Friday, September 27, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #39 - Brick Sorting Excavator

It is not the first time we post one the MisterFitzGibbon (Ibrahim FitzGibbon) wonders here.

The amazing brick-sorting excavator [1] is back again and now it is also on CUUSOO!

By hand crank or powered with a single motor, this small excavator sorts bricks by size. A purely mechanical design, with no programmable brick.



You can find a detailed description of the mechanical principles in use, at the project description at CUUSOO, and since you're there you can also give your support, if you have liked the project.

As it looks Ibrahim is still looking for volunteer builders willing to test out the LDD file before final instructions are made open to the public - You will need a massive Lego collection (including new parts) and experience building from LDD files. But you can always contact him at YT, FB, or by commenting in his CUUSOO project.


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Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

EV3 SOM3RSAULT

I just finished producing some media, for my latest EV3 robot. This time I managed to build upon my initial idea... The SOM3RSAULT..

As we have been asked to promote our entries to the MCP 'Best Robot EV3R' video competition and share them within our networks, to encourage you to vote, here it goes the bookmark for my video at ReBrick.

If you enjoy the acrobat, just 'Like' it!

And here you get some photos,


Apart the EV3 programmable brick, this somersault robot, uses 2 EV3 large motors and one IR receiver for the robot to get basic instructions from the IR beacon.
This is almost a one kit (31313) model, although it requires two extra 12T double-bevel gears, and some rubber absorbers (45590 and 14149), plus one EV3 rechargeable battery, as optional elements (all them in use at the video showcased).

Joe from Walstib's Workshop worked hard to get the new EV3 LEGO Education track inserts out to us!
And so did Mauricio from iLe9os, to get us the EV3 Rechargeable battery.

Thank you my friends!



In case you have not seen my first entry before (EV3 CARTWHEEL3R), here it goes the respective ReBrick bookmark too, and some photos.



3NJOY!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

WiFi dongle for EV3

Once these has generated some questions among the community, I decided to come up with some information also here at TBs

Similarly to what happened with BT dongles for NXT, there is a very limited choice regarding working WiFi dongles for EV3.
Until someone changes something in the firmware/VM executable there is only one WiFi dongle that will work with the EV3. It is the NetGear WNA1100 (with USB ID 0846:9030).


You can find these dongles at the moment at several sources, and eventually at your local retailer too.

Unfortunately none of the small sized WiFi dongles in the market, or even any other large one like the NetGear dongle, will work!

It has to use a specific Atheros chipset (one supported by the ath9k_htc linux drivers, which limits us to around 20 or fewer devices) and then the VM executable checks for a specific USB device ID (unique to the NetGear dongle) before loading the atheros drivers so no other atheros-based dongle works either.
Dongles that use Ralink or Realtek chipsets do not even have driver support in the standard firmware image.

Be aware, before you get to buy something else!...


PS: I've gathered this information from an MCP expert with such firmware topics.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #38 - Seaplane by steph77

Today I wanted to bring up a nice work from steph77 on his Seaplane.
This was part of 19th techlug.fr challenge, aimed to celebrate the 25 years of LEGO Technic Prop Plane 8855 relesed in 1988, and for the contestants to come up with their interpretation of what an actual version would be.

This one got 2nd in the challenge ranking.



Steph did implemente a plenty of functions in his model, which he will guide you trough, in the video above.

You may find some more pictures from this same model, in the respective challenge submission post.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

TBs TechPoll 39 - 2013, 1st Quarter - Favorite week TechVideos

As stated before, we are delayed with a couple of TechVideo polls, from past quarters. Let's try to catch up starting with the 2013 Q1 one...
Vote for the videos weekly featured here at TBs during the above mentioned quarter.

In the next two weeks you can choose your favorite video(s) among those highlighted here during the 1st quarter from 2013, under the 'Week TechVideo' tag.


Here are the videos posted within this period:


As usual you can vote for more than one video, if they reflect your preference.


Notes:
- This video poll does not aim to select the best MOC or anything similar, but rather well done videos featuring a LEGO Technic model, a nice video reportage from a Technic subject as part of an AFOL event, or
some cool/innovative thing with interest for the Technic fans community.
- These are videos that somehow caught my eye at some point, thus based on a personal choice, and do not intend in any way to be considered as the best representatives from the work done by the Technic fans.
- Please notice, this is a poll taken for the fun of it. The authors of the videos here featured are not rewarded, independently of the final rank position they will achieve.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Week TechVideo, 2013 #37 - Realistic clutch

This week we picked a nice and realistic, although not so small, working clutch made of LEGO elements.
This was done by Tamas Juhasz and you can see it on the video below.



He claims for the least friction possible, although the clutch power seems quite effective.

You may find a lot more pictures from this mechanism at Tamas' Brickshelf folder.


Disclaimer:

Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.

We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).

Many of your MOCs are scanned anyway and listed for later publication when they do not fit immediately. However some remain in the backlog queue just for too long and eventually loose the relevance or the publication opportunity window. As a rule of thumb, we also avoid publishing MOCs that have been featured by their authors or other fans at some other great web places dedicated to the Technic community out there. It doesn't mean that occasionally some won't get published here anyway.


Thanks for your understanding!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The XL is here to stay

I got knowledge that some fans were concerned that the Power Functions XL motor was going to be discontinued; after all, the last set it came in was the 8258 Crane Truck, in the relatively far away year of 2009. This is what TLG had to say on the matter:

The XL motor will not be discontinued. It will remain part of our core motor assortment. It is available through shop.LEGO.com and will also be used in future products.

Although I didn't doubt that this motor would continue to be available, it's always reassuring to have an official confirmation. Plus, the above statement probably means we will soon see another XL-powered set! Expectation


Friday, September 6, 2013

Are these finally getting available?

Some of you have been wondering and asking when LEGO will make the new PF motors (L and Servo), available for ordering as individual elements.

These new elements are highly demanded by many for individual MOCs, and up to now "mostly" available only in sets (9398 and more recently 42009, 41999) or through BrickLink sellers at premium prices and exorbitant markups (or not), who have parted-out these from sets.

On several occasions and different sources, LEGO has been announcing future availability for March 2013, then May, June and finally July, always failing to deliver on their commitments... No further dates communicated since then.

Almost 14 months have elapsed since first sets commercial availability, and this is still kind of a mystery.
Whether this is due to production or third party supply shortage, or even deliberate to increase new sets sales, we don't know!

On top, some are also missing availability of the new PF IR Receiver v2...


And suddenly I found that probably LEGO may have not failed for much on their last info. Although the information was not very complete or accurate, neither availability lasted for long. :P



The new motors have been listed at LEGO Education (US) website  for about a month (don't know the exact dates) and are currently "Temporarily Out of Stock"... - Hence my reference above 'up to now "mostly" available only in sets...'.

The bad news are the official prices - Hence my previous reference to "premium prices and exorbitant markups (or not)"

And the fact that they have not yet been available from LEGO.com/Shop, which is quite unfair for non-US costumers, neither we know when they will be.
Furthermore we can already imagine the prices, when these will become available in Euros.

The comparison with other PF motors at LE US (M-motor $7,95; XL-motor $9,99) and respective prices at S@H Europe (M-motor 8,99€; XL-motor 11,99€) against the exchange rates (as usual...) can already provide a good hint on what the prices will become...


Anyways... looking forward for general availability!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

TBs TechPoll 38 (Results) - Red colored track inserts, or what?

We have a few been delayed with a few polls, but I'll try to catch up!...

Today the results for a poll running last May, where TBs readership was inquired about their favorite color for the new rubber track insert part (bb606), if they could chose a new color for this part.




The color choices available, were somehow limited by those available as rubber colors in the LDraw library.
The clear favorite and winner was 'black', followed by 'Light Bluish Gray', and surprisingly 'Red' which is the color actually being released, got in third place.



Despite not available in the poll choices, many referred in the comments to prefer 'Dark Bluish Gray'!
Would it have been in the options available, and it eventually had win, besides the lack of contrast when used with the respective tread's most common color available.

Monday, September 2, 2013

EV3 CARTWHEEL3R

Today I dare to show you a video of my own, featuring a model made with my EV3 and published yesterday to celebrate the 31313, MINDSTORMS EV3 official kit release date.

I was tinkering about a robot able to do some kind of somersault, and for a set of reasons ended with something a bit different. Hence I went looking for a different name and came up with this carthwheeler thing.

Just waiting for some new link tread attachments (14149), to make it turn smoother and less bumpy...

This is also a video for a movie competition running among MCPs, at ReBrick.



If you liked it and have a LEGO ID or a ReBrick account, you may also consider to visit ReBrick and "Like" the bookmark for this video. Otherwise it is maybe the time to consider creating your account... And do not forget to share!


The video above is just a short version of another one you may like to see as well.




All the failures footage seen in the final, have meanwhile been fixed (e.g. building a more robust logo). Just didn't have to mood to film it all again...


3NJOY!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

MINDSTORMS EV3 Retail Kit availabe at shop.LEGO.com

This is the day!!

As planned since a long time, the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Retail Kit (31313) is now finally and officially available in stores and for online ordering at shop.LEGO.com.




Below you can find the prices for all the countries where the kit is available through shop.LEGO.com.


CountryCurrency31313
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3
AustriaATEUR349,99
BelgiumBEEUR399,99
FinlandFIEUR399,95
FranceFREUR369,99
GermanyDEEUR349,99
IrelandIEEUR349,99
ItalyITEUR359,99
LuxemburgLUEUR399,99
NetherlandsNLEUR399,99
PortugalPTEUR399,99
SpainESEUR399,99
AustraliaAUAUD499,99
CanadaCACAD399,99
Czech RepublicCZCZK9999,00
DenmarkDKDKK2999,00
HungaryHUHUF119990,00
New ZelandNZNZD599,99
NorwayNONOK3499,00
PolandPLPLN1649,99
SwitzerlandCHCHF459,00
SwedenSESEK3999,00
United KingdomUKGBP299,99
United StatesUSUSD349,99
KoreaKRKRW609900,00



In case you're planning to order something from the shop.LEGO.com website, you can click through the LEGO Ads in this page. The easy way to order any LEGO sets of your preference and simultaneously support this blog.

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One thing you might want to remember is that EV3 software won't come included within the box, but it is available online for free download instead. Find it at lego.com/mindstorms.


It's time to order, start building and experimenting with your own robots!

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