoucment at Mindstorms.LEGO.com news page.

TLG is announcing MINDdroid, a remote-control application for Android mobile phones, that connects directly with your NXT and allow to control the movement or actions from your robots.

This was an application developed by AFOLs in collaboration with the LEGO MINDSTORMS team.

In case you own an Android phone, you may download MINDdroid by reading the matrix barcode (or QR code) on the image above, with your phone scanning application, or directly visiting the Android Market through your Android also.

To read the original and full announcement, please go here.



Despite this not the first remote-control application for NXT, I believe this could mean a major breakthrough in the way you can deal with some of your robots, in terms of ease and simplicity.

I remember to have seen before, Bluetooth remote-control applications for Nokia phones, but these off course didn't offer the sexiest ability to control a robot by the flick of your wrist.

Other solutions we have seen for Wiimote never offered the chance to connect directly with NXT, requiring always the use of a computer as a stepping stone.
The Wiimote uses the Bluetooth HID profile, whereas the NXT just supports the serial profile.
Thats where a device like a Bluethoot mobile phone becomes handy, because of course it should support an application wirtten to use the same serial profile.

Guess we will soon see a flood of AFOLs creating new robots or adapting their existing ones, to use Android phone as remote control devices.

1 comment:

santi said...

That is pretty neat. I've been using this app for my Nokia phone for about a year, and it helps a lot in the construction without having to have a computer nearby

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